Are Heat Pumps Green?

first_imgNot If the Electricity that Powers the Pump is Generated by Burning CoalAn article in the Home and Garden section of the New York Times titled “Time to Worry About Heat Bills,” by Jay Romano, talks about a winter heating option that will save you money: electric heat pumps. With the price of gas and oil skyrocketing, the article reasons, an electric heat pump will be a money saver this winter and eventually will end up “paying for itself.”But is it green? Not if you’re getting your electricity from the grid. Coal plants have an efficiency of about 31%; put another way, almost 70% of the energy contained in a lump of coal is lost as heat when it’s burned at a coal plant.And along with that heat, tons of carbon dioxide are dumped into the atmosphere when the lump of coal is burned.And strip mining for lumps of coal leaves a mighty big footprint on the land.I sure wish I could convince Henry Gifford to let me publish his manuscript on why heat pumps are not such a great idea.—Dan Morrison is managing editor of GreenBuildingAdvisor.com.last_img read more

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Win More by Serving Your Buyers Where They Are

first_imgIs how you sell in line with serving your prospective clients at each stage of their decision-making process?Do you know where your prospective client is in this process before you begin to sell? This post was originally a Sunday newsletter. If you ever want to know what that newsletter is like, here is a sample.This is a long and critically important piece of content. You may want to spend some time with it this week.Selling well begins with understanding where your prospective client is in their decision-making. By knowing where they are in their process, you can better serve them, and you can also create a preference for you and your solution.A Problem Worth SolvingYou will find your prospective clients in one of three states.The first state in which you might find them is the easiest and least likely. That is where they have a problem worth solving and they are compelled to solve it.The second state you might find your prospective client in is one where they don’t know that they have a problem, and so they aren’t compelled to change. This is more likely where most of your clients are when you find them. You can see that they should be producing better results, but they don’t understand how those results are possible.You might also find a prospective client who knows that they have a problem but are not compelled to solve it.The more your approach serves the prospect where they are, the better your results. If they know they have a problem and are compelled to change, you help them do so. If they don’t know that they could be producing better results and that they should be compelled to change, you teach them what their problems are and how you can help solve them.What about the third group, the group that knows they have a problem and won’t change. Some people actually have to experience the heart attack before they change their diet and start exercising.Is this change worth pursuing?Identification of Root Cause and Compelling VisionSometimes your prospective clients need help understanding the root cause of their problems or challenges. They need help identifying a compelling vision of what their future should look like.Good salespeople help their prospective clients solve the presenting problem or challenge they uncovered during their discovery. Great salespeople help their prospective clients find the root cause of those problems or challenges.Good salespeople do an excellent job selling their solution. Great salespeople build a compelling vision of the future state, recognizing that the solution is valuable only as it relates to bringing that vision to life.We think of discovery as coming to understand our prospective clients’ needs. But it’s more than that. They are also discovering the root cause of their challenge and a vision of a better future. This is what we do when we are at our best.What needs to change?Why should I change now?How will it be better?Exploration of Alternatives and OptionsYou can sell much better when you understand what your prospective client is accomplishing during this stage. A limited view of an exploration of alternatives and options can cause you to sell poorly and lose opportunities.And, in our sometimes limited view, we think that we are competing only with our direct competitors. But our first competitor is the alternative of doing nothing. The status quo tends to have a lot of supporters, and when change is difficult, this option often looks very good.There are other alternatives that include doing something completely different than what you or your competitors may recommend. Some companies may outsource a whole segment of their business rather than bring in a supplier to help them do it themselves, for example.One mistake we sometimes make in this stage is to show our prospective client a single solution rather than giving them choices and collaborating with them on the right ideas.It’s true that in competitive situations we focus on how we compete and win against good companies with good people and good solutions, some better than ours. Good salespeople present solutions. Great salespeople present ideas, options, and a chance to collaborate on the solution and the outcomes.What are my choices?What are the trade-offs?What fits me the best?Evaluation of Risks and Addressing of FearsIf there is a cardinal sin in selling it is believing that your role as a salesperson ends after you present your solution. Your prospective client still needs your help.It’s normal and natural to have concerns before making a purchase. But the bigger the problem is, the more strategic the solution, the more compelling the vision, the more concerns your prospect will have about their risk. Your prospective client fears that the changes can be more difficult than they imagined, that they may fail, that they may not get the outcomes they need, that they may be embarrassed, and that things will be worse having tried and failed. Some or all of these may be true.Good salespeople provide proof as a way to help their prospective clients evaluate the risk and address their fears. Great salespeople provide the counsel of a trusted advisor.Instead of leaving their prospective client alone to think through the risks and fears, great salespeople schedule meetings and spend time helping them to make good decisions, to plan for unforeseen circumstances, and to mitigate any risks. Essential Reading! 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It wasn’t easy to win: Pankaj

first_imgPankaj Advani came in for lavish praise from none other than former billiards champion Peter Gilchrist after he won the gold medal in the Asian Games.Pankaj wins billiards gold and Alok Kumar gets bronze in 8-ball pool event.English born Gilchrist chose to represent Singapore in the Asian Games and won bronze on Sunday but at the post medal ceremony press conference, he was effusive in his praise.”India has produced billiards champions before. From Wilson Jones to Michael Ferreira and then Geet Sethi, it has been an evolution. But I have no hesitation in saying that at a young age, Pankaj has achieved so much and is the best,” said Gilchrist.Advani, not the sort of sportsperson who speaks too much, chose to pour his heart out. “I have had a tough year and the mental pressure on me to win today was immense.The Asian Games gold medal means the world to me. For me, it is like the Olympics as our sport is not in the Olympics,” said Advani.Speaking about his roller-coaster ride in the tournament, Advani summed it up well. “For purists like me, the 100- point format is not easy. I wasn’t in great form but I kept hanging in. I am happy that rather than play exceedingly well and not win, it is better to be in there and still win,” said Advani.Elaborating on the event, he said: “I feel my opponent was unlucky towards the end.” Asked if this was one of the toughest finals he had played, Advani said: “I think in terms of responsibility of winning a gold medal for India, this was big. When you are destined to win, you win, and I am not complaining about it,” said Advani, who was defending his gold medal.advertisementAdvani said the toilet break after the third frame was indeed welcome. “I had to answer nature’s call. Once I returned it went my way,” said Advani, who had to go for the mandatory dope test.Coach Manoj Kothari summed up Advani’s performance in simple words. “The Indian billiards players have struggled in the point format. I am very happy Pankaj has won gold after a tough year,” said Kothari.last_img read more

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IPL 2011: Bangalore hope to revive campaign against Rajasthan

first_imgStruggling to keep their campaign on track, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) clash with the inconsistent Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Bangalore on Tuesday, desperately needing a win to revive their fortunes.Three defeats in four matches is not a good record to start their campaign and the Royal Challengers will be seeking to correct it when they take on Rajasthan at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.The over-dependency on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to produce match-winning knocks has seen RCB plummet to bottom of the points table. Thus far, only Kohli and de Villiers have been consistent with the bat, notching up 30-plus scores with great poise in the IPL-4.But the failures of Saurabh Tiwary, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mayank Agarwal have accentuated RCB’s misery. The fans are as disappointed as the team owners. From what has been seen of them in the last four matches, RCB’s bowling has been rather unimaginative and has come apart under their opponents’ onslaughts.Their fielding and catching has been pathetic, manifested in the mostly-reliable Mohammed Kaif spilling a feeble offering from Michael Hussey in the previous game against the Chennai Super Kings. Given the reprieve at eight, Hussey went on to make a matchwinning 56-ball 83 not out. To sum it up, it could be said that RCB’s show has been way below par.If they are to raise their level of performance, the entire outfit would have to show great character in pulling up their socks and deliver when it matters most. But unfortunately, this is something that this loosely-knitted outfit has been found wanting in.advertisementOn the other hand, inaugural IPL champions Rajasthan Royals, who have four points in as many games, have also had their share of downs. Rajasthan had a poor day against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday night when they were bowled out for 81. But they have the resources and tenacity to bounce back from such adversity.Shane Watson is one all-rounder who could win the match on his own. Rahul Dravid, who has been hitting the ball sweetly right through the tournament, is another batsman whom RCB would be wary of. Dravid will be eager to settle scores against his former team.As captain and bowler, the visitors have a phenomenon called Shane Warne. The Wizard of Oz has led from the front and bowled his mesmerising bag of spin goodies to great effect. Only if RCB could have a measure of Watson, Dravid and Warne can they expect to break their losing streak.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Olympic shooting: Manavjit Sandhu 25th in trap, may miss final cut

first_imgIndian trap shooter Manavjit Sandhu finished a poor 25th among 34 competitors on the first day of men’s qualification and risks missing the final round of the event at the London Games in London on Saturday.The former World Champion shot a total of 70 (24, 24, 22) out of 75 in the first three rounds on the first day of the qualification at the Royal Artillery Barracks.The last two rounds, of 50 shots, are scheduled for Monday. Even if the 35-year-old manages a perfect two round of 25 he is unlikely to finish among the top-six who would make it to the medal round.Australia’s Michael Diamond, Commonwealth Games gold medallist, leads the field with a perfect 75.Five shooters are tied for the second place with a score of 74 and seven shooters share the third spot with a total of 73 each.last_img read more

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SPORT-MCA-THOMSON 2 L(SPB6

first_imgHowever, Thomson said he realised the difficulties in However, Thomson said he realised the difficulties in fast bowlers bowling a lot of overs in Indian track and weather conditions. “These flat wickets could be a bit of a problem. You have to look after the bowlers, monitor their work load,” said the former fast bowler who picked up 200 wickets in 51 Tests. “The biggest things are skill and control, apart from the desire to be the best, better than the one next to you. Otherwise you will be an also ran,” he added. Thomson said he has coached a football team in Australia, apart from guiding the Queensland state team to the Sheffield Shield in cricket and coaching Zimbabwe in England in 1999. He felt that one month gave him enough time to work on the Mumbai bowlers skill set when he compared it to his 10 days work with his former fast bowling partner, Lillee, in the MRF pace foundation in Chennai once in the past. “I am annoyed at (the state of) cricket coaching these days. A lot of funny coaching is going around. My job here is to share the tricks of the trade. I love imparting knowledge and attitude. Fast bowlers have a lot of attitude. They need to be aggressive. “Its a challenge. Hopefully kids will learn and go on to play for India. Its all about making kids think for themselves. Its not hard work, just repetition, what is required of the situation. “Any fast bowler can do it on a green top. Its when things dont help you. You got to work it out yourself as you cant run to the coaches during the two-hour session,” he added. Former India captain and MCA Vice-President Dilip Vengsarkar said Thomson was among the fastest bowlers he had faced in his career. “I faced him on my first tour to Australia in 1977-78, for the first time in the tour game against Queensland. I couldnt see the fourth or fifth ball he bowled to me at Brisbane and in the Test match that followed I was on 48 (out of teams first innings total of 153 all out) when one of his bouncers hit my cap and fell on the stumps and I got out hit-wicket,” he recalled. PTI SSR NRB PDS BS PTPadvertisementlast_img read more

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Rain washes out final ODI between West Indies and Afghanistan, series tied 1-1

first_imgThe third one-day international between West Indies and Afghanistan was washed out by persistent rain in Saint Lucia on Wednesday, denying the tourists a potential series victory and the hosts key rankings points.Afghanistan won the opening the match of the series by 63 runs on the back of a stunning haul of seven for 18 from 18-year-old leg-spinner Rashid Khan, the fourth best bowling figures of all time in the 50-over format.West Indies, desperate for wins to move up from ninth to eighth spot in the world rankings to avoid having to qualify for the 2019 World Cup, hit back to take a four-wicket victory in the second match.After a two-hour delay on Wednesday, Afghanistan won the toss for the decisive third match and elected to bat but the rain returned before a single delivery could be bowled. The series was drawn 1-1.last_img read more

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MLB All-Stars Finally Beat Japan

first_imgTOKYO — Justin Morneau hit a three-run homer and Chris Capuano pitched five strong innings Nov. 16 as the MLB All-Stars beat Japan 6-1 for the first win of their five-game postseason tour.Morneau, the National League batting champion, drove a pitch from Japan starter Shintaro Fujinami over the wall in right to give his team a 4-1 lead in the third. It was the second homer of the series for Morneau, who also connected for a two-run homer in Game 2.The win provided welcome relief for an MLB team that was no-hit by four Japanese pitchers in a 4-0 loss on Nov. 15.“After getting no-hit yesterday, wanted to come out swinging the bats and we did,” Morneau said. “We wanted to come here and represent MLB well. Unfortunately, we didn’t do that in the first three games but I think we’ve gotten better.”Evan Longoria added to the lead with a solo homer off Japan reliever Minoru Iwata in the sixth.After losing the first three games of the series and scoring only four runs, the MLB bats came to life in the first inning. Yasiel Puig doubled on a line drive to left and scored on Morneau’s double to right.The MLB All-Stars added a run in the eighth when Chris Carter scored from third on Eduardo Nunez’s groundout to second.Jose Altuve singled to right off Fujinami and Puig doubled to left in the second to set the stage for Morneau’s blast that gave the MLB team all the momentum they needed.“The top third of our lineup did an outstanding job,” MLB manager John Farrell said. “I think eight out of our 10 hits came from Jose, Yasiel and Justin so that was a big part of our win.”Capuano picked up the win after holding Japan to one run on four hits while striking out four. Fujinami gave up four runs on five hits over four innings to take the loss.“We dropped the first three games but we have a lot of pride and wanted to bounce back tonight,” Capuano said. “The Japan hitters are very good so I was doing my best to keep them off balance and pitch smart.”Japan’s only run came in the second inning when Nobuhiro Matsuda doubled off Capuano and scored on Yoshitomo Tsutsugo’s double to center.Japanese pitching sensation Shohei Otani will take the mound in Game 5 before his home fans at Sapporo Dome. Matt Shoemaker will start for the MLB team.(JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Dez Bryant makes amazing one-handed snag on Tyler Patmon

first_imgJust days ago, Tyler Patmon and Dez Bryant were setting the internet on fire with the fist fight they engaged in during training camp.Tuesday afternoon, Patmon was playing tight man coverage against Bryant. Patmon, who had excellent coverage downfield, was no match for Dez, who makes an impressive one-handed falling away catch.He makes it look easy, too.Following that catch, Bryant made starting defensive back Orlando Scandrick look silly on a double-move.Unbelievable. It’s pretty clear Dez Bryant wasn’t laying on the couch eating cheetos this offseason.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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21 days agoArsenal youngster ​Willock aims to keep adding goals

first_imgArsenal youngster ​Willock aims to keep adding goalsby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal youngster Joe Willock wants to continue finding the back of the net for his side.The midfielder has been one of the most impressive aspect of the Gunners team in the new season.He managed to add to his tally of goals against Standard Liege, bringing him to three for the season.Afterwards, he told the Gunners’ official website: “That’s one of my targets, to add goals into my game, so I am happy to have done that, but also happy to get the win and happy for the clean sheet.”It’s very exciting because we know we have a manager that wants to play youngsters, he wants to give us chances. “So we have to take every opportunity that comes and try to work hard and make a difference.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Malagash Road Malagash Road, from Smith Road to Purdys Loop Road, is reduced to one lane for chip sealing until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Belmont Bridge The Belmont Bridge on Onslow Mountain Road will be closed for repairs starting Monday, Aug. 17. A detour route will be in place. Work will be completed by Friday, Aug. 28. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross, West Big Intervale and Hatchery roads. PICTOU/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Route 289 Sections of Route 289, from Pictou/Colchester county line west for almost six kilometres, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving. Drivers must reduce speed and be prepared to stop in the construction zone. The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, Sept. 30. A flag person is on site. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Old Highway 104 West River Bridge, West River, on old Highway 104, is reduced to one lane for recoating until Friday, Sept. 4. The lane reduction will be 24 hours a day. Traffic signals are in place, but delays are possible. Traffic entering Antigonish from the Trans-Canada Highway should use Exit 32. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, near Big Pond, from west of the intersection of Glen Albert Drive west for 2.8 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving and upgrading. Traffic control people are on site but delays are possible. Work takes place from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and is scheduled to be complete by the end of October. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner Bridge Work is underway on a new bridge beside the existing Varner Bridge on Route 208 near New Germany. The existing bridge is open, but there may be occasional, brief closures during construction. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. The new two-lane bridge will be opened next week. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Gavel Bridge Gavel Bridge on Gavel Road over Gavels Lake is closed for replacement until Sunday, Nov. 15. Use an alternate route. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 The northbound lanes of Highway 102, between the junction of Highway 118 at Miller Lake and Exit 6 (Halifax Stanfield International Airport) have lane closures for seal coating. Closure times are:Monday to Thursday, sunrise – 3 p.m.Friday, sunrise – noonSaturday and Sunday, sunrise – 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to sunset Work is expected to be completed by Monday, Aug. 31. PICTOU COUNTY: West River Bridge, Trunk 4 The West River Bridge on Trunk 4 is reduced to one lane during repair work. Traffic control people will be on site. Work will be completed by Friday, Aug. 21. CONTINUING WORK HANTS COUNTY: White Settlement Road White Settlement Road in Noel has stop-and-go traffic for ditching and road resurfacing until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. PICTOU COUNTY: River John Road Sections of River John Road, from Meadowville Station Road to Scotch Hill Road, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Eddy Road Eddy Road to Fort Lawrence, near Amherst, is closed until further notice because of a collapsed culvert. PICTOU COUNTY: Frasers Mountain Branch Road Sections of Frasers Mountain Branch Road, from the intersection of Frasers Mountain Road to Glenfallach Road for about three kilometres, are reduced to one lane for gravelling and seal coating until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 4, near Londonderry Sections of Trunk 4, near Londonderry, between Baseline Road and Highway 104, are reduced to one lane for guardrail repair and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. DIGBY COUNTY: Bonnie Road The Bonnie Road Overpass over Highway 101 near Meteghan, is closed to all traffic until further notice. A detour route is marked. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103 Eel Lake Bridge on Highway 103 in Belleville, has one lane closed for repairs until Friday, Oct. 2. Traffic signals are in place. Expect traffic delays of 5-10 minutes -30- KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge Whitman Bridge, on Whitman Road between Maple Avenue and Ward Road in Aylesford, is closed for repairs until further notice. The detour route is Maple Avenue to Victoria Road to Ward Road. PICTOU COUNTY: Scotch Hill Road Sections of Scotch Hill Road, from Route 376 north to River John Road, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. RICHMOND COUNTY: Grandique Ferry Road Grandique Ferry Road, from Route 320 for 3.6 kilometres to the end of pavement, is reduced to one lane for paving and patching until Saturday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. The work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. HANTS/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Whittenburg Road Sections of Whittenburg Road in Lower Stewiacke, from Route 224 north for about four kilometres to the Colchester County line, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving. Drivers must reduce speed and be prepared to stop in the construction zone. The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, Sept. 30. QUEENS COUNTY: Highway 103 Sections of Highway 103, from Exit 20 in Summerville west to Port Joli, are reduced to one lane until Saturday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Lake Road Grand Lake Road (Trunk 4), from the Gardner intersection east for about three kilometres, is reduced from four lanes to two lanes for repaving and upgrading. Upgrade work is also being done on Murphy Road, Windemere Drive, and the Yolanda Drive intersection. Traffic control people are on site but delays are possible. Drivers should allow extra time or use alternate routes if possible. Work takes place from dawn until dusk and is scheduled for completion by the end of August. DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge Melanson Mills Bridge on Marc Comeau Road is closed until further notice to replace the deck. A detour route is in place. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Sections of the southbound lanes of Highway 102, from Exit 11 at Stewiacke to the Colchester County line, are reduced to one lane to install rumble strips until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. PICTOU COUNTY: Glenfallach Road Sections of Glenfallach Road, from Woodburn Road to Frasers Mountain Branch Road, for almost one kilometre, are reduced to one lane for gravelling and seal coating until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. HANTS/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Meadow Road Meadow Road, from Cooks Brook Road to Route 224, is reduced to one lane for patching and paving. Drivers must reduce speed and be prepared to stop in the construction zone. The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, Sept. 30. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Chester Grant Road The Middle River Bridge on Chester Grant Road is closed until Friday, Aug. 21 for repairs. A detour route is available on Trunk 12, Highway 103, and Trunk 14. COLCHESTER/CUMBERLAND: Highway 104 Traffic on sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104, from west of Exit 8 at Westchester to the Mines Bass River Road underpass, are reduced to one lane for guardrail repairs and repaving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. NEW WORKlast_img read more

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Sir Roger Moore Urges Public To Stay Away From Parks With Captive

first_imgSir Roger Moore has a message for summer tourists: don’t go to Loro Parque or other parks which hold orcas captive.Following an incident on Monday in which a captive orca named Morgan was filmed at the Tenerife, Spain, aquarium lying motionless on a concrete slab – which some regard as a suicide attempt – the legendary actor spoke out against “abusement” parks which imprison these animals. In a statement given to PETA, the legendary actor says the following:“How much longer must highly intelligent and self-aware individuals like Morgan suffer before we understand that other species are not on this Earth for our amusement? It’s clear to anyone with a brain and an ounce of compassion that marine parks are nothing more than concrete prisons which cause captive marine animals a world of suffering. Orcas at these facilities are forced to toil day after day, repeating the same endless tasks with no choice in the matter and no means of escape – how utterly miserable their lives must be. The only way to end the abuse of captive orcas and other marine animals is to stay away from and speak out against facilities that keep them captive – and I urge everyone to join me in doing just that.”Morgan was found severely emaciated and was taken from the wild in 2010 under the condition that she would be returned to her ocean home when she recovered – but instead she was transferred to Loro Parque, where she is forced to perform and has been attacked by the other orcas she shares her tiny tank with.PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – notes that images taken in 2015 of the orcas at Loro Parque, who are currently on indefinite loan from SeaWorld, revealed bodily wounds and scars, indicating inter-animal aggression and possibly unsafe enclosures.last_img read more

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SecretaryGeneral calls for European action as climate talks restart in Bonn

9 April 2010The first session of formal United Nations climate change negotiations since last December’s global gathering in Copenhagen started in Bonn, Germany, today with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging European leaders to turn their promises into law and to find ways to avoid potentially dangerous international disputes over natural resources. Addressing the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) in Vienna yesterday, the Secretary-General called for turning “commitments of the Copenhagen Accord into a legally binding climate change treaty.”The Copenhagen Accord – which 117 countries have now signed – was the final document from December 2009’s UN Climate Change Conference (UNCCC) in Denmark, where progress to agree on a binding treaty faltered.The current session in Bonn is designed to be a working session ahead of a high-level ministerial meeting in Cancun, Mexico, that is slated to begin on 29 November.Climate change is one of the Secretary-General’s top priorities. Recalling his recent visit to Uzbekistan, where he visited the Aral Sea – “where once there was water, sea, I saw endless sand and a graveyard of ships” – Mr. Ban told the OSCE that the region’s management of natural resources was potentially dangerous.“As waters recede, tensions will rise,” he said. “We need to work together, with full political engagement, to bring the various parties to the negotiating table, before tensions grow worse.”“If ever there were an opportunity for the UN and the OSCE to partner in managing a potentially dangerous security situation, this is it,” he added.The UN has established a regional centre for preventive diplomacy (known as UNRCCA), in cooperation with the OSCE, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), to assist Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.The organizations are also participating in the Environmental Security Initiative, which was designed to allow UN agencies and regional European bodies to pool their resources and expertise to address the links between the natural environment and human security.In addition to the environment, Mr. Ban focused yesterday’s address on the situation in Kyrgyzstan, and on disarmament and non-proliferation issues.During his visit to Central Asia, Mr. Ban visited a former Soviet nuclear test site at Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan.Noting the signing of a successor agreement to the Treaty on the Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START), he said the world can look forward to next week’s nuclear security summit in Washington “with heightened optimism and fresh political will.”He also called for progress on the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe and for cooperation on an arms trade treaty which is to be negotiated this summer in New York.“We must not lose sight of the need for action on conventional weapons. The runaway trade in arms is a plague on humankind,” Mr. Ban said.“I urge all of you to make the most of this opportunity to work toward a strong and robust treaty,” he added.In a related development, Mr. Ban chaired a session today of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), which brings together on a regular basis the heads of the UN system – the 15 specialized agencies, 10 UN funds and programmes, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) – to review political issues and major concerns facing the UN. The Secretary-General is scheduled to return to New York this weekend. read more

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Ontario should heed lessons of other provinces for new beer system experts

TORONTO — As the Ontario government prepares to move ahead with its plans to overhaul the province’s 92-year-old beer distribution system, experts say it should heed lessons from retail sales systems in other provinces.Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives have made it clear that their goal is to give Ontarians more choice and convenience when it comes to alcohol sales, but details are scant as to how they hope to achieve this.The PCs have the option of adopting the systems used in Quebec, Alberta or British Columbia, or they can develop something unique.“The lack of detail suggests that they just have this principle of liberalizing but they haven’t got a vision of what kind of system they want,” says Dan Malleck, a beer expert and associate professor applied health sciences at Brock University.The B.C. model uses provincially owned and private liquor stores but doesn’t allow purchases in supermarkets. Alberta’s system is entirely private with no limit on the number of stores. Quebec allows sales in grocery stores, convenience stores and big box outlets like Costco in addition to government-run liquor outlets.Most provinces restrict beer sales to provincially owned stores but Newfoundlanders can pick up a cold one from corner stores and gas stations, while New Brunswickers will be able to buy beer in select grocery stores starting in October.Ontario retail groups are pushing the province to adopt a system similar to Quebec where distribution is widespread and retailers can set their own prices after negotiating directly with breweries. That allows them to pass along any savings to consumers instead of being constrained by a universal selling price set by producers.“Our preferred model is essentially the Quebec model,” says Karl Littler, the council’s senior vice-president, public affairs.That would not be as financially beneficial for the owners of The Beer Store, he acknowledges, but they would still prosper.“It doesn’t seem like they’ve had any difficulty selling in the province of Quebec or in the province of Alberta or indeed in any province,” he said in an interview. The Beer Store, which is owned by the foreign brewing giants that control Labatt, Molson and Sleeman, accounts for almost 70 per cent of beer sales volume in Ontario, which generated $3.3 billion in sales in 2017-18, according to a recent report by consultant Ken Hughes which recommended changes Ontario should adopt. Littler said the Beer Store is looking to defend a system that gives its owners substantially greater margins in Ontario than they enjoy in Quebec because of the way that they control both wholesale and retail prices.Expanding the number of points of sale is sure to increase distribution costs as it has in Quebec where beer is delivered to about 8,000 locations instead of Ontario which has the fewest per capita retail locations in the country, says Dave Bryans, CEO of the Ontario Convenience Stores Association.“Right now the extra savings go to the beer companies, not to the consumers,” he said in an interview.Bryans said minimum prices need to be set to protect craft brewers from predatory prices by the global brewers, but he has no problem with beer prices being a little more expensive in convenience stores than at grocers or The Beer Store.Craft beer sales represent less than two per cent of sales at The Beer Store but more than 10 per cent at government-run LCBO locations and more than 15 per cent at grocers.Allowing sales of beer, especially craft selections, in family-run independent corner stores can help to save a sector that’s been losing five stores a week in the province for the last decade, said Bryans.“I actually think the craft beer business will bring more millennials into the sector as well and really help shore up the future business model in every community.”He thinks Ontario will select an open and competitive market like Quebec’s, but with a bias towards craft beer because it is more developed in Ontario than Quebec where the dominance of the big breweries has long controlled shelf space.The future of Ontario’s beer distribution system remains a mystery because the law that rips up a 10-year agreement with the Beer Store signed in 2015 by the previous Liberal government has yet to be proclaimed more than a month after receiving Royal Assent.Industry observers believe the provincial government is using the threat of rescinding the legal rights of The Beer Store to compensation as a hammer to force a deal with the retailer.The Beer Store declined to comment but said after the law was introduced that it would “fight this legislation vigorously through the courts.”A spokeswoman for Ontario’s new finance minister, Rod Phillips, said the government plans to stick with its campaign promise despite a cabinet shuffle and threat of legal action, but declined to provide any details about the how the system will change or answer questions about the timing of implementing a new law.“We will continue to work towards getting the best deal possible for Ontario consumers and businesses, and at this time cannot speculate on the outcome of this process,” said Emily Hogeveen in an email.Canada’s retail council expects the Beer Store will remain a viable competitor even though it estimates that grocery and convenience stores might get about half of the current Beer Store retail business following the changes.“I think the story that they’re just going to somehow wither on the vine is a little strange,” he said. “Obviously it would be significant or they wouldn’t be spitting bullets like they are currently about the prospect of change.”Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press read more

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Security Council hears report by chair of UN counterterrorism committee

Addressing a public meeting of the Security Council, Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom said the landmark resolution which had established the CTC – resolution 1373 – aimed to raise the average level of government performance against terrorism across the globe. During its first 90-day period, the Committee had issued guidance to States on the submission of reports and had published a directory of contact points to promote global cooperation. A pool of independent experts had been selected to advise the Committee, which was acting with maximum transparency, he said. In addition the CTC had – to the extent possible given the sensitive nature of counter-terrorism work – made its documents public and maintained an up-to-date comprehensive Web site To date, 122 States had submitted reports to the Committee, in a demonstration of “excellent cooperation,” he said, noting that others should be encouraged to do so and suggesting that perhaps a trust fund should be established to finance the CTC’s work. Looking to future activities, Ambassador Greenstock said the CTC would respond confidentially to each government on its respective report, offering comments which could include a request for more information or for clarification. The Committee might also suggest areas where further legislation or executive measures were needed to upgrade the State’s capacity to fight against terrorism. It would also, if appropriate, identify possible sources of expertise or relevant assistance programmes. While explaining the CTC’s purpose, the Chairman also clarified that the Committee was not a tribunal for judging States. He stressed that the CTC would not trespass onto other areas of competence of other parts of the UN system. Further, the Committee would not define terrorism in a legal sense, although its members had a fair idea of what constituted blatant terrorism. Nor did the CTC plan to issue lists of terrorist organizations, he added. If it could not settle politically controversial issues, the CTC would refer them back to the Council. Ambassador Greenstock’s report came at the outset of an extensive debate which saw the participation of over two dozen States. United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan also addressed the Council at the outset of its discussion. read more

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Millions worldwide trapped in vicious cycle of violence and hunger – UN

According to a series of 17 country briefs prepared for the Security Council by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and UN World Food Programme (WFP), Yemen and Syria top the list in terms of sheer numbers of people whose food security is being negatively impacted by ongoing conflict.“Conflict is a leading cause of hunger – each famine in the modern era has been characterized by conflict,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin said today in a joint news release.“[It] undermines food security in multiple ways: destroying crops, livestock and agricultural infrastructure, disrupting markets, causing displacement, creating fear and uncertainty over fulfilling future needs, damaging human capital and contributing to the spread of disease among others,” they added.According to the agencies, expressed in terms of the Integrated Food Security Classification Phase (IPC) scale, 14 million people – more than half the population – in Yemen are in a state of hunger crisis or emergency. Indeed 8.7 million people – 37 per cent of the pre-conflict population – in Syria need urgent food, nutrition and livelihoods assistance.89 per cent of all Syrian refugees currently in Lebanon require urgent food, nutrition and livelihoods assistanceFurthermore, a staggering 89 per cent of all Syrian refugees currently in Lebanon also require urgent food, nutrition and livelihoods assistance.The briefs also noted that in South Sudan, where the situation is rapidly deteriorating, 4.8 million people are in urgent need of food, nutrition and livelihoods assistance. Similarly, millions of people are still wrestling with high levels of food insecurity in countries that are coming out of extended periods of civil strife such as the Central African Republic (CAR) and Colombia. The agencies also warned that post-conflict countries with high food insecurity are 40 per cent more likely to relapse into conflict within a 10-year timespan if hunger levels are not addressed.In other countries, while the overall absolute numbers of people facing food insecurity are lower, the share of people experiencing severe levels of food insecurity accounts for over half of the total population. In Burundi and Haiti, 23 per cent and 19 per cent of people are at IPC level 3 or 4, respectively, while in the CAR, 50 per cent of the population is at IPC scale 3 or worse.The IPC scale is an evidence-based approach which allows comparability of situations across countries and over time. According to the scale, levels 3 and 4 represent crisis and emergency levels, respectively, and level 5, the highest level, indicates the famine.The two UN agencies also pointed out that according to recent estimates, approximately half of the global poor now live in states characterized by conflict and violence. In such places, the people can be up to three times more likely to be undernourished than those living in more stable areas.“Addressing hunger can be a meaningful contribution to peacebuilding,” emphasized Mr. Graziano da Silva and Ms. Cousin, adding, “The 2030 Agenda [2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development] recognizes peace as a vital threshold condition for development, as well as a development outcome in its own right.”The briefs shared with the Security Council cover 17 countries where conflict has significantly affected food security: Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Guinea Bissau, Iraq, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.An additional brief on the regional Lake Chad crisis affecting Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon was also submitted. There, violence associated with Boko Haram has seen the numbers of displaced people triple over the past two years accompanied by rising levels of hunger and malnutrition. At least 7 million people across Yemen are living under emergency levels of food insecurity. A further 7.1 million people are in a state of crisis, according to the latest assessment. Photo: WFP/Asmaa Waguih read more

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Mineral Exploration Tax Credit essential to stimulate Australian economy and create jobs

first_imgThe South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) says a Federal Minerals Exploration Tax Credit (METC) scheme  is essential to bolster flagging exploration in the mining sector and stimulate the Australian economy through job creation. The METC is an innovative tax reform initiative that will enable Australian junior minerals exploration companies with no taxable income to voluntarily pass current losses on to Australian resident shareholders in the form of a tax credit.This will provide a strong incentive for shareholders to commit capital to the exploration sector, making investment in these juniors attractive and addressing the lack of start-up capital in a competitive market.SACOME has been calling for an exploration tax credit scheme since before it was first promised by the Rudd Labor Government in 2007 and subsequently dropped upon development of the mining tax.Jason Kuchel, Chief Executive, SACOME said “Many people do not realise that the junior sector is critical to resource development, being the ‘engine room’ needed to find the mineral resources upon which the economy is so dependant. Kuchel said “An METC policy will reinvigorate Australia’s mining sector, which has recorded a drop in share of worldwide exploration over recent years – from around 21% of world exploration spend in 1996 to just 12% in 2011”.“This decrease, combined with softening commodity prices and the constrained capital markets we are experiencing right now, is providing an extremely challenging environment for our junior resources companies trying to develop their deposits into economical projects.”In 2008, Alice McCleary, SACOME councillor and taxation expert developed an METC model suitable to Australia, based on Canada’s highly successful Flow Through Shares scheme which has resulted in that country growing its exploration spend to 18% in 2011 and hosting more mining companies than any other country in the world.The industry preferred Australian model designed by Dr McCleary has also been adopted by the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC).This model is based on Australia’s franking system and has several key advantages, including the minimisation of administrative and tax compliance costs, minimisation of risk for investors and minimisation of distortions between shareholders.Kuchel said “the key aspects of the model are that it aligns with current taxation laws – minimising additional red tape; it provides a credit to shareholders which are akin to franking credits; it is only eligible to junior explorers; and it stimulates investment in greenfields exploration to discover the mines of tomorrow.”SACOME says the additional economic activity and taxation revenue created by the introduction of a METC would offset the cost of the scheme, and could potentially add billions of dollars to GDP, as highlighted in an independent report recently released by KPMG.The report found that at a minimum, the scheme would create 534 jobs across the exploration and associated mining services sectors and contribute A$231 million to GDP. If some of the exploration resulted in viable projects, flow on effects could support over 4,000 jobs across the sector and up to an additional $2.2 billion in GDP.last_img read more

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Mining and the MBA – BSchool students work with Iron Ore Company

first_img45 MBA students from the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University, Canada, have engaged in a partnership with the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC), where they will play the role of consultants to eight on-going projects. The students were recently taken on a field trip to visit Labrador City and the mines, located in Canada’s Far North. During their trip they met with President and CEO of IOC, Zoe Yujnovich, who is co-teaching their CEO Insights Class with Professor Karl Moore on the Desautels MBA program.The students also met with the Mayor of Labrador City and employees of the company, and they will now work on their consulting projects which will be presented to Yujnovich, members of her executive team and Moore in late November.Moore who co-teaches the CEO Insights course and attended the recent trip to Labrador City, believes the experience could prove to be priceless for students. “The mining industry is experiencing an increasing demand for MBA students. Environmental issues and regulatory pressure is requiring greater management skills, and so exposing our business school students to this will offer them an insight and contact base that could impact massively on their career.”He went on to say that “many of our students will want to go on and fill roles as senior executives and CEOs in companies such as IOC, and having them visit a variety of industries such as the mining one will expand their outlook and network base. Also seeing first-hand the mining process gives the students a better appreciation of business from top to bottom.”Yujnovich said that “supporting educational partnerships has always been important to IOC and I am thrilled to be able to further those partnerships to include McGill University. We were honoured to have the Desautels Faculty of Management spend some time with us in Labrador City to see first-hand what we do.”last_img read more

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Dont Trust Everything You See on Shark Week

first_img Watch: Great White Shark Feasts on Dead Whale in Cape Cod BaySurfer Lands on Massive Shark, Gets Bitten at Beach in Florida Stay on target Happy 30th anniversary, Shark Week!The Discovery Channel’s annual extravaganza launched in July 1988, and is now the longest-running cable television event in history.But the week-long summer favorite has become its own beast, with a legacy described by conservation biologist David Shiffman as “a mixed bag.““I both love and hate Shark Week, but I watch it every year, the postdoctoral research fellow Canada’s Simon Fraser University wrote in a Washington Post op-ed about the series “good, bad, and sometimes ugly influence.”Originally devoted to conservation efforts and correcting misconceptions, the program evolved into an entertainment phenomenon.Early hosts (scarce though they were) included Jaws author Peter Benchley, British wildlife presenter Nigel Marven, Mythbusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, and survival expert Les Stroud.Gaining popularity in the late-Aughts, the programming block shifted gears, hiring the likes of late-night emcee Craig Ferguson, actor Andy Samberg, YouTube personality Philip DeFranco, comedian Josh Wolf, and filmmaker Eli Roth.For whatever reason, Shaquille O’Neal is moderating this year’s anniversary special.“Science is often at the forefront of Shark Week shows, though it’s regularly blended with celebrity cameos,” Shiffman said, citing last year’s “much-hyped” race between Olympian Michael Phelps and a computer-generated, superimposed great white shark.(Spoiler alert: Phelps lost.)“It’s science first, but mixed with entertainment to keep the audience engaged,” Scott Lewers, Discovery’s executive vice president of digital media, said in a statement to the Post.Sure, Shark Week is fun, informational, and inspiring: Kat Mowle, now a University of North Florida grad student studying bonnetheads, recalls first watching when she was eight, growing up in the mountains of Colorado.But with great power comes great responsibility—and Discovery Channel often does not take its role seriously enough.As Shiffman pointed out, there is a “glaring problem” with the firm’s selection of experts, most of whom are men, despite a good gender balance in the field. It also (sometimes deliberately) disseminates false information.“Sometimes they parrot common myths; other times they seem to invent nonsense,” he wrote.“When I give talks, audience members regularly ask about falsehoods they’ve heard on Shark Week. (No, sharks can not smell a drop of blood a mile away),” Shiffman continued. “It would not be hard for the series to hire a fact-checker.”Or just stop lying to viewers.In one case, marine biologist Kristine Stump and colleagues were filmed conducting experiments on sharks in the Bahamas.But, because tagging and measuring animals doesn’t make for good television, Discovery went in with heavy post-production, depicting real science as part of a fictitious quest to solve an urban legend.Shark Week does have some redeeming qualities, according to Shiffman, whose 2018 picks include “Shark Tank vs. Shark Week” (Shark Tank investors swim with real sharks and hear pitches about conservation charities); “Tiger Shark Invasion” (follows creatures in the Galapagos Islands); “SharkCam Stakeout” (high-tech cameras study fish in the Bahamas); and “Guy Fieri’s Feeding Frenzy” (on shark eating behavior and Bahamian cuisine).“But I’d skip ‘Shark vs. Bear,’ survivalist Bear Gryll’s tips on withstanding those uncommon bites,” the expert said. “And although it might be hard to resist the pairing of nude humans and marine predators, I’d stay away from ‘Naked and Afraid of Sharks.’ Sharks everywhere will thank you.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Man seen on surveillance stealing TV from Miami home

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Our detectives are investigating a residential unoccupied burglary that occurred on 10/11/2018., at 3431 Florida Avenue at approximately 4:50 a.m. where an unknown male stole a television. If you have any information, please call us at 305.603.6030. @CrimeStopper305 pic.twitter.com/KJp2yu0JrE— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) November 26, 2018The homeowner discovered the rear window of the home cracked open along with a screen found on the floor.The rear door of the home was also found open.If you have any information on this burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. MIAMI (WSVN) – Surveillance video captured a brazen crook in the act as he broke into a Miami home and took off with a TV.Miami Police said the late night robbery took place near Grand Avenue and Douglas Road, just before 5 a.m., on Oct. 11.last_img read more

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