Monthly Archive: September 2015

Coastal cities brace for possibility of two storms

Coastal cities brace for possibility of two storms

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) Across Hampton Roads, city departments are gearing up for the possibility of flooding and then a potential hurricane toward the end of the weekend. Many cities and departments spent Wednesday on the phone making calls and making plans. In Virginia Beach, Chief Steve Cover with the Fire Department is also in charge of the city s Emergency Operations Center.

He said the Center is not being activated just yet, but officials are keeping their eye on the forecast models. People that are prone to flooding in their neighborhoods or homes should be paying attention to what s going to happen. Make preparations early, have a kit, have your food and water laid out early in the process.

That s helpful. If any of your family members are dependent on electricity or medications make sure you take that into account early on, Cover explained. He said the city is not yet enacting any plans for Hurricane Joaquin this many days out, but they are going down their lists, making sure they know what to prepare for.

We look at staffing, we look at equipment, we look at potentialities of if we have to activate the Emergency Operations Center. We look at our plan from keeping the roadways open, to sheltering, to all of the processes that we have to go through. So we ll take a look at some of those items today and do some pre-planning on that front and we ll go from there.

For several hours Wednesday night, crews in Virginia Beach worked to replace a failing storm drainage pipe on Great Neck Road. Traffic was down to one lane, as an excavator removed mounds of dirt. Crews were expected to work continuously until the replacement was finished.

Drew Lankford with the city s department of public works says the road crews are constantly maintaining storm drains and roads so they won t be doing anything much different ahead of this cold front that could bring several inches of rain. But, he says the city will bring in extra crews to respond to high flood areas if needed. In Portsmouth and in Norfolk, city officials are also monitoring roads, storm drains, and drainage ditches.

They spent much of Wednesday clearing out any debris. Paula Miller with VDOT says they are already getting their hurricane gear staged in case Joaquin makes landfall in Hampton Roads. But, if it goes out to sea, she said her crews will still be very busy dealing with all the rain over the next few days.

Miller says they have extra contractors and tree services on stand-by. The ground gets saturated, trees come down, there can be a lot of different issues. There are wind events and then there are water events.

If the ground is so saturated that trees start coming down in the roadways, obviously that s going to be one of the things that we re going to be prepared to respond to, Miller explained. All of the officials tell 10 On Your Side to let viewers know now is the time to make sure they are prepared. Tie down or bring any lawn furniture inside, check your food and water supplies.

Also, make sure you have batteries and flashlights just in case power goes out.

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Le novità del Salone del Camper 2015: Thetford, la forza delle idee …

Le novità del Salone del Camper 2015: Thetford, la forza delle idee …

La multinazionale olandese ha presentato al Salone del Camper gli inediti gruppi cottura compatti, le nuove e pratiche confezioni di prodotti disgreganti e la rivoluzionaria Thetford Machine per lo svuotamento automatizzato della cassetta wc, installata in prova nei parcheggi della Fiera: noi l abbiamo provata L appuntamento di Thetford con la kermesse parmense tradizionalmente ricco di interesse: anche in questa edizione, infatti, non sono mancate le novit ricche di intersse siua per gli equipaggiamenti dei Vieoli ricreazionale sia per la vita quotidiana del camperista. Al centro dell attenzione, in parctolare, i nuovi gruppi cottura e integrati per le cucine, di cui uno specificatamente indicato per i veicoli con problemi di spazio, in particolar modo i van. La nuova cucina Thetford Topline 111 , infatti, un unit combinata con un larghezza di 390 mm e un profondit di soli 195 millimetri, si adatta perfettamente agli stretti layout delle cucine dei furgonati, pur comprendendo una zona cottura con due fuochi e un lavello.

L unit pu essere dotata di coperchio di vetro per aumentare il piano di lavoro, separato in due parti in modo da poter scegliere quale tenere aperta o chiusa. I due fuochi sono dotati di accensione elettrica, mentre il lavello in acciaio inox. Ancora pi esclusivi e tecnologici sono i nuovi piani cottura Ibridi: la serie Topline 98 Hybrid offre la combinazione di un piano cottura a induzione e di due bruciatori a gas, disponibile con due diversi profili del piano in vetroceramica in nero Schott Ceran di altissima qualit , esteticamente piacevole e facile da pulire.

Anche per questi prodotti vale il discorso compattezza, requisito necessario per poter sfruttare gli spazi esigui a bordo di un veicolo ricreazionale. Novit anche nel camper dei liquidi disgreganti per WC, con la presentazione di un nuovo confezionamento in buste dei suoi noti liquidi disgregantii, efficaci e pratiche, capaci di fornire la giusta dose di prodotto, in una nuova confzione. Il liquido disponibile sia nella versione Thetford Blue, in busta nella versione Aqua Kem Blue Sachet , e anche nella configurazione Aqua Kem Green Sachet che unisce la comprovata qualit di Aqua Kem Blue Sachet all azione biologica.

Infine, procede speditamente e con successo il progetto della sua macchina automatica per lo svuotamento e la pulizia di tutti i serbatoi di scarico delle toilette a cassetta Thetford, gi installata in alcuni campeggi olandesi e in questi giorni disponibile in prova anche nel parcheggio principale del Salone del Camper. L apparecchio, permette di eseguire in automatico le operazioni di svuotamento, risciacquo e riempimento dei serbatoi di scarico con Aqua Kem Blue, in modo semplice e senza sforzi da parte dell utente. Thetford Machine: la prova sul campo La redazione di CamperOnLine Magazine ha presenziato al Salone dal Camper di Parma soggiornando, ovviamente, a bordo dei propri veicoli ricreazionali, al pari di qualsiasi altro visitatore.

E come qualsiasi altro visitatore, ogni componente ha avuto le comuni esigenze di scarico. Qual migliore occasione, allora, per testare la funzionalit delle innovativa Thetford Machine ? La struttura che la multinazionale olandese ha realizzato per facilitare le operazioni inerenti alla svuotamento della cassetta del wc e stata, infatti, installata proprio nel parcheggio principale della Fiera, presso l ingresso ovest, per far provare ai visitatori l efficacia del sistema.

Noi ne abbiamo testato in prima persona la funzionalit : ecco come funziona. Per prima cosa, si appoggia la cassetta al ripiano e si apre la valvola di scarico Poi, si toglie il tappo e lo si pone nell apposito collocamento previsto, appoggiando poi il tubo di scarico sul lato destro. A questo punto, si attiva il processo; la macchina chiude la saracinesca e inizia le operazioni.

Dapprima lo svuotamento, poi la risciacquatura, infine l immissione della giusta dose di Aqua Kem Blue con due litri di acqua. Alla fine del tutto, la cassetta viene restituita pronta per l uso. Dall inizio delle operazioni sono passati circa tre minuti e l utente, a parte infilare la cassetta nel dispositivo e attivare il tutto, non ha dovuto fare assolutamente nulla.

Nulla da dire: semplice, pulito, veloce, efficacissimo e persino divertente. Addio, quindi alle spesso complicate, lunghe e non sempre perfette operazioni svolte nei presidi ecologici talvolta assai poco pratici da utilizzare. La Thetford Machine gi installata in 11 campeggi olandesi, e l apparecchiatura attrezzata per farne saggiare la funzionalit sar disponibile presso tutte le prossime Fiere di settore europee.

Vista l eccezionale efficacia del sistema, c da sperare che le installazioni si moltiplichino, sia nei campeggi sia nelle migliori aree di sosta in tutto il continente. Il servizio, una volta a regime, avr ovviamente un costo attualmente ancora da definire, ma che sar comunque modesto, nell ordine di qualche Euro, comprendente anche la dose di liquido erogata. Per adesso, fino alla fine della kermesse emiliana, per disponibile gratuitamente presso il parcheggio principale, per permettere a chiunque ne abbia bisogno di poterla provare.

Per saggiare quanto questo sistema possa effettivamente costituire un deciso passo in avanti, un punto di svolta, capace di facilitare, e decisamente non poco, la vita del camperista.

ボクの事件簿: Platinum Rose – Ho-Ling

ボクの事件簿: Platinum Rose – Ho-Ling

‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ Roses bloom, roses scatter Fly up with pride, beauty and magnificence! I love Japanese pockets ( bunko ) both for their (uniform!) size and the price, so I don’t have that many Japanese hardcover books: mostly books that were never made available in pocket form for anyway. I understand that Japan is quite unique with uniform pocket book dimensions and all and I don’t suffer from an OCD, but I have to admit: I am a bit annoyed that my only two hardcover books from publisher Soronsha, both from the same writer featuring the same translator, are of slightly different dimensions…

About a year ago, I wrote about Kim Nae-seong 1 (1909-1957), commonly seen as the father of the Korean detective story. Despite his status though, he doesn’t appear to be available in English (save for this translation I made of his short story Muma 2 ) , so a short introduction: the Great Korean Empire 3 had been annexed by Japan the year after Kim’s birth. He moved to Japan, where he studied at the famous Waseda University 4 in Tokyo.

It is during this period he made his debut as a professional detective writer (in Japanese). He moved back to Korea in 1936, where he continued with both writing new stories in Korean, as well as translating some of his older, Japanese stories to Korean. Kim Nae-seong Tantei Shousetsu Sen (” A Selection of Detective Stories by Kim Nae-seong “) collects the Japanese writings by Kim Nae-song, both fiction as well as essays, in one neat volume, giving the reader a glimpse into the early makings of Korean detective fiction.

In Japanese (for more early Korean detective stories in Japanese, see this review 5 ). I’ll only be reviewing the fiction part, by the way. The book opens with Daenkei no Kagami (” An Elliptical Mirror “), Kim Nae-song’s debut story, which was published in the magazine Purofiru ( Profile ) in 1935.

The story starts with an advertisement in the magazine Phantom, which challenges its readers to solve the most heinous crime commited in recent Keijou history (Seoul as it was called during the colonization). The “To-yeong Murder Case” happened six years ago: To-yeong, the wife of the writer Mo Hyeon-cheol, was found murdered in her bedroom. The only people in the house were the victim’s husband Mo Hyeon-cheol, a young writer whom Mo Hyeon-cheol had taken in the house and the two servant women.

Investigation reveals that To-yeong had an affair with the young writer and that they appeared to had a fight, but no decisive evidence could be found. After the case, Mo Hyeon-cheol commited suicide, leaving an atmosphere of suspicion surrounding the young writer. And now six years later, the young writer finally has a chance to clear his name by sending in his solution to the To-yeong Murder Case to the magazine Phantom.

A great story overall. It starts with a great premise (the contest asking readers to solve the case), has thrilling developments (one of the suspects participating in the contest) and a surprising ending. A bit too surprising perhaps, because it was not completely fair to the reader: a vital hint is kept away from the reader until the detective-character suddenly decides to remember it.

But the interesting twists and turns lead to a great pay-off and personally, I really like the letter-to-the-editor style of the story that is used until the very end of the story (somewhat similar to that short story collection 6 by Yamada Fuutarou 7 by the way). Tantei Shousetsuka no Satsujin ( “Murder on a Detective Writer “) starts with the murder on Park Yeong-min, the head of the theater troupe Poseidon. Suspects include both his wife Lee Mong-nan, as well as one of the troupe’s actors, Ra Un-gwi (who is in love with Lee Mong-nan), who were both absent from a little party during the time of the murder.

Among the people who luckily do have an alibi is the mystery writer Yu Bu-ran 8 (who also happens to be in love with Yeong-min’s wife). Yu Bu-ran tries to save his love from the suspicions of the police writing a play “The Second Shot”, based on the actual murder. The solution he proposes clears Lee Mong-nan, and incriminates Ra Un-gwi, but the police isn’t completely convinced by Yu Bu-ran’s solution.

An appearance by Kim Nae-seong’s series detective Yu Bu-ran 9 (who is named after Maurice Leblanc 10 ) . Like in Main 11 , he appears to have a love for the adulterous affair, as well as being a rather faulty detective. He’s almost like Roger Sheringham 12 .

The idea of Tantei Shousetsuka no Satsujin is actually quite similar to that of Daienkei no Kagami : a murder case with an adulterous affair at the core, an alternative solution proposed to the police investigation using unconventional means (a solution sent to a magazine VS a theater play), a hint that was hidden from the reader until the plot suddenly calls for it. I’d say that Daienkei no Kagami is the superior story though: the second half of Tantei Shousetsuka no Satsujin suddenly throws a ridiculous secret society subplot at the reader that just feels out of place and the way the solution to the murder is revealed is also not nearly as satisfying. Kitan Koibumi Ourai (” A Tale: Coming and Going of Love Letters “) is a short short in which two people bicker through a series of letters about a mistakenly sent love letter.

The ending is rather predictable, but I thought it quite cute. It was also rewritten in Korean to a longer and more detailed version with a slightly different title (” A Tale of Love Letters “). The previous stories were also translated to Korean with new titles by the way, but the stories are the same, as far as I know.

Shisou no Bara (” A Rose of Thought “) has a interesting history: it was the first novel Kim Nae-song had written, in Japanese, but he never managed to get it published in Japan. He took the story with him back to Korea and translated it to Korean, where it was published with the current title in 1953~1956 (the original title was Chizakuro , ” The Blood Pomegranate “). The story is about an recently promoted prosecutor Yu Jun and his writer/loafer friend Baek Su.

One night. Baek Su wants to meet wth Yu Jun and there he admits to being the one responsible for the murder on the actress Chu Jang-mi, a case the police is currently investigating. Yu Jun is appaled, not sure what to do with his friend, but later Baek Su denies everything and says it was just a joke.

But Yu Jun suspects there was something behind Baek Su’s confession and when Yu Jun himself is put on the case, he can’t help but suspect his friend, especially after finding some very incriminating facts, one of them being a manuscript called “A Rose of Thought”, which details a hidden past between him and Chu Jang-mi. But Yu Jun doesn’t give up and through Baek Su, he discovers more facts which also seem to point to other suspects. Should Yu Jun believe in his friend or stick to his professional duty?

I was quite charmed by the short stories in this volume, as well as Main 13 , but Shisou no Bara …no. It is overly melodramatic, with Yu Jun and Baek Su constantly lamenting about what friends are, what love is, what it means to trust your friends… Baek Su’s actions throughout the story also make no sense whatsover (“I did it!”, “No, I didn’t do it!”, “He did it!”, “I did it!” ad infinitum) and while there’s a sorta neat trick that leads the reader and Yu Jun to the real murderer, it’s just too little, too late.

Shisou no Bara is tiring , as the story constantly stops to lament about everything. Main had a little melodrama too, but was at the heart always a mystery novel with a good sense of speed. Shisou no Bara on the other hand just is a little plot, made into a long novel through characters who really should learn to talk to each other in a more direct way.

It’s too bad: Shisou no Bara is the main piece of this book, but is easily the most boring and disappointing story. I’ve read six stories by Kim Nae-seong now, and it’s funny to see how some elements already feel typical “Kim Nae-seong”. Take the maps for example.

Almost all stories feature figures of the crime scenes, with detailed maps that really draw the reader in. On the other hand, it’s seldom that the maps are really vital to the story, even if they really add to the atmosphere. Kim Nae-seong’s stories also often feature writers: his series detective Yu Bu-ran is a mystery writer, but the non-series stories like Daenkei no Kagami , Shisou no Bara and Muma 14 feature writers extensively in the plot.

These writers are often not particularly well-off, but manage to live thanks to gifts from family. These writers (including Yu Bu-ran 15 ) are also very often involved in adulterous affairs with beautiful young and married women. You’d almost suspect that Kim Nae-seong was drawing from real-life with his playboy-writer-detectives.

Also, his stories often have a touch of melodrama, occassionaly more dramatic than others ( Shisou no Bara ) and lamenting about love and stuff is not rare. I loved Main 16 last year and while Kim Nae-seong Tantei Shousetu Sen is not as good as that book, it still had its entertaining points. The short stories are definitely more enjoyable than the novel Shisou no Bara, with Daienkata no Kagami standing out as a really a good detective story.

The book is not cheap though, so I’d recommend people to start with Main and then see if they want to read more from the father of the Korean detective story.

For those who can’t read Japanese, try out this translation 17 of mine of one of his short stories.

Original Japanese title(s): ‘ ‘ / / / / References ^ Kim Nae-seong (ho-lingnojikenbo.blogspot.nl) ^ Muma (ho-lingnojikenbo.blogspot.nl) ^ Great Korean Empire (en.wikipedia.org) ^ Waseda University (en.wikipedia.org) ^ see this review (ho-lingnojikenbo.blogspot.nl) ^ that short story collection (ho-lingnojikenbo.blogspot.nl) ^ Yamada Fuutarou (ho-lingnojikenbo.blogspot.nl) ^ Yu Bu-ran (ho-lingnojikenbo.blogspot.nl) ^ Yu Bu-ran (ho-lingnojikenbo.blogspot.nl) ^ Maurice Leblanc (ho-lingnojikenbo.blogspot.nl) ^ Main (ho-lingnojikenbo.blogspot.nl) ^ Roger Sheringham (ho-lingnojikenbo.blogspot.nl) ^ Main (ho-lingnojikenbo.blogspot.nl) ^ Muma (ho-lingnojikenbo.blogspot.nl) ^ Yu Bu-ran (ho-lingnojikenbo.blogspot.nl) ^ Main (ho-lingnojikenbo.blogspot.nl) ^ this translation (ho-lingnojikenbo.blogspot.nl)

Dwyer shines spotlight on England scrum

Dwyer shines spotlight on England scrum

England’s scrummaging tactics have come under the spotlight after former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer accused loosehead prop Joe Marler of boring in.

1 Oct 2015 – 5:25 AM UPDATED 1 Oct 2015 – 5:30 AM World Cup-winning Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer has shone the spotlight on England’s scrum tactics, suggesting Joe Marler has been getting away with illegal scrummaging for years. The scrum has been singled out as the most important part of Saturday’s must-win match – with England on the verge of becoming the first home nation to fail to reach the knock-out stages, while Australia would also be in dire straits should they lose. The Wallabies’ scrum has been viewed as its Achilles heel for many years and long-held perceptions in the northern hemisphere are hard to change with Australia, despite the improvement shown under former Argentina captain Mario Ledesma, again expected to struggle.

Much of that will come down to the influence of loosehead prop Marler who was central to his scrum achieving dominance over Wales – with England winning four penalties from the Welsh scrum in last weekend’s upset loss. Dwyer, who won the 1991 World Cup with Australia, believes that dominance came as a result of Marler’s nefarious ways. Principally he has been accused of coming in at an illegal angle – with Dwyer accusing the 25-year-old of regularly driving in from a 45-90 degree angle, where the rules state props must drive straight in the scrum. “So much of the scrum is based on perception,’ Dwyer told UK newspaper the Telegraph. “The English work on having a reputation for legal scrummaging while doing the opposite. “If I was (current Australia coach) Michael Cheika, I would be asking the referee: ‘is that (Marler angling in) allowed?’.” Dwyer turned the blowtorch on England’s forward coach Graham Rowntree, while suggesting fellow loosehead, Mako Vunipola, was also getting away with questionable tactics. “It must be by design,” he said. “Neither of them scrummage square.

Both of them angle in. “Invariably that is at 45 degrees, but sometimes that ends up being at 90 degrees. “Then when I see the opposition being penalised, I find that extremely hard to understand.” Cheika and scrum doctor Ledesma have both insisted the Wallabies’ approach is pure and simple these days – scrum hard and straight, and leave the rest up to the referees, which in Saturday’s case is the respected Frenchman Romain Poitre. Cheika wouldn’t be baited on talk of England’s scrum pushing the boundaries. “The referees prepare very well for the game,” Cheika said earlier in the week. “All we can do is stay as square as we possibly can and make the opposition make their play from there, and see what happens. “That’s very much our strategy. I don’t think it is any secret. “And also, put in massive amounts of weight.

Really push hard. “That’s the way our scrum is set up. I am sure (England) will have a tactic … they very much bullied us in the scrum before and I think they will try and do it again.” Former South African referee Jonathan Kaplan agreed with Dwyer’s assessment on Twitter, saying “I’d like to see if the England pack square on the loosehead side…

just the once.”