JP candidates stake their claim

first_img Twitter JP candidates stake their claim WhatsApp By admin – February 21, 2018 Local NewsGovernment Pinterest Twitter Previous articleHIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Odessa High turns to pitching for guiding light in 2018Next articleGOOD NEWS: Jack Hendrix Competition Winners admin Facebook Facebook Pinterest Top row from left: Steven Westfall, Sheryl Jones, Missi Walden.Bottom row from left: Matthew Stringer, Marvin Jennings, Gary Dunda. Not pictured: Jet Brown. Ector County residents learned about the seven justice of the peace candidates and their platforms, and about the office itself, during a forum Wednesday night hosted by the Ector County Republican Women.The seven candidates running for the office are Matthew Stringer, Jet Brown, Sheryl Jones, Missi Walden, Steven Westfall, Marvin Jennings and Gary Dunda. They are running to fill the empty seat of precinct 2, vacated by Judge Christopher Clark when he was appointed as County Court at Law No. 2 Judge.Early voting began Tuesday for the March primary, but as there will likely be a run-off in May, voters will likely have more time to learn about the remaining candidates contesting for the vacant seat.The candidates were cordial with each other throughout their statements and the Q&A session afterwards, as each stated their reasoning for wanting the office and what they would do in the position.Stringer focused on accountability and transparency in his speech, stumping for a proposed yearly report showing exactly what his office did, how many cases were processed, and what their budget was.“I will constantly strive to promote the people’s confidence in our local judiciary, and I will bring my small business background and proven conservative record to be a visible force working to address the needs of our criminal justice infrastructure,” Stringer told those in attendance. “The rights of the people and public safety depends upon it.”When asked by an audience member what other work he’s held outside of his family’s jewelry store, Stringer didn’t directly answer the question posed, but expanded on his part in starting his family’s business, Diamonds in Midland.“I’ve been involved in every area of growing a small business from a 750 square foot location located on the wrong way of a one-way in a small town, Alpine, Texas, grew it into a 4,200 square foot store in Midland, Texas that did hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales,” Stringer said. “Whenever you have a small business, you realize that it consumes so much of your time in your life and it’s a major sacrifice.”On the opposite end of that spectrum is Brown, who told the crowd on his experience as a CEO of Permian Truck and an owner of a consulting firm. Brown said that, with his other jobs, he would be setting his own schedule in the seat, but not to expect him to be taking any time off. He told the crowd in the last sixteen years, he’s taken two weeks of vacation,When asked by an audience member if he looked at the seat as a part-time job, Brown said he didn’t see it that way, as the justice of the peace would also need to be available during nights and weekends, giving an anecdote on doing business over the phone from 2 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. the previous night.“Anything I do is not a part-time job,” Brown said. “Whatever needs to be done, I do.”Brown said that, should he be elected, there would be people set in place to take some of his duties. He also pointed out that his work is done remotely over the computer or the phone and wouldn’t take up much time.Jones talked to the crowd about her experience in law enforcement as a patrol officer for the Odessa Police Department and her time interacting with justices as a juvenile investigator, and previously educated various law enforcement agencies on utilizing a criminal information database.“I feel that I will be your full-time, committed judge,” Jones said. “I’ll be in the office five days a week, it is a full-time job.”Walden told the crowd of her background working in the courtroom, a qualification she alone has among the candidates. She said she’s been in the legal field for 27 years, working as a legal assistant at the Shafer Law Firm before moving to the Ector County Courthouse to become the court coordinator for the 244th District Court before transitioning to the 161st District Court.“I have been involved in thousands of hearings and trials throughout the last 13 years,” Walden said. “I have the experience to do what needs to be done in the justice of the peace court.”Walden said her main goal in the position would be to make the court as paperless as possible, a transition she said she has already gone through in the 161st District Court.Westfall, the youngest candidate at 26, told the audience how he would like to improve the office by making himself available to the public. He said his main way of doing this would be by making his office open to the public during lunch hours, which he would be able to do due to each justice running their office independently.“I want to make myself available to the public 24/7, five days a week,” Westfall said.“I’m just an old cowboy up here, I’m not a politician,” Jennings said. “Justice is supposed to be blind, and I look at everybody the same. I want to be fair to each and every one.”Jennings brought up his past, when he faced criminal charges including assault, injury to a child and theft. But he said that those charges were dropped, and were involved in a custody issue related to his ex-wife. The last candidate to speak was Dunda, 79, who told the senior citizens they still had much to give. He stressed to the crowd that the justice of the peace had a simple court, overseeing misdemeanors and eviction cases, and talked about his time serving as a game warden out of Ector County and as an Ector County constable.“I don’t care if you’re a republican or a democrat, rich or poor, I will treat you with integrity, honesty and fairness,” Dunda said.Few questions were asked after the candidates’ statements. The final question asked to each candidate was simply what the job actually entailed. Four of the candidates summarized the position: It entails hearing class C misdemeanor cases, like traffic tickets, small claim civil cases with a jurisdictional limit of $10,000, like land lord and tenant disputes, and they may also wed couples wishing to marry.Early voting for the March primary will continue until March 2, and Election Day is March 6, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.More CoverageSeven candidates vie for JP officeIf You Go2018 Election FactsFirst day of early voting: Feb. 20.Last day of early voting: March 2.Election Day: March 6. WhatsApplast_img read more

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Exhausted and Anxious, Voters Find the Country More Divided Than Ever

first_imgBryan Koehler, 55, manages a brewery with two locations in rural Western Pennsylvania, deep in the heart of Trump Country. A Republican who is aghast at how Mr. Trump has run things, Mr. Koehler keeps his opinions mostly to himself at the brewery and at the regular card games with old friends. They surely know what he thinks. But they also know not to ask about it.“It’s like there’s something there that’s nagging that’s not right, the world’s not spinning the right way,” he said of living among people who see the world so differently. “And you ask yourself, ‘What am I missing here? Should I be seeing the world a different way?’”Still, he does not see his beliefs about right and wrong changing, anymore than he sees his friends coming around to his views. And now, after this election reinforced what the half of the country he lives in truly wants, he will say even less.- Advertisement – “Get up tomorrow and keep going,” he said, by way of self-advice. “Take care of the things that you need to take care of over the next four years. And hope we start to head in a different direction.”Audra D. S. Burch reported from Hollywood, and Campbell Robertson from Erie, Pa. Reporting was contributed by Caitlin Dickerson from Brownsville, Texas, Manny Fernandez from Houston, Kay Nolan from Pewaukee, Wis., Traci Angel from Independence, Mo., and Louis Keene from Los Angeles. “I feel like this is the beginning of something to the tune of the 1960s with massive protests in the streets, and maybe something close to violence,” he said. “There is just so much outrage that has been building over the last four years, and the skeletons are falling out of the closet.”One of the main diagnoses of our national discord is that the warring halves of the country live and work in different places and watch competing news shows. But this is not entirely the case. There are plenty with strong views who have found themselves living among the other half.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Ilmarinen, ICG engage with scandal-hit Finnish care home

first_imgA spokesperson for ICG in London said: “We are focused on working to support the management of Esperi Care as it undertakes a full review of its operations and makes the improvements necessary to regain the trust of its residents, relatives and employees.“We take a long-term approach to investing in companies and, as signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment since 2013, have a well-defined ESG framework in place with clear policies and practices. These are key considerations in our investment approach.”Ilmarinen: engagement over divestmentIlmarinen’s CIO Mikko Mursula told Helsingin Sanomat that the insurer would attempt to find out more about the case before any decision on divestment.“The principle of responsible investment is based on the fact that the investment object complies with laws and norms,” Mursula said.Ilmarinen staff were asking the company about the background and the company’s understanding of the chain of events, he said.Anna Hyrske, head of responsible investments at Ilmarinen, told IPE that the company’s responsible investment policies gave preference to engagement over divestment.Helsingin Sanomat reported that disagreements between Esperi Care and Finland’s national health and welfare regulator, Valvira, about the adequacy of nursing staff had been in the public domain for more than two years. Mursula told the paper he had no information on the matter, however.Links between Esperi and EteraEsperi Care’s CEO Marja Aarnio-Isohanni resigned on Tuesday as a result of the outcry, and was replaced by Heini Pirttijärvi.Aarnio-Isohanni is currently a deputy member of Ilmarinen’s supervisory board, having been appointed to the role a year ago. She spent more than 10 years on Etera’s board, according to her LinkedIn page.She had worked at Esperi Care since 2003 and owned 10.5% of the business – a stake she has retained, according to Finnish national broadcaster YLE.Aarnio-Isohanni was Finland’s second wealthiest woman in 2017, earning more than €5.7m that year, according to YLE.Valvira announced at the end of last week that it had shut down one of the company’s homes located in Kristiinankaupunki in the west of Finland, having received “serious, direct customer safety” information.“The weaknesses identified were related, inter alia, to the number of inadequate medical staff in relation to the assessment of care and care needs, lack of basic care, the appropriateness of drug treatment, lack of care information for clients, and the work of close staff of the functional unit,” Valvira said in a statement. Finnish pension insurer Ilmarinen and asset manager Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) are engaging with a Finnish care home company following reports of severe neglect.UK-based ICG and Ilmarinen – one of Finland’s largest pension insurance companies – have said they will engage with the management of Esperi Care rather than divest, after reports emerged of severe neglect at care homes.Finland’s healthcare regulator shut down one facility after at least one elderly resident was suspected to have died due to negligence, according to national broadcaster YLE.ICG holds the majority stake in Esperi Care, while Ilmarinen owns a 4.4% stake according to Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, having inherited the asset through its merger with Etera a year ago.last_img read more

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The Block winners Tess and Luke have $730K to spend on a house

first_imgThis two storey, four-bedroom home is ideal for larger families with separate living. Near everything. 7 Pheasant St, Bayview Heights Tess Cattana and Luke Struber on the set of The Block in 2019.Belle Property’s Vanessa Robinson, who is friends with Ms Cattana and Mr Struber, said the couple also did well with the sale of their Moody St home recently.After buying the Manunda home for $269,000 in 2014, it sold last month for $410,000.“So let’s say they have a budget in the mid-700,000s,” Ms Robinson said. “We have two beautiful properties just on the market – 1 Duffy St, Freshwater, for some classic charm, or a more contemporary home, at 47 Iridescent Dr in Trinity Park. Tess and Luke shocked at the copying allegations“They could take a break from renovating for a year or two or get something they could improve on and make a motza, like 11 Martin St, Freshwater. It’s a bit of a plain Jane but has good bones and is a comfortable five-bedroom, three-bathroom home with loads of potential.“I’ve already thought about how you could remove the wall between the kitchen and dining area and open that up to the view. It’s a great one for young couples to buy and get a foothold in one of our blue chip suburbs.”Quaid Real Estate’s Tom Quaid said $730,000 was “literally life-changing money when it comes to a home in Cairns”.“It will give them the opportunity to do everything from living mortgage-free with money to spare, lift them up to an exceptional home with only a little to pay each fortnight or give them a base to leverage into multiple properties to create and maintain their own property portfolio in our low vacancy/high yield market,” he said. “What a position to be in.“If they were looking to make the most of their funds and never lift up tools again while staying close to town, they could look at 9b Denbeigh St in Parramatta Park at $725,000. This is a brand new home with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a high quality of construction that has just come to market. “Alternatively city views could be theirs from a modern home at 42 East Parkridge Dr in Brinsmead on the market in the mid $700,000s. Luke and Tess won the main bathroom week on The Block.“Staying aspirational but putting their skills and flair for design to work, they could pick something more affordable such as 7 Pheasant St in Bayview Heights, with a solid home in a well-regarded street. This one has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a pool, taking it to the next level and staying well under budget with initial outlay of just $525,000.” Set on a 911 sqm block in the gated Ulysses Blue estate, high ceilings and lots of glass add space and light. 47 Iridescent Dr, Trinity Park 9 TARWHINE CL, KANIMBLA 144 HILLVIEW CR, WHITFIELD Within a relaxing stroll to the palm-fringed beachfront this home has no rear neighbours. 107 Cottesloe Dr, Kewarra Beach 47 IRIDESCENT DR, TRINITY PARK Sprawled across a 842 sqm flat block, this spectacular home has amazing views of Cairns and Kanimbla. 42 East Parkridge Dr, Brinsmead Tess Cattana and Luke Struber from Cairns collected $730,000 in prize money when they won The Block.WHEN Cairns’ The Block winners Tess Cattana and Luke Struber get a chance to work out what to do with their “life-changing” $730,000 in prizemoney, there will be plenty of real estate options in their hometown.With the city’s average property prices sitting at about $400,000, just over half their winnings, the newlyweds could choose a luxury pad and live mortgage free and buy a few, more affordable properties and start building an impressive portfolio. 107 COTTESLOE DR, KEWARRA BEACH 1 DUFFY ST, FRESHWATER 42 EAST PARKRIDGE DR, BRINSMEAD Built in the 1930s, the home was relocated from the Esplanade to its current position in 1993 and restored as a much-loved private residence. 1 Duffy St, Freshwatercenter_img On a large 814 sqm, fully-fenced block offering double-gated side access, with room for a pool, a shed or the kids. 9 Tarwhine Cl, Kanimbla TESS & LUKE’S 5 TOP RENOVATION TIPS Designed specifically for the North Queensland climate, the layout is over two levels of open-plan living. 9a Denbeigh St, Parramatta Park 11 MARTIN ST, FRESHWATER This home comes with three bedrooms upstairs and two bedrooms plus a kitchen, living room and bathroom on the lower level. This has been a much loved home for the owners and an interstate move has created this exciting opportunity for an astute buyer. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago144 Hillview Cr, Whitfield 9B DENBEIGH ST, PARRAMATTA PARK 7 PHEASANT ST, BAYVIEW HEIGHTS ■ Give your home a fresh coat of paint. ■ Spend money on quality new curtains or blinds. ■ Invest in landscaping your garden or adding fencing to the property ■ Give the kitchen a makeover ■ Revamp the bathroom WHAT $730K CAN BUY IN CAIRNS 11 Martin St, Freshwaterlast_img read more

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Transgenderism: A Pathogenic Meme

first_imgPublic Discourse 10 June 2015For forty years as the University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School—twenty-six of which were also spent as Psychiatrist in Chief of Johns Hopkins Hospital—I’ve been studying people who claim to be transgender. Over that time, I’ve watched the phenomenon change and expand in remarkable ways.A rare issue of a few men—both homosexual and heterosexual men, including some who sought sex-change surgery because they were erotically aroused by the thought or image of themselves as women—has spread to include women as well as men. Even young boys and girls have begun to present themselves as of the opposite sex. Over the last ten or fifteen years, this phenomenon has increased in prevalence, seemingly exponentially. Now, almost everyone has heard of or met such a person.Publicity, especially from early examples such as “Christine” Jorgenson, “Jan” Morris, and “Renee” Richards, has promoted the idea that one’s biological sex is a choice, leading to widespread cultural acceptance of the concept. And, that idea, quickly accepted in the 1980s, has since run through the American public like a revelation or “meme” affecting much of our thought about sex.The champions of this meme, encouraged by their alliance with the broader LGBT movement, claim that whether you are a man or a woman, a boy or a girl, is more of a disposition or feeling about yourself than a fact of nature. And, much like any other feeling, it can change at any time, and for all sorts of reasons. Therefore, no one could predict who would swap this fact of their makeup, nor could one justifiably criticize such a decision.At Johns Hopkins, after pioneering sex-change surgery, we demonstrated that the practice brought no important benefits. As a result, we stopped offering that form of treatment in the 1970s. Our efforts, though, had little influence on the emergence of this new idea about sex, or upon the expansion of the number of “transgendered” among young and old.Olympic Athlete Turned “Pin-Up” GirlThis history may clarify some aspects of the latest high-profile transgender claimant. Bruce Jenner, the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion, is turning away from his titular identity as one of the “world’s greatest male athletes.” Jenner announced recently that he “identifies as a woman” and, with medical and surgical help, is busy reconstructing his physique.I have not met or examined Jenner, but his behavior resembles that of some of the transgender males we have studied over the years. These men wanted to display themselves in sexy ways, wearing provocative female garb. More often than not, while claiming to be a woman in a man’s body, they declared themselves to be “lesbians” (attracted to other women). The photograph of the posed, corseted, breast-boosted Bruce Jenner (a man in his mid-sixties, but flaunting himself as if a “pin-up” girl in her twenties or thirties) on the cover of Vanity Fair suggests that he may fit the behavioral mold that Ray Blanchard has dubbed an expression of “autogynephilia”—from gynephilia (attracted to women) and auto (in the form of oneself).The Emperor’s New ClothesBut the meme—that your sex is a feeling, not a biological fact, and can change at any time—marches on through our society. In a way, it’s reminiscent of the Hans Christian Andersen tale, The Emperor’s New Clothes. In that tale, the Emperor, believing that he wore an outfit of special beauty imperceptible to the rude or uncultured, paraded naked through his town to the huzzahs of courtiers and citizens anxious about their reputations. Many onlookers to the contemporary transgender parade, knowing that a disfavored opinion is worse than bad taste today, similarly fear to identify it as a misapprehension.I am ever trying to be the boy among the bystanders who points to what’s real. I do so not only because truth matters, but also because overlooked amid the hoopla—enhanced now by Bruce Jenner’s celebrity and Annie Leibovitz’s photography—stand many victims. Think, for example, of the parents whom no one—not doctors, schools, nor even churches—will help to rescue their children from these strange notions of being transgendered and the problematic lives these notions herald. These youngsters now far outnumber the Bruce Jenner type of transgender. Although they may be encouraged by his public reception, these children generally come to their ideas about their sex not through erotic interests but through a variety of youthful psychosocial conflicts and concerns.First, though, let us address the basic assumption of the contemporary parade: the idea that exchange of one’s sex is possible. It, like the storied Emperor, is starkly, nakedly false. Transgendered men do not become women, nor do transgendered women become men. All (including Bruce Jenner) become feminized men or masculinized women, counterfeits or impersonators of the sex with which they “identify.” In that lies their problematic future.When “the tumult and shouting dies,” it proves not easy nor wise to live in a counterfeit sexual garb. The most thorough follow-up of sex-reassigned people—extending over thirty years and conducted in Sweden, where the culture is strongly supportive of the transgendered—documents their lifelong mental unrest. Ten to fifteen years after surgical reassignment, the suicide rate of those who had undergone sex-reassignment surgery rose to twenty times that of comparable peers.Those with Gender Dysphoria Need Evidence-Based CareThere are several reasons for this absence of coherence in our mental health system. Important among them is the fact that both the state and federal governments are actively seeking to block any treatments that can be construed as challenging the assumptions and choices of transgendered youngsters. “As part of our dedication to protecting America’s youth, this administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors,” said Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to President Obama.In two states, a doctor who would look into the psychological history of a transgendered boy or girl in search of a resolvable conflict could lose his or her license to practice medicine. By contrast, such a physician would not be penalized if he or she started such a patient on hormones that would block puberty and might stunt growth.What is needed now is public clamor for coherent science—biological and therapeutic science—examining the real effects of these efforts to “support” transgendering. Although much is made of a rare “intersex” individual, no evidence supports the claim that people such as Bruce Jenner have a biological source for their transgender assumptions. Plenty of evidence demonstrates that with him and most others, transgendering is a psychological rather than a biological matter.In fact, gender dysphoria—the official psychiatric term for feeling oneself to be of the opposite sex—belongs in the family of similarly disordered assumptions about the body, such as anorexia nervosa and body dysmorphic disorder. Its treatment should not be directed at the body as with surgery and hormones any more than one treats obesity-fearing anorexic patients with liposuction. The treatment should strive to correct the false, problematic nature of the assumption and to resolve the psychosocial conflicts provoking it. With youngsters, this is best done in family therapy.The larger issue is the meme itself. The idea that one’s sex is fluid and a matter open to choice runs unquestioned through our culture and is reflected everywhere in the media, the theater, the classroom, and in many medical clinics. It has taken on cult-like features: its own special lingo, internet chat rooms providing slick answers to new recruits, and clubs for easy access to dresses and styles supporting the sex change. It is doing much damage to families, adolescents, and children and should be confronted as an opinion without biological foundation wherever it emerges.But gird your loins if you would confront this matter. Hell hath no fury like a vested interest masquerading as a moral principle.http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/06/15145/?utm_source=The+Witherspoon+Institute&utm_campaign=f7089bcd6f-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_15ce6af37b-f7089bcd6f-84094405last_img read more

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Ancelotti’s Future in the Air as Troubled Napoli Visit Anfield

first_imgUEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUENapoli head for Liverpool tonight for a Champions League which could prove crucial to coach Carlo Ancelotti’s future at the troubled Italian club.The three-time Champions League winning coach’s second season at the Stadio San Paolo has proved to be a complicated one, after leading them to second in Serie A in his first year. His team’s fortunes have waned after the high of opening their Champions League campaign with a 2-0 win over reigning European champions Liverpool, with dressing room unrest amid friction between the players and club management.Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis ordered the team to be confined to a week-long training camp earlier this month after a 2-1 league defeat to rivals Roma saw them slip to seventh in Serie A.But as Ancelotti voiced his disagreement with the lockdown, the players all returned home after a 1-1 draw against Salzburg three days later, which stalled their bid to reach the Champions League last 16.“The relationship between the president and I is excellent and nothing changes,” Ancelotti had insisted after saying he disagreed with the ‘ritiro’ or training camp.Film mogul De Laurentiis threatened to sell the entire squad and take legal action against the players after the dressing room revolt.And the sanctions began to fall this week amid reports Monday the players would receive hefty fines for breaking the lockdown.Gazzetta Dello Sport reported that players’ salaries for the month of November – apart from those out injured at the time – will be cut by a quarter.Brazilian Allan, who had an argument with Edoardo De Laurentiis, son of the Napoli president, will see his salary slashed by half, or 200 000 euros ($220 000).In total, players’ salaries will be cut by 2.5 million euros ($2.7 million).The club have also imposed a media silence with Ancelotti and the players refusing to speak after Saturday’s 1-1 draw against AC Milan extended their winless run to six games in all competitions, and left them 15 points behind Serie A leaders Juventus, out of the European places.However, under UEFA rules Ancelotti will be obliged to speak during a news conference at Anfield on the eve of the match, with Napoli confirming that he will be present.“We are not satisfied with the performance and the ranking, but it is also true that we deserved more points and more luck in various games,” Ancelotti said earlier this month“The situation must be considered with a cool head.”Ex-Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri, meanwhile, was seen in the stands at San Siro on Saturday, fuelling speculation he could be waiting in the wings.Napoli are still on course to qualify for the Champions League knockout rounds as they are second in Group E behind Liverpool, four points ahead of third-placed Salzburg with two games to play.They will reach the last 16 if they beat Liverpool or if Salzburg do not beat Genk, having failed to advance past the group stages last season.But they come up against a Liverpool side who have an eight-point advantage on top of the Premier League table and whose only loss this season came at the San Paolo.To add to their problems Napoli will be without captain Lorenzo Insigne, who hurt his elbow in Saturday’s match.The Italian forward has scored five times for Napoli this campaign, and also scored the last gasp winner against Liverpool in last season’s 1-0 group stage victory in Naples.Forward Arkadiusz Milik has an abdominal inflammation, joining an injury list which already includes defensive duo Kevin Malcuit and Faouzi Ghoulam.But Portuguese full-back Mario Rui and Spanish midfielder Fabian Ruiz, absent against Milan, have been named in the squad.Ancelotti arrived in Naples boasting three Champions League trophies from his time with Milan and Real Madrid, and a Premier League trophy from his two-year tenure at Chelsea.But their hopes of ending Juventus’ domestic domination have faded along with their hopes of a first Serie A title since the days of Diego Maradona, who also helped them win their only European trophy – the 1989 UEFA Cup.UCL RESULTSGalatasaray 1-1 BruggeMadrid 2-2 PSGZvezda 0-6 BayernSpurs 4-2 OlympiacosAtalanta 2-0 ZagrebMan City 1-1 ShakhtarLokomotiv 0-2 LeverkussenJuventus 1-0 AtleticoShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Local Roundup: Hoopa’s Roger Sanderson dominating Cal-Ore racing circuit

first_imgHoopa >> Hoopa’s Roger Sanderson won the ‘Hydro Heritage’ race at the annual Father’s Day event of the Cal-Ore River Racers circuit Sunday in Hoopa.Sanderson won the Hoopa Valley Tribe hosted ‘Hydro Heritage’ race on the Trinity River starting from the pole and taking first-place in each of the 6-legs from Hoopa upriver to Tish Tang Park.It was Sanderson’s third consecutive win in as many races to begin the 2017 season. The four-time Club Champion has now won five straight events dating back …last_img read more

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Africa: ‘harness FDI for development’

first_img27 July 2012Africa is sitting on the cusp of increasing investment, but needs to take advantage of this to drive a more sustainable developmental path for the continent, says South African Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.Davies was speaking at the launch of the South African United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development (IPFSD) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg on Thursday.Unctad’s IPFSD is a guideline for national and international investment policy-making to support more sustainable, development-friendly policy-making.It was established to assist policy-makers to design policies that effectively mobilise investment and ensure their positive contribution to sustainable development.Benefits of FDI ‘not automatic’Davies said that while foreign direct investment (FDI) could make a positive contribution to sustainable development, “the benefits to host countries are not automatic”.Regulations were needed, he said, “to balance the economic requirements of investors with the need to ensure that investments make a positive contribution to sustainable development in the host state.“The associated benefits of investment as they relate to technology transfer, skills development and research, among others, need to be purposefully built into the investment regime, and not taken for granted.”Davies said that a recent Unctad report indicated that global foreign direct investment (FDI) showed global FDI flows exceeded the pre-crisis level, averaging US$1.5-trillion in 2011.According to the International Monetary Fund, emerging economies – including those in Africa – are projected to grow by 5.5% this year, and Africa is the second fastest growing continent after Asia.Seeking out new investment opportunitiesSouth Africa’s inclusion in Unctad’s list of top prospective host economies for FDI over the next two years was a positive reflection of the country, as well as the continent’s growth and development potential, Davies said.South Africa has seen growing investment from India and China, and the country is also seeking out new investment opportunities.“We are trying not to make [the attraction of investment into the country] a step- child. There is an incredible amount of negotiation going into it,” he said.“We are sitting on a cusp where there’s growing investment in Africa and South Africa.”Davies attributed the growth on the continent to the mineral products boom, consumption, infrastructure development and that the continent had been spared a sovereign debt crisis.“Although FDI increased across all major economic groupings in 2011, it’s striking that developing economies now account for 45% of global FDI,” he said. Most of the investment was in sub-Saharan Africa.South African companies were also investing into the continent, with direct investment increasing from R3.8-billion in 1994 to R115.7-billion in 2009.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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South African authors nominated for international award

first_img19 November 2015Three South African writers have been nominated in what has been called the “world’s richest literary prize”, the International Dublin Literary Award.Zakes Mda’s Rachel’s Blue, Mandla Langa’s The Texture of Shadows and Imraan Coovadia’s Tales of the Metric System are in the running for the €100 000 (about R1.5-million) prize money.3 South Africans nominated for “world’s richest literary prize” https://t.co/frUtkVN3rc pic.twitter.com/9Y3RPqb5jR— Books LIVE (@BooksLIVESA) November 18, 2015Fans and organisations have congratulated the authors on social [email protected] @mandla_langa @ZakesMda Congratulations. All nominations so well deserved.— Pippa Green (@green_pippa) November 10, 2015Congrats to @mandla_langa @ZakesMda & Imraan Coovadia on their International Dublin Literary Award nominations https://t.co/wkhtL8CS4I— pen_southafrica (@pen_southafrica) November 10, 2015The awardThe annual award is in its 21st year. Nominations come in from libraries across the world.“The nomination process for the award is unique as nominations are made by libraries in capital and major cities throughout the world,” reads the Dublin Literary Award website.”Participating libraries can nominate up to three novels each year for the award. Over 400 library systems in 177 countries worldwide are invited to nominate books each year.”The winner will be announced on 9 June 2016. The three South Africans are among 160 titles in the running this year.Other awardsThe South African novels have already been given the nod on the local literary scene.Rachel’s Blue won the 2014/2015 University of Johannesburg Prize, The Texture of Shadows was longlisted for the inaugural FT/Oppenheimer Funds Emerging Voices Award for Fiction, and Tales of the Metric System was shortlisted for the 2015 Barry Ronge Prize.African authorsLiterary website Books Live made note of the other African authors who made it on to the nominated list in the International Dublin Literary Award.They are: Moroccan-American novelist Laila Lalami for The Moor’s Account; Scholastique Mukasonga, a Rwandan author living in France, for Our Lady of the Nile; Ethiopian-American novelist Dinaw Mengestu for All Our Names; and Nigerian-born Helen Oyeyemi, for Boy, Snow, Bird.The full list of nominees can be seen here.Source: Books Livelast_img read more

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Joe Lstiburek on Spray Foam

first_imgAn exploding truckMac Sheldon of Demilec gave a great talk titled “SPF Retrofit Problems & Solutions.” He discussed how controls have improved to the point where spray foam going off-ratio, while still possible, is becoming rare. He did show some of the problems that occur, including a scary photo of a box truck with the roof blown off because someone put water in the wrong drum. That drum ended up across the street.Installer errors are the most frequent problems, and there’s been a concerted effort in the industry to improve in that area. Sheldon discussed the new accreditations and certifications that SPFA offers, and Rick Duncan went into a bit more detail about them. If you’re in the business of installing spray foam, get over to the SPFA website now and start getting your workers certified. Don’t ever point your spray wand at human skinThe last speaker of the day was Paul Duffy of Icynene. He discussed some of the basics again and, as several other speakers had done, he hit the issue of safety pretty hard. “It’s going to be an obligatory part of SPF presentations from now on,” he said.Duffy also gave the most jarring example of the day. To illustrate how much pressure the liquid is under when it comes out of the gun in a high-pressure SPF rig, he asked, “What do you think will happen if I aim a foam gun at my hand? It will inject foam under my skin and expand when it gets there.” Low-density, open-cell spray foam expands to 100 times its original volume very quickly, so imagine the Michelin Man on steroids. A quick overviewJoe began by talking about the “perfect wall.” That led quickly to what he calls the 500-year wall, for three reasons: It represents 500 years of evolution; it lasts 500 years; and it takes clients 500 years to pay for it. He went through some of the details he presented in his “Perfect Wall” paper on the Building Science Corp. website, discussing where to use foam, which foam works, and how not to do stupid stuff. RELATED ARTICLES Of course, he also took his jabs. (He called out ASTM at Summer Camp this year.) At the Experts’ Session, he said that ASTM stands for Another Stupid Test Method. He also continued the anti-WUFI campaign I first heard at the Passive House conference in Denver. In discussing how you decide what vapor permeability you want in your materials, he said, “You guess. I’ll trust your guess better than a WUFI analysis. WUFI should only be done with adult supervision.” (WUFI is a modeling tool for moisture and heat transport through building assemblies.) Blowing agents and global warming potentialOne of the big issues in the past couple of years has been the blowing agents used in spray polyurethane foam, specifically HFC-245fa used in closed-cell SPF. This whole thing blew up when Alex Wilson of Environmental Building News wrote a paper in 2010 in which he concluded that closed-cell SPF and extruded polystyrene (XPS) had too much global warming potential (GWP). He made his paper look like science when it wasn’t, and his analysis included so many assumptions that his results were not valid.I wrote a response to his paper in August 2010, Don’t Forget the Science in Building Science, but more people read his paper than mine, and sadly, too many people believed his.Yes, Alex did have a point about the blowing agents, and he should have just said that he didn’t like them instead of trying to calculate bogus “paybacks.” The good news for those who care about the GWP of materials is that the speakers from Honeywell announced their replacement for HFC-245fa, which they call Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent. It has a GWP of less than 5 (HFC-245fa is greater than 1000) and will be available starting in 2013. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. GBA Encyclopedia: Spray Foam Insulation Joe Lstiburek Discusses Basement Insulation and Vapor RetardersInsulation to Keep Us Warm — Not Warm the PlanetSpray Foam Jobs With Lingering Odor ProblemsIt’s OK to Skimp on Insulation, Icynene Says Three Massachusetts Home Fires Linked to Spray Foam Insulation The odor problem was only mentioned brieflyIt was a great day packed with good information. In addition to what I mentioned above, the speakers also hit on the topics of ignition barriers, fires, lawsuits, and odors… briefly.I like spray foam, but I’m also wary of some of the drawbacks. As with most of our technology, though, it works well when used appropriately and poorly when it’s not. It’s still true that the process is more important than the product. We need to get a lot more people in building science and construction to really understand what that means, and Joe’s day-long symposium on spray foam was a great way to help with that. Spray foam insulation evokes some interesting conversation among building scientists, construction professionals, environmentalists, and homeowners who have it in their homes. Many think it solves all problems, no matter how poorly it’s installed. Some think it’s helping to warm the planet and compromise the health of people and pets. In the middle are those who work with it regularly and see both the warts and the beauty of the product.Building Science Corporation recently hosted its annual Experts’ Session, and the first day was all about spray foam insulation, with a collection of people who are mostly in the third camp mentioned above. Joe Lstiburek spoke first, and then introduced several experts to give us high-level information on this product — everything from the basics of open-cell versus closed-cell foam to the latest work on blowing agents.The other invited speakers were:Mac Sheldon from DemilecDr. Mark Bomberg, a building scientist who taught JoeRick Duncan, PhD, PE, from the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA)Xuaco Pascual and Mary Bogdan from HoneywellPaul Duffy from Icynenelast_img read more

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