first_imgAuthorities have identified the victim who crashed his pickup truck and died following a police pursuit in the Iowa Lakes region.26-year-old Colton Baschke of Spirit Lake died in the Tuesday crash.Spirit Lake Police say they attempted to pull over Baschke’s pick up truck for a traffic stop, but the vehicle sped away.The vehicle crashed into a utility shed and wound up on the shore of East Lake Okoboji.Police say Baschke was ejected from the truck.He was taken to Lakes Regional Healthcare and was pronounced dead a short time later.last_img read more

a month agoReal Madrid, Barcelona target Liverpool boss Klopp AND Van Dijk

first_imgReal Madrid, Barcelona target Liverpool boss Klopp AND Van Dijkby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp AND Virgil van Dijk are being linked with a LaLiga move.AS says the German’s success with the Reds has him being discussed inside the boardrooms of Real Madrid and Barcelona.With doubts persisting at Barca over coach Ernesto Valverde and inside Real regarding Zinedine Zidane’s return, it’s been suggested Klopp is emerging as the prime target for both clubs should choose to change.And it’s also claimed, with the LaLiga rivals keen on Van Dijk, their best shot at landing the Dutchman would be hiring Klopp as coach.For his part, Klopp has insisted he’s happy at Anfield and should the time come to part ways he would be taking a break from the game. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

JAMPRO Clients Create 14,401 Jobs

first_img Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the number of jobs created by JAMPRO clients in 2018/19 was 14,401, exceeding the target of 14,156.Making his contribution to the 2019/2020 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives today (April 23), he also noted that the value of export shipments (export sales) by JAMPRO clients was US$762 million, some 43 per cent above target.The Minister said that preliminary data show that for the period 2018/2019, the value of local and foreign direct investments was US$545.5 million, some 87 per cent of the target of US$625.5 million.He said the agency will continue to connect both local and international private-sector members to opportunities in the economy in the mining and quarrying, energy, manufacturing, business process outsourcing (BPO), and the hospitality sectors.Mr. Shaw reported that during the past fiscal year, the National Export-Import Bank of Jamaica (EXIM Bank) disbursed some $9.40 billion to the productive sector, 72 per cent of which went towards providing financing to the micro, small and medium-sized Enterprise (MSME) sector, “its highest ever contribution to the growth and development” of that area of the economy.He said an additional $400 million has already been committed by the Bank for investment in the MSME sector, as a “growth-inducement” initiative, and his Ministry will continue to work with the institution for strengthening of the sector.“The Bank is projecting to provide in excess of $9.4 billion in credit this fiscal year, but is hopeful of being able to increase this target with increased capital injections to facilitate export growth for new and existing clients, while expanding its role as a capacity builder for the MSME sector,” the Minister outlined.He also commended the private sector for using more local produce in baking, brewing and for expanding export of fresh produce and manufactured goods as well as for growing their businesses by investing in Jamaica. Story Highlights Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the number of jobs created by JAMPRO clients in 2018/19 was 14,401, exceeding the target of 14,156. Making his contribution to the 2019/2020 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives today (April 23), he also noted that the value of export shipments (export sales) by JAMPRO clients was US$762 million, some 43 per cent above target. The Minister said that preliminary data show that for the period 2018/2019, the value of local and foreign direct investments was US$545.5 million, some 87 per cent of the target of US$625.5 million.last_img read more

Fine handed out to Nexen Energy

first_imgNearly three years to the day of a major pipeline leak in northern Alberta, Nexen Energy has been fined a total of $750,000.The company plead guilty in court to both a provincial charge and federal charge in the July 2015 spill that leaked about 5 million litres of emulsion into the environment.The Alberta Energy Regulator says the spill was one of the largest in Alberta history, adding the pipeline responsible, at their long lake facility, will remain suspended until Nexen, which is owned by a Chinese company, can operate it safely.$460,000 of the fine has been levied by the provincial government, while the other $290,000 was for the federal charge the company plead guilty too.last_img read more

Hugh Jackman Takes Selfie For Everyone Matters Campaign

first_imgAs Everyone Matters leads up to its inaugural global “Everyone Matters Day” on April 2, Hugh Jackman kicked off its “I Am!” campaign to own and affirm WHO WE ARE, AS WE ARE.Hugh Jackman – I Am In LoveEver the romantic, Hugh hand-wrote “I am in love” and took a selfie which he posted on Twitter and Instagram, writing #everyonematters. Hugh is one of the Honorary Ambassadors of the exploding global campaign.On April 2, 2014, people from around the world will upload their selfies on social media to affirm anything about themselves that they want to proclaim – from a personality trait, to what they like, where they live, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion. Anything that says who they are, as they are.Among the cities and states joining the first global “Everyone Matters Day” with official proclamations and resolutions commemorating “Everyone Matters Day” and affirming everyone’s right to be who they are, without judgment, are: London, Dublin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Washington, DC, Portland, Phoenix, Denver, and the State of Maine. More will be added in the coming weeks.In addition to Hugh Jackman, the global leaders who support the humanitarian message of Everyone Matters, and have penned personal statements for the campaign, are: Sir Paul McCartney, Ellen DeGeneres, George Clooney, General Colin Powell, Kevin Spacey, Tom Brokaw, HH the Dalai Lama, Nick Clooney and Nina Clooney, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, London Mayor Boris Johnson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Natalie Portman, New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, Jeff Skoll, Debra Messing, Mary Tyler Moore, Bernadette Peters, Christina Aguilera, Deepak Chopra, Dame Judi Dench, Betty White, Fran Drescher and Chris Kluwe.Everyone Matters was launched in 2012 as a big-tent campaign joining together global figures, leading organizations, local governments and the public under a banner message advocating for everyone’s right to dignity and respect, and to be allowed to be who they are – without judgment, shame or attack – including ourselves. The tagline of the global dignity movement is “It’s time to stop judging others – and ourselves!”A cultural phenomenon, Everyone Matters is mushrooming both online via social media and in local communities, with a total reach of 55 million on Facebook and 165,000 followers around the globe. An estimated 75 to 100 schools in the U.S. and beyond will have organized “Everyone Matters Day” for 2013-2014, with such activities as the “I Am!” pride-in-identity PhotoBooth and VideoWall, where students hold up hand-written signs proclaiming anything about themselves they want to affirm; the “24-Hour Challenge” to not judge in thought or action for the entire day; and the “Letting Go of Judgment Tree” or “Act of Kindness Tree,” in which students collectively share names they’ve been called, or called others, and then “let it go,” or record moments of kindness to others.The power – and success – of Everyone Matters is its humanistic, universal yet personal approach. The campaign advocates on behalf of everyone’s right to be who they are, regardless of gender, age, weight, skin color, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical limitations – combined with the intertwined message that affirms pride in identity.Leading organizations supporting Everyone Matters include The Special Olympics, The Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, Association of American Colleges and Universities, NAACP, National Association of Secondary School Principals, The Museum of Tolerance, Association of American People with Disabilities, National Organization of Women, UN Women National Committee United States, GLAAD, The Trevor Project, Human Rights Campaign, USC Shoah Foundation Institute, Student Affairs Administrators, Equality Now, National Hispanic Media Coalition, MTV’s A THIN LINE Campaign, National Partnership for Women & Families, Asian American Justice Center, Network National Catholic Social Justice Lobby.The Everyone Matters campaign was founded by social entrepreneur and journalist HeathCliff Rothman, whose previous social media civic engagement campaign was Film Your Issue (FYI). FYI was an issue -driven short film competition with a stellar roster of media partners and jurists that included then-Senator Barack Obama, Walter Cronkite, George Clooney, Anderson Cooper, Tom Brokaw, Philip Seymour Hoffman, as well as YouTube, Microsoft, Yahoo!, MSNBC, MySpace, AOL, MTV and others.last_img read more

Notley to skip premiers conference so she can focus on pipeline deal

first_imgKinder Morgan has ceased all non-essential spending on the project until it receives assurances it can proceed without delays, setting a May 31 deadline on getting those guarantees.Oates says that with 10 days remaining before the deadline, Notley’s only priority is working with the federal government and Kinder Morgan to work on a deal.Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman will be attending the conference on Notley’s behalf.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) EDMONTON, A.B. –  There won’t be any fireworks between the premiers of Alberta and British Columbia at the Western premiers conference this week, because Alberta Premier Rachel Notley isn’t going.B.C.’s John Horgan and Notley, who have butted heads over the Trans Mountain pipeline project, were both scheduled to be in Yellowknife at the conference, which starts Tuesday.But Cheryl Oates, a spokeswoman for Notley, says in an email Monday afternoon that Notley will be staying in Alberta to complete a deal to secure the construction of the pipeline.last_img read more

Adah Sharma in film on sex reassignment surgery

first_imgMumbai: Actress Adah Sharma is thrilled about playing a man in a comedy film on sex reassignment surgery. The story of the film, “Man to Man”, revolves around actor Naveen Kasturia’s character falling in love and marrying Adah’s character and later realising that she was biologically a man and became a woman after going through a sex reassignment surgery. “I try to pick different characters from my debut ‘1920’ to ‘Commando 2’ and ‘Commando 3’. This is the first time I’m playing a guy,” Adah said in a statement. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Naveen said it’s the right combination of entertainment and a social message. “This film is a very different and an interesting take on the burning issue of gender acceptance.” It has been written and directed by Abir Sengupta. Sengupta said: “Working with Adah and Naveen has been a phenomenal experience. I am sure that the audience will not just get entertained but will also take back the message that I am trying to convey through the film.” Jay Sahni, owner of Vivid Arthouse, has joined hands with Sengupta and Anushree Mehta of Anushree Abir Entertainment to produce the film.last_img read more

Morocco files a law suit against Amany El Khayat

Tinejdad, Morocco- The Moroccan ambassador to Egypt filed a complaint against Amany El Khayat, the Egyptian TV presenter,  who insulted Morocco  in her Daily TV show.According Alyaoum24, three representatives of the Embassy of Morocco in Cairo visited the office of the Attorney General of the Republic of Egypt Hisham Barakat to file a complaint and a request for compensation against the Egyptian TV presenter, who lashed out at Morocco’s King and ruling Islamists party on the plateau of the ON TV channelAmid a storm of controversy over the  offensive remarks made by Amany El-Khayat in her Daily TV show, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shokri denounced the TV host’s comments, saying that he was “deeply angered by comments made by private Egyptian news anchor insulting the Moroccan people.” Despite the apology of Amany El-Khayat to the king and people of Morocco, it seems that her unprofessional gaff won’t stop at this level.The Association of Moroccan community in Egypt also filed a complaint against the TV presenter on charges of libel and defamation of the king and the people of Morocco, through her TV show on “Online TV “In a video posted on YouTube  in July 16, Egyptian TV presenter, Amany El-Khayat, lashes out at King Mohammed VI and the ruling Islamists party claiming that the Moroccan economy is based on “prostitution.” read more

Saad Lamjarred Awarded Twice at First Annual Arab Nation Music Awards

Rabat – A few days after his release under electronic surveillance, Saad Lamjarred was given two awards at the first Annual Arab Nation Music Awards held on Sunday, April 23 in Beirut.Lamjarred’s song “Ghaltana,” received the Best Song of the Year Award and the Best Song of the Maghreb Award.The now-infamous celebrity also won the award for the Most Viewed Video Clip on YouTube for his song “Ana Machi Sahel”. Since Lamjarred has been forbidden by the Paris Court of Appeal from leave France, his mother, actress Nezha Regragui, accepted the awards on his behalf at Arab Nation Music Awards ceremony.Lamjarred had double chances of wining, as his song “Ana Machi Sahel” was also nominated for the award. Singers Abdel Fattah El Grini, Ahmad Chawki and Hatem Ammor were the only other nominees for the Best Maghreb song.El Grini did not leave empty-handed. He also raised the Moroccan flag on the evening by winning the award for the Best Song of an Arab Singer with his song “Jabara Fan.”The Best Arab Singer, Best Singer of the Host Country, and Best Film or Series Song awards were all won by the Lebanese singer Elissa.The winners of each category were chosen on the basis of figures collected from the radio stations in the Arab world, the number of views recorded on the artists’ music videos on YouTube,  the app Anghami, and also from public votes on the official website of the ceremony, which closed April 11.Organized by the Music or Media group, which includes the Lebanese NRJ radio and the Lebanese NRJ Hits television channel, the event aims to pay tribute to successful singers in the Arab world and the MENA region.For the next editions, the organizers will choose, each year, a new host country to host the award ceremony. With three trophies won this year, could Morocco be the next host? read more

House report urges clearer guidance on cellphone technology

House report urges clearer guidance on cellphone technology WASHINGTON – Clearer guidelines are needed for law enforcement’s use of secretive and intrusive cellphone tracking technology, and police and federal agents should be upfront with a judge about their deployment, a House committee said in a report Monday.The report from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee examines the use of cell-site simulators by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The technology works by mimicking a cellphone tower, allowing law enforcement to collect basic data — such as a unique subscriber number — from cellphones in a particular area or neighbourhood. The data can help police determine the location of a targeted phone without the user even making a call or sending a text message.The surveillance devices have been broadly adopted by police departments and federal agencies, which see them as vital in helping track the location of criminal suspects. But the technology has raised Fourth Amendment concerns among privacy advocates for its ability to collect data not only about the targets of an investigation but also innocent bystanders who happen to be within range of the simulator device.“While law enforcement agencies should be able to utilize technology as a tool to help officers be safe and accomplish their missions, absent proper oversight and safeguards, the domestic use of cell-site simulators may well infringe upon the constitutional rights of citizens to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, as well as the right to free association,” the report states.The report says the Justice Department has 310 devices across its component agencies — including the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service — and spent more than $71 million between fiscal years 2010 and 2014 to acquire and use the technology, with individual devices costing as much as $460,000. The Department of Homeland Security has 124 cell-site simulation devices, according to the report.Local police departments across the country have used them repeatedly, too, and the Internal Revenue Service says it’s deployed the technology to pursue investigations into money laundering, identity theft and other crimes.The Justice Department issued new policies last year aimed at ensuring that federal law enforcement officials obtain a search warrant before using the technology, excluding certain emergency circumstances. The policy applied only to federal agencies within the Justice Department and not, as some privacy advocates had hoped, to state and local law enforcement whose own use of cell-site simulators has drawn scrutiny from judges. The Department of Homeland Security issued its own, similar policy.But the House committee said there should be more consistent standards covering local agencies as well.The House committee made several recommendations, including calling on state and local agencies to adopt policies that are on par with those in use by the Justice and Homeland Security departments.The report also criticized the use of non-disclosure agreements that state and local law enforcement agencies sign with the FBI and the manufacturer selling the device. Those agreements, which prohibit local authorities from discussing their use of the simulators in court, “should be replaced with agreements that require clarity and candour to the court whenever a cell-site simulator has been used by law enforcement in a criminal investigation,” according to the House report.And it said the federal government should make funding to local agencies for cell-site simulators contingent on a requirement that they adopt “new and enhanced” guidelines of the Justice and Homeland Security departments.___Follow Eric Tucker on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/etuckerAP by Eric Tucker, The Associated Press Posted Dec 19, 2016 3:57 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 19, 2016 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

John Moores late powerplay goal lifts Bruins over Canadiens 32

MONTREAL — John Moore scored a power-play goal in the third period as the Boston Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Saturday night in a hard-hitting and penalty-filled affair.David Backes and Jake DeBrusk also scored for the Bruins (13-6-4) for their third win in four games. Tuukka Rask made 32 saves and David Krejci had two assists.Jonathan Drouin and Tomas Tatar scored in the third period for the Canadiens (11-8-5), who have lost four games in a row for the first time this season.Carey Price stopped 32-of-35 shots in defeat as he dropped to 3-5-2 since shutting out the Bruins 3-0 on Oct. 27.Down 2-0, the Canadiens scored twice in the third period to tie the game before Moore scored the winner on the power play at 17:03. With Drouin in the box for high sticking, a double minor, Moore scored his first of the season from a tight angle.Boston finished 1 for 6 with the man advantage while Montreal was 1 for 5. Both teams combined for 30 penalty minutes.It was the second game of a back-to-back series for both teams. Boston beat Pittsburgh 2-1 in overtime on Friday while Montreal lost 3-2 in overtime in Buffalo.The Bruins took a 1-0 lead at 13:01 of the first period when Backes swiped the puck from Jesperi Kotkaniemi at the Montreal blue line before beating Price glove side for his first goal of the season.With the teams playing 4-on-4 hockey, Debrusk doubled Boston’s lead at 14:42 when he snuck behind defenceman Brett Kulak and tapped in a beautiful pass from Torey Krug.Montreal had a goal disallowed 28 seconds into the third period when Artturi Lehkonen pushed the puck — and Rask — into the net.Drouin got one back for the home team at 6:46 for his ninth of the season. Drouin beat Krug with speed in the Boston zone before squeezing a shot between Rask’s pads.Tatar got the equalizer for Montreal on the power play at 10:09 of the third. With David Pastrnak in the box for slashing, Tatar took a pass from Andrew Shaw from behind the net and roofed a one-timer past Rask.Notes: The Bruins were without the injured Zdeno Chara (knee) and Patrice Bergeron (rib). … It was the second of four meetings between the Canadiens and Bruins this season.Kelsey Patterson, The Canadian Press read more

EHF EURO 2012 begins Serbs against Poland – Germans look at Jicha

The first matches are on the way. In the EHF EURO 2012 preliminary Group A and B will give us the answers, who is capable for what in Serbia:Enjoy Handball Fantasy!GROUP A (BELGRADE)Serbia – Poland 18:15Denmark – Macedonia 20:15GROUP B (NIS)Germany – Czech Republic 17.20Macedonia – Sweden 19.30 ← Previous Story Iker Romero about Sterbik: “We miss the best World’s goalkeeper” Next Story → EHF EURO 2012 (Round 1): Jicha beats Germany – Serbia destroys Poland

It absolutely destroyed me Man sues Laois County Council after house floods

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 7th 2017, 10:38 PM By Aodhan O Faolain 16,744 Views Short URL ‘It absolutely destroyed me’: Man sues Laois County Council after house floods twice After the floods he said “it took a long time to get it right,” and that he can no longer get flood insurance. File photo. Image: Shutterstock/Yorkman http://jrnl.ie/3228227 center_img A CO LAOIS man told the High Court that flood waters flowed across his property like “a small tsunami” before entering and causing extensive damage to his family home.Chris Mahon said that he heard what seemed like a cracking noise before just before water from a local stream flooded his home and property in November 2014.He said that attempts were made to put sandbags around his home. But the water rose to a level when it started to come in over his boots. The family dog was swimming in the yard before being rescued by one of his children.Eventually the water he said breached the front door of what has been the family home for almost 25 years. That incident was the second time the Mahon’s home was flooded in just over six years.Mahon was giving evidence in an action brought by him and his wife Shelia against Laois County Council arising out of flood damage to their family home at Clonaheen, Mountmellick, Co Laois in August 2008 as well as in November 2014.Mahon, who became upset while giving evidence said that on both occasions the downstairs of his family home and their property was badly damaged.That second flooding incident he said “absolutely destroyed me” and for him was “even worse” than the first flood. For health reasons his wife had to stay elsewhere while he carried out extensive repairs.He said that as well as the interior of his home the floods damaged their yard and their drinking water supply. He said their yard was covered in a green coloured growth and smelt “like seaweed off a beach”.After the floods he said “it took a long time to get it right,” and that he can no longer get flood insurance.He said his family fear that they may be flooded again, and he regularly checks the stream and the culvert. He said the council have not rectified the situation and that it “ought to be ashamed of itself.”The Mahons, represented by John Paul Shortt SC and John Hayden Bl, claim the council were negligent in the manner in which they allowed works to be carried out on a culvert, located underneath the road beside their home.The culvert is keep a continuous flow of water in a nearby stream. The family say the moved into their home in 1993 and never had any problems with flooding. However a new culvert was laid by the Council in the summer of 2007.It is claimed that the council were negligent in the manner in which the works were carried out. Part of the culvert, it is claimed collapsed and became backed up.This they say resulted in the stream overflowing and their home and property was twice extensively damaged by water flowing across their yard, driveway and into their home.The Mahons claim the culvert was constructed in a defective manner, and that the council failed to take any remedial steps to repair the defects. They are seeking damages and an injunction requiring the council to carry out all necessary works to secure the integrity of the culvert to prevent further flooding.The council deny claims it was in anyway negligent. In its defence the council represented by Michael Counihan SC says the flooding was caused by intense rainfall of record proportions and not by any problem with the culvert.They also allege the Mahon’s contributed to the flooding on grounds including that when they constructed a new entrance to their property and removed a clay embankment that had protected the property from flooding.The case is before Justice Paul McDermott, who remarked that Mahon’s account of the impact the two floods had on the Mahon family “was an appalling story”.The judge said that what ever about the legalities of the situation there was perhaps “a civic duty” that steps be taken by the local authority to ensure the Mahon’s home is not flooded again.The judge also suggested that certain aspects of the case be mediated. The hearing resumes on tomorrow afternoon to allow for discussions between the parties to take place.Comments have been closed as the case is in progress.Read: Computer glitch sees Cork people’s phones flooded with, well, flood alerts File photo. Image: Shutterstock/Yorkman Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 10:38 PM No Comments Share2 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Unified Sports Authentic competition plus lots of hugs

first_imgHudson’s Bay Unified player Jeremiah Compton hugs referee Owen Frasier to celebrate his basket. Special Olympics Unified Sports comes to Clark County• Call Suzy Adams at Fort Vancouver High School, 360-313-1039• Learn more at www.specialolympics.org/unified-sports.aspxDaniel Barich, 18, made a 3-point shot for Fort Vancouver High School’s Special Olympics Unified basketball team. His mom, Trish Smith, captured it on video on her smartphone.The game was like any other basketball game with artful 3-pointers and plenty of high-fives. Yet, it was different. More heartfelt. An athlete who made a basket stopped to hug the referee. Players passed the ball and made sure everyone got a shot.Saturday’s basketball tournament at Fort Vancouver High marked the debut of Special Olympics Unified Sports in Clark County. Teams from Fort, Columbia River, Hudson’s Bay and Skyview high schools played two Unified teams from Puyallup.Although Special Olympics has been active in Clark County for some time, its Unified Sports program is new. Unified teams combine an approximately equal number of Special Olympics athletes and their partners, who are other students without intellectual disabilities. Males and females play on the same team. Each team played three Special Olympics athletes and two partners.Before each 20-minute game, the Fort Vancouver High School pep band played Queen’s “We Will Rock You” in the darkened gym. The athletes’ names were called, and a spotlight focused on the players as they ran through a line of screaming cheerleaders.last_img read more

Rare blue lobster shipped to Cape Cod restaurant

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. EASTHAM, MASS. (WSVN) – A restaurant on Cape Cod got quite the surprise last week when workers found a rare blue lobster in one of their shipments.Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar in Eastham posted a photo of the beautiful crustacean on Facebook with a caption that read, “Well looky here—a BLUE lobster!”The restaurant says the lobster was caught in the Atlantic Ocean.About one out of every two million lobsters may come up in a trap colored blue, according to the Maine Lobstermen’s Community Alliance.Locals are being invited to come take a look at the lobster.— last_img read more

Energy Management System Generates Major Savings for Eglin AFB

first_imgThe 96th Civil Engineer Group at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., has received a 2015 energy and water conservation award from the Energy Department for integrating its energy management control system (EMCS) with real-time pricing to maximize energy savings by slashing energy consumption and lowering utility costs.The project combined direct digital controls, facility meters and comprehensive energy analyses, saving 181 billion British thermal units of electricity and natural gas across 131 buildings valued at $3.4 million, reported Eglin AFB Public Affairs. The effort has a two-year payback, and is projected to yield significant savings for Eglin well into the future.The EMCS collects energy data in real time from more than 1,600 sensors, and in combination with pricing data, allows base facilities to avoid more expensive electric rates during hours of peak consumption. The Eglin energy management team plans to bring on an additional 25 facilities to the EMCS in fiscal 2016, with the goal of having all qualified facilities brought into the system.Eglin received the award at the annual Federal Energy Management Program awards ceremony last month. The Federal Energy and Water Management Awards recognize individuals, groups and agencies for their outstanding contributions in the areas of energy efficiency, water conservation and the use of advanced and renewable energy technologies at federal facilities. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Liberia declared Ebolafree but WHO says the job is not done

first_imgClose Liberia was declared free of the Ebola virus by global health experts on 14 January, a milestone that signalled an end to an epidemic in West Africa that has killed more than 11,300 people. But the World Health Organization (WHO) warned there could still be flare-ups of the disease in the region, which has suffered the worlds deadliest outbreak over the past two years, as survivors can carry the virus for many months and could pass it on.Health specialists cautioned against complacency, saying the world was still underprepared for any future outbreaks of the disease.Today WHO declares the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia, the outbreak that was associated with the flare-up of cases in mid-November, said Rick Brennan, Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response for WHO. Its also the first time that all three countries in West Africa, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, have stopped all known chains of transmission of the disease since the outbreak started in 2014.But the WHO official warned that: We have to say that the job is still not done. Thats because there is still ongoing risk of re-emergence of the disease, because of persistence of the virus in a proportion of survivors.Liberia was the last affected country to get the all-clear, with no cases of Ebola for 42 days, twice the length of the viruss incubation period – the time elapsed between transmission of the disease and the appearance of symptoms. The other affected countries, Guinea and Sierra Leone, were declared Ebola-free late in 2015.There were cases in seven other countries including Nigeria, the United States and Spain, but almost all the deaths were in the West African nations. It is the first time since the start of the EVD (Ebola Virus Disease) epidemic in West Africa almost two years ago that the three hardest-hit countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, are at zero cases for at least 42 days, said WHOs Liberia representative Alex Gasasira.last_img read more

Walk The Dinosaur is the Funniest Song of All Time

first_imgStay on target ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsGeek Pick: Ikea Sonos Symfonisk Is A WiFi Bookshelf Speaker There are a lot of funny songs out there. From Weird Al’s parodies to Afroman’s comedy hip hop to humorous musicals like The Book of Mormon. But those are all supposed to be funny. On the other end you have songs like “All Star” by Smash Mouth which is absolutely hilarious but in a completely unintentionally, ironic way. What makes “Walk the Dinosaur” by Was Not Was objectively the funniest song of all time is that it exists at the perfect midpoint between these two styles of musical comedy.Released in 1987, “Walk the Dinosaur” is a funky little pop song about cavemen painting buffalo, observing their prehistoric landscape, and cheerfully enslaving each other before some vague calamity happens. While the tune’s overall vibe is pretty feel-good, according to the writers, it’s actually about the horror of nuclear holocaust. You just didn’t notice because of the skimpy cavegirls in the music video. It’s like fellow nuclear-themed 1980s hit Missile Command or the song “Luka” by Suzanne Vega, also released in 1987, which uses happy beats with depressing lyrics as a metaphor for how child abuse victims mask their plight. So right from the start, there was more going on with “Walk the Dinosaur” making it funnier and more memorable than it otherwise deserved to be.Once the art was in the world, it belonged to the people, who began solidifying “Walk the Dinosaur’s” legacy of laughs with covers and remixes. Arguably the most famous is George Clinton’s cover for the 1993 live-action Super Mario Bros. movie. You know, the one with Dennis Hopper as Bowser and Mojo Nixon as Toad. The movie that made Nintendo quit movies.This version added some Mario-specific lyrics about goombas and whatnot. In 2009, Queen Latifah recorded her own, softened cover for the famous Ray Romano film Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.However, “Walk the Dinosaur” didn’t truly fulfill it’s destiny until the musical maniacs of the Internet Gutter got their hands on it. Want to hear an awful dubstep remix? No problem. How about a somber Was Not Was/Beatles mash-up? Neil Cicierega has got your back. Goodbye dinosaurs! But what if you want to see something funny and not just hear it? Enjoy this beautiful pairing of “Walk the Dinosaur” and janky Assassin’s Creed animations.4chan is a website I have a lot of mixed feelings about these days. Many of its users have… harmed the world. Still, some amazing internet meme comedy has emerged from the imageboard, including the best application of “Walk the Dinosaur.” The gag is to write a long, increasingly insane story about you discovering your significant other is cheating on you or that you’ve been diagnosed with some terrible illness or something else dramatic.And then right before you reveal the mind-blowing resolution, you abruptly, trollishly end the post with the lyrics “open the door, get on the floor, everybody walk the dinosaur” or something close enough. It’s like a Shaggy Dog story but way funnier. A Shaggy Dino story? The only fan fiction I’ve ever published online is a pretty lengthy, pretty plot-heavy, pretty dumb and gritty Mario story that ends this way. It actually angered readers.So yeah, “Walk the Dinosaur’s” synthesis of sincere and ironic laughs makes it the funniest song ever. And the only way to appropriately end this post is like this: open the door, get on the floor, everybody walk the dinosaur.last_img read more

Kol to experience chill again Darjeeling sees sun snow

first_imgKolkata: Despite the temperature going up for the past few days, the Kolkata weather office informed that the city will experience the chill once again from Wednesday. Due to the Western disturbances, the cold air flow was obstructed which will resume again.According to the Alipore weather office, the sky will be clear from Wednesday and as a result the north-westerly will flow over the South Bengal districts. Temperature will go down and will hover around 15 degree Celsius for a few days, which is normal at this time of the year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMeanwhile, Darjeeling town experienced rain, hail, sleet, light snow with intermittent sunshine on Tuesday. Not that anybody was complaining as locals and tourists alike went about enjoying all of this in a single day. At around 10:30 am with overcast skies there was a spell of sleet and very light snow. This was followed by hail and rain. Finally, it was sleet again till 2:30 pm followed by sunshine for a brief period. “I haven’t ever experienced such different weather conditions in a single day. It was magnificent. As soon as it started to snow we rushed to the Chowrasta. It was a lovely experience for us,” stated Rajesh Sharma, a tourist from Kanpur. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe day temperature hovered around 3.5 degree Celsius. Tourists and local residents thronged the Darjeeling Chowrasta with busy shutterbugs making the most of the weather. The upper reaches including Sadakphu, Phalut along with neighbouring Sikkim also witnessed snowfall. On December 28, 2018, it had snowed in Darjeeling town after a long gap of 10 years. “The snow in the upper reaches along with rain and hail in other parts was caused by western disturbances. There is a trough in the mid-tropospheric westerly at about 85 degree E 25 degree N. However, it is gradually shifting away,” stated Gopinath Raha, in-charge of the MeT office in Gangtok, Sikkim.last_img read more