Cold Blast Of Winter Weather Coming To Georgia

first_img Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Share 0:37 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List For Whom The Bell Rings Related Stories Thankfully, this won’t be a case of déjà vu all over again. On this date in 1993, the infamous “Blizzard of 1993” hit Georgia and other parts of the country.That won’t happen today, but a blast of chilly weather is coming.“We had a cold front move in over the weekend and now we’re getting another reinforcing cold front with some of that cold, Canadian air moving across the eastern half of the U.S.,” said Kent McMullen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.He said north Georgia could see close to an inch of snow by Tuesday.Metro Atlanta will probably get no snow, but heavy winds will bring the chill.“It’s going to give us some temperatures to make it feel like it’s in the teens, especially Tuesday morning,” McMullen said.Highs will be in the upper 40s and low 50s until at least Friday.Some northern states, like Pennsylvania, could see up to six inches of snow this week. ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more

GM’s Lutz May Retire in 2010

first_imgFrom AFX News Limited AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement WARREN, MI — Automotive industry icon Robert Lutz wants to retire from General Motors Corp. after the company brings a plug-in electric car to market, possibly sometime in 2010, he said Tuesday. The 75-year-old Lutz, now GM’s vice chairman for global product development, is shepherding development of the Chevrolet Volt, which the company sees as a mainstream electric sedan that can be recharged by plugging it into a household outlet. “I’d like to see the Volt launched because I think that is an absolutely critical product,” Lutz said in an interview with The Associated Press. The company has set sometime in 2010 as a loose date to roll out the Volt. Lutz, whose automotive career spans more than four decades, said no retirement date has been set, but he wants to stick around as long as his health holds up and Chief Executive and Chairman Rick Wagoner and the GM board will have him. “You never know about your health. You never know about the needs of the corporation,” he said in his office at the company’s design center. “You never know what the board wants to do, or [if] Rick wants to transition to a younger team. All of those things are possible.” Advertisement GM has high hopes for the Volt, which would be powered by an electric motor fed by lithium-ion batteries. Fully charged, the car could go around 40 miles without using any gasoline. A small conventional engine would recharge the Volt, extending its range and allowing it to get the equivalent of 150 miles per gallon. GM also is developing a hydrogen fuel cell version of the car. The Volt, he said, likely is the only way the company will be able to meet proposed federal fuel economy requirements that average 35 miles per gallon by 2020. Lutz, who was hired in September of 2001 to reinvigorate GM’s lackluster product designs, is widely credited with a resurgence in GM vehicles after two disastrous years in which it lost market share and more than $12 billion. He came to GM after a stint as CEO of battery maker Exide Technologies Inc., but previously had served in executive positions at Chrysler Corp., Ford Motor Co. and BMW AG. GM Vehicles totally developed on his watch include the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook, all crossovers that have been selling well, and the Chevrolet Malibu sedan, which generally has received good reviews and the company says is in high demand after its first month in the showrooms. Advertisement Still, GM sales are down 6.1 percent for the first 11 months of the year, with car sales dropping 8 percent and truck sales off 4.8 percent from the same period a year ago. GM is now testing the first of two competing versions of batteries for the Volt made by outside companies. In the past, the company has said the only thing holding back the Volt from production is a battery that is small, powerful and safe. The company hopes to have drivable versions of the Volt for testing in the second quarter of next year. The car would decrease dependence on oil without compromising personal independence, Lutz said while unveiling the Volt prototype at the 2007 Detroit auto show. Copyright 2007 AFX News Limited. All Rights Reserved.last_img read more

Cheyney dropping out of NCAA Division II

first_imgBuy Now [email protected] (215) 893-5746 More changes are forthcoming at the nation’s oldest Historically Black College and University.Cheyney University President Aaron A. Walton has announced that the school is dropping its NCAA Division II status and will withdraw from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference at the end of the school year on June 30.The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference consists of 18 full-time members and competes as an NCAA Division II league. Cheyney has been a member of PSAC since its inception in 1951.“This is a tough decision but it’s one that we must make if we are to achieve financial sustainability,” said Walton, who told the school’s trustees of the impending move Tuesday. “We have to do what is best for the university for where we are right now, not where we’ve been.”Ironically, on Sunday, the school marked the 40th anniversary of winning the 1978 NCAA Division II men’s basketball championship with a gala rebroadcast of the game. Then called Cheyney State College, the Wolves defeated the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay 47-40 for its only national championship. Coached by Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer John Chaney, the Wolves finished the season 27-2.“With the school being where it is today, my concern is for the students to have a good academics program and a good sports program,” said Roger “Bird” Lesyath, a member of the Wolves’ NCAA championship team. “As an alumni, I’d like to see the school stay alive and lively. [This move] may be the best right now. It may allow the students to compete and the college to remain [viable].”The downsizing of Cheyney athletics isn’t new. The school suspended its football program in December after a 1-10 season. The program will remain suspended until the university’s financial situation improves.Walton said Cheyney is looking to join another conference for men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball to develop a stronger, more sustainable program. For the 2018-19 school year, Cheyney’s teams will operate as independents.One option for Cheyney could be the Middle Atlantic Conferences, a group of three athletic conferences that compete as NCAA Division III schools. Several Pennsylvania schools such as Widener University, Swarthmore University and Delaware Valley University are affiliated with the MAC.“Sometimes, you gotta step back in order to leap forward,” said Michael Coard, a Cheyney alumnus and attorney for Heeding Cheyney’s Call, a coalition devoted to saving the school. “Accordingly, we should consider Division III or even a top-notch well structured intramural program. “Initially, I strongly opposed it as further diminishment of Cheyney’s overall status. But after thoroughly reviewing the cold hard facts, I grudgingly came to the realization that it’s currently and hopefully temporarily necessary in order to reduce our suffocating debt and also to avoid the further destruction of the confidence of our school’s valiant athletes who continue to get crushed by teams with much better resources.”Walton, who served as interim president of Cheyney for six months, was voted in as president by The Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education in November. He will serve as president through June 30, 2021. Walton firmly believes the move is in the school’s best interest.“We’re doing what we must do for our school,” said Walton. “These are extremely difficult but necessary decisions that are being made on behalf of our entire student population and to help ensure the university’s future. We want to continue to provide our student athletes the opportunity to participate as part of the overall college experience.”Declining enrollment, a low graduation rate and poor financial status have been factors with its accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Last November, the commission granted Cheyney another year of probation. The school has been on probation since 2015 and remains at risk of losing its accreditation. Without accreditation, Cheyney students would have been ineligible for state and federal tuition aid.“The most important thing is the university,” said Robert W. Bogle, chairman of Cheyney University’s Council of Trustees. “Cheyney University is too important. The president has made a very important decision with the success of Cheyney University in mind.”center_img Cheyney University is dropping its NCAA Division II status and will withdraw from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference at the end of the school year on June 30. PHOTO BY ABDUL R. SULAYMAN/TRIBUNE CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHERlast_img read more

Pankaj Advani wins his 20th World Title

first_imgAdvertisement 9lNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3ikxsWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9b4e6u( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) adaWould you ever consider trying this?😱83fvaCan your students do this? 🌚4fcfRoller skating! 2fu9See more on YT⬇️⬇️⬇️See moreenBody tricks that only special people can do pt-1vp3How though? 🤔😂#AdrenalineJunkiesba0A visualization of how Karma works 69hr0o74i9Powered by Firework Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Padma Bhushan awardee Pankaj Advani clinched the IBSF billiards crown in the 150-up format for the third successive year at the Grand Mercure Hotel in Yangon. This victory takes his count of the total number of world titles to 20.Advertisement Pankaj Advani won his 20th World Billiards Championship crown“This win is extremely special for me. It’s a perfect 20 and I’m glad that I’m still hungry for more. It’s pleasing to be able to play at a quality level over the years and looking to take this tally beyond a score,” said Pankaj Advani after winning his match against Nay Thway Oo of Myanmar in the final.In his route to the finals, Pankaj Advani broke two records. The first of which was by topping the group without dropping a single frame. In the entire tournament, he only dropped three frames- one against Dhwaj Haria in the quarterfinals and the rest two against Nay Thway Oo in the finals.Advertisement Pankaj Advani won his first IBSF World Snooker Championship in 2003. Since then, he hasn’t loosen his grip and continues to remain a force to reckon with. The Sportsindiashow team wishes him all the best for his future endeavors.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson U15 Selects

first_imgThere are six Nelson Youth Soccer Rep team competing in the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup tournament, but only one can be Team of the Week.Pulling a name out of a hat the staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports gave the treat to the U15 girl’s squad.Staff and management at Mallard’s want to wish all the teams success against B.C.’s best. Players and coaches on the U15 Selects include, standing from left, assistant coach Justin Willans, Chiara Chirico, Daina Shaw, Tara Yowek, Hailee Gerun, Emma Schrader, Abby Willans, Sage Wilton, Paige LeFranc, Jena Wheeldon, Lauren Walgren, Alex Dehnel, Hannah Enns, Aroha Taiatini-Senechal and coach Mike Gerun along with keeper Katie Bow.Missing from picture due to injuries are Maddy Murphy and Jade Sommers.last_img read more

Evicted for a showpiece project, this PNG community fights for justice

first_imgArticle published by Isabel Esterman Activism, Cities, Corruption, Development, Environment, Featured, Governance, Human Rights, Infrastructure, Land Conflict, Land Rights, Politics Papua New Guinea has embarked on a surge of building projects in Port Moresby as the capital city prepares to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.In the buildup to the summit, thousands of people were evicted from a settlement in Paga Hill, which is next to the conference hall where the APEC Leaders’ Summit will be held.Former residents of Paga Hill say their experiences of eviction, demolition and resettlement are a cautionary tale for others in the country who face relocation in the name of development. “I lost everything,” says Joe Moses, recalling the day homes in his community of Paga Hill were demolished.Moses is one of thousands of Papua New Guineans who have lost their homes to make way for new developments as the country prepares to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, which begins Nov. 17. Plans for the gathering in the capital, Port Moresby, were underway as early as 2011, when the summit was held in Honolulu, Hawaii.The government has since embarked on a building spree to accommodate the world leaders and business executives expected to attend. Throughout Port Moresby, roads have been resurfaced, cathedral-like conference centers have gone up, and endless billboards and flags proclaim the start of the summit. Ordinary citizens, meanwhile, complain about the poor state everywhere else of infrastructure and basic services, including roads, hospitals and schools.The event’s climax, the APEC Leaders’ Summit, will take place in a glass conference hall built on reclaimed land right next to Paga Hill.The APEC Haus, photographed in June 2018, which will host world leaders during the APEC summit in November. Construction is said to have cost 120 million kina, around $37 million. Image by Lucy Woods for Mongabay.Given Paga Hill’s central, seaside and APEC-integral location, development plans for the area, which had previously been proposed and dismissed, accelerated into one of the nation’s biggest development projects.Moses had just graduated from studying sociology and anthropology at the University of Papua New Guinea at the time, and was looking forward to finding employment and living a quiet life taking care of his family.This dream dissipated on May 12, 2012, the day Moses says bulldozers turned up at Paga Hill “without any notice.”Moses became one of 350 people rendered homeless that day, according to the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI), a research forum based at Queen Mary University of London.“I lost two dogs, two fridges, a TV set, two [diesel] generators,” Moses says. “My books were all over the place, everything was just destroyed.”Construction along the Ela Beach Road. Preparations for the APEC summit have included a boom of infrastructure development within Port Moresby. Image by Lucy Woods for Mongabay.Paga HillSurrounded by the Gulf of Papua and abutting the white sands of tourist-favorite Ela Beach, Paga Hill covers roughly 23 hectares (57 acres).During Word War II, people from around Papua New Guinea moved to the area to work as farmers, providing food for the Australian military. Since then, friends and relatives have emigrated there in search of employment in Port Moresby. “That’s how our community evolved,” says Allan Mogerema, a Paga Hill youth leader.According to the ISCI’s investigation, while the first Paga Hill settlers didn’t have formal land title, the traditional landowners, the Geakone, granted land use rights to the growing informal settlement.Permanent and semi-permanent houses, gardens and fences were built, as were basic services, such as water and electricity, says Mogerema. By 2012, around 3,400 people called Paga Hill home. There was a pharmacy, a preschool and a church. On paper, however, the area was considered “open space” until 2000.As the community grew, so did rumors of development, eviction and demolition, says Moses. But nothing came of the rumors until 2011, as plans shaped up for Port Moresby to host the 2018 APEC summit.The Paga Hill Development Company (PHDC), a private enterprise, led a campaign to redevelop Paga Hill, offering compensation for people to move out.PHDC, and a related entity called Paga Hills Development Holding Company, had been seeking since 1996 to have the area rezoned for development, according to a study by Kristian Lasslett, a social sciences professor at Northern Ireland’s Ulster University.Thwarted by the planning board, the company found powerful backers in parliamentary members Michael Nali and William Duma. Nali was appointed minister for works and implementation after the 2017 election, while Duma was named minister for public enterprise and state investment.With Nali’s influence in parliament, and later Duma’s too, Paga Hill was recognized as a “Property of National Significance.” In 2009, PHDC obtained a 99-year business lease to develop the area.The lease was awarded on condition the company invest in the Paga Hill area and improve its infrastructure. Its completion was “expected to be ready to play a key role hosting the Leaders’ meeting at the APEC Summit,” PHDC’s website states.After the lease was approved, both Nali and Duma took a financial interest in the Paga Hill development project. In December 2011, Nali acquired a 9 percent stake in PHDC, and in 2012, a Supreme Court judicial review revealed that Duma had acquired state leases over Paga Hill land.In this YouTube video, an architect involved in the project explains the vision for the Paga Hill Estate.PHDC’s development plans include a casino, an underwater aquarium, cable car, WWII museum, hotels, apartments, commercial buildings and a ring road. The developer touts the bill for the Paga Hill Estate showcase at 3 billion kina, or about $900 million.It’s sought to raise some of that investment via promises of profits from future rental income. It’s also looked to China for help fulfilling its grand development plans. The company signed a memorandum of understanding with the city of Shenzhen and Chinese state-owned contractors China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) and China Overseas Engineering Group (COVEC). PHDC says this was for help with “hotel funding and development cooperation […] ahead of the 2018 APEC summit.”PHDC also continues to garner support from the PNG government, signing an MOU with the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority, Port Moresby City Authority (NCDC), and the Department of Trade, Commerce and Industry.In a memorandum of information, the minister for trade, commerce and industry, Richard Maru, hailed “the largest property development approval ever to be issued in PNG” and said the project had “the full support of both the government and the local community.” The tourism minister, Tobias Kulang, was quoted in the MOI describing the development of Paga Hill as “a crowning jewel” in the government’s tourism master plan.With overwhelming government support, PHDC became a 50-50 public-private partnership project.Moses describes this intertwining of government and corporate interests as “the most frightening thing.” The state “becomes your enemy, and the developer becomes your enemy,” he says. The use of government resources, including armed police, siding with PHDC made Moses feel as if “anything can happen to you and your family at any time.”PHDC did not respond to requests for comment by telephone and email.Port Moresby’s International Convention Centre. Built in 2016 with 70 million kina (around $21.5 million) of Chinese government aid, the center benefited from an additional 20 million kina from China for refurbishment in preparation for the summit. Image by Lucy Woods for Mongabay.EvictionsA few months before the bulldozers arrived at Paga Hill, an unsigned eviction notice was circulated to the community, Moses says. It was “just on a plain white paper saying that you have to move out, because we will be moving in to destroy all the houses.”As is common in other development projects in PNG, the notices were passed late at night to a handful of individuals, as a means to claim consent on behalf of the entire community.Moses says that two older men, both of whom had moved to Paga Hill more than 40 years ago, gave their signatures, agreeing to move with the understanding that there would be generous compensation and that beneficial infrastructure would be built in Paga Hill. “They did sign,” Moses says. “It was a big mistake that they made.”These two signatures were taken as sufficient consent to evict 3,400 people: in February 2012, PHDC obtained an eviction order from the National Court.In response, the community decided to organize itself and fight back. Moses was appointed as a community leader, and asked community members to take an approach of non-violence.Citizens facing threats to their land or way of life have been known to take up arms and threaten developers in Papua New Guinea. “You never know what sort of weapons are among 3,000 plus people, and people are showing their retaliation,” Moses says.If anyone was hurt or killed, Moses swore to step down. “It’s about time that we started using our brains to fight our case, no more physical violence,” he says.Four other parties sought legal action against PHDC’s development of Paga Hill, alongside Moses’s community: the state’s National Housing Corporation, the National Museum, the Department of Tourism, and a collective of individual residents living at the top of Paga Hill. All five parties presented their cases against PHDC at a district court hearing on May 11, 2012 — the day before the demolition.“We went to court, and we produced all the documents, and the court just ignored our evidence and awarded the case to the company,” Moses says.They filed an appeal immediately, and a National Court hearing was scheduled for the next day, May 12, a Saturday.On the day, Moses, Paga Hill community members and their lawyers were at court by 9 a.m. The judge arrived at 2 p.m. By 3 p.m. he had ruled that the eviction should be suspended, citing “gross irregularities.”However, demolition workers and equipment, aided by armed police, arrived at Paga Hill “while we were still in court,” Moses says.Police “employed live rounds of ammunition on residents,” as they protested against the planned eviction, the Ulster study says. There were “more than one hundred policeman,” say Moses and Mogerema.A Paga Hill resident told ISCI that the police chased people “like animals.” Video shot that day shows police firing guns at community members.Sam Moko, a United Nations Development Programme officer, told Mongabay that police assaulted and arrested him. “Cops took my camera [and] punched me,” Moko says.Video shot during the 2012 eviction of Paga Hill shows heavily armed police discharging firearms.Among the bulldozers, armed police and the debris of crushed family homes, Moses presented the newly obtained order of cessation to the commander in charge of the demolition. But “he did not accept it,” Moses says.Not until the local police superintendent was informed did the demolition finally end. By then, 20 families had lost their homes.It then “started raining, some mighty rain, and it came down and just soaked everything,” Moses says. It was now also dark. Newly homeless, 20 families took shelter in the church.Over the next two years, thousands more people would follow.Between May 2012 and July 2014, PHDC and the state cooperated in pressuring people to move, offering small handouts to a few households. Moses and other activists say the police beat people who refused to move, or threatened to burn their houses.Other Paga Hill residents have also spoken out about police brutality during the demolition.In a statement dated April 5, 2012, opposition MP Dame Carol Kidu described a PHDC lawyer offering “hardship allowance” to the Paga Hill community of 2,000 to 10,000 kina ($600 to $3,000) toward the cost of a new home if they bought land elsewhere. Kidu said the community was told to accept these offers or be forced out.But the families that agreed received only 1,000 to 1,500 kina ($300 to $450) each, Moses says. “They did not pay everybody,” he adds. “The rest were left to fend for themselves.”On its website, the company says it has provided a “comprehensive relocation solution for the on-site informal settlement community,” and notes that “In contrast to the forced evictions that regularly take place across PNG, PHDC has achieved a harmonious resettlement to a donated site that makes for transformative life outcomes for the residents.”On July 22, 2014, the last home in Paga Hill was demolished. “That’s when the final bulldozer came in,” Mogerema says.Six years later, the legal battle is still raging; the APEC delegates arrive later this month, and Paga Hill resembles “a mine site,” Mogerema says.Buildings, fences, trees and plants have been cleared. There are huge dirt steps dug into the sloped rock face to level plots for new apartments. The sole infrastructure to be completed is a fresh asphalt ring road, which circles the Paga Hill peninsula on a loop from APEC Haus on the seafront all the way to the center of Port Moresby.“We used to jump from these rocks into the sea,” Mogerema says, pointing above the ring road. “This is where my house used to be, and the church, and the school.”A resident of Gerahu, one of the resettlement sites for Paga Hill residents, showing wounds he says were acquired during a fight with the area’s customary landowners. Image courtesy of Allan Mogerema.Resettlement ClaimsThe people of Paga Hill were told to relocate to one of two separate sites: Six Mile, so named because of its distance from Paga Hill, to the northeast of Port Moresby, or Gerehu, some 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) to the northwest.PHDC claims its promises to the Paga Hill community — for generous compensation, rehousing, jobs, infrastructure, development and improvement of the land — have been fulfilled with the resettlement at Six Mile.But it makes no mention of Gerehu.Gerehu is a strip of land roughly half a kilometer (0.3 miles) long, with a dirt track through the middle and one water tap. An estimated 500 people were forced to move here from Paga Hill.The single tap was put in by a private citizen, who is building a house next to the Gerehu resettlement. Steven Temo told Mongabay he paid 18,000 kina ($5,400) for the tap to be installed, “to help myself and the people here.” Water, he says, “is life, to cook, to clean, to drink.”Before that, people had to walk to neighboring villages to ask for water. Those relocated to Gerehu had to “start from scratch,” says Moses, “rebuilding their own lives without any support from the state or the company.”“[There’s] no access, no fishing, and no proper [housing], there is nothing we had before,” says Serah Maiga, 24, whose family was relocated from Paga Hill to Gerehu. The area is also “not safe for girls and mothers,” she says. “I don’t want to stay here. I miss the sea.”Like many young people in the community, Maiga says her education was disrupted after the demolition of her home in Paga Hill. “We missed about four months, so some students had to repeat grades.” On top of that, Maiga says the new settlement is 15 kilometers away from a school, a commute that requires an hour and as many as three public buses.Money for the commute into the city center is scarce, says Mogerema. Gerehu is inland, and fishing used to be a key source of income for the Paga Hill community.There’s also fighting between the former Paga Hill residents and the Gerehu area’s customary landowners, the Kitavu people. One such dispute ended with three houses being burned down, Mogerema says, pointing to grassy patches still black with ash where temporary shelters once stood.The Kitavu people “are not happy,” he says. “We could be evicted again.”The charred remnants of a destroyed house at the Gerahu resettlement site. Image courtesy of Allan Mogerema.Present DayToday, Moses is a wanted man in Papua New Guinea. After the 2012 eviction, he spent a year in hiding, and another year limiting his movements, fearing for his life and the safety of his family.In November 2016, Moses left Papua New Guinea and sought asylum in the U.K.Moses says he is often told by friends, former neighbors and lawyers that if he goes back to his homeland, “you are a dead man.”He hasn’t seen his wife and two children, now aged 19 and 15, in nearly three years, though he talks to them every day on the phone. He says he still hopes for justice and compensation for the Paga Hill community, and to be able to one day return home.Mogerema echoes the call for justice: “Just simple justice.” He says the community is “all for development,” but doubts it will benefit from the projects being carried out for the APEC summit.The summit, he says, is “just another meeting for the top sorts, the affluent communities.”The administration of Prime Minister Peter O’Niell was elected, and re-elected, on promises to build roads, schools and hospitals. And while the elites of Port Moresby benefit from infrastructure gains such as a new road from downtown to Jacksons International Airport in the city’s east, the rest of Papua New Guinea is still crying out for basic services and infrastructure.The story of Paga Hill should be seen as a “cautionary tale,” Mogerema says; a warning for others to prepare for forced development in Papua New Guinea, “to be one step ahead of what’s coming.”Banner Image: An APEC sign outside John Guise stadium in Port Moresby. Image by Lucy Woods for Mongabay.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Despite Some Toxic Workplaces, Most Americans Feel Fulfilled at Work

first_img Methodology: The study examined the 20 most populous metro areas in the U.S. and the San Diego area to determine which cities have the most and least fulfilled workers and which of 26 workplace factors (e.g., supportive leadership, pay, work-life flexibility) individuals say are most important to their fulfillment. Factors were identified as either ‘cultural’ (the type of work, relationships with coworkers) factors or ‘financial’ (pay, benefits) factors.  Fulfilled was defined as those who indicated that they were either extremely or very fulfilled at work. The final rankings for the workplace factors that most contribute to fulfillment at work were calculated using maxdiff ranking methodology.The study was conducted in August 2019 using a non-probability based online panel. A total of 8064 employed workers and individuals looking for work were surveyed. Of these 8064 individuals, 4011 were from the 20 most populous metro areas in the U.S. and San Diego, and 4053 were from a U.S. national sample. In addition, SHRM ranked the 20 most populated metro areas by most- to least-fulfilled. At the top of the list was Miami, Orlando, Chicago, Tampa Bay and Houston.Denver, New York City, Atlanta, St. Louis and Boston fared the worst.Ensuring that we give our employees the best possible experience at work has never been more critical to business success. At SHRM, we believe that begins with clear, honest conversations about what’s working at work—and what isn’t. When you consider adults spend 90,000 hours of their lifetime at work, and how work impacts or shapes the personal lives of 3 billion people in the world (good, bad or something in between), you begin to realize just how connected our experiences at work—workplace culture—are to our sense of well-being.SHRM has placed workplace culture at the center of public awareness this month with the launch of three new television commercials, our Workplace Convos & Coffee activation at the Oculus in New York City (happening today!) and the release of a brand-new report, The High Cost of a Toxic Workplace Culture.The message resonating through all these initiatives is that weak workplace cultures present a social and economic problem that needs to be addressed by top leaders in organizations. HR is uniquely positioned to lead workplace change, so it is up to our profession to value and promote strong, healthy, inclusive cultures where employees are engaged and fulfilled.To better understand the state of workplace culture in the U.S., SHRM decided to dig deeper into how fulfilled Americans feel in their jobs, and whether where they live makes a difference.Yesterday we released the findings of our first-ever Workplace Fulfillment Index.[i] Our research team identified 26 workplace factors associated with the employee experience—supportive leadership, pay, work-life flexibility, etc.—that individuals say are most important to their fulfillment.The good news is that, in general, most Americans feel fulfilled at work, with Baby Boomers feeling it more than workers of other generations. The new study also showed that across the sample, workers value factors like flexibility to manage both life and work issues; opportunity to do meaningful work; and ethical, honest leadership more than an organization’s commitment to corporate social responsibility, commute time, and the organization’s commitment to community. last_img read more

Fees for Mobile Point-of-Sale Devices Taxable in Connecticut

first_imgFees charged for premium content on mobile point-of-sale (POS) devices are subject to Connecticut sales and use tax. Customers pay the fees to get access to digital information and content. Under sales and use tax law, computer and data processing services are:taxable in Connecticut; andinclude retrieving or providing access to information.In essence, a taxpayer that provides access to premium content on mobile POS devices is providing computer and data processing services. Thus, the taxpayer must collect and remit sales tax on the premuim content fees.Here, the taxpayer pays a vendor a monthly fee for the use of mobile POS devices (i.e., tablets) and other property used with the devices, including servers and Wi-Fi controllers. Then, the taxpayer sells premium content to customers on the devices, charging fees. In addition to the monthly fee, the taxpayer pays the vendor a portion of its revenues from the premium content fees.In Connecticut, the rental or leasing of tangible personal property is subject to sales and use tax.  A “lease” is the transfer of the right to possession and use of goods for a period in return for consideration. The taxpayer pays the monthly fee for a “lease” of the devices. “Gross receipts” from renting or leasing property include the total payment, royalties, or periodic payments received under the lease. As such, the taxpayer also pays the additional fee for the “lease” of the devices. Consequently, the vendor’s gross receipts from leasing the mobile POS devices include both:the monthly fee; andthe additional fee.And both fees are lease payments subject to sales and use tax.In addition, the vendor has physical presence in Connecticut due to its devices being located in Connecticut. Therefore, the vendor must:register with the Department of Revenue Services; andcollect tax on the payments it receives from the taxpayer.Ruling No. 2017-6, Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, September 21, 2017, ¶401-840Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Trade minister Carr betting on LNG to unlock trade in China and

first_imgOTTAWA – Jim Carr’s view of enhancing Canadian trade in Asia — and its biggest prize, China — is rosier these days because he’s seeing the possibilities through a new lens: LNG Canada’s new $40-billion liquefied natural gas project in northern B.C.“The most interesting development in Canada’s relationship with China happened (Tuesday),” the new minister of international trade diversification said in an interview one day after the historic announcement to build the long-awaited LNG plant in Kitimat, B.C.“What we’ll be able to say to our potential customers is that this now is real and there will be timetables.”Carr is so buoyant about the door-opening possibilities of shipping cleaner energy across the Pacific that he categorically discounts the effect of another surprise on the trade file this past week.He sees no obstacle in the controversial clause in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement that allows any of the countries to withdraw from the deal on six-month’s notice if one of the partners enters into a free trade agreement with a non-market economy — China, again.“There’s nothing in the trade agreement with Mexico and the United States that stops Canada from that. The deal has no impact on Canadian sovereignty or the capacity of the Canadian government to do business around the world,” Carr said.Carr instructed to “diversify” Canada’s trade partnersCarr’s job is to find new trading markets for Canada beyond its largest trading partner, the United States. The word “diversification” was conspicuously added to his job title during a July cabinet shuffle and the minister is clearly thrilled with what he sees as the LNG arrow in his quiver.Given the rocky, insult-laden, 14-month road to a new North American trade deal, the need to fulfill the promise of diversification has never been greater for Canada. Carr is also eyeing India, South America, and other Asian countries, as well as pushing for the speedy ratification of the new Trans-Pacific Partnership.He is hoping to travel to China next month, though he stops short of calling for all-out free trade with the country that is the subject of so much Trump administration ire.“I would say there are lots of possibilities for sectoral trade. We know the LNG possibility is real. We know that the Chinese Canadian community is very interested in deepening ties.”The distinction Carr makes is significant. An attempt to launch formal free trade talks last winter stalled because Chinese leaders flatly rejected the Trudeau government’s progressive trade agenda that would have included labour, gender and Indigenous rights.And then there’s that surprise clause in the new USMCA. It requires a member country to provide notice and information to the other two partners if it plans free trade talks with a “non-market” economy. It gives the other partners a say in the text of such a deal.The Chinese embassy in Ottawa blasted the inclusion of the new clause because it unfairly targets China’s potential trading partners, and unfairly brands it as a “non market” economy.Trade experts and analysts support the careful approach that Carr advocates because it gives Canada room to talk to China without overtly angering the United States.“The Americans may still take notice but there’s nothing to stop Canada from continuing to have productive conversations with the Chinese in areas that we have common interests,” said Meredith Lilly, a trade expert at Carleton University.Lilly said the non-market economy clause is unusual and represents a new way for the Trump administration to force its allies to “pick sides” in its ongoing trade dispute with China that has seen billions of dollars of tariffs imposed on Chinese goods, and retaliation by Beijing.“You can view those as targeted at China, and the U.S. creating a template for future trade agreements with other countries beyond Mexico and Canada,” said Lilly.‘Non-market’ clause has no teeth says Mulroney era Canada-U.S. trade deal negotiatorDerek Burney, who was a key player in the Brian Mulroney government that negotiated the original Canada-U.S. free trade deal, said he’s not convinced the clause has any teeth to prevent Canada from moving forward economically with China, which he urged the government to do “as assertively” as possible.“We have misfired in our approaches to China thus far. We have to redouble those efforts and get more serious, and not just with China, but with India as well,” he said.“China’s going to be the No. 1 economy in a number of years, not decades. We’ve got to take it more seriously.”Burney said business needs to do more to find opportunities to capitalize on the major trade deals that Canada has already completed with the European Union and South Korea, among others, as well as the new TPP that the Trudeau government hopes to ratify this fall.“I don’t see as much evidence yet of our companies taking advantage of the openings that those agreements are giving us,” said Burney. “The biggest handicap in Canada is complacency. We’ve become comfortable in the cocoon of dealing with the Americans for 75 per cent of our trade.”Carr is anything but complacent.A full legislative effort is being made to ensure the rebooted TPP will be ratified this fall, giving Canada so-called first-mover advantage by being among the first six counties in the 11-country Pacific Rim pact to benefit. Meanwhile, Canada’s battalion of 1,000 trade commissioners and a newly created Invest in Canada agency are pushing hard on all fronts, said Carr.“All of it plays to the heart of our strategic investment, which is to safeguard the most important trading relationship for Canada, which we have done, while expanding possibilities, which we are doing.”last_img read more

Storm breaks several more snowfall records over the weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A late winter dump of snow in the B.C. Peace Region caused records in both Fort St. John and Chetwynd to fall over the weekend.Environment Canada meteorologist Lisa West said that nearly half a metre of snow has fallen in both communities since the storm rolled in during the overnight hours between Wednesday and Thursday. West said that as of 7:00 a.m. Monday, the storm had dropped 49 centimetres of snow at the North Peace Airport weather station, while the Chetwynd Airport had recorded 47 centimetres.According to West, the snow began falling in Chetwynd on Wednesday, setting a new single day snowfall record for March 21st of 11.0 cms. Fort St. John broke snowfall records on both Thursday and Friday, as tallies of 18.9 and 14.4 centimetres of snow were recorded on each day respectively. The previous March 22nd and March 23rd records of 12.7 centimetres and 10.7 centimetres were set in 1940 and 2010 respectively. The North Peace Airport had a further nine centimetres of snow on Saturday and 5.6 cms on Sunday. Between midnight and 7:00 on Monday morning, three additional centimetres of snow had fallen. The Chetwynd Airport saw the March 24th daily snowfall record of 4.2 centimetres at least tied, though inconclusive data shows the District might’ve gotten closer to nine centimetres.West said that typically, Fort St. John sees 23.7 centimetres of snow during the month of March. In 2018, the 90.3 cms of snow that has so far fallen at the North Peace Airport weather station is nearly four times the monthly average. And, she said the Energetic City isn’t out of the woods yet.West explained that the snow in Fort St. John should taper to scattered flurries at around noon Monday, but another wave of moisture is forecast to bring the snow back late this evening. On top of the 2-3 centimetres forecast to fall through the day Monday, another five centimetres is forecast to fall overnight before the snow clears on Tuesday.A snowfall warning is in effect for the Pine Pass today, as the storm is forecast to drop between 15 and 25 centimetres over the Northern Rockies.After the snow is set to conclude, West added that the white stuff won’t be melting anytime soon. She said that the airflow higher in the atmosphere over the Peace Region will be from the northwest for the next seven days, meaning things won’t likely start warming up until Easter Monday at the earliest.last_img read more