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Water Puppet Performance ~ Top-notch! ~ Captivating!!!

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The following “Water Puppet Show Performance at Thang Long Theatre, Vietnam. Part 1”, published Apr 6, 2014 on Youtube, is definitely a first class performance, when you consider the difficult level of precision and coordination required to overcome the ebb and flow of the water – all very captivating!
There are 3 parts to this performance on Youtube.
THEATREOn our very last day of travel in Vietnam we decided to watch a Water Puppet Show (known locally as Múa rối nước) at Thang Long Theatre in Hanoi, Vietnam… Water puppetry literally refers to puppets that dance on water which is a traditional Vietnamese art that dates back to the eleventh century in northern sections of Vietnam. Water Puppet Performances take place in various locations throughout the country; however, Hanoi has a reputation for being the ‘it’ place to take in the experience.
PUPPETEERSPuppeteers are concealed behind a screen in waist deep water wielding puppets that are made out of wood and then lacquered. Large rods and strings are used by the puppeteers to control them. Thus the puppets appear to be moving over the water. When the rice fields would flood, the villagers would entertain each other using this form of puppet play.

FOLKLOREThe performances are centered chiefly around Vietnamese Folklore with emphasis on traditional ways of life, spirituality, and day to day existence that was passed on from one generation to another; it literally amazes me to think that this performance art form dates back so many years.
The puppets are accompanied by a traditional Vietnamese orchestra that provides background music including the use of bells, cymbals, gongs and flutes. In my opinion, the music is as much an appealing part of the show as the performance itself. MEKONG DELTAAlthough I’ve listened to traditional Vietnamese folk music being played while touring the Mekong Delta, I felt the skill level from these musicians put them in a league of their own…
Water puppetry (Vietnamese: Múa rối nước, lit. “puppets that dance on water”) is a tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. Today’s Vietnamese water puppetry is a unique variation on the ancient Asian puppet tradition.
RED RIVERMúa rối nước is considered to have originated in the delta of the Red river in Vietnam in the 11th century, and the art remains highly developed today in this country. Some of the earliest troupes were found in the Nguyên Xá commune, Đông Hưng district, Thai Binh province.
RURAL VILLAGEIn ancient Vietnam, the rural Vietnamese believed that spirits controlled all aspect of their lives, from the kitchen to the rice paddies. The Vietnamese devised water puppetry as a way to satisfy these spirits, and as a form of entertainment, using what natural medium they could find in their environment. In ancient times, the ponds and flooded rice paddies after harvest were the stage for these impromptu shows.

This  top-notch performance video is certainly worth sharing!!!

PEI potato industry lobbies for deep well

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The following excerpt from “Hot Potato – The Prince Edward Island potato industry is lobbying for deep-well permits, but not without great resistance” by Rachel Phan appeared in WaterCanada’s Mar/Apr issue.

POTATO BOARDOn the East Coast of Canada, a contentious debate rages on over the Prince Edward Island Potato Board’s request to have a moratorium lifted on deep-well water extraction for irrigation.
CAVENDISHThe board, along with industry giant Cavendish Farms, began a full-scale lobby effort in January 2014 to push for deep-well permits, saying science indicates the Island has a high water-recharge rate. This has been met with significant backlash from environmentalists, citizen’s groups, and political parties that say extracting tonnes of water out of the Island’s deep water aquifer is risky business, especially since Prince Edward Island relies exclusively on groundwater. “High-volume extraction could mean individual wells could dry up. There aren’t a lot of central water systems here in TODD DUPUISP.E.I.,” said Todd Dupuis, executive director of regional programs for the Atlantic Salmon Federation. “Often the country folk have their own wells, and if they’re in close proximity to a monster  well that’s taking a lot of water out of the  ground, it can actually really lower the  water table to the point where your well  no longer produces water.”
The moratorium, which was initially intended to be in place for a year, has been in place since 2001. In the more than 10 years since the moratorium was put in place, the Prince Edward Island department of environment has studied the Island’s water recharge GROUND WATER EXTRACTIONrate. It released a provincial water extraction policy earlier this year around the same time the potato board began its lobby efforts, sparking claims the province is working in the interest of potato growers. The policy noted the province has “abundant groundwater recharge” of approximately two billion cubic metres a year, contradicting recent reports of a dwindling water supply in the province. (For more on this, see bit.ly/peiwater.)
LINKLETTER“The department of environment found that […] less than seven per cent of the P.E. I. groundwater is used by all users,” said Gary Linkletter, chairman of the Prince Edward Island Potato Board. “Of that seven per cent, […] industrial uses about 30 per cent and residential about 60 per cent. Currently, irrigation is hardly even a player in P.E.I. groundwater use. “If there was a real concern about water use, these other users are the ones where a LOGOmoratorium would actually make a difference. […] We feel it is only proper and fair that agriculture not be subject to the current, very selective moratorium.” Prince Edward Island potato growers have said that, without deep-water wells, productivity will decline and lead to the reduction of the province’s $1-billion potato industry. Some growers have expressed concerns over staying competitive, especially since American farmers can sometimes KEVIN MCISSACharvest twice the amount of potatoes from one acre. “We’re not even close to that in Canada because we don’t have the longer growing season or access to irrigation,” Kevin MacIsaac, chair of the United Potato Growers of Canada, told The Guardian…
“[Growers] add more fertilizer than they need, and that stuff is very water soluble and full of nitrate and phosphate,” Dupuis said. PEI GROUNDWATER SUPPLY“There’s always stuff left over: it leeches down into the soil, and the soil in P.E.I. is sandstone, so it is very porous. The water up high is latent with fertilizer and percolates down.”
Linkletter said the contamination of aquifers by fertilizers is actually exacerbated by dry conditions. “Proper moisture conditions for the crop to grow would reduce what fertilizer is left in the soil. […] It would be more likely to reduce problems rather than increase them.”
DEEP WELL IRRIGATIONHe added that the deep-well extraction for irrigation would only occur for a very limited portion of the year, and that such wells would be monitored to ensure “responsible supplemental irrigation.”
Since the potato industry has made its request to the province to remove the moratorium, there has been an impassioned response from concerned islanders who are attending usually empty 011514Daryl Guignion for Nigel's story ion deep water welle.committee meetings in droves. A February 26 meeting was attended by 200 Prince Edward Islanders, including biologist Darryl Guignon, who said, “None of us have been asked anything about this. Nor the department of fisheries and oceans, nor the public! It’s our water for heaven’s sake, and we can’t even have an input in a water policy?”
JANICE SHERRYEnvironment Minister Janice Sherry has said the provincial government will not make a decision on deep-well irrigation and the moratorium will not be lifted until there is further proof that such practices would not diminish the quantity or quality of Prince Edward Island’s groundwater.

Rachel Phan is Water Canada’s managing editor.

Water Balloon Fight on a Whole New Level!!!

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I Want This Guy On My Side For My Next Water Balloon Side. I’d Definitely Win The Fight.
Every once in a great while an invention comes around that changes the way we live and engulfs our life. Things like the automobile, the television, the internet, the smart phone. They are things we can simply no longer live without. That’s basically the case with this new invention that will change the course of history forever. I remember a day when I would wait patiently by the hose to fill up a bucket of water balloons. This usually took me around 15 minutes for a small bucket. As soon as I would demolish my friends, I would be back at the hose for another 15 minutes completely vulnerable to the attacks that were heading my way. This is simply inefficient warfare and we have been fighting our front yard battles this way for far too long. Well the future is here my friends and your enemies won’t stand a chance.

A father of 8 created this product after a few summers of filling up thousands and thousands of water balloons. He started a Kickstarter campaign that has far exceeded the goal of $10,000! Right now the pledges have accumulated to over $658,000!…

Take a look at how simple it is to fill a huge bucket with water balloons in just a few minutes in the following Youtube video, “Win the water balloon arms race!” ~ published on Jul 24, 2014

Fill and tie hundreds of water balloons in minutes with our attachment that comes ready-to-go, no preparation necessary!

 Water balloons how it works ~
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You simply attach the end of the Bunch O Balloons to your hose. Turn it on and give the hose a little shake. The balloons are pre-tied and simply fall off the hose and are ready for battle.
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With this new product you can fill over 100 balloons in under a minute. Your enemies won’t have a chance.
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This is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen and on top of tons of fun the balloons are biodegradable.
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I can only imagine how many more water balloon fights we will be having.. I mean how many more water balloon fights the kids will be having. This makes it easy and fun. 
Here are some step by step instructions. Why wasn’t this invented years ago?

While enemy combatants are slowly building their stockpile one weapon at a time, you can quickly gain superiority in your next water balloon war with this dad’s genius invention.It’s called ‘Bunch O Balloons’ and with it, you can fill 100 water bombs in less than a minute! 

Your enemies will have no chance and there will be a water bath of destruction when you unleash your fury and hundreds of water balloons. Prepare for neighborhood domination with this awesome product.

Great weekend (for water sports) coming up in our area – choose your weapons folks and have a great weekend!

Wibit ~ What? ~ WOW! ~ Awesome water sport!

From time to time I will be repeating one of our more popular blogs and this one, which I published in April 2012, falls into that category. I decided to share it again as our wonderful summer weather is probably calling you to the water somewhere – enjoy!

 

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE WHO DELIGHTS IN WATER RECREATION!

 

What is Wibit?

Wibit is the brainchild or two entrepreneurs that wanted to bring fun and excitement to pools and resorts around the world. Wibit’s interlocking and standalone modules make creating and expanding your Sports Park easy. Whether you need to accommodate 10 or 100 people at a time, there’s a Wibit Sports Park that’s perfect for you.

These cool inflatable water parks produced by the German company Wibit are the real water playgrounds that take only three hours to install. Their key feature is the modular design – the costumer is able to create his own combination of modules for maximum entertainment.

The German watersports company Wibit Sports GmbH has been producing inflatable water sports products for commercial grade for over 15 years.They are distributed in over 50 countries worldwide. From Commercial Pools, Resorts, Camps or Open Water Locations. Wibit believes people everywhere should experience the excitement of play on the water.

Founded in 1997 by two friends Robert Cirjak and Romann Rademacher. The team is constantly working on new water sport creations. Inspired by a passion for sports, Wibit promotes motor skill development and social interaction through its AquaGames.

 Video link:

http://www.wibitsports.com

 

Blue City (Water Sustainable) of the future

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The following excerpt,Blue City – What does the water sustainable city of the future look like?”, by Kirk Stinchcombe, Louise Brennan, and Jenn Willoughby is from WaterCanada Magazine, March/April 2014 issue

… Embedded in the phrase Water Sustainable City of the Near Future are four concepts:
• By city we mean a municipal environment of any size. We tend to think specifically of Canadian cities, but many of the insights would apply anywhere.
• By sustainable, we mean the capacity to endure. This includes biological systems that remain diverse and productive over time. It also implies the potential for long-term maintenance of human well-being. We think broadly and include ecological, community, and financial aspects.
• By water, we mean drinking water, storm water and waste water. We think of water quality, quantity, and availability.
• By near future, we think along variable time frames.
Some aspects of water sustainability are attainable within
as few as five years. Changes that are more difficult could
take perhaps 20 years to realize. Still others, such as
replacement of major infrastructure, may take more time…

Eight Blue City Case Studies.
Blue City is an attainable place. Many of its exemplary
characteristics are found in real cities across Canada and
around the world. The full report contains eight case
studies that describe various aspects of a water sustainable
urban environment.
ATRIUM1. Building Design (City of Victoria, British Columbia)
The Atrium Building is a seven-storey, 204,000-squarefoot retail and office building at the edge of downtown Victoria. It is a multi-award winning project with acclaimed stormwater innovations.
OKATAKS2.  Water in Decision-Making (Okotoks, Alberta)
Okotoks is a town of 24,511, located just south of
Calgary. The town has an innovative relationship
between bylaws and incentive programs to encourage continuous improvements in water conservation.
3. Blue Built Program (Guelph, Ontario)BLUE BUILT
The City of Guelph administers a certification program that provides rebates for new homes that meet an approved set of water-efficient standards, ranging from faucet aerators to rainwater harvesting systems.
4. Conservation-Oriented Pricing (Seattle)SEATTLE
Seattle Public Utilities has charged rates based on
volume for decades and has been fully metered since
1920. In 1989, it was among the first in North America to introduce seasonal surcharges.
GREEN ROOF5. Developer Incentives (Chicago)
The Green Permit Program offers progressive developers an expedited permitting process and other incentives in exchange for incorporating items from a “Green Menu” of strategies and technologies in their projects.
EPCOR6. Performance-Based Regulation (Edmonton, Alberta)
Since 2002, the City of Edmonton and EPCOR Water Services have operated according to performance based regulations, a mechanism that prevents overspending, defines expectations, and lays out
penalties in the case of under performance.
HALIFAX7. Utility Performance Measurement (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Halifax Water is the first regulated water, wastewater, and stormwater utility in Canada. Its pressure and
leakage management program has resulted in annual
savings in operating costs of $600,000.
AUSTRALIA8. Source Substitution (Australia)
Pimpama-Coomera is a large greenfield development located on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.
It has a dedicated Class A+ recycled water treatment plant and entirely separate pipe system to supply homes and businesses in the area with water suitable
for toilet flushing and garden irrigation…
Blue City offers a vision of a place where water is visible and valued, recognized as integral to the community’s economic, social, and environmental well-being…

Areas for Action
The water leaders interviewed in Blue City identified four priority areas for action: 
1 Financial Responsibility:
Sustainable utilities focus on levels of service, develop asset management plans, and embrace life-cycle costing.
In pricing services, utilities aim for full-cost recovery and structure their rates to influence behaviours.
2 Progressive Regulation and Governance:
Progressive regulations and incentivebased programs complement each other in driving performance and ultimately achieving water
sustainability goals. A well-designed utility governance structure facilitates information flow and achieves resource efficiencies.
3 Customer-Oriented Information:
Utilities measure their performance. This facilitates transparent reporting and informs planning processes. In a sustainable
city, information is shared, integrated, and audience-specific.
4 Cutting-Edge Technology:
Transformative utilities figure out how to incorporate technology
that makes source separation economically viable. Sustainable
cities have infrastructure that maintains the natural environment
and minimizes the impact of activities on native ecosystems…

The idea at the heart of the report is that the decisions
we make today will determine what the city looks like in
five, 10, and even 100 years. With a shared vision in place, taking small, frequent steps is possible. Together, we can navigate diversity and complexity, and ultimately move a real city toward a better future.
AUTHORS

Kirk Stinchcombe and Louise Brennan are Sustainability Specialists at Econics. Jenn Willoughby is Manager of Strategic Marketing and Outreach at Canadian Water Network.

The full version can be found online at http://www.blue-economy.ca. 

Chinese Acrobatic Performance ~ Excellence in Motion!

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This acrobatics performance is outstanding!

Excellence in motion!

The most impressive Acrobatics Performance I’ve ever watched!

The following YouTube video, “2014 CCTV Spring Festival Evening Year of the Horse acrobatics “Meng” Zhang Wan Li Tong” published on Jan 30, 2014  is best watched in full screen mode.

China Central Television Spring Festival, usually referred to as the CCTV Spring Festival!  China Central Television is the annual Lunar New Year’s Eve night in celebration of the Chinese New Year Gala organized variety of! Spring Festival at the scale of the show, the cast, the long-time broadcast audience ratings at home and abroad, a total world record of China Association hit most of the world’s three World Variety Show! World Chinese Association of World Records named the top-rated variety show; longest time variety show broadcast world; the world’s largest cast variety show.

This is definitely one performance that I will save for future viewing.
Please share with your family and friends.
Have a great weekend.

Canadians flushing huge energy source down the drain

1-WASTED POTENTIAL The following article, “Wasted Potential – Canadians may be flushing a huge source of energy down the drain” by Lynn Mueller was published in the March/April issue of WaterCanada magazine. DOWN THE DRAINIt has been estimated by the U.S. Department of Energy that Americans flush 350 billion kilowatt-hours of energy into sewers each year. This wasted energy would be enough to supply 30 million homes. In fact, the typical North American pours 75 litres of hot water down the drain every day. WATER EXPENSEFor a regular household, this can cost homeowners hundreds of dollars per year since water heating is the second highest source of energy demand in a home. But unbeknownst to some, it is now possible to capture 95 per cent of this wasted heat and recycle it back into our buildings using sewage heat recovery, which means the heat energy flowing down our drains never has to leave the building. Unlike solar or wind power, this technology doesn’t require a quantum shift in the way we live or the way we think—it can simply be plugged into our existing infrastructure. municipal systemWater enters heat recovery captures the heat in water leaving the building and uses it to reheat our hot-water tanks and the building itself. This technology is not complicated. First, a filter is used to separate out solids which make up about two to three percent of sewage. Then, with the help of a heat exchanger, the heat is transferred into clean water, and this warm, clean water is sent back into the building. At the end of the cycle, the clear sewer water picks up the solids extracted at the start and flushes it back into the municipal sewer system. The following Youtube video, “SHARC Energy Systems Launch Film”, was published on Jun 9, 2014 In the summer, buildings with sewage heat recovery systems can reverse their heat pumps and use the wastewater to reduce a building’s air-conditioning costs. In this scenario, the pumps extract heat from the building and transfer it through the exchanger into the sewer water. The potential reusable heat in wastewater has largely been ignored because sewage has “dirty” and negative associations. But today’s sewage heat recovery systems are hermetically sealed, meaning there is no associated smell. They are also designed to be clog-proof with an automatic back flush to filter sewage simply and effectively. Moreover, a monitoring system will flag any potential problems long before they become an issue. Sewage heat recovery is gaining in popularity with operations underway in Norway, Japan, and China’s Beijing South Railway Station. North American cities are now waking up to the fact that there is a valuable energy resource currently flowing under the city streets. Vancouver, Seattle, and Philadelphia have all started experimenting with sewage heat recovery systems. IWS LOGOIn Vancouver, International Wastewater Systems has already installed sewage heat recovery systems, called SHARCs, into several public and private buildings, including the Gateway Theater in Richmond. The Gateway installation will be the first application in Canada that will use raw wastewater directly from the municipal sewer rather than the wastewater coming out of the building. SEWAGE HEAT DISCOVERY SYSTEMAlthough sewage heat recovery systems are applicable to any building, they work best with residential buildings of greater than 200 units or with institutional buildings like hospitals and prisons that have exceptional hot water usage. The most cost-effective time to introduce a heat recovery system into a building is while doing other energy upgrades or retrofits. SEWAGE HEAT DISCOVERYThe option of using sewage heat recovery on a district-wide scale is also being explored worldwide. District energy systems are large-scale, multi-building heating projects that can supply energy over a large area using either recovered energy from other buildings, industrial sources, waste, or by burning carbon-neutral fuels. Sewage heat recovery could easily plug in to district energy infrastructure. FUEL CELL BEST  While sewage may not be as exciting as fuel cells or tidal energy, the fact that it has a payback period of two to five years makes it perhaps the most cost-effective renewable energy system currently available. Sewage heat recovery systems also work at 500 to 600 per cent efficiency, meaning that for every dollar spent on operational costs, $5 of heat is recovered. Moreover, current systems are demonstrating consistent energy saving performance of 76 per cent.

MUELLER TO CROPLynn Mueller is president of International Wastewater Systems in Vancouver.