Saturday, October 30, 2010

World Bank: Annual Report 2010

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2010.

The World Bank's Annual Report and the website that accompanies the report are full of data about the world's 79 poorest countries that the World Bank aids through its International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Development Association.

The 32-page report covers the period from July 2009 to June 2010. Visitors will find that the website for the Report contains a lot of interactive features for a better understanding of the global poverty situation which the World Bank is trying to help alleviate.

The "Data & Research" tab near the top of any page has an "At a Glance" section that features several "Analytical Tools". Visitors won't want to miss the "iSimulate", which allows for performing macroeconomic simulations; "ADePT", which is a software platform for automated economic analysis; and "PovCalNet", which is a poverty analysis tool that "assess[es] global poverty incidence figures."[KMG]

Friday, October 29, 2010

Raising a Digital Generation: Media Awareness Network Launches New Tutorial for Parents

OTTAWA, October 29, 2010 /Canada NewsWire/ - Media Awareness Network (MNet) today released e-Parenting Tutorial: Keeping up with your kids' online activities, an online resource to help parents better understand and become actively involved in their children's online lives.

Made possible through financial contributions from Inukshuk Learning Plan Fund and Bell, this engaging interactive tool helps parents increase their awareness of the ways that children and teens are using the Internet for learning, entertainment and socializing, and the issues they may be encountering along the way. Through the exploration of five key themes - homework, cyberbullying, marketing, online relationships and excessive use - parents can develop the knowledge and skills they need to help their children navigate the Internet safely, wisely and responsibly.

"Parents often feel unprepared when it comes to helping their children manage their online lives," said Jane Tallim, Co-Executive Director of MNet. "e-Parenting Tutorial is designed to instill the confidence they need to help their kids become thoughtful cybercitizens."

This practical resource takes a light-hearted approach while tackling serious issues, with downloadable tip sheets and links to further resources to help parents out. The key message throughout is that parents need to talk with their kids about their online explorations and work together to develop ground rules that everyone can live with.

e-Parenting Tutorial is available for free on Media Awareness Network's Web site ( It is also available on Be Web Aware (, an Internet safety Web site for parents developed by MNet in partnership with Bell.

The e-Parenting Tutorial development and promotion partners are the Alberta School Councils' Association, The Alberta Library and the Canadian Home and School Federation.

Media Awareness Network (MNet) is a Canadian not-for-profit centre for media literacy. Its vision is to ensure children and youth possess the necessary critical thinking skills and tools to understand and actively engage with media. MNet's programs are funded by its public and private sector sponsors, donors and partners, who include: CTV • Canwest • TELUS • Canadian Internet Registration Authority • National Film Board of Canada • Bell. (

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

National UNICEF Day - Celebrating Canada's Philanthropic Spirit - October 31st

TORONTO, October 26, 2010 /Canada NewsWire/ - While many think of Halloween as a time for costumes, candy and celebration, it's important to remind Canadian's that October 31st has been declared National UNICEF Day by the Government of Canada. An occasion to celebrate Canada's generous contributions to the children around the world, it's also a timely reminder that thousands of children rely on UNICEF's support for their very survival. Twenty-two thousand children die every day from mainly preventable causes. UNICEF believes that number should be zero.

"Canadians have supported UNICEF for over 55 years, providing funds for the world's neediest children," said Sue Larkin, UNICEF Canada. "We are extremely grateful to Canadians for their continued generosity, but also want to stress that the need for fundraising is greater than ever. This October, Canadians have the opportunity to participate in National UNICEF Day and help us achieve our goal of zero preventable deaths."

By supporting National UNICEF Day Canadians can make a meaningful difference with the click of a button. Donations have the capacity to significantly change a child's life. Examples of what donations can achieve include:
$10 buys a life-saving bed net
$25 provides therapeutic milk to save a malnourished child's life
$87 purchases a bicycle that can help fetch water and do chores
$509 will buy a community water pump to provide life-giving water
$1,420 will purchase a school tent
$5,200 will provide education supplies for an entire school

The traditional Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign raised more than $100 million in funds since its inception in Canada in 1955. What began with the iconic orange collection box has evolved into a comprehensive fundraising program that extends throughout the month of October, culminating in National UNICEF Day on October 31. While the orange collection box is no longer in use, Canadians can get involved through their schools, communities and workplaces or by visiting By taking the program virtual, all Canadians can participate and reignite the nostalgia associated with the orange box.


UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF Canada and its work visit:

Monday, October 25, 2010

As cholera outbreak spreads, World Vision deploys teams to distribute emergency health supplies, focus on preventative measures

- Malnourished children, people with HIV and AIDS and the elderly are the most vulnerable, aid agency says

- World Vision health workers are reminding families that hand washing can save lives, prevent spread of cholera

PORT-AU-PRINCE, October 24, 2010 /Canada NewsWire/ - As the cholera outbreak continues to spread in the Artibonite region of Haiti, World Vision is increasing its response in affected areas, pre-positioning much-needed health supplies and preparing residents in its displacement camps in Port-au-Prince with critical, life-saving health and hygiene messages.

On Wednesday, the international relief organization deployed a team of 12 nurses, a doctor, and about 50 community health workers to Mirebalais, a community approximately 50 miles southeast of St. Marc, where the group developed and carried out a rapid awareness campaign at seven schools, reaching an estimated 3,000 students. They discussed how the illness is caught and what to do to avoid it.

A team has also been sent to Mirebalais to supplement World Vision's relief efforts. The team is assessing water sources, sanitation facilities and latrines, while simultaneously providing messaging about prevention and distribution of oral rehydration solution, soap, and aquatabs. World Vision's health manager in Port-au-Prince, Dr. Reginald Lubin, noted that cholera is caused by a bacterial infection which can cause people to lose more than 30 liters of fluid in a single day.

World Vision is conducting a mass distribution of soap in Port-au-Prince, as well as cleaning and desludging all of the latrines in camps where the organization is present. Staff are also continuing to check the chlorination levels on all water that they supply. Additional hand washing stations are being installed in camps, and World Vision is educating residents on the importance of hand washing and hygiene.

World Vision has identified sites within its camps to serve as quarantine areas in Port-au-Prince should the outbreak reach the city. Staff are being trained to identify the symptoms of cholera and are positioning trucks that will be able to take suspected cases to the hospital for treatment. World Vision is also working to make sure its staff are protected by providing them with face masks and gloves.

"While we can't be sure the direction this will take, we're preparing for challenging weeks ahead. Right now, the priority is to continue doing everything we can to stop the spread of this fast-moving disease. Malnourished children, people living with HIV and AIDS and the elderly are the most vulnerable right now. We are doing everything we can to let people know that simple measures like hand washing can save lives. We are coordinating with the Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization, and other agencies to respond effectively and efficiently. Quick identification and treatment is vital to containing the outbreak." - Sabrina Pourmand Nolen, World Vision's program director in Port-au-Prince

"If this hits our camps we are going to need a lot of support. It could spread very rapidly and so we must be ready to react immediately. This is why we are stepping up prevention efforts, pre-positioning supplies and establishing contingency plans." - Dr. Reginald Lubin, World Vision's health manager in Port-au-Prince

World Vision is a leading Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by our Christian values, we are dedicated to working with the world's most vulnerable people. We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Random Acts of Kindness - November 12th, 2010

The Guelph Community Foundation is holding the city’s first Random Acts of Kindness Day on Friday November 12, 2010. The day encourages each of us to do something kind for another person and is an opportunity to appreciate our fellow citizens and build our community.

Random Acts of Kindness Day is NOT about fundraising or giving money – just a day to celebrate simple acts of kindness like buying someone a coffee, congratulating someone on a job well done, driving someone to an appointment, holding a door open, carrying someone’s groceries, etc…

25,000 Random Act of Kindness Day cards are available in Guelph and Wellington County. The cards encourage the holder to perform a simple act of kindness for someone and then hand over the card so that person can “pay it forward”.

Get involved! Place posters and cards in high traffic spots at work and around our community – give them to friends, family, co-workers or people you’ve just met.

Started in 2008 by The Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation, this year Guelph joins Cambridge & North Dumfries, London, Brantford and Orillia.

Click here for 101 Random Acts of Kindness: 101 Random Acts of Kindness PDF

Randon Acts of Kindness cards available at:

Brisson Leis & Associates
Meridian Credit Union, 200 Speedvale Ave. West
Meridian Credit Union, 370 Stone Road West
Meridian Credit Union, 2 Clair Road East

RLB Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors, 15 Lewis Road, or call Kim Carpentier at (519) 822-9933.

The Co-operators, Darren Scott and Dan Burnham, Agents 2-247 Eramosa Rd.
The Co-operators,Paul Moran and Brad Barbrou, Agents 101-649 Scottsdale Dr.
The Co-operators, David Bruce, Agent, 218 Silvercreek Pkwy N

KH&A Printing - 355 Elmira Road North, Unit 121

City of Guelph locations:
West End Community Centre – 21 Imperial Road South
Victoria Road Recreation Centre – 151 Victoria Road North
Sleeman Centre – 50 Woolwich Street
Guelph Museums – 6 Dublin Street South
River Run Centre – 35 Woolwich Street
Service Guelph – 1 Carden Street
Evergreen Seniors Community Centre – 683 Woolwich Street
Library (Main Branch) – 100 Norfolk Street

Meridian Credit Union, 100 MacQueen Blvd
The Co-operators, Craig Janzen, Agent 4-860 Tower St S

Friday, October 15, 2010

Food Banks Canada encourages Canadians to take action against hunger on World Food Day

TORONTO, October 15, 2010 /Canada NewsWire/ - On Saturday, October 16, people around the world will be marking the 30th anniversary of World Food Day. The theme for 2010 is "United Against Hunger," and the goal is to bring attention to efforts made to reduce and prevent hunger around the globe. Food Banks Canada is calling on Canadians to make an impact on hunger locally by supporting their community food banks and other food assistance programs.

In 2009, one billion people experienced hunger globally, and Canada did not escape the problem. Nearly two million Canadians report being food insecure - they often worry about not having enough food, can't afford to eat the foods they would like, or go without food because they don't have enough for themselves and their families.1 Each month, nearly 800,000 Canadians are assisted by a food bank - 37% of those helped are children.2

Canadian food banks provide what has become an essential service in their communities. Not only do they offer food to those in need, many also provide services and supports such as nutrition education, referrals to other community services, and assistance in the search for employment, affordable housing, child care and health services. Food banks are, for many, the first step on a path back to financial health - they allow those experiencing difficulty to stop, take a breath, and make a plan to get back on track.

Unfortunately, with the effects of the 2008-09 recession still being felt across the country, food banks are struggling to meet the increased need for their services. Food bank use grew by 18% from 2008 to 2009 - the largest year-over-year increase on record - and we are hearing across the country that food banks continue to assist individuals and families at higher-than-normal levels.

On World Food Day, Saturday, October 16th, Canadians can take a number of actions to address hunger in Canada and around the world:

...Donate food and funds to your local community food bank so that your less fortunate neighbours will be able to access help when they require it.

...Make a cash donation to your provincial food bank association, which is supporting food banks and other food assistance programs across your province. (For a list of community food banks and provincial associations, visit here).

...Make a secure online donation to Food Banks Canada here.

...Learn more about World Food Day and sign a petition supported by the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization at

...Host or participate in a Kitchen Table Talk for the People's Food Policy Project (, an effort to create a comprehensive federal food policy for Canada.

About Food Banks Canada

Food Banks Canada is the national charitable organization representing the food bank community across Canada. Our Members, Affiliate Member food banks, and their respective agencies serve approximately 85% of people accessing emergency food programs nationwide. We continue to work to find short term and long term solutions for the close to 800,000 hungry Canadians who are assisted by a food bank every month.

About World Food Day

Launched by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the goal of World Food Day is to raise awareness of those living with food insecurity around the world.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

World Religions Gathering in Waterloo on October 16th, 2010

Theme: Keeping Faith Alive in Contemporary Society
Scholars from 8 theological perspectives
Multi Faith Presentations and Songs
30th Anniversary Celebration - World Religions Conference in Canada
Waterloo, Ontario, October 16, 2010

WATERLOO, Ontario October 14, 2010 /Canada NewsWire/ - In a society driven by media, high technology, scientific advancements and entertainment - the conference will explore how different faiths can strive to keep faith alive.

The World Religions Conference (WRC) has been serving for the last 30 years in Canada as an invaluable means for bringing different religious and ethnic communities together in a manner which breeds tolerance, peace, cooperation, and understanding amongst the different religions within our society. This event is now the largest Multi-faith events of its kind in Canada.

The event is expected to draw several hundred from the region. Distinguished speakers will be representing Christianity, Judaism, Aboriginals, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Humanism (Atheists and Agnostics) and Islam at the conference. Organizations will present poems and songs and set up an Exhibition.

Several Local, Provincial and National leaders of Canada, are scheduled to deliver greetings.

Complimentary Lunch and dinner. Free Admission. For details visit

Artist and Author Shares Her Childhood Memories of the Depression

Wellington County Museum OCTOBER 14, 2010 ABOYNE – On exhibit from October 16, 2010 to February 20, 2011 the Wellington County Museum and Archives is pleased to present Allie’s Kids: Illustrations by Lois Beams MacKenzie.

Inspired by Ms. MacKenzie’s published memoirs in 2009, fifteen original framed illustrations highlight her family life in the Depression and her mother Allie’s struggles raising a large family.

In the 1990s, Lois joined the Elora Memoir Group and began recording the story of her life. Her illustrations are a remarkable expression of those memories and we are delighted to share some of them in this exhibition.

Born in 1923, Lois’ father was killed in a sawmill accident in Fergus when she was just five years old. Her mother remarried and bore several more children in the 1930s. Life with Lois’ stepfather was harsh and jobs were non-existent. During the Depression, the family moved twenty-two times in twelve years, each dilapidated house worse than the last. Lois’ memoirs present vivid and honest recollections of the hardships of poverty. Her great zest for life allows her to embrace the warm memories of simple pleasures and family love.

Though untrained, Lois is a gifted artist and writer with the unique ability to bring memories alive in visuals and the written word. Copies of her book, Allie’s Kids, are available at the Museum’s gift shop.

The Wellington County Museum and Archives is located on Wellington Road #18 between Fergus and Elora, and it is open weekdays from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm on weekends and holidays.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Timothy Eaton Memorial Church Celebrates its 100th Anniversary

TORONTO, October 13, 2010 /Canada NewsWire/ - Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, one of the leading congregations of the United Church of Canada, will celebrate the centennial anniversary of its historic founding with special worship services on Sunday, October 24 at 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

The 10:30 service will include a message from Dr. Stirling honouring the occasion, a special choral presentation composed by Andrew Ager and written by Janet Mason. The music will be augmented by guest musicians and conducted by Julia Sankey. There will also be displays of artifacts and historical memorabilia reflecting our church's past and an unveiling and dedication of the new centenary plaque.

The 7:00 p.m. service will include a special liturgy reflecting the language and style of the earliest services at TEMC as well as modern expressions of our faith. Our special guest preacher is Dr. Michael Quicke from Chicago. Dr. Quicke was appointed C.W. Koller Professor of Preaching and Communication at Northern Seminary, Lombard in 2000 and continues to serve in that position to this day. Dr. Peter Holmes, senior minister of Yorkminster Park Baptist church will participate in the service, along with their choir and organist, William Maddox and members of their congregation will join our own.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Green Pledge Sees Moderator Riding the Rails

TORONTO, October 10, 2010 /Canada NewsWire/ - When Mardi Tindal was elected Moderator of The United Church of Canada in August 2009, she vowed to do as much travel as possible using "green friendly" transportation.

Well, this week the rubber hits the road—or rather hits the rails—as Tindal heads off early Tuesday morning on a train journey called the Spirit Express. During the first leg of this journey, Tindal will travel by train from Toronto to northern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

Tindal's month-long journey is a first in terms of how a Moderator's travel is usually scheduled during the three years she or he serves as the church's spiritual leader. Most often a Moderator's visits are planned over a 6- to 10-day period in each of the church's 13 regional Conferences. Tindal's travel by train means she will schedule multiple Conference visits back to back at least twice during her term as Moderator. In the spring and fall of 2011, Tindal will head east through Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritime provinces.

"The non-stop pace may be tiring, but I am looking forward to being able to practise what I preach in terms of encouraging all of us to participate in God's work of healing and mending creation," comments Tindal.

She says she knew that managing her carbon footprint would be difficult during a three-year term where she would be expected to travel extensively. To date Tindal estimates her air travel as Moderator has burned approximately 11 tonnes of carbon. She has challenged the church to help her reduce the impact of that travel by taking actions that offset the carbon emissions she knows will accumulate as a result of fulfilling her role as Moderator. One congregation, St. Paul's United Church in Kindersley, Saskatchewan, reports that they have reduced their carbon emissions output by almost 34 tonnes per year, which more than offsets the Moderator's first year of air travel.

But Tindal wants to do more, so she has pledged to limit her travel by air as much as she can by intentionally planning her Conference visits in a way that accommodates travelling primarily by train. As she travels the country, Tindal will be hosting a series of town-hall meetings where she will carry her message of how we can find ways to live abundantly within the natural limits of God's creation. She sees the town hall meetings as opportunities for kitchen-table-type conversations about the state of our environment.

"We need to be able to celebrate people's stories of hope—their green achievements—as well as hear their stories of suffering and concern about climate and ocean change," says Tindal.

People interested in tracking the Moderator's travels on the Spirit Express can do so by visiting

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Norfolk United Church ‘miffed’ after thieves make off with antique hitching post

Guelph Mercury October 08, 2010
Drew Halfnight, Mercury staff

GUELPH — Members of Norfolk United Church are upset after someone entered their place of worship and made off with a weighty lawn ornament.

The antique horse-head hitching post had been temporarily shifted to inside the church before it disappeared on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Church administrator Sharon Huska said it was made entirely of cast iron and weighed at least 75 kilograms.

“It was so heavy,” she said, adding it took two muscle-bound contractors to haul it inside the church in the first place.

“You’d have to have a couple of people. You’d need a vehicle. I think this was planned out,” she said of the theft.

Huska said she and her fellow churchgoers are feeling “a little miffed” and “kind of violated,” especially considering the culprit or culprits stole it from within a House of God.

“Who does this? How could they come and take something from the church?” she said. “The church welcomes people. It’s kind of like an abuse of that when you turn around and take something.”

The hitching post, which looks like a black chess knight mounted on a pillar, had stood sentry at the Norfolk Street entrance for 25 years, Huska said. “It welcomes people into the church. It’s a piece of history.”

Before that, it stood in front of a 100-year-old manse on Liverpool Street where, Huska suspected, anyone paying a visit to the church minister could hitch his steed to a ring through its mouth.

The post was to be displayed prominently in a landscape redesign the church commissioned in preparation for its 175th anniversary next year.

After it was moved to a landing inside the church last month to accommodate the landscaping, several people noticed and praised it, Huska said.

Like most churches, Norfolk United is unlocked for large stretches at a time.

Church officials called police, who filled out a report over the phone.

Huska said she expected the post was gone forever, unless “the police find it dragged off some place and they bring it back.”

Anyone who sees a black antique horsehead hitching post — Huska said only a few original hitching posts remain in Guelph — is asked to call Norfolk United at 519-822-6165.

... read full story at the Guelph Mercury

Friday, October 8, 2010

Canada Post reminds customers of international mailing dates for the Holidays

The earliest date is next week - October 12!

OTTAWA, October 7, 2010 /Canada NewsWire/ - Even though the holiday season seems far away, Canada Post would like to remind everyone that it is already time to think about planning international holiday mailings. As they do every year, foreign countries have notified Canada Post of the optimal time to send holiday cards and parcels to ensure delivery in their country in time for the holidays.

The earliest suggested deadline for the most economical parcel service is October 12 for Africa, the Middle East and New Zealand. Parcels for Central and South America, Asia and Australia should be sent by October 18; and October 25 for Carribean and European destinations. Parcels shipped to the US should be sent by December 8. Canada Post does offer priority services for those who cannot meet these early-bird special rates.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Particulate Air Pollution Strongly Linked With Increased Diabetes Prevalence in US Study

by Matthew McDermott, New York, NY

A new study published in Diabetes Care finds that there is a strong link between particulate air pollution and the rising prevalence of adult diabetes in the United States. Pollution was found to be a serious risk factor even after other risk factors, such as obesity and ethnicity, were adjusted for. What's more, the relationship between pollution and diabetes occurs at levels below current EPA limits.

The report opens, commenting on the connection between particulate air pollution and diabetes:

Environmental pollution, especially particulate matter between 0.1 and 2.5 micrometers in size (PM2.5), may be a neglected risk factor for diabetes. As a main component of haze, smoke, and motor vehicle exhaust, PM2.5 is dangerous in part because of its small size and ability to invade critical human organs in the respiratory and vascular systems. Exposure to higher levels of air pollution exaggerates adipose inflammation and insulin resistance in a mouse model of diet-induced obesity. In diabetic patients, plasma inflammatory markers increase in response to higher PM2.5 exposure.

Previous laboratory studies have found precursors to diabetes resulting from exposure to particulate air pollution, but this is among the first efforts to examine the connection on a large scale, examining actual human populations.

To do so the scientists examined EPA data on PM2.5 pollution from the entire contiguous US between 2004 and 2005 and checked it against Centers for Disease Control and US Census data on prevalence of adult diabetes and what other risk factors might be at play... read more story at

Mitchell Frederick Hepburn honoured through Premiers' Gravesites Program

ST. THOMAS, Ontario, October 1, 2010 /Canada NewsWire/ - Today, the Ontario Heritage Trust unveiled a marker commemorating the gravesite of the Honourable Mitchell Frederick Hepburn, Premier of Ontario from 1934 to 1942.

"Mitchell F. Hepburn was a charismatic politician and a gifted orator who led the province through a challenging period in its history," said Dr. Thomas H.B. Symons, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust. "We are proud to honour his years of service with this gravesite marker."

Ontario's eleventh premier was born near St. Thomas in 1896. He was elected to federal parliament in 1926. In 1930, he accepted the leadership of the Ontario Liberals. Premier from 1934 to 1942, Hepburn was in power for the latter part of the Depression and the beginning of the Second World War. Hepburn carried out cost-saving measures and challenged Prime Minister Mackenzie King over what he felt was an apathetic war effort. In 1942, Hepburn resigned as premier, but retained his seat until 1945, when he retired to his farm. He died in 1953.

"Many innovations were introduced in Ontario during Hepburn's premiership," said Minister of Tourism and Culture Michael Chan. "Through his efforts, the province saw changes ranging from improvements to highways and hydro service to an overhauled pension system."

The Premiers' Gravesites Program honours Ontario's former premiers and their service to Ontario by marking their gravesites. Specially designed bronze markers inscribed with the individual premier's name and dates of service are installed at each gravesite, along with flagpoles flying the Ontario flag, where possible.

This program is administered by the Ontario Heritage Trust with funding support from the Government of Ontario. The Trust is an agency of the government dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's heritage for the benefit of present and future generations. The Ontario Heritage Trust also administers Doors Open Ontario. From April to October each year, communities open the doors to some of their most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free. Doors Open St. Thomas runs October 2-3, while Doors Open Port Stanley-Sparta runs October 2, 2010. Visit for event details.

Quick Facts:

...Eighteen premiers will be commemorated through the Premiers' Gravesites Program.

...This is the 11th marker to be unveiled through the program since it began in 2008.

Learn More:

For more information on the Premiers' Gravesites Program, visit