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PCC Mayor Inducted President of Association of Mayors of Liberia

first_imgMayor Gibson “we will work with the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG-A)”Paynesville City Mayor Cyvette M. Gibson was yesterday inducted as president of the Association of Mayors and Local Government Authorities of Liberia (AMLOGAL) at a program held at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia.Her 10-person administration will steer the affairs of AMLOGAL for the next two years. Madam Gibson said AMLOGAL will function to embrace all local authorities to build their capacities to become part of the government’s decentralization program.She said soliciting support from stakeholders and partners will be “our key strategy towards achieving this goal.”“In this regard, we will work with the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG-A) to put in place a full-fledged secretariat in six months, including hiring a robust, dedicated, and effective administrator with strong implementation skills to lead the secretariat,” she said.The secretariat will begin the implementation of “our five-year medium-term strategic plan under our leadership. During the same period, we will strive to obtain a Legislative Charter for AMLOGAL to enable it to have the appropriate status deserving of such an organization in the eyes of the Liberian society and the international community,” said Gibson.She said her leadership will engage the MIA to initiate the drafting of an act to be submitted to the Legislature.Mayor Gibson called on the MIA, UCLG-A and Cities Alliance to organize a one-week team building and resource mobilization training workshop for quick impact skills development and capacity building of the twenty city mayors who are the nucleus of AMLOGAL.“I assure our partners that the burden of financing this organization will not be your obligation. The first line of funding for AMLOGAL will be a one percent assessment of our individual city budgets which will be contributed as the annual membership dues,” Madam Gibson said.The secretary general of the UCLG-A Secretariat, Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, pledged the organization’s support to the Liberian chapter.“I want to thank you for your clear vision, objectives and core values as mayors, who have led the formation of this body. I urge you to push your government to sign and ratify the Local Government Chapter. Since 2014, your government has yet to sign or ratify that agreement,” he noted.In remarks, the senior urban specialist of Cities Alliance, Mr. Omar Siddique, promised his organization’s commitment to providing financial support to the new AMLOGAL leadership.He disclosed that Liberia has become the 41st country in Africa to organize the local government association, stressing that this will further promote development at the local level.MIA’s Deputy Minister for Urban Affairs, Mr. Stephen Y. Neufville, said AMLOGAL will be a catalyst bringing many development benefits to Liberia as it paves the way for knowledge sharing among sister cities.Among the visitors at the occasion were Vice President Joseph Boakai, House Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay, Speaker, Pro Tempore Armah Z. Jallah, Internal Affairs Minister Henrique Tokpa, Deputy Minister at MIA Stephen Neufville, and GSA director general Mary T. Broh.Others were Mr. Ngouelondele, Acting President of African Mayors & local Authorities/Mayor of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, Parks Tau, World President of Mayors & Local gvt Assoc, Republic of SA, Clare Short, Chair of Cities Alliance Mgmt Board and Mr. Farid Zarif, SRSG.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho has ‘no idea’ if Manchester United will sign anyone else this summer

first_img 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Mourinho has ‘no idea’ if Manchester United will be doing more business in this transfer window IN DEMAND Jose Mourinho has admitted he has no idea if Manchester United are going to sign any new players this summer.So far, the Red Devils have spent £75million on Brazil international Fred, Portugal Under-21 starlet Diogo Dalot and Stoke City shot-stopper Lee Grant. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED targets Latest transfer stories from talkSPORT.com Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland “Joel is here with us. It’s good for him to play but then he will go on loan.”The transfer window began strongly for the club, snapping up Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred for around £52 million.However, business has slowed somewhat, with just the two new players coming in. RANKED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star However, with United’s pre-season well underway without several key players, the former Chelsea manager was relatively in the dark about any new arrivals.“I’ve no idea,’ Mourinho said at United’s training base in LA. ‘I’m not going to lie to you.“I’m not going to say somebody is coming or nobody is coming. We did Lee Grant because we have a fantastic young goalkeeper (Joel Pereira) who needs to play football.“Joel is a Manchester United goalkeeper but, two years without football, he has to play. And to protect that position we got Lee with experience in Championship and Stoke City in the Premier League, so he is ready to fulfil that position. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father moving on targets The United boss talks with his threadbare squad in LA Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 2 LIVING THE DREAM LATEST Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January But the Portuguese boss remained defiant despite the slow business, suggesting he is happy with the players he has brought in so far.He added: “Fred we did quite a long time ago. We started the process. We lost Michael Carrick and I think Fred is the kind of player we need to complement the qualities of our midfield players.“Dalot is injured, a small injury, a small surgery. We didn’t want to lose him because of that, and he’s recovering really well. We think he can start training back in England, not ready for start of the season.”last_img read more

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Tyson Fisher steps down as Humboldt Crabs manager, Robin Guiver to take over

first_imgAs Tyson Fisher was set to begin his first season as Humboldt Crabs manager in 2014, he also knew that his family was going to growing by one just a few months later.Three months before the 2016 season started, Fisher’s first-born, soon-to-be 2-year-old daughter Brynn, had a little brother, Beckston, to welcome to the family.As him and his wife Kacy’s children get bigger and bigger by the day, Fisher has decided to step away from the Crabs program he once played for and then coached. He …last_img read more

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Netflix on the iPhone? Yes, Please!

first_imgTags:#Apple#mobile#Multimedia#NYT#Video Services#web Recently, Netflix sent out a survey to select subscribers in order to determine interest in an iPhone application for streaming movies via mobile phones. According to the survey’s wording, the proposed app would be Wi-Fi only and would offer the same content that the Netflix “Watch Instantly” service provides. Currently, subscribers are able to stream movies and TV shows to their PCs and Macs as well as to game consoles like the Xbox 360 and certain set-top boxes like the Roku. However, plans for an iPhone application were far out on the company’s roadmap last anyone heard. This past September, for example, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told Reuters that an iPhone application would “come over time, but nothing in the short term.” Now insiders are wondering if something has changed the company’s mind. And could that something be the iPad?Netflix Asks Customers: How Do You Feel About the iPhone?A blog post on the Netflix news-tracking resource Hacking Netflix offers up the full text of the survey, which reads:Imagine that Netflix offers its subscribers the ability to instantly watch movies & TV episodes on their iPhone. The selection availability to instantly watch includes some new releases, lots of classics and TV episodes. There are no advertisements or trailers, and movies start in as little as 30 seconds. You can fast-forward, rewind, and pause or watch again. The movies & TV episodes you instantly watch are included in your Netflix membership for no additional fee.Whenever you want to instantly watch content on your iPhone, your iPhone must be connected to a Wi-Fi network (such as one you might have at home or at work, or in public places like coffee shops, book stores, hotels, airports, etc.)If this functionality were available, how likely would you or someone in your household be to instantly watch movies & TV episodes on your iPhone via a Wi-Fi network?”Although this is an unofficial source for the news, the official Netflix blog links to the Hacking Netflix site in their blog’s sidebar, which at least somewhat speaks to the legitimacy of the content posted there. If Netflix Supports iPhone, it Supports iPad Too So why is Netflix considering an iPhone application now? This renewed interest is intriguing, especially when it comes only six months after CEO Hastings told reporters that “we will get to mobile eventually, including the iPhone.” At the time, he stated the company’s interest was more focused on getting Netflix content onto video game consoles and TVs. With the new crop of Internet-connected television sets, there has been plenty to keep the company busy in that regard. A likely reason for the new direction may have to do with the impending launch of the Apple iPad. The thin, slate-like computer, sometimes described as “a big iPod Touch,” is predicted to do well according to numerous technology analysts. Already, major media publications are looking into iPad versions of their print and web content, with the hope that the device will help them tap into a new audience of content consumers. Perhaps Netflix wants to do the same. It’s worth noting that the iPad will run the same mobile operating system as Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch, so although the survey doesn’t specify this, an iPhone app could run on the iPad just as easily as it does on the iPhone.What’s Required to Make this WorkThe only question now is how will the company build it? The iPhone doesn’t support Adobe Flash, the technology that’s typically used on the web for streaming video. However, that’s no matter to Netflix. They opted to go with Microsoft’s Flash competitor, Silverlight, when they launched their web streaming “Watch Instantly” service for Mac (and, unofficially, some Linux) users back in October 2008. An interesting side note about Silverlight? It alreadyworks on the iPhone. In fact, in November 2009, Microsoft User Experience Platform Manager Brian Goldfarb demonstrated Silverlight streaming on the iPhone during a live presentation at Microsoft’s Professional Developer Conference. Reports quoted him as saying that Microsoft “worked with Apple” to create this iPhone-ready server-side solution, much to the surprise of Apple-watchers everywhere. Goldfarb later clarified his statement, saying that he meant Microsoft did all the work on the technology, but he did add that they “made sure Apple was comfortable with it.” However, Silverlight is not yet enabled on the iPhone, so the true level of comfort Apple may or may not have is still undetermined. But then again, one never knows what Apple has in store for the future. Assuming Apple was to give the green light to Silverlight, Netflix wouldn’t have many code changes to make in order to transform their database of movies and TV shows into iPhone-ready content. Of course, without official acknowledgement from Netflix itself, their future plans for the iPhone are just speculation at this point. We’ve reached out to multiple company representatives but have yet to hear back by press time. If we receive word, we’ll update this post with details. Update: CEO Hastings did have this to say about the company’s plans for an iPhone/iPad app on January’s earnings call, which makes it sound like the company’s plans have not changed since September:“We haven’t yet done or submitted an iPhone application. We are optimistic that…it would be approved…Of course that application if it works on the iPhone, it would work on the iPad. It is not a huge priority for us because we are so focused on the larger screen. Until we get our TV ubiquity and our Blue-Ray ubiquity…we would next turn to the small screen…It is something we will get around to but it is not in the near-term.” Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…center_img sarah perez 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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The Sales Improvement You Need Will Not Be Found in Tools

first_imgThere are people who believe that the choice of medium is the dominant factor for producing results when prospecting. They believe that the tools are what produces a better outcome, that some choice of medium is so much better than another that salespeople should shift their efforts to those tools. This group believes that the primary challenge for salespeople is that they lack the knowledge of how to use the relatively new tools, believing that the primary challenge in selling well today is a lack of training in using them. More still, they believe that single change worth noting as it pertains to sales results is the internet, when in fact, it is one of many, and not the most important.Like those who have tried to improve sales effectiveness in the past, they look for things that can easily be trained and employed. Like the sales manager that attempts to improve sales by demanding more activity because he is at a total loss as to how to help people become more effective, this group of people believes that shifting the focus to the use of new tools will increase the salesperson’s effectiveness. The tools, however, do not increase a salesperson’s effectiveness, even if they improve their efficiency.The tools do not create any value for the client to suggest that the salesperson using a certain tool is someone worth meeting with, someone with the business acumen or situational knowledge to improve their future results. If there is a challenge in prospecting now, it is a lack of value being traded for time, not the medium being used to make the ask.The tools offer nothing when it comes to controlling the process, gaining the commitments necessary to consult with clients and help them make the changes they need to make inside their own company. They offer even less when it comes to helping deal with a client’s internal conflicts, competing priorities, and a systemic resistance to change.The new tools do nothing to improve the intangibles that weigh heavily in a decision to buy from one person instead of another. They don’t make one a peer, provide executive presence, or create a preference to work with an individual or their company.The poor thinking here is that the tools are what is missing when it comes to producing better results. The tools themselves provide no insight. They produce no content; they only deliver the content. They are not a reason for a client to take a meeting or to decide to engage with a salesperson. Those who focus on tools inflate the value of them to a level they cannot possibly deliver.The tools available to you in sales are useful, but they are not enough to make you an effective salesperson. In most cases, they are a distraction from the real challenges of selling well, and your efforts are better spent working on the messenger and not the medium.last_img read more

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Irving, Celtics beat skidding Kings for 6th straight

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) shoots over Sacramento Kings’ George Hill (3). APBOSTON — Jaylen Brown has already figured out he’ll receive a lot less attention from opposing defenses when he’s on the floor with Kyrie Irving. Brown has also realized he’ll get some open shots, too. “This is about where we’re going to be two years from now. I have to look at it in a broader lens on a day-to-day basis.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next “Kyrie and (Al) Horford are going to draw so much attention, especially Kyrie,” Brown said. “I’m just licking my chops anytime they double-team Kyrie. I’m just trying to be as ready as possible to take the pressure off them.”Irving also scored 22 for the Celtics, who posted their 11th consecutive win over the Kings in Boston, dating to their last loss on Jan. 19, 2007. Terry Rozier added 12 points, and Daniel Theis had 10 points with 10 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You know what was interesting? I thought that he only took eight shots, but obviously 22 points on eight shots is great,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said about Brown. “I thought that he took all the right ones.”Buddy Hield scored 17 points and Zach Randolph 16 for the Kings, who lost their sixth in a row — the last three by an average of 24 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Warren has career-high 40, Suns rally to beat Wizards QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES “Despite these losses, I think we’re playing better. We’re moving the ball, playing with each other,” Hield said. “It can mentally break you down. We’ve just got to be mentally strong each and every day.”Boston led 58-45 at halftime and took complete control early in the third quarter, pushing it to 66-47 on Irving’s second 3-pointer in the opening two minutes.Brown hit consecutive 3-pointers 27 seconds apart during a 17-2 run that made it 87-56 late in the third. Irving had seven points during the spree, including his third from beyond the arc in the quarter.The Celtics led 89-60 after three.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Kings: Have been held to 100 points or fewer in four of their seven losses. . Sacramento was outrebounded 52-26 and shot only 43 percent. “We just struggle to score,” coach Dave Joerger said. “When you play a team that can score, sometimes that inability lets them be even more free and more loose.”Celtics: F Marcus Morris, who has not played this season due to a sore left knee, worked “really hard” on Wednesday and the team expects to see him play “sooner than later,” Stevens said. Morris is scheduled to go on the upcoming road trip.HAYWARD UPDATEStevens talked about star Gordon Hayward’s progress from a gruesome broken left ankle suffered in the team’s opener at Cleveland.“He’s going to be in a boot for however long,” the coach said. “It’s going to be a while before he’s allowed to put any weight on it.”Stevens said Hayward is in “good spirits” and “has been doing his chair shooting every day.”The injured forward has visited the team’s practice facility a few times.STAY CALMJoerger talked about the need to stay positive before the game despite his team’s rough start.“I try not to hit them over the head every timeout, being negative,” he said, breaking into a smile. “Very rarely have I lost it this season, which I think you can do twice a season — you can go temporarily insane. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brown scored 22 points on 7-of-8 shooting in three quarters, and the Boston Celtics coasted past the skidding Sacramento Kings 113-86 on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) for their sixth straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

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a month agoSheffield Utd boss Wilder: I watched Liverpool from the Kop as a boy

first_imgSheffield Utd boss Wilder: I watched Liverpool from the Kop as a boyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder admits he stood on the Kop at Anfield as a young boy.Wilder’s dad is from Norris Green on Merseyside and his uncle took him on the Kop a couple of times in the 1970s as a kid during trips to see his relatives.Wilder saw Liverpool greats Kevin Keegan and Emlyn Hughes in their pomp and remembers being carried down the Kop in an avalanche of people when the Reds scored.“I was on the Kop with my uncle Colin, he’ll like this plug!” said the Sheffield United boss ahead of hosting the Reds today. “He took me a couple of times.“I would have been eight or nine when we used to go for Christmas holidays and we’d have the odd trip to Anfield.“As people at the time will know and relate to you, you started halfway up the Kop, then when Liverpool scored you ended anywhere, possibly down the bottom, and my uncle would take the next 20 minutes to try and find me.“It was great to experience in my formative, young years. I am, and always will be, a Sheffield United supporter, but that part of me has always been there from my dad’s side and my uncle and my auntie.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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19 days agoChelsea boss Lampard: My relationship with Giroud is really good

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard: My relationship with Giroud is really goodby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard says he speaks regularly with Olivier Giroud.The veteran has been on the outer this season.Lampard said, “My relationship with Olivier is really good. He’s a great professional, trains at a level every day, great in the dressing room and passes on his experience, but everyone keeps asking me about the players that aren’t playing. It’s a difficult one.”Some players can’t play, whether they’re 32 or at the other end of the spectrum at 21. They have to keep working and be positive within the group. I want the club to win and when I choose to select people or not, it’s because I think it’s the best thing.”Everyone wants to play, I understand that – I was one of the worst, I hated not playing – but all I want to see is positivity. I’m seeing that, and that’s something maybe the outside world doesn’t see. We need a big squad to be a successful team.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Game Against Auburn Had Impact On Former Georgia Cornerback Josh Harvey-Clemons Choosing Louisville

first_imgRicardo Louis hauls in a touchdown off deflection against Georgia, in what is called the "Prayer at Jordan-Hare."Georgia doesn’t want to see a repeat of this in 2015.Louisville loses a number of defensive stars, including interception machine Gerod Holliman, from last year’s excellent defense, but a pair of Georgia transfers will look to pick up the slack. Josh Harvey-Clemons and Shaq Wiggins both played for current Louisville defensive coordinator at UGA. Harvey-Clemons was directly involved in Georgia’s heartbreaking 2013 loss to Auburn. Nick Marshall’s 4th-and-18 heave deflected off of his hands into those of receiver Ricardo Louis for the game-winning touchdown. That’s the type of play that could haunt a guy for his entire career, but for Harvey-Clemons, the chance to play Auburn again was a major selling point that helped lock up his transfer to Louisville.When former Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons was being recruited to Louisville, one of the unexpected selling points for defensive coordinator Todd Grantham — formerly at UGA as well — was who the Cardinals would play in Harvey-Clemons’ first eligible game with the new program. Auburn. “When he said that,” Harvey-Clemons said, “I just knew it was meant for me to come here, really. I’ve been waiting to play them again. I look forward to it.”With Jeremy Johnson at quarterback, Auburn may be a bit more pass-oriented than they have been in recent years under Gus Malzahn. Harvey-Clemons and Wiggins might have a few opportunities to get some revenge on the Tigers come September 5 in Atlanta. [Courier-Journal]last_img read more

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SETH ROGEN HAS HILARIOUSLY HAD IT WITH PETE DAVIDSON AND ARIANA GRANDES

first_imgAdvertisement As the whirlwind romance of Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson continues to burn bright, not everyone is feeling the love.Case in point: the “SNL” star shared a photo of his bride-to-be on Instagram, prompting Grande to respond, “I love you” along with the requisite emojis.“I love you more tho,” replied Davidson. Busting in on this social media love-fest was none other than Seth Rogen, who has apparently had it with the pair’s incessant flirting.“Guys seriously,” wrote the “Sausage Party” star in a hilarious comment.As Us Weekly reports, Davidson sent Rogen a joking reply, writing, “when ur getting married to the hottest girl in the world you tell me how you’d act.”Grande and Davidson, both 24, became engaged earlier this month after dating for just a few weeks.Davidson confirmed the engagement during an appearance on Wednesday’s edition of “The Tonight Show” after host Jimmy Fallon joked, “You know you didn’t have to get engaged to Ariana Grande to come on our show”Quipped Davidson in reply: “But I did though!” Watch:By BRENT FURDYK | ET CANADA Twitter Advertisement Keystone Press/Ariana Grande-Instagramcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

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Chinas Huawei unveils chip for global big data market

first_imgBEIJING — Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei has unveiled a processor chip for data centres and cloud computing in a bid to expand into an emerging global market despite Western warnings the company might be a security risk.Monday’s announcement comes as Chinese vendors that rely on Western technology step up efforts to develop their own.Huawei Technologies Ltd., the biggest global maker of network gear and the No. 2 smartphone brand, said its Kunpeng 920 chip is designed to process a growing flood of data from smartphones, entertainment and other services.The U.S., Australia and some other governments have labeled Huawei and other Chinese suppliers a security risk and imposed curbs on use of their technology. Huawei has denied accusations it is controlled by China’s ruling Communist Party or facilitates spying.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Hydro power storage project to be built near retired Alberta open pit

first_img“We’re repurposing the site for what we believe is a modern grid type of product,” he said, pointing out the project will be able to utilize mine roads and a high-voltage power connection to reduce new environmental disturbances.In November 2013, one of the then-suspended mine’s tailings dams failed, releasing an estimated 670 million litres of slurry into two creeks that fed into the Athabasca River, thus sending fine rock, clay and unrecovered coal particles as far as Lake Athabasca, 500 kilometres away.The mine owner was handed nearly $4.5 million in federal and provincial penalties in 2017.The Canyon Creek facility will consist of two new 40-hectare water storage ponds, connected by a five-kilometre, two-to-three-metre-wide pipeline, Horton said.At night, when power demand is low, water will be pumped from the lower to the upper pond, gaining 500 metres of elevation. When demand is high, the water will flow the other way, turning a turbine generator producing 75 megawatts, enough to power about 50,000 homes, for up to 37 hours at a time.“Typically, the price of power goes down during the night because we’re all sleeping, industry isn’t using it and, in Alberta, in fact, the wind blows stronger at night,” said Horton. Horton said he is also looking for customers to sign long-term contracts but hopes to start construction on the much smaller Canyon Creek project by next spring and have it operational by the end of 2020. He said the capital cost will be in the millions but has yet to be finalized.In its decision, the regulator found that the project “is in the public interest” in terms of social, economic and environmental effects.In February, Alberta’s NDP government unveiled its second request for proposals to build renewable power projects, targeting a total of 700 MW of new capacity, with 300 MW reserved for proposals with Indigenous equity ownership.In the first round last year, three companies were chosen to spend about $1 billion to build four wind power projects capable of generating 600 MW of new generation under 20-year contracts with a set minimum price.The province wants to add up to 5,000 MW of renewable energy through private sector investment of about $10 billion by 2030. “We can be a sponge and soak up that power that’s being produced at night … run our pumps, move that water uphill 500 metres in elevation and then have a fully charged battery, in a sense, ready for 8 a.m. when Alberta wakes up and starts flicking on lights.”The only other pumped hydro system in Canada has been in use at Niagara Falls in Ontario since the 1950s, he said.Calgary-based TransAlta Corp. has proposed adding a pumped hydro component to more than double capacity at its existing 355-MW Brazeau facility on the North Saskatchewan River southwest of Edmonton.It has set 2021 target to start construction, subject to winning a long-term contract.center_img CALGARY, A.B. – A hhydropowerstorage project proposed at the site of one of the worst coal mining environmental disasters in Canada has been given regulatory approval.Turning Point Generation, developer of the Canyon Creek Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Project, says the recent ruling by the Alberta Utilities Commission means it can now seek financial support for what it says would be the first large-scale energy storage project in the province.Canyon Creek is to be located next to the decommissioned Obed Mountain open pit thermal coal mine about 60 kilometres east of Jasper National Park, said Kipp Horton, CEO of Calgary-based WindRiver Power Corp., the parent company of Turning Point.last_img read more

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Vijender Gupta slams Delhi govt for not fulfilling promises

first_imgNew Delhi: The Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly, Vijender Gupta, on Sunday issued a statement claiming that his inspections of foot-over-bridges that were supposed to be completed years ago have shown that the Delhi government’s incompetence in fulfilling their promises.With poll dates drawing closer, Gupta went on a full offensive, accusing the AAP-led government in the Capital of being “useless” and blaming other forces for their flaws. The senior BJP leader claimed to have inspected foot-over-bridges that were supposed to be constructed by the Kejriwal government at Mukarba Chowk, Nirankari Samagam, Jahangirpuri, and Jagatpur. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn a statement, Gupta said that the only reason for construction on these bridges to be stalled was callousness displayed by the Delhi government regarding this matter. Gupta further went on to say that the construction of unfinished bridges does not require full-statehood, hence Kejriwal “has no excuse to blame the Central government or BJP for not allowing him to work.” In addition, Gupta claimed that the AAP government’s apparent inaction has led the people of Delhi to realise that BJP must come to power in the upcoming election. “The people have now made up their minds that they will teach them (AAP) a lesson in the coming Lok Sabha elections,” he said. In a tweet tagging the Chief Minister, Gupta also asked him to answer for the delay in constructing these bridges.last_img read more

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Mallya takes swipe at NDA govt over PSU banks UK court pursuit

first_imgLondon: A day after a UK judge refused to dismiss an order freezing nearly 260,000 pounds (USD 337,730) in one of his London bank accounts, embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya on Thursday questioned the SBI-led consortium of public sector banks pursuing him through the courts to recover dues they claim are owed to them. In his latest Twitter intervention, the 63-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss made another reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interview last month in which he had claimed that the government has recovered assets worth Rs 14,000 crores related to the now-defunct airline’s loan defaults. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Mallya is wanted in India on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to an alleged Rs 9,000 crores. “None other than the Prime Minister of India specifically says in an interview that his government has recovered more money than I allegedly owe PSU Banks and the same banks claim otherwise in English courts,” reads Mallya’s Tweet. “Who does one believe? One or the other is lying,” he said. His statement came hours after Master David Cook, a judge in the Queen’s Bench Division of the Royal Courts of Justice in London, ruled on Wednesday that an interim debt order in favour of SBI and other banks seeking access to funds in Mallya’s ICICI UK bank account “should remain in force”. However, the application to make it final has been adjourned until after the hearing of Mallya’s pending bankruptcy petition, expected by the end of this year. The funds held in the account 258,559.79 pounds will meanwhile remain frozen as part of the worldwide freezing order in favour of the Indian banks last year.last_img read more

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Libyas Benghazi shuts down in protest at jihadist violence

first_imgBENGHAZI, Libya – Shops and schools closed across Benghazi Tuesday as residents of Libya’s second city responded to calls for civil disobedience to protest deadly clashes between radical Islamists and the army.The call by the city council came as a source said defence ministry officials were in talks with jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia on an offer of safe passage out of the city on condition its fighters leave their weapons behind.The army clashed with jihadists on Monday after one of its patrols was attacked near the headquarters of Ansar al-Sharia, a group blamed for the killing of the US ambassador in 2012. The health ministry said seven people were killed in the fighting and around 50 wounded.On Tuesday, the army deployed across the eastern city, taking control of key roads, an AFP correspondent reported.Troops were also in control of the Ansar al-Sharia headquarters in the city of Ajdabiya, south of Benghazi, which residents had attacked late Monday, forcing jihadists to flee, before handing it over to the army.Benghazi was the cradle of the 2011 uprising during which NATO-backed rebels toppled and then killed longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi.Since the end of the uprising, Libya has been hit by waves of deadly violence much of it blamed on heavily armed former rebels who have banded into militias each with its own ideology and allegiance.The government has been struggling to integrate the former rebels into a regular army and police, or make them surrender their weapons.Fed up by the government’s inability to rein in the gunmen, the city council called on residents to show their frustration through three days of “civil disobedience”, including strikes.The move brought Benghazi to a near standstill with schools, universities, shops, banks and public offices all closed, as residents mourned the dead.Earlier this month, residents of the capital Tripoli observed a similar campaign of protests against militias in response to deadly violence, prompting some of them to pull out of the city.Jihadists seek ‘safe’ exitDefence Minister Abdallah al-Teni said his ministry was in touch with Ansar al-Sharia to find a solution that would avoid further bloodshed.Ansar al-Sharia is requesting a “safe corridor” for its fighters to leave Benghazi but army chiefs are demanding they leave behind their heavy weapons, the minister said, according the spokesman of Libya’s top political body, the General National Congress.A GNC delegation also arrived in Benghazi on Tuesday at the request of the city council.Late on Monday Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, fresh from talks with US and British officials in London on the violence wracking his country, flew into Benghazi briefly for meetings with security officials.Last week, the US military said it hopes to train 5,000 to 8,000 troops for the fledgling new army, following a request from Zeidan.Zeidan met both US Secretary of State John Kerry and Britain’s William Hague in London on Sunday and after the talks the US top diplomat vowed to help stabilise Libya.The Benghazi violence comes as the authorities take steps to evacuate militias from Tripoli, on the back of popular discontent in the capital against armed groups.Less than two weeks ago, 46 people were killed and more than 500 wounded after militiamen opened fire on peaceful demonstrators in Tripoli prompting armed clashes.Ansar Al-Sharia advocates the implementation of sharia Islamic law and has systematically refused to recognise the authority of the central government or its security services.The group controls areas of Benghazi as well as Sirte and Derna, also in eastern Libya, and has been blamed for bloody attacks against foreign missions, judges and security personnel.The most daring attack, in September 2012, targeted the US consulate in Benghazi, killing ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Ansar al-Sharia denies any involvement.last_img read more

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Egyptian ambassador to Turkey returns home

first_imgCAIRO- Egyptian ambassador to Turkey Abdel-Rahman Salahuddin returned to Cairo on Saturday from Ankara.Last week, Egypt downgraded its diplomatic relations with Turkey to the level of charge d’affaires and declared the Turkish ambassador a “persona non-grata.”It linked the decision to statements made by Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan about Egypt’s domestic affairs and his criticism of Egyptian authorities.The Turkish Foreign Ministry responded the same day by downgrading diplomatic relations with Egypt to the level of charge d’affaires and declaring the Egyptian ambassador a “persona non-grata”.last_img read more

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Overtime score propels Buckeyes to victory

Usually when someone is getting jumped on by a group of men it is a bad thing. For freshman Logan Schuss, though, getting jumped on was a good thing.“At first it wasn’t the best; I couldn’t breathe. But after that it was good,” Schuss said.Schuss was at the center of his team’s overwhelming celebration after Ohio State’s men’s lacrosse team won in overtime Saturday 11-10, after blowing a three-goal lead. Coach Nick Myers constantly encourages team to play a full 60 minutes each time out, but on Saturday they needed a little extra.With the score tied at the end of regulation, the Buckeyes went into sudden-death overtime. One minute and 10 seconds into the overtime, Schuss was able to find the back of the net for the win.“There’s no love for each other, so it’s always nice to come out and beat these kids,” senior goalie Brandon Freeman said.The Buckeyes were able to get the win, but it didn’t come easy.OSU only trailed once in the game when the score was 1-0, but they were never able to pull away.“We knew going into the game there was going to be a run,” Myers said.On multiple occasions, the Buckeyes had two-goal leads and once had a three-goal lead, but Penn State fought back each time. The Buckeyes even had a two-goal lead with less than three minutes to go in the game, but they were unable to close out the Nittany Lions.Myers said he told his team to hang in there. He told them it would take heart and hustle to win the game.OSU was out-shot by Penn State by 24 and won nine fewer face-offs.Schuss was named conference Rookie of the Week last week and he threw his name back in the mix for next week’s award. Along with the game-winning goal, Schuss assisted on four other goals.Along with Schuss, senior Mario Ventiquattro brought his “A” game. Ventiquattro was able to find the back of the net four times.The Buckeyes got the win, but not without injuries. Midway through the fourth quarter, Matt Kawamoto suffered a shoulder injury.With the win, the Buckeyes will take a two-game win streak on the road to play Robert Morris on Tuesday. read more

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Softball rallies around firstyear coach

New coach, no problem. Despite being saddled with the difficult task of replacing a program legend, first-year Ohio State coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly is embracing her new role at the helm of the Buckeyes softball team. Prior to Schoenly’s arrival from Miami (Ohio), OSU had been under the direction of former coach Linda Kalafatis, who compiled 538 wins and six NCAA Tournament appearances in her 16 seasons leading the Buckeyes. Kalafatis was let go in May after OSU declined to renew her contract. “I have a ton of respect for (Kalafatis) and the coaching staffs she’s brought to the program through the years,” Schoenly said. “We constantly tell the girls she’s part of our tradition … She’s a great coaching legend for the Ohio State softball program and I’m proud to follow in her footsteps.” While replacing a program stalwart is difficult enough, trying to get 21 players, 17 of whom played under the previous regime, to buy into a new coach’s identity can be equally challenging. “Every group of girls is going to have its own mentality,” Schoenly said. “So you just want to embrace the personalities in the group that you have. I’m not trying to change them, you have to find the strength in each kid and let it come out.” With wins against three ranked opponents (No. 8 Georgia, No. 16 Louisville and No. 14 Arizona), Schoenly’s Buckeyes are off to a hot start at 9-6. “I think the team has responded great,” said senior third baseman Megan Coletta. “It was a fresh start for everyone and the (new) coaches made it really easy with how they were open to us and very friendly with us.” Coletta said there haven’t been any issues with the new staff so far and that everything is going smoothly in the early season. “All of our new coaches are really energetic and lively,” said freshman utility fielder Cammi Prantl. “The team’s feeding off their energy and creating our own energy. I think everyone likes the positive environment.” During the transitional period after Kalafatis’ departure and Schoenly’s arrival, the team’s four seniors led off-season workouts to keep the women on the same page and to welcome the incoming freshmen to a coachless environment. “It’s not like we’re just freshmen to them,” Prantl said. “We’ve been included in the group the whole time.” The summer workouts paid dividends for the team’s eventual bonding once Schoenly was named coach. “This summer when there wasn’t a coach at all, the seniors were really involved with keeping the freshmen active,” Schoenly said. “(The seniors) were like little assistant coaches before we arrived, just keeping the freshmen on track and wanting to be here.” With the Big Ten season looming after OSU’s spring break, Schoenly said the real test begins once her team starts conference play against Indiana on March 22. Each day the OSU softball team spends together, they get closer and more familiar with the ways of their new head coach. The team knows the growing pains they suffer now will help them better prepare for the grind of conference play. “The adjustment is having to get to know all 21 (players),” Schoenly said. “You have to find out which buttons to push for which kids, and that takes some time to learn … My goal is to find out which kids fit what roles and to put them in positions to have success.” OSU is next scheduled to take on Maryland on Saturday at 1 p.m. in College Park, Md. read more

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Poor shooting dooms Ohio State mens basketball against Indiana 7264

Junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) drives past an opposing player during a game against Northwestern Feb. 19 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 76-60.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta said it was the little things — like missing free throws — that cost his team against Penn State last week.That song remained the same Sunday, as the Buckeyes shot 14-23 from the line compared to 17-21 for Indiana, helping the Hoosiers prevail, 72-64.The free throw line was not the only place No. 22 OSU (22-8, 9-8, sixth in the Big Ten) struggled against the Hoosiers, as the Buckeyes failed to make a 3-pointer in the game, finishing 0-11.A layup by senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. with 51 seconds left brought the Buckeyes within six points, but the Hoosiers (17-12, 7-9, seventh in the Big Ten) made enough free throws down the stretch to hold off OSU.The Buckeyes started out strong, much like they did against Penn State Thursday, and led 20-12 after a free throw by Smith Jr. at the 7:54 mark of the first half.That lead didn’t stand, however, as the Hoosiers ripped off 16 straight points to take the lead, 28-20. A pair of layups and a free throw by OSU helped to stop the bleeding, but Indiana still finished the first half on a 21-5 run on its way to a 33-25 halftime advantage.The Buckeyes attempted to fight their way back into the game for the majority of the second half, but were unable to get closer than two in the second half.Indiana was called for its ninth foul of the second half with 10:50 left, but OSU failed to take advantage of the double-bonus, only shooting five free throws for the rest of the game.OSU trailed 58-53 after a layup by junior forward LaQuinton Ross with 3:55 remaining, but Hoosiers’ sophomore forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea then finished an alley oop while getting fouled by Ross. It was Ross’ fifth personal foul of the game, and he exited with 19 points.The Buckeyes struggled the rest of the way to score without Ross on the floor, missing multiple jump shots as they tried to get back in the game.Smith Jr. also tallied 19 points for the Buckeyes, who have now lost back-to-back games after winning six out of seven previous games.The Hoosiers were led by leading scorer and sophomore guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, who scored a game-high 20 points and dished out four assists. Senior forward Will Sheehey had 19 points and six rebounds.OSU senior guard Aaron Craft struggled offensively for the Buckeyes, going 2-11 from the field to finish with seven points. His three steals in the game gave him 324 in his career, tying him for the most all-time in the Big Ten with former Illinois guard Bruce Douglas.The loss drops OSU to sixth in the Big Ten standings, just a half game behind No. 20 Iowa and Nebraska for fourth place. The top four teams in the final Big Ten standings earn a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament, set to begin March 13.The Buckeyes have a week off before their next scheduled game, as they are set to host No. 18 Michigan State Sunday on Senior Day. Tipoff is slated for 4:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Danny Rose reveals side of club football he wouldnt wish on

first_imgEngland’s Danny Rose has started to understand how football can overwhelm people after experiences in the club game that he “wouldn’t wish on anybody”.Rose received an outpouring of goodwill from the public and fellow players after opening up about his struggles with mental health. He explained how a lengthy injury lay-off and the suicide of an uncle led him to visit a psychologist and spend a number of months on medication.The Tottenham left-back intends to help other sufferers after the World Cup, using his revelations to shine light on the side of professional football rarely seen.Asked why he is so honest, Rose told IRN via Evening Standard:“I don’t know, really.“It is the best job in the world, don’t get me wrong, but I think people seem to think there’s no other issues within football. You just get your money at the end of the month and you play every week.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“You know, there’s so much more to football than what people may see on a Saturday. I don’t believe in hiding that from people.“Even though I feel very privileged to play football, it’s not something I would – with the things I’ve experienced within the game – be shouting from the rooftops to recommend to people’s children to be a footballer.“Because there are a lot of things that happen on a day-to-day basis at club football that I wouldn’t wish on anybody.”Rose would not go into specifics but added:“There’s pressure, there’s politics – there’s loads of things.“There’s not just playing on a Saturday and you receiving your money at the end of the month. There’s so, so much more to football than what people see.last_img read more

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For Milans Leonardo the Champions League is not an obsession

first_imgThe Rossoneri general director has backed coach Gennaro Gattuso and hopes his team can do well in the Italian Lega Serie AFor AC Milan general director Leonardo, his team doesn’t have to be obsessed to win the UEFA Champions League and has to focus on the Italian Lega Serie A.“For a club like Milan, of course, the objective must be to get back into the most important European competition,” Leonardo was quoted by Football Italia.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We believe that we have the ideal structure in place to achieve this target, but we mustn’t make the mistake of turning it into an obsession.”“At the moment, we are three points off fourth place with a game in hand, so perfectly in line with our ambitions,” he added.“The rumors on Rino came from outside the club, and as far as we are concerned, they are to be considered unfounded. This is why we didn’t need to release a statement denying it because Rino knows he has the full faith of the club and squad.”last_img read more

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Aubameyang buzzing after derby win

first_imgArsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has thanked the supporters after he scored a brace in their 4-2 victory at home against Tottenham Hotspur.Aubameyang converted a first-half penalty and scored a second-half equalizer as Arsenal came from behind to win 4-2 against Spurs in Sunday’s North London derby.“We had a great first half but after the first goal we conceded, we had a moment where we were a bit down,” Aubameyang told the club’s website.“At half-time we were confident. We spoke and we knew that we could do it in the second half, to come back. We did it. Then we had the fans behind us and we had power, we felt strong. We went for the win.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The victory took Arsenal to fourth place in the table, but Aubameyang insists that their performance is more important.“I think the most important thing right now is the performances. Of course, we want to continue this form and we’re still winning games,” he said.“We’re unbeaten, so it’s great at the moment. We just have to keep going.”last_img read more

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Shop Truck Stolen From Auto Shop In Kenai

first_imgAccording to the shop owners the truck was stolen on Sunday, June 24. The truck is a 1989 Chevy Blazer blue, with a lot of rust, and a white dirty top. The license plate# DMH371. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Anthony’s Transmission and Automotive Repair reported that their shop truck was stolen over the weekend from their Kenai location. Anyone with information is asked to call the shop directly (907) 283-0924 or the Alaska State Troopers at (907) 283-4453.center_img This is a developing story- updates will be posted as they are made available.last_img read more

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Online Campaign Aims to Send Washington a Message about Dangers Posed by

first_imgColumbus, Ga., leaders are pursuing an online campaign to persuade Congress to undo stringent budget cuts forcing the Army to shrink to levels that could jeopardize the nation’s security interests.The campaign is a response to the Army’s latest round of restructuring, which will trim its active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers by the end of fiscal 2018. Fort Benning is slated to suffer a net loss of 3,402 soldiers, more than any other post under the second round of cuts imposed by the Army since 2013.“We can tell our story and make sure everyone understands that the size of our military is not being designed by strategy,” said Gary Jones, executive vice president of military affairs for the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce. “The military is being designed by budget, not a national defense strategy,” he told the Ledger-Enquirer.The Columbus Chattahoochee Coalition, which is now separate from the chamber, hopes to collect 25,000 signatures that would be submitted to the Alabama and Georgia congressional delegations. So far the group has collected 4,000 signatures. The coalition is publicizing the effort on four billboards throughout Columbus and on public service announcements.“We have a very active campaign doing presentations to business organizations, social organizations and to churches,” Jones said.Jones acknowledged the effort won’t prevent the Army from carrying out the latest round of cuts, but rather the coalition is hoping to convince federal lawmakers to erase the 2011 Budget Control Act spending caps.Jones said he is confident the campaign will meet its goal of attaining 25,000 online signatures. “If we don’t stop sequestration, more tough, tough times are coming,” he told the paper.Meanwhile, the region’s rental housing market is bracing for an uptick in vacancies as the population of Fort Benning drops. Already, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division — which will convert to a maneuver battalion task force by FY 2017 as a result of the latest realignments — has shrunk by 150 soldiers.Managers at Greystone Properties, which owns almost a dozen complexes in the region, are expecting a two to three percent lower occupancy rate once downsizing is complete, reported WTVM. About 28 percent of those buildings’ tenants are military families. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Japanese spacecrafts cannonball scars asteroid for life

first_imgHayabusa2 sent two Minerva rovers down to Ryugu. Rover-1A snapped this dramatic image of the asteroid in September. JAXA It’s a good thing asteroid Ryugu doesn’t have feelings. Japan’s Hayabusa2 mission has not been treating the space rock with kid gloves. It blasted the asteroid’s surface in early April with an explosives-filled copper cannonball. Now it’s finally been able to assess the damage.Hayabusa2 flew in close to Ryugu this week to examine the results of the Small Carry-on Impactor (SCI) experiment. It discovered a crater where the collision went down. A before-and-after GIF shows the rearrangement of the landscape. [CRA2] Crater formation where the Small Carry-on Impactor collided with Ryugu has been confirmed! These images compare the surface before and after the SCI collision. pic.twitter.com/BZPYlHhSjs— HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) April 25, 2019 1 Comment Explore asteroid Ryugu with Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft Sci-Tech Hayabusa2 has had a full schedule of asteroid activities since it arrived at Ryugu in mid-2018. So far, it’s sent tiny rovers to explore the surface and fired a bullet at the asteroid to collect some dust and debris to bring back to Earth.The Hayabusa2 team will consider making a second touchdown on the asteroid to pick up sample material from the new crater.   JAXA called the SCI project “the world’s first collision experiment with an asteroid.” It was designed to expose the asteroid’s sub-surface, and it looks like it did a fine job of that.  Share your voice Tags Space 12 Photos This video shows the descent of the SCI (Small Carry-on Impactor) made from images captured at 2 second intervals just after separation from Hayabusa2 by the onboard TIR (Thermal Infrared Camera). In the background, you can see the surface of Ryugu 500m away. pic.twitter.com/O5niPDb2XI— HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) April 21, 2019 The terrain shifted across an area about 66 feet (20 meters) wide. JAXA said in a tweet it was surprised by the size of the artificial crater. Hayabusa2 will examine the spot more closely in the future.This was Hayabusa2’s first good look at its SCI work. The spacecraft had to duck out of the way to avoid any ejected material when it originally sent the cannonball packing at a speed of 4,474 miles per hour (2 kilometers per second). JAXA previously shared a GIF showing the dramatic SCI descent toward Ryugu. last_img read more

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China plans bullet train to Kolkata via Bangladesh

first_imgChinese consul general in Kolkata of West Bengal in India Ma Zhanwu on Wednesday said that Myanmar and Bangladesh would benefit from the bullet train project. Photo: flickrChinese consul general in Kolkata Ma Zhanwu has said his country was mooting a bullet train service between Kunming and Kolkata, traversing through Myanmar and Bangladesh, reports NDTV.With joint efforts of India and China, a high-speed rail link could be established between the two cities, Zhanwu said at a conference in Kolkata on Wednesday.“It will only take a few hours to reach Kolkata from Kunming if the rail link becomes a reality,” he asserted.The envoy also said that Myanmar and Bangladesh would benefit from the project, the report added.“We may have a cluster of industries along the route. That increases the possibility of economic development of countries involved in the 2,800 km-long project,” he maintained.The project had also found mention at the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) meet in Kunming in 2015, he said.The rail route was aimed at boosting trade flow in the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) corridor, Zhanwu said, adding that his country has been striving for the revival of Silk Route to increase connectivity from Kunming to Kolkata, the report further said.Asserting that the much-vaunted Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is not a scheme designed by China to conquer the world or its neighbourhood, the consul general said the project is all about “shared benefits and development” through consultations and discussions.last_img read more

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Atheist watchdog drops fight to halt clergy housing allowance

first_img Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw News • Photos of the Week News Share This! Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — The Freedom From Religion Foundation has dropped its long-running fight against the clergy housing allowance permitted by the U.S. government.“We have full confidence in the legal merits of our challenge of the discriminatory pastoral housing allowance privileges,” the Wisconsin-based atheist watchdog announced last week (June 14).“We did not feel the same confidence, however, in how the current Supreme Court would rule in our case, had we appealed. After ‘counting heads,’ we concluded that any decision from the current court would put the kibosh on challenging the housing allowance for several generations.”The FFRF said it hopes its strategy will allow the issue to be reconsidered when the high court has a different makeup.In March, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the allowance was constitutional. A lower court had ruled in FFRF’s favor. But a three-judge circuit panel reversed a Wisconsin judge’s decision.RELATED: Clergy housing allowance is constitutional, appeals court rules“Any financial interaction between religion and government — like taxing a church, or exempting it from tax — entails some degree of entanglement,” wrote Judge Michael Brennan. “But only excessive entanglement violates the Establishment Clause.”He added that the allowance also is not forbidden by the free exercise clause of the First Amendment.Under IRS regulations that date to 1954, clergy do not have to pay taxes on housing that is supplied in a parsonage by their congregation or on the portion of their salary that they use for housing expenses.FFRF also challenged the housing allowance in 2013, winning in a lower court. But an appeals court also overturned that ruling.Becket, a nonprofit law firm that focuses on religious liberty, celebrated the FFRF’s dropping of its legal fight over the parsonage issue. It had represented a Chicago church and religious leaders who supported the allowance.Luke Goodrich, Becket’s vice president and senior counsel, said the tax code exempted ministers as well as members of the military and others in special categories.“The court rightly recognized that providing this kind of equal treatment to churches is perfectly constitutional, and churches should be allowed to serve the neediest members of their communities without the tax man breathing down their neck,” he said. Share This! As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.,Load Comments,Canada’s Drew Marshall, ‘raw and real’ Christian radio host, ends hi … TagsBecket clergy housing allowance court Freedom From Religion Foundation homepage featured lawsuit parsonage allowance Supreme Court Top Story,You may also like Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email New report urges congregations to aid family caregivers Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! Share This! Share This! By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstwlast_img read more

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New Houston Area Project To Offer Legal Defense For Immigrants Facing Deportation

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /00:54 X U.S. Immigration and Customs EnforcementDeportation Defense Houston will offer free legal counsel and information to immigrants facing deportation.  In Texas, less than 30 percent of detained immigrants had legal representation from October 2000 to February 2018, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. Most immigrants facing deportation are forced to represent themselves in court proceedings, which can dramatically lower their chances of winning their case. “Studies have shown that you are anywhere from 10-14 times more likely to win your case if you have a lawyer than if you do not,” said Kate Vickery, Executive Director of the Houston Immigration Services Collaborative. “People get deported out of the United States without ever having the chance to actually even make their case or even knowing that there is something that they are, in fact, eligible for,” said Vickery. Groups involved in Deportation Defense Houston are staffing up so attorneys can start taking cases in June. YMCA International Services, BakerRipley and Justice For Our Neighbors of Houston are participating in the collaborative. Deportation Defense Houston is currently offering legal advice to immigrants through an active bilingual hotline. Listenlast_img read more

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Go to the farmers and tell them we dont need Centres help

first_imgBolpur: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed to launch a massive campaign to inform the farmers that the state government will pay their entire premium of crop insurance. Banerjee was addressing the administrative review meeting at Gitanjali Auditorium here on Wednesday afternoon.The decision to pay the crop insurance was taken a few days ago, after the Chief Minister found that the Centre is taking the credit of paying the premium of crop insurance for Bengal farmers, by paying only 20% of the amount. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeUtilising the situation, the state BJP was telling farmers that the Centre was paying their crop insurance premium. “We pay 80% of the premium and Centre pays only 20%. Give advertisement in newspapers, go to the farmers and tell them the actual story. We do not want Centre’s help. We will pay the entire amount,” Banerjee said. Banerjee expressed satisfaction over the steps taken by the district administration to procure paddy directly from the farmers. District Magistrate Moumita Godara informed the Chief Minister that the district administration has procured 1 lakh metric tonnes of paddy against the target of 3.5 lakh metric tonnes. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBanerjee asked the district administration to start disbursing cheques among the farmers directly from January 5, under the “Give your paddy and take your cheque” scheme. The state government will open an additional 2,000 centres so that the farmers won’t have to travel far to sell their paddy. She asked the district administration to take stringent measures against errant drivers. Speed should be restricted on some stretches of highways and police vigil should be intensified, she said. She asked the district administration to implement ‘Safe Drive Save Life’ programme seriously. “It is often seen that various types of crimes along with incidents of reckless driving take place during late night and early hours and police vigil in the vulnerable areas should be intensified,” she said. Banerjee said she had the information that often some truck drivers ask the khalasis to drive the vehicle while they take rest. “Conduct surprise checks and taken stringent action against the khalasis,” she said, adding: “Ensure that drunken driving is totally stopped and ensure that no one talks on cell phone while driving as well.” She asked the people’s representatives to go to the people to oversee the distribution of rice at Rs 2/kg under Khadya Sathi project and distribution of houses under Bangla Abas Yojana.last_img read more

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Inventor of Email Ray Tomlinson Dies at 74

first_img This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Ray Tomlinson, the man credited with founding email, has passed away at the age of 74, according to a report from the Sydney Morning Herald. According to the report, Tomlinson died of a heart attack.Tomlinson was a part a team of computer programmers at research and design company Bolt Beranek and Newman (now BBN Technologies) in Cambridge, Mass., and had begun experimenting with internal messaging in 1971. Tomlinson had an idea to send a text message between computers using a new network (and a predeccesor to the Internet) called Arpanet, routing it using an “@” symbol.He recalled the first email sent in an interview with NPR from 2009: “The keyboards were about 10 feet apart … I could wheel my chair from one to the other and type a message on one, and then go to the other, and then see what I had tried to send.”By the 1980s government and military personnel were actively using the system. And by the 1990s email had become one of two pillars of the budding consumer Internet, alongside the World Wide Web.Tomlinson was subsequently inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2012.Tomlinson told NPR that he had a feeling that what he had discovered with the “@” symbol would have some impact.“What I didn’t imagine was how quickly that would happen,” he said. March 7, 2016 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

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