My New Friend, El Gato

first_imgThe last thing I wanted in this world was a cat.The picture you see here is my family’s new cat. I named him “El Gato.” My youngest daughter asked me if we could adopt a cat from the Delaware County Animal Shelter. She said she wanted to adopt “some old boy that nobody wants.” How could I say no? She found an 8-year old cat named Blaze, and we went and visited him.My little one liked old Blaze, so I filled out the paperwork. But when I handed in the paperwork, the volunteer’s face told me something was wrong. Someone had filled out paperwork and claimed Blaze 15 minutes earlier. So my little girl looked around and found this kitten. He was too old to get the attention of the young kids who were interested in the smaller kittens, all of whom were gone almost immediately. El Gato was aloof, asleep, and not happy about her pulling him out of the big cage where he lived alone.So we sprung El Gato.There were six or seven dogs locked up at the shelter. One was a two-year old terrier-lab mix named Boo. He was a sweet and very sad dog. I would have brought him home with me if I could have, but that wasn’t a possibility. So as I paid for El Gato, I asked to pay for Boo, too. The volunteer thanked me for paying for Boo, and she confirmed my assumption that my having paid for him would make it easier and faster for him to find a home. I checked the website, and it looks Boo found a home, too.Last night, El Gato jumped on my chest at 4:00 AM and started purring like a machine. I swear he was trying to steal my breath. Then, he walked across my pillow and onto my bedside table. His fur is very black, but I could make out his head stuffed into my glass of water. Then he came back and licked my head. I pushed him away and he slept on my wife’s pillow for awhile. Then he went back to my glass of water, and as he was finishing his second drink, he knocked the glass over, drenching the books on my table.I woke up to El Gato wrapped around my arm, playfully biting me. Yeah, that’s the kitten, El Gato.It’s the Holiday season. You are going to be giving and receiving gifts. You are going to be celebrating with the people you love. But there are souls that are less fortunate than we are.The charity of my choice here in Columbus is called Faith Mission. They feed and give shelter to as many as 400 homeless families every night. It costs them a couple bucks per person to feed each person a meal. I also help a program here in our school district that feeds kids whose families don’t have enough food to feed them over the weekends (Share BacAPac).I also support Ohio Rottweiler Rescue. I don’t own Rottweilers and never have. But Gayla, the proprietor, literally goes out and rescues abused dogs, often releasing them from the trees that they have been chained to for years. One dog she rescued just had to have a bullet removed from its neck. The bullet was put there by the owner who left him chained up to a tree for his entire life. Gayla has 15 or 16 dogs she cares for now.You and I can’t do as much to help as we wish we could. But each of us can do something. No matter how small, we can make a difference. Even if we don’t believe that what we have to offer is enough to make the difference, it does.Practice gratitude this holiday season. Be charitable. Know that what you do makes a difference.last_img read more

NREGA Sangharsh Morcha files FIRs for non-payment of wages

first_imgAs part of a nationwide campaign, representatives of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) Sangharsh Morcha and the Rajasthan Unorganised Labour Union on Thursday filed complaints for registration of First Information Reports (FIR) in more than 10 police stations in five districts of the State for non-payment of wages to labourers engaged under the Centre’s flagship scheme.The complainants said that the government’s failure to pay wages and ensure the basic NREGA entitlements to workers “amount[ed] to a crime”, according to the Supreme Court’s judgment of May 13, 2016. The complaints were filed against the Secretary of the Union government’s Department of Rural Development as the “main accused”.NREGA Sangharsh Morcha’s State convenor Mukesh Nirvasit said here that the complaints were drafted with the evidence of offences under Sections 374 (unlawful compulsory labour), Section 420 (cheating) and Section 116 (abetment of offence) of the Indian Penal Code. “We witnessed mixed reactions of the police. At one police station, the labourers were given receipt of the complaint, while the complainants were told at some other places that higher officers would be apprised of it,” he added.The complaints for registration of FIRs were submitted in Ajmer, Pali, Bhilwara, Dungarpur and Udaipur districts. Mr. Nirvasit said ₹778 crore were due for payment to labourers in these districts, while the fund transfer orders (FTOs) had not been processed since January 18 and the workers had been forced to wait for their wages.In a large number of instances, even the submission of job applications, remains an uphill task, and the work is not available within 15 days, as mandated by the NREGA. Labourers were being deprived of the NREGA entitlements, including timely payment of wages, work on demand, compensation for late payment and unemployment allowance because of lack of allocation of proper funds, Mr. Nirvasit said.The NREGA Sangharsh Morcha regretted that Union government had failed to send funds on time to the States for payment of wages to the hard hit rural workers. “On the other hand, the government seems to have plenty of money to fund bullet trains and compensate banks for non-performing assets (NPA) created by corporates,” stated the Morcha.Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had last week requested the Centre to release ₹400 crore for the workers’ wages and ₹600 crore under the material component of the employment scheme to the State for the current financial year’s remaining period. “The delay in the release of payment of pending liabilities has had a cascading effect, leading to slowdown in the completion rate of assets being created under the programme,” Mr. Gehlot said in his letter to Union Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.last_img read more

Photos: The Lauren Sesselmann Story

first_imgAdvertisementLauren Marie Sesselmann (born August 14, 1983) is an American-born Canadian soccer defender, former forward and Olympic bronze medalist currently playing for the Santa Clarita Blue Heat. She was also a member of the Canadian national team from 2011-2015, and is also a trainer, producer and host of the fitness DVD program Fit As A Pro with Lauren Sesselmann.Sesselmann was raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She starred in both soccer and basketball at Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay, winning multiple letters and helping Notre Dame to an undefeated season and a Wisconsin state championship in girls’ basketball in 2001.Following her time at Purdue, Sesselmann remained in the area to play for F.C. Indiana, based in Greater Lafayette. She played in both the Women’s Premier Soccer League in 2007 and W-League in 2008 with the club. She scored nine goals and four assists in 14 games for the Lionesses in 2008, as they were runners-up in the W-League.On January 16, 2009, Sesselmann was drafted by Chicago Red Stars with the 44th overall pick in the 2009 WPS Draft. She was waived prior to the season and signed by Sky Blue FC in May 2009. In 2010, Sesselmann attended training camp with Saint Louis Athletica, but was released during camp. She then signed with the Atlanta Beat, where manager Gareth O’Sullivan converted her from forward to defence. Sesselmann debuted with the Atlanta Beat on April 11, 2010 in a match against Philadelphia Independence, earning her first WPS start at left back.In 2013, she joined FC Kansas City in the new National Women’s Soccer League. On January 10, 2014, it was announced that Sesselmann was selected by the Houston Dash with the third pick in the 2014 NWSL Expansion Draft.However, her role with the Dash has been put into question by a statement from her agent stating it is “in her best interest to explore options as a free agent”.Following two years out of the game, Sesselmann joined the Santa Clarita Blue Heat in May 2017.Sesselmann acquired Canadian citizenship in 2010 through her father, who is from Newfoundland and Labrador, and was called up to the Canadian national team for training camp leading up to two friendlies against the United States in September 2011. She won her first cap on September 17, 2011 as a starter at left back against the US, playing the full 90 minutes. She also started the second game on September 23, 2011.Sesselmann was named to the 18-player Canadian squad for the 2011 Pan American Games at Guadalajara. She started at left back in four of five matches and appeared as a substitute in the other, helping Canada to win the gold medal.In Canada’s run to a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics, Sesselmann started all six matches, two at left back and four at centre back.Sesslemann represented Canada in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In the quarter final match against England, Sesselmann slipped and fell on the turf which resulted in a goal for England.Sesslemann was honoured by Canada Soccer in June 2017 along with fellow Olympic Bronze Medalists Jonelle Filigno, Robyn Gayle, Kaylyn Kyle and Josée Bélanger.Advertisementlast_img read more

A.R. Rahman denies receiving offer from IOA to become Goodwill Ambassador

first_imgMusic composer-singer A.R. Rahman on Monday denied that he has received any offer from the Indian Olympic Associationto become the Goodwill Ambassador for the Rio Olympics but backed superstar Salman Khan for the post.Asked at the trailer launch of film “Pele: Birth of a Legend” about being approached to become a Goodwill Ambassador, he said: “I heard it from the press. It was all over the place; it was on Google news spread. I didn’t get any email yet. Maybe my management knows, I don’t know.”There have been reports that Rahman, along with cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and ace shooter Abhinav Bindra were approached by the IOA to become the Goodwill Ambassador for the Olympics to be held in Rio de Janerio later this year.Rahman on Salman Khan’s appointmentAbout Salman’s appointment, Rahman said: “I think he is a very popular face, why not?”Salman’s appointment has created a controversy with some current and former sportspersons such as athlete Milkha Singh, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and cricketer Gautam Gambhir raising objections and stating that a sportsperson would be a better choice than an actor for the post.Asked if a sportsperson would be better than an actor for the post, Rahman said: “Very true, good question, not to ask me, but the board.”Rahman on composing music for Sachin biopic Along with “Pele: Birth of a Legend”, Rahman has scored music for another sports-based film – the biopic on Sachin Tendulkar. Asked about his favourite sport, Rahman said: “This is a trick question, because I’m doing Sachin’s movie also. I think sports generally – soccer, baseball, football, basketball, cricket – all of them kind of is unifying people, in a way.advertisement”That’s one thing that people can share, there’s nothing dividing them. Of course, countries maybe, but at least in the country it unifies people. So I like the whole sports thing. I’m probably going to go into sports, just because of the physical fitness and the excitement.”After composing music for a football-based film, has he started enjoying football? “I’m starting to enjoy it. I was shooting in LA in a desert and I was practising to kick a ball. I never grew up as a sportsperson; I was constantly in the studio, but things are changing now,” he said.Rahman previously composed and performed the opening song of the London Olympics 2012.last_img read more

Lord Hanuman was a sportsperson, says UP sports minister

first_imgLucknow Dec 24 (PTI) Amid row over Lord Hanuman’s identity, Uttar Pradesh’s sports minister and former cricketer Chetan Chauhan has said that the Hindu deity was a sportsperson.However, he dismissed his party colleagues’ attempts at identifying Lord Hanuman’s caste and said gods don’t have castes.”Hanumanji was a devta, a god and I consider him as god and I worship him.. I am a sportsman and all sportsmen worship power… Humunanji was a symbol of power and strength… He also used to do wrestling and was a sportsman… all wrestlers worship him,” Chauhan said in Amroha Sunday.He added, “There is no caste of gods and saints.. Similarly for me Hanumanji is a god… I do not want to divide him on caste lines.”During campaign for state elections in Rajasthan, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath kicked up a storm by calling Lord Hanuman a Dalit, following which several leaders of his party joined the spree in taking a shot at the lord’s identity and Chauhan’s comment is the latest addition to it.At a rally in Alwar, Adityanath had said Hanuman was a forest dweller, deprived and a Dalit. “Bajrang Bali worked to connect all Indian communities together, from north to south and east to west,” he had said.Following this, a minister in Adityanath’s cabinet, Chaudhary Laxmi Narain, identified Lord Hanuman as Jat.BJP lawmaker Bukkal Nawab went one step ahead and said the lord was a Muslim, as he feels, Muslim names like Rehman, Farman and Zishan resemble that of Hanuman, unlike Hindu names.advertisementThe party has faced strong criticism over the issue from the opposition with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav asking Adityanath to reveal castes of other gods too.Even ally Shiv Sena has hit out at the BJP on the issue with a reference to its demand for Ram temple in Ayodhya. “Although a Ram temple is yet to be constructed in Ayodhya, a debate has started in the BJP over the caste of Hanuman, the embodiment of devotion and loyalty. What is the point in debating the religion and caste of Lord Hanuman,” the Sena had said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’. PTI SAB SOMSOMlast_img read more

Stars Support British Red Cross Nepal Earthquake Appeal

first_imgCelebrities are rallying around to support the British Red Cross’ Nepal Shop Drop – raising vital money for those affected by the earthquake, just by donating unwanted clothes.Since the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal last month, the generous British public have raised £3 million through the British Red Cross’ Nepal Earthquake Appeal.Now people can boost urgent funds by dropping off clothes and goods to one of the Red Cross’ 330 charity shops across the UK – and many famous names are doing just that.Actor James McAvoy said: “Many of us here in the UK, including myself, have been moved by the images of devastation coming from Nepal. The people there have had their lives, homes and livelihoods torn apart.“More money is needed to help families and communities to get through the next few weeks and months, recovering and rebuilding their lives.”Public figures on Twitter have been backing #ShopDrop and asking supporters to get involved – including actor Simon Pegg, singer Conor Maynard and presenter Laura Whitmore.Actor and comedian Victoria Wood has also pledged to clear out her wardrobe. After all, a single carrier bag has an average value of £25: enough for 11 blankets, nine mosquito nets or three tarpaulins.Wood said: “I’ve been a fictional Red Cross shop worker myself in the film Housewife 49. I played Nella Last, a real life Red Cross volunteer who ran a shop in wartime – so I know how valuable these donations have been for more than 70 years.”She added: “This week is Red Cross Week, so let’s make it really count. Please dig out any unwanted stuff and drop it at your local shop. With your help, we can tackle the crisis in Nepal.”last_img read more

Japan utilizes unique form of diplomacy to foster world peace leader tells

Taro Aso, who was designated as Prime Minister just yesterday, told delegates that the country was helping, in a unique way, to bring a lasting peace to the Middle East.He cited the example of a reconciliation initiative pairing up Israeli and Palestinian high school students, who share in the tragedy of having lost at least one relative to terrorism, and invites them to visit Japan.“These young people come to understand that religion and ethnicity make no difference when it comes to the sorrow felt at losing a parent, and they often cry tears upon coming to this realization,” the Prime Minister said. “Through these tears of understanding they will come to see ties between their futures.”By investing in changing the attitudes of the next generation, Japan is laying the groundwork needed to bring peace to the region, he noted.In another scheme, Japan is providing assistance in introducing Israeli irrigation technology to Palestinians in the West Bank to help that land become more fertile.“Here, Japan desires to act as a catalyst, serving as a mediator between the two sides,” Mr. Aso told the Assembly, adding that his country hopes to boost trust, the “scarcest resource of all in the Middle East.”Meanwhile, as the world’s second largest economy, the Asian nation is also uniquely positioned to address the current global financial turmoil, Mr. Aso said.“The task ahead for Japan is already quite clear, namely, that Japan’s primary responsibility lies in invigorating its own economy,” he said, calling this “the most immediately effective contribution that Japan can deliver.” 25 September 2008Japan contributes to promote peace and stability throughout the world through its own form of diplomacy, its new leader said in an address to the General Assembly’s high-level debate today. read more

TSX sharply lower as commodities head south Valeant shares pummelled again

TSX sharply lower as commodities head south; Valeant shares pummelled again TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed sharply lower amid falling commodities prices and another plunge in the shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals.Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index closed down 103.04 points at 13,558.78.The loonie was down 0.07 of a U.S. cent at 75.94 cents.In New York, the Dow Jones average of 30 stocks edged 4.15 points lower to 17,863.43, while the broader S&P 500 was off 2.38 points at 2,099.93 and the Nasdaq fell 14.74 points to 5,127.74.On commodity markets, the December gold contract lost $2 to US$1,104.20 an ounce, while copper shed almost seven cents to US$2.255 a pound.The December contract for benchmark crude oil slumped $1.12 to US$45.20 a barrel while December natural gas shot up 10 cents to US$2.36 per mmBtu. by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 5, 2015 6:56 am MDT Last Updated Nov 5, 2015 at 2:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Brock grad on a path to social change

Recent Brock University graduate Jennifer Bonato is on a mission to empower, inspire and support women across Niagara.Bonato is the current Board of Directors Vice-President for the YWCA Niagara Region, a non-profit organization that provides safe, supportive housing and programs for women across Canada, and will be the new Board of Directors President this coming new year.Bonato credits a large portion of her journey to her experiences at Brock. She graduated from the MA Critical Sociology program this past weekend during Brock’s 100th convocation ceremony. She also completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology at Brock.“My undergraduate career at Brock helped to shape my knowledge of the social world and taught me to critically examine everything,” says Bonato. “I chose the Master of Critical Sociology program because I was looking to deepen my understanding of sociology and the application of social theory to academic research and critical issues.”Bonato’s research, “Monsanto and the Patenting of Life: Is Biotechnology a New Form of Primitive Accumulation in the 21st Century,” is an eco-feminist analysis that parallels the appropriation and use of women’s bodies for capital accumulation by the church and state during the mid-century European witch trials with the use of the bodies of seeds for capital accumulation through biotechnology and genetic engineering by corporations, such as Monsanto.“Jennifer has produced a thoughtful, insightful and well written Major Research Paper,” says her supervisor and Sociology and Women and Gender Studies professor Ana Isla. Bonato presented this research at the International Rural Sociology Association’s World Congress at Ryerson in August and is currently considering avenues of publication.Feminism and social justice has been a major part of Bonato’s life both personally and academically.“Feminism is just a way of looking at the world through a lens that attempts to incorporate the gendered dimension that has been historically excluded,” she explains. “At the same time, feminism isn’t a single thing, and it has different meanings to different people. It asks questions and politicizes the most personal aspects of our social experiences while reclaiming history (/herstory) and actively seeking changes to inequities that shape our lives.”It was very important for Bonato to work with a feminist organization like the YW to continue to empower and support women and commit to her passion for social change. She has been involved with the YW since volunteering at the No Fixed Address event in the summer of 2013 and became a board member in 2015. Bonato is excited and honoured to become the next President of the Board of Directors and to continue her work in the organization.As part of her involvement, Bonato is one of the organizers behind the YW’s third-annual Niagara Leadership Summit for Women that is taking place Saturday, October 22 at Brock University with the theme of “Innovating Leadership”. The summit is a full day conference designed to inspire, build community connections and recognize women’s leadership in Niagara and features a variety of guest speakers, workshops and discussions about innovative approaches to leadership.The program will feature a keynote address by Brock University Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo and a diverse variety of speakers and workshop leaders, including Brock’s Communication, Popular Culture & Film professor Karen Smith and other inspiring Brock faculty, staff and students and influential community members.“Whether it is navigating a work environment that has historically been exclusive of female leadership, developing tools to distribute knowledge within your community, committing to intentional self-care, or learning how to be a supportive leader, these are all types of innovative leadership,” says Bonato. “We hope that attendees will leave the day feeling motivated and empowered, with new knowledge and a sense of shared community support.”Brock University is excited to be a part of this event and is proud of Jennifer’s contributions and successes as she enters her new role as the YWCA Niagara Region Board of Directors President. Bonato advises students to become involved in issues and organizations on and off campus. “University allows you to develop ways of thinking and seeing, but it’s important to find ways to apply these skills and to carve out your niche. Graduate school is a great way to shift from consumer-of-knowledge to producer-of-knowledge, so finding ways to share your knowledge becomes more and more important.”To learn more about graduate studies at Brock, visit read more

Metso portable crushing and screening plant for Kazakh iron operation

first_imgMetso has received an order for a Metso NW220GPD portable crushing and screening plant to be delivered to Saburkhan Technologies at Aktas, Saran city, Kazakhstan. This order is among the first containerised wheel-mounted crushing plants to be transported overseas. The innovative mobile features of the Metso NW220GPD allow the equipment to be dismantled and packed into standard sea containers for easier, faster and more cost-efficient transportation.“We were looking for an affordable and user friendly solution that would also allow for efficiencies in our operations. The Metso NW220GPD portable crushing and screening plant was the right solution for us,” says Berkut Mainin, Technical Director, Saburkhan Technologies. The order will be included in Metso’s Q4 2015 orders received and the delivery will take place by January 2016.“The revolutionary Metso NW Series crushing and screening plant allows customers to improve profitability at even the most challenging crushing sites and to move to the next site more easily than ever. The combination of the Metso NW106 primary jaw crushing plant and the NW220GPD secondary cone crushing plant with a large dual-slope screen has been optimised to be relocated regularly. Adequate features, like the hydraulically fine-adjustable support legs, hopper walls and screen lifting, will further facilitate fast installation and dismantling for frequent relocations. The associated conveyor in the rapid range has also been designed for easy and quick set up. The complete portable plant is very easy and safe to operate and maintain on site.”The Metso NW Series is the first and only wheel-mounted crushing plant on the market that fits compactly into standard 40 ft (12 m) containers so that it can be shipped quickly and cost efficiently overseas or by railway transportation. “Therefore, in addition to helping customers achieve a rapid plant set up as well as easy and safe operations and maintenance on site, this innovative solution helps customers reduce the delivery time and the cost associated with ocean freight.”“At Metso, our goal is to provide our customers with cost-efficient solutions without compromising quality. The Metso NW Series crushing and screening plant offers Metso’s well-known quality and safety standards at an affordable investment cost for our customers around the world. All of our customers – whether a contractor looking for frequent relocation of their portable plants or a quarry owner looking for easy and quick set up – will benefit from Metso’s rapid portable solutions,” says Eric Lavieville, Global Product Manager, Portable Plants, Metso.Saburkhan Technologies was established more than 50 years ago and is now one of the major suppliers of Fe and Fe-Mn concentrates in Kazakhstan. The “Extraction of Fe-Mn ores on Big and Middle Ktay deposits” project, which includes solid minerals waste processing, is among the economic and social growth projects it is participating in the Karagandy region.last_img read more

Prices leaked for Motorola Xoom and HTC Thunderbolt

first_imgIt’s hard for mobile phone manufacturers and wireless carriers to keep secrets these days thanks to tipsters, but if it weren’t for tipsters us folks in the media wouldn’t have anything to write about. Case in point, we now have an idea of what the price of the Motorola Xoom and the HTC Thunderbolt will be when they are launched thanks to a leaked minimum advertised price (MAP) list.A retailer is not locked into selling a device at the MAP price, but they must do so if they wish to access funds to assist in the marketing of that device.Both devices form part of Verizon Wireless‘ latest 4G line-up, which the carrier first announced at CES 2011. Here’s some further details on both:Motorola XOOM – 10.1-inch HD 4G LTE upgradable tablet, Android Honeycomb, 1080p HD video, Adobe Flash Player, front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chats and 5-megapixel camera to capture video in 720P HD. Mobile hotspot capability provides connection for up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices.HTC Thunderbolt (exclusive to Verizon Wireless) – HTC Sense 2.0, Skype mobile with video, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 4.3″ WVGA display, Dolby surround sound, 8-megapixel camera and HD video recording, wireless DLNA capability.According to leaks, the Motorola Xoom will have a MAP price of $799 while the HTC Thunderbolt will be $249.99. The Xoom price may seem high for a tablet, but keep in mind it’s 4G compatible and is powered by Android 3.0 which has been specifically designed for tablets. Also, customers can typically expect to spend on average around $200 for a good smartphone, so the additional $50 premium for the HTC Thunderbolt is not a bad one to pay for 4G access either.Read more at Android Centrallast_img read more

Irelands largest windfarm begins powering 50000 homes

first_img Mar 23rd 2017, 5:25 PM 117 Comments By Gráinne Ní Aodha Ireland’s largest windfarm begins powering 50,000 homes The windfarm is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 100,000 tonnes each year. Short URL Source: EnergiaIRELAND’S LARGEST WINDFARM at Meenadreen in south Donegal, has begun to supply power to homes and businesses across Ireland.The windfarm contains 38 turbines and is capable of producing enough electricity to power 50,000 homes. 39,431 Views center_img Thursday 23 Mar 2017, 5:25 PM Source: EnergiaIt is the culmination of years of development work and construction, which started in 2014, took 26 months to complete.Energia Renewables has invested €145 million to develop the windfarm, bringing its total investment in wind farms developments to over €500 million.Meenadreen is expected to reduce Ireland’s carbon dioxide emissions by 100,000 tonnes each year. Source: EnergiaEnergia Renewables say they supply 25% of Ireland’s wind power to Irish homes and businesses.Peter Baillie, Managing Director of Energia Renewables, commented, “Since 2008 Energia has invested over €350 million in developing and constructing new windfarms. We are very proud to have delivered this large-scale project and to finally see it start supplying energy to homes and businesses around the island of Ireland.”Read: ‘It’s a disaster’: Family affected by windfarm’s turbine flickerRead: The distance from a wind turbine to a house should be 10 times its height says new bill Share1630 Tweet Email10 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Borough Looks At Switching To Borough Manager

first_imgCooper: “This ordinance is something I have believed in for a very long time. We have had mayors in this borough that were very qualified and we’ve had mayors that were not. So this is not an attack on this administration solely.” A public hearing will be held at the borough meeting on Tuesday. If it passes the assembly the question would go on the fall ballot for voters to decide on October 1. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough has begun to scratch the surface on a debate on whether or not to move towards a borough management style instead of the current mayor style. In a ordinance put before the borough assembly, under a manager form of government, the mayor would still be elected areawide but no longer be the chief administrator of the borough. Instead, a borough manager would be appointed by majority vote of the assembly on the basis of administrative qualifications to serve as the chief administrator. center_img Currently, twelve of the state’s 19 boroughs employ a manager to administer day-to-day operations versus a mayor. The ordinance was introduced by Assemblywoman Kelly Cooper, and Assemblyman Hal Smalley. The mayor would serve as chair of the assembly, still be able to participate in assembly discussions, may vote on assembly actions in the case of a tie, and may veto assembly actions, according to the ordinance. last_img read more

Report Media Deal Values Fall 70 Percent

first_imgThrough the third quarter, transactions in the media, information, marketing services and related technologies sectors are down 70 percent over the same period last year, says an M&A report released Thursday by the Jordan, Edmiston Group.Overall, JEGI tracked 619 media deals through the third quarter this year, with a combined value $26.6 billion —down severely from $87.5 billion over 636 deals during the same period last year.Deal values during the period were down in 10 of the 11 industry sectors tracked by JEGI, with b-to-b magazine values falling 87.4 percent and consumer values down 95 percent. Deal values in the online media and technology category, totaling $7.7 billion, were down only 6.9 percent.The number of newspaper transactions was practically identical to the number this period as last (33 this, 31 last year) but deal value plummeted 93 percent to $936 million (was $13.3 billion in 2007). Newsletter publishing posted $153 million over 11 deals, and was the lone category to see a value increase (up 10.1 percent). Database information services was the most active category year-to-date with 36 deals (up 63.6 percent over 22 deals last year). Deal value in the category, however, was down nearly 60 percent.Declining deal value is indicative of the financial uncertainty in the U.S. and global markets. Private equity groups are holding onto their money, the report says, controlling $450 billion in uninvested capital worldwide.last_img read more

Youths body recovered in Jessore

first_imgPolice recovered body of a young man from a betel nut orchard at Mujgonni village in Monirampur upazila of Jessore district on Friday morning.The deceased is Ashraful Islam, 30, son of late Abdul Kader of the village.Monirampur police station officer-in-charge Md Mokarram Hossain said locals spotted the body at the orchard in the morning and informed police.Later, police recovered the body and sent it to Jessore Sadar Hospital for autopsy, the OC said, adding that there were marks on the victim’s throat which could be from strangulation.Victim’s wife Hamida Khatun alleged that there was an extramarital affair between Ashraful and Khaleda Khatun, wife of a Malaysia expatriate Abdur Razzak, a neighbour.Ashraful might be strangulated to death over the affair, she added.Police took Khadela Khatun to their custody for interrogation, the OC said.last_img read more

Indonesian fishermen rescue 5 stranded Rohingyas

first_imgFive Rohingyas stranded at sea for almost three weeks have been rescued by Indonesian fishermen but another five of them died during the harrowing ordeal, officials said Friday.News of the rescue comes several days after the arrival in Malaysia of another boat carrying dozens of members of the persecuted Muslim minority from Myanmar.The group of two men, aged 28 and 33, a 20-year-old woman, a 15-year-old girl and an eight-year old boy were spotted Monday in a small boat in waters off southern Thailand and Myanmar, 325 kilometres (176 miles) from Aceh province in Muslim-majority Indonesia.The fishermen took them back to Aceh on Sumatra island and the group arrived early Friday.”They were immediately brought to a local hospital for treatment as they were weak,” Abdul Musafir, head of the East Aceh search and rescue team, told AFP.”But I’m sure they will be fit again after a couple of days in hospital.”Musafir added that the group said they had been travelling with some two dozen other Rohingya but got separated. He did not provide further details.East Aceh police said the rescued five were stranded at sea for about 20 days while five others had starved to death and their bodies were thrown overboard.It has been rare for Rohingya migrants to attempt the sea routes south since Thai authorities clamped down on regional trafficking networks in 2015, sparking a crisis across Southeast Asia as large numbers were abandoned at sea.But there have been concerns desperate migrants might start taking to the high seas again after mainly Buddhist Myanmar launched a new crackdown last year that forced about 700,000 members of the stateless Muslim minority to flee to Bangladesh.In 2015 hundreds of Rohingyas came ashore in Aceh, where they were welcomed in the staunchly conservative Islamic province.last_img read more

8848 Bangladeshis languishing in foreign jails FM

first_imgForeign minister AK Abdul Momen. File photoForeign minister AK Abdul Momen on Thursday informed parliament that a total of 8,848 Bangladeshis are now staying in jails or detention centres of different countries, including India, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and the USA, reports UNB.The minister came up with the statistics while responding to a question by treasury bench MPM Abdul Latif (Chattogram-11).As per the data, the highest 2,051 Bangladeshis are now languishing in different prisons of India, including 2,031 in Kolkata.Besides, the minister said,1,289 Bangladeshis are now staying in prisons in Saudi Arabia while1,156 in the UAE, 693 in Bahrain, 572 in Malaysia, 442 in Oman, 351 in Qatar, 316 in Kuwait, 275 In Iraq, 243 in Iran, 126 in the UK and 79 in the USA.Momen said his ministry with the help of Bangladesh embassies and high commissions is working to bring the Bangladeshis back from the jails of those countries.He said the foreign ministry usually appoints lawyers, prepare travel documents and necessary papers for either reducing the tenure of punishment or getting clemency whenever any Bangladeshi is jailed by foreign countries.last_img read more

How To Win The Presidency With 23 Percent Of The Popular Vote

first_img Share Stacy ThreattIt’s that time again: time for Americans to figure out how, exactly, their presidential election works. “Electoral College” searches spike every four years, just before Election Day, according to Google … and the search volume is picking up right now.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Long story short: To win the presidency, you don’t have to win the majority of the popular vote. You have to win the majority of electoral votes — that is, 270 of them.* In most states, a candidate wins electoral votes by winning the most voters.So. Win a state by just one vote, and you win all of its electoral votes (unless you live in Nebraska or Maine, which divvy up their votes a little differently).This can lead to off-kilter election results — in 2000, for example, Democrat Al Gore won the popular vote by a few hundred thousand votes, but lost the presidency by five electoral votes. So we wondered: Just how few votes would a candidate need to win 270 electoral votes?We decided to find out. A candidate only needs to win the 11 states with the most electoral votes to hit 270. Assuming only two candidates (a big assumption; see below) and that one candidate won all of those states by just one vote, and then didn’t win a single vote in any of the other states (or D.C.), how many votes would that candidate have to win? It depends on how you do the math. Either way, it’s far less than half.Initially when we did this story, we found that if you start with the biggest-electoral-vote states, the answer is 27 percent. However, we have an update: as Andrej Schoeke very nicely pointed out to us on Twitter, there’s another way to do it (via CGP Grey) that requires even less of the popular vote: start with the smallest-electoral-vote states. Our math went through a few iterations on this but by our final math, in 2012 that could have meant winning the presidency with only around 23 percent of the popular vote.The idea here is that a voter in a low-population state like Wyoming counts for a larger share of electoral votes than popular votes.And if one were to start with the largest states, it would be 27 percent. Here’s a look at that math:We’re making a lot of assumptions here — we’re using vote totals from 2012, for one thing. Moreover, we’re assuming there are only two candidates in the race.And let’s be clear about the obvious here: This kind of an extreme election isn’t going to happen. And if it did — if there were somehow a bunch of 1- or 2-vote wins, you can bet the recounts would stretch into 2017.And we’re also sure that with any number of tweaks to the math (like plugging in a third or fourth candidate), you could come up with results that are slightly-to-moderately different. But that’s not really the point here. The point is that the Electoral College can skew election results to a fantastic degree.How a 7-point win becomes a “landslide”This kind of popular-electoral vote discrepancy is why some articles about the 2008 election had to be careful to call Obama’s win an electoral landslide — he won 68 percent of the electoral vote but only about 53 percent of the popular vote.Skewed wins like this happen regularly in U.S. elections — a modest popular vote margin can yield a ridiculously large Electoral College margin. For example, in 1984, Ronald Reagan beat Walter Mondale in the popular vote by 18 points — a sizable gap, but nothing like the Electoral College walloping: Reagan won 525 electoral votes, beating Mondale by 95 percentage points.Here’s what those gaps look like in every election going back to 1960’s race, in which John F. Kennedy only squeaked past Richard Nixon in the popular vote by around 100,000 votes:Ironically, the 2000 election — whose outcome struck many people as unfair because Gore won the popular vote but not the electoral vote — also has the electoral-vote margin that most closely reflects the popular-vote margin. In that sense, one could call it one of the “fairest” elections in modern politics.Well, maybe. But then, come Nov. 9, there will be no difference for the losing candidate between getting 250 electoral votes or 150 — a loss is a loss.The difference an Electoral College makesThe Electoral College and current demographics mean that both parties often take particular electoral votes for granted: Democrats regularly win California and New York, while Republicans win Texas and Georgia (however, things have been closer than usual in those states this year).(Likewise, there are plenty of easy wins for each party at the low end of the spectrum. Wyoming is regularly Republican. Hawaii regularly votes Democratic.)And that means that candidates regularly spend a disproportionate amount of time in high-electoral-vote battleground states like Florida and Ohio as they plot their “paths to 270.” This means voters in Los Angeles or San Antonio (or Cheyenne or Honolulu) don’t get that much attention.If the Electoral College disappeared tomorrow, campaign strategy would probably shift dramatically; Democrats might campaign more in Austin, Texas. Republicans might do more outreach in conservative parts of California. Either way, the people of Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania might get some respite from the onslaught of rallies and ads every four years, as candidates try harder to win bigger parts of the country.*Before you fire off an email, yes, we know: You can still win the presidency without winning 270 electoral votes. If no candidate hits 270, then the House votes. But we’re talking outright on election night.Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Geek Plays Assassins Creed Odyssey

first_img Geek Plays: Call of Duty Black Ops IIIIGeek Plays: Nintendo Switch Online NES Games Have you ever thought to yourself, “I sure do love reading’s thoughts on the latest video games but is there a way I could watch them play the latest video games?” Well, you’re in luck!Every Friday afternoon the charming folks here at stream ourselves playing the newest and coolest video games live for your enjoyment, fielding audience questions and making bad jokes. You should tune in live, but if you can’t, you can now enjoy this handy archived version.After a brief pause, Assassin’s Creed is back to yearly releases, and this year’s entry takes the historical murder all the way back to Ancient Greece. Watch us discover just how different (or not) Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is compared to Assassin’s Creed Origins, as well as get a hands-on experience with Greece’s thicc pantheon.Subscribe and watch’s live Let’s Plays every Friday at 3 PM EST over on Facebook and Twitch.TV!Want to catch up with past Geek Plays? Watch our shows for Forza Horizon 4 and Dragon Quest XI.Purchase Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Stay on targetlast_img read more