Lessons Learned on the Path to Energy Efficiency

first_imgA recent items posted by The Daily Camera, which serves the Boulder, Colorado, area, homed in on the tribulations of a homeowner in the city whose ambition to make his house greener became sidetracked by a key strategic error.The mistake, which boiled down to the hiring of a contractor who had very little experience with (and apparently no training for) solar power installations, and its consequences serve as an object lesson for prospective PV-system customers.As The Daily Camera notes, the homeowner, Thomas David Kehoe, was philosophically predisposed to reduce his carbon footprint by making his 1961 tract house as green as possible. A renewable-energy source – a 2,000-watt solar power system – would be the capstone to his quest.Kehoe did receive a $9,000 rebate on the system, which cost $24,130.15 to purchase and install, from local utility Xcel Energy. He also received a $2,000 federal tax rebate. But he also has had to reckon with a list of problems that could and should have been avoided:1. underperformance of the system, due largely to the fact that the panels were not located in a spot that maximized solar exposure2. incompatibility between the system and the wiring in the home, which Kehoe later had to retrofit for solar at a cost of $1,2003. lack of adequate roof support to offset the wind-shear potential of the panels; about $4,000 was spent on roof reinforcement4. improper placement of the system’s central inverter, the device that converts direct-current electricity from the panels to alternating current for use in the house. The contractor installed the inverter near Kehoe’s bedroom, which exposes the room to unsafe levels of electromagnetic radiation, he says.Kehoe told the Camera he is in the process of relocating the inverter and repositioning the panels for optimal performance.In many parts of the country, the practical, ecological, and financial incentives for going solar continue to grow – albeit at a slower pace than energy-independence advocates would like. Kehoe had his solar electricity system installed in February 2007. Expanded listings posted by industry groups have since made it a bit easier to find an installer with experience and a fair price per installed kilowatt.The American Solar Energy Society website, for example, offers an extensive list of installers and a ZIP Code-based search tool. The ASES site also features a few state-specific lists, including one for Colorado.last_img read more

Top stories: Humans are still evolving, Brontosaurus makes a comeback, and more

first_imgDid natural selection make the Dutch the tallest people on the planet?Insecure about your height? You may want to avoid this tiny country by the North Sea, whose population has gained an impressive 20 centimeters in the past 150 years and is now officially the tallest on the planet. Scientists chalk up most of that increase to rising wealth, a rich diet, and good health care, but a new study suggests something else is going on as well: The Dutch growth spurt may be an example of human evolution in action.Years after shutting down, U.S. atom smasher reveals properties of ‘God particle’In a scientific ghost story, a U.S. atom smasher has made an important scientific contribution 3.5 years after it shut down. Scientists are reporting that the Tevatron collider in Batavia, Illinois, has provided new details about the nature of the famed Higgs boson—the particle that’s key to physicists’ explanation of how other fundamental particles get their mass and the piece in a theory called the standard model. The new result bolsters the case that the Higgs, which was discovered at a different atom smasher, exactly fits the standard model predictions.’Brontosaurus’ name resurrected by new dino family treeA dinosaur-sized study of the family tree of the Diplodocidae, the group that includes monstrous beasts such as Apatosaurus, Diplodocus, and Barosaurus, finds that the fossils originally called Brontosaurus show enough skeletal differences from other specimens of Apatosaurus that they rightfully belong to a different genus. The study brings the long-banished name “Brontosaurus” back into scientific respectability as a genus coequal with Apatosaurus.How much personal cash do you spend on your science?Although academic research is predominantly funded by grants, scientists—like teachers and people in many other professions—sometimes dip into their own wallets to cover job-related expenses, such as conference travel or open-access publishing fees. Just how much personal finance pours into professional science isn’t clear, but two scientists are now trying to tally some numbers.In Hawaii, protests force pause in construction of world’s largest telescopeThe governor of Hawaii yesterday brokered a 1-week pause in the construction of the world’s largest telescope atop the Mauna Kea volcano in the wake of protests by Native Hawaiian activists, who say the project is desecrating sacred land.last_img read more

Pro Kabaddi 2019 HIGHLIGHTS, Patna Pirates vs Dabang Delhi in Jaipur: Delhi Beat Patna 43-39

first_imgDelhi have reduced the head-to-head trail against Patna Pirates 4-7 now and the way Patna performed for most part of this match, this defeat will be a difficult one for them to take. The last five minutes proved to be detrimental for the men in green as they catapulted to tough loss.Pardeep Narwal was at his best for Patna with 19 raid points in 25 attempts but he did not receive much support from the rest of his team. Vikas Jaglan was the top defender for Patna with just two tackle points and that sums up their team play. Pardeep also achieved the milestone of 1100 raid points in Pro Kabaddi.Vijay was Delhi’s top raider against Patna with 12 points in nine attempts while Naveen Kumar also registered his 16th consecutive Super 10 for the team. Anil Kumar was the best defender for Delhi with four tackle points in eight attempts, most of which came in the last five minutes leading to the turnaround in fortunes.Another Super 10 by Dabang Express Naveen Kumar.Total 17 Super 10s.16 consecutive Super 10.#Super10 #DabangExpress pic.twitter.com/xwHl5M3Ajs— Dabang Delhi KC (@DabangDelhiKC) September 26, 2019last_img read more

ICC denies Sri Lankan board’s claims on Kusal Perera’s reimbursement

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday denied claims made by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) of agreeing to reimburse it the money spent on clearing wicketkeeper Kusal Perera off doping charges.”ICC confirms it has not received any request for compensation from @OfficialSLC or Perera and it has not agreed to any reimbursement,” the ICC wrote on its Twitter handle.Earlier, according to a report in ESPNCricinfo, SLC secretary Mohan de Silva had claimed that the world body had verbally agreed to reimburse the funds which the board spent in clearing Perera of doping charges.”The ICC has agreed to compensate us, but there is nothing in writing. In any case we will be making an appeal for that. I’m quite confident that they will oblige us,” de Silva said.SLC confirmed it had spent over 13 million rupees ($92,000 approx) on clearing Perera’s name, though they did not quite need the 15 million rupees they had set aside to fight the case.In addition to missing a full tour of New Zealand, a bilateral series against India, and two major tournaments in the Asia Cup and World T20, Perera was also ineligible for the IPL auction. He had been fixture in all three formats for Sri Lanka prior to the suspension.However, Perera has now resumed his training, after five months of being barred. He may be in the fray for the limited-overs leg of Sri Lanka’s England and Ireland tour.last_img read more

ISL: Kerala sail into semis, beat NorthEast 1-0

first_imgKerala Blasters booked their ticket to the semi-finals in style, forcing a 1-0 victory over NorthEast United FC in an Indian Super League (ISL) football match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday.The match was a virtual quarter-final as the victorius team was poised to advance to the semis. Kerala will face Delhi while Mumbai City FC will take on Atletico de Kolkata in the two-leg semi-final.Striker CK Vineeth continued his rich form with the winner in the 66th minute to show their rivals, who needed to win in order to topple Kerala, the door. Vineeth became the highest Indian scorer in the process with five strikes to his name.Mohammed Rafi came closest to doubling the margin in the dying minutes of the match when his header was deflected on to the crosspiece by goalkeeper Graham Stack.Kerala were without the services of Josue Currais Prieto and midfielder Mehtab Hossain, who was replaced by Azrack Mahamat, NorthEast missed Nicolas Velez.In the fourth minute, the hosts had a chance to nose ahead when Duckens Nazon picked up the ball down the left channel and dribbled inside the box, but his effort found Rehenesh palming the ball out.NorthEast’s Seityasen Singh looked good down the flanks, constantly testing the rival defenders with incisive runs.At halftime, it was goalless.NorthEast’s Emiliano Alfaro had two good chances after the break near the hour mark, the second one being a one-on-one situation with goalkeeper Graham Stack after Seityasen Singh had set the Uruguayan up.advertisementKerala soon took the lead through Vineeth. The local lad, in prime form, netted his fifth goal in six matches with a crisp strike from just inside the box cutting in to his left and scoring at the far post with superb placement.It was all Kerala thereafter as they strung together a flurry of attacks and came close to doubling their lead as substitute Antonio German found Rehenesh parrying away his stinging shot.For the visitors, Seityasen and Romaric tried hard to level proceedings with Alfaro coming closest with an effort with fizzed off the post.last_img read more

Dr Sarma nominated as Asian Para-Badminton Committee chairman

first_imgNew Delhi, June 1 (PTI) Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, president of Badminton Association of India has been nominated as the chairperson of the Asian Para-Badminton Committee. Dr. Sarma was inducted into the committee during the BWFs Annual General Meeting in Gold Coast, Australia on May 18th during the sidelines of the Sudirman Cup. The position was earlier held by former BAI chief Late Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta. Dr. Sarma, a sitting MLA from the Jalukbari constituency in Assam is also a cabinet minister handling portfolios of Finance, Health and Education in Assam will assume his duties with immediate effect and will serve as the chairperson of the commission for two year tenure. BAI aims to become one of the potent forces at the global para-badminton scene and the presidents selection to Asian Para-Badminton committee will only help in taking the endeavor further. With Para-Badminton to be included in Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games for the first time, the development of Indian Para-Badminton is one of the key agenda for BAI and Dr. Sarmas appointment will play a huge role towards the realizing the goal. BAI will work in tandem with BWFs ideology of one sport ? one team philosophy and promote the Para Badminton not only in India but the whole world. “This is indeed a matter of great pride for BAI that Dr. Sarma has been elected as the president of the body. His selection shows how important India is considered in the global badminton circuit and only underlines BAIs commitment towards taking the sport to unprecedented heights,” Anup Narang, BAI Secretary General, said. “We are quite sure that Dr. Sarma will do great justice to his new role and will hit the ground running and will develop leaps and bounds in years to come,” Narang added. PTI ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Taiwan denounces China moves to limit its global profile

first_img\R Taipei, Jul 26 (AP) Taiwan today denounced China’s latest moves to increase its global isolation, saying residents of the self-governing island would reject attempts to deny its existence.China in recent days has forced international airlines to stop referring to Taiwan as a separate country on their websites. It also allegedly prompted the Asian Olympic Committee to withdraw the island’s right to host a youth competition scheduled for next year in the central city of Taichung.”These are attempts to destroy Taiwan’s sovereignty, and erase it from the world map,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrew Lee told reporters at a news conference.”I believe that no Taiwanese people would accept such a thing,” Lee said.Beijing’s action is aimed at increasing Taiwan’s isolation and prodding it toward a political union with China. Taiwan is already excluded from the United Nations and other major international organizations, and China has been steadily poaching away the self-governing island’s dwindling number of diplomatic partners.Beijing has also stepped up its military threats by sending warplanes on patrols around the island and staging war games on its side of the Taiwan Strait.It has also offered preferential terms for talented young people from the high-tech island to work in cities such as Shanghai and Beijing that offer much larger potential markets than those available in Taiwan.China has taken an increasingly hard line since the election of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who has refused to endorse Beijing’s insistence that Taiwan is a part of China to be brought under its control eventually.advertisementTsai’s office issued a statement Thursday criticizing the move to cancel the 2019 East Asian Youth Games in Taichung as “brazen and crude political meddling in sports.” “Taiwan condemns China’s behavior in the strongest possible terms,” the statement said. (AP) MRJMRJlast_img read more

Migrant caravan moves on to central Mexico city of Irapuato

first_imgIrapuato, Nov 12 (AP) Local Mexican officials again helped thousands of Central American migrants find rides Sunday on the latest leg of their journey toward the U.S. border.At a toll plaza to the west of the central Mexico city of Queretaro, where the group spent Saturday night, police prevented migrants from waylaying trucks on their own, but officers did help them find vehicles for rides.The government of Queretaro said via Twitter that 6,531 migrants had moved through the state between Friday and Saturday. It said that 5,771 of those departed Sunday morning after staying in three shelters it had prepared, the largest of which was a soccer stadium in the state capital.Those numbers appeared even higher than counts made by officials when the group was in Mexico City for several days, raising the possibility that other migrants had caught up to the main caravan.Starting out before dawn, the migrants went on to Irapuato, an agricultural city about 62 miles (100 kilometers) to the west in neighboring Guanajuato state, and set up camp around a local family center and small sports complex.As on other days, the migrants jumped at any opportunity to catch rides. They piled onto flatbed trucks, hung from car carrier trailers and even stacked themselves four levels high on a truck that usually carries pigs.Miguel Ortiz of Honduras reclined in the pig trailer with his wife and son. He said they were headed to U.S. for a better life where they could work for more than just putting food on the table.advertisementMaria Isabel Reyes, 39, of Honduras travelled with her three daughters and a granddaughter.”I feel happy by the grace of God,” she said. “Because we’re advancing little by little, but all of us here are moving forward.” The migrants appear to be on a path toward Tijuana across the border from San Diego, which is still some 1,600 miles (2,575 kilometers) away.The caravan became a campaign issue in U.S. midterm elections and U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered the deployment of over 5,000 military troops to the border to fend off the migrants. Trump has insinuated without proof that there are criminals or even terrorists in the group.Many migrants say they are fleeing rampant poverty, gang violence and political instability primarily in the Central American countries of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua, and they have now been on the road for weeks.Mexico has offered refuge, asylum or work visas to the migrants, and its government said 2,697 temporary visas had been issued to individuals and families to cover them while they wait for the 45-day application process for a more permanent status.But most vowed to continue to the United States.”We can earn more (in the U.S.) and give something to our family. But there (in Honduras) even when we want to give something to our children, we can’t because the little we earn it’s just for food, to pay the house and the light, nothing else,” said Nubia Morazan, 28, of Honduras as she prepared to set out Sunday with her husband and two children. (AP) AMSAMSlast_img read more

Touch Football Online Webinars

first_imgFox Sports Pulse will be hosting a number of Touch Football Online webinars for all association and club administrators in the coming weeks. Please click on the links below to register. Wednesday, 1 July 2015 – 6.30pm (AEST) Registrations/Payments/Activities – Eventshttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3788615070807634177 Tuesday, 7 July 2015 – 6.30pm (AEST) Registrations/Payments/Activities – Events https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3788615070807634177 Wednesday, 15 July 2015 – 7pm (AEST) Registrations/Payments/Activities – Eventshttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3788615070807634177 Wednesday, 22 July 2015 – 8pm (AEST) Registrations/Payments/Activities – Events https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3788615070807634177Monday, 27 July 2015 – 7pm (AEST) Competitions/Team Entries/ Tournamentshttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7844514454068704513Wednesday, 29 July 2015 – 7pm (AEST) Competitions/Tournaments/Team Entries https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7844514454068704513 Wednesday, 5 August 2015 – 8pm (AEST) Competitions/Tournaments/Team Entries https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7844514454068704513 For further information please contact Cameron O’Riordan (FSP) at c.oriordan@foxsportspulse.com.Related LinksTFO Webinarslast_img read more

Kruse claims he turned down Liverpool move

first_imgGermany international forward Max Kruse says he turned down an offer from Liverpool earlier this summer.Kruse, 31, was a free agent this summer after the expiration of his contract at Werder Bremen, where he spent three productive seasons.He registered 12 goals and 14 assists in all competitions in his last season in Bremen, and has hit double figures of goals in six of his last eight seasons. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Kruse has also played 14 times for Germany, scoring four times.He has since joined Turkish giants Fenerbahce after fielding calls from a number of clubs, and he claims Jurgen Klopp’s side were one of them.”During the transfer period, I’ve received lots of offers and one of them was Liverpool,” Kruse told BeIN SPORTS Turkey.”But I decided to join Fenerbahce because I believe I will be very happy there.”I spoke with a lot of players during that period and I am happy about my decision.”Vastly experienced and comfortable playing in a similar role to that occupied by Roberto Firmino at Anfield, Kruse may have offered a useful alternative to the Brazilian and given Klopp more freedom to rest and rotate his much-vaunted front three.Liverpool aren’t thought to be targeting any big-money signings this summer, with Klopp largely happy with his squad.The long-awaited return to fitness of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the emergence of youngsters like forward Rhian Brewster have added an extra layer of depth to a strong starting eleven.Whether or not Liverpool make any signings in the closing weeks of the transfer window, Klopp’s squad will be pushed hard right from the start of the season as a packed schedule awaits.With friendlies against Napoli and Lyon to come first, they will play in the Community Shield against Manchester City and the UEFA Super Cup with Chelsea either side of their opening Premier League fixture against newly-promoted Norwich.Klopp has complained about the hectic nature of his side’s itinerary in recent days, claiming that his squad is being strained beyond reasonable levels by the demand for non-stop football all through the year. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Jaitley responding to treatment at AIIMS

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Union minister Arun Jaitley, who has been admitted to the AIIMS here after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness, is stable and responding to treatment, the Vice President’s office said on Saturday after Venkaiah Naidu visited the hospital.Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu visited the All India Institute of Medical Sciences to enquire about his former cabinet colleague’s health. “The doctors informed the Vice President that Shri Jaitley is responding to the treatment and his condition is stable. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe Vice President also met Shri Jaitley’s family members who were present,” the Vice President’s secretariat tweeted. Former finance minister Arun Jaitley was admitted to the AIIMS Intensive Care Unit on Friday morning after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness but doctors said he is “haemodynamically stable”. A haemodynamically stable patient has a stable heart pump and good blood circulation. A multidisciplinary team of doctors is supervising Jaitley’s treatment, the AIIMS said on Friday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, MoS for Health Ashwini Choubey, BJP working president J P Nadda and Loktantrik Janata Dal chief Sharad Yadav among others visited the hospital on Friday to enquire about Jaitley’s health.last_img read more

New survey sheds light on Me Too movement in Canadian workplaces

first_imgTORONTO – In the wake of the Me Too movement — sparked by sexual misconduct allegations surrounding Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein and dozens of other prominent men — a spotlight has been placed on workplace behaviour and the equal treatment of women.Ahead of the one-year anniversary of the movement, talent organization theBoardlist Canada and U.S. research firm Qualtrics surveyed more than 100 Canadian board members, venture capitalists and executives and found women are still reporting mistreatment at the office and that many companies are still not taking action after Me Too.The online survey conducted between May and June 2018 found:– 41 per cent of respondents said they have experienced sexual harassment, misconduct or assault in their careers– 8 per cent said allegations of sexual harassment or inappropriate behaviour have come to light in their offices– 53 per cent of respondents who sit on boards said the company is reevaluating its policies in light of Me Too– 52 per cent said their company has not taken action as a result of Me Too– 32 per cent of respondents said their board was considering discouraging drinking and partying at company events following Me Too– 7 per cent said they had noticed backlash at their company as a result of the Me Too movement– 83 per cent of respondents said their company has discussed Me Too, allegations of inappropriate behaviour and gender discrimination– 70 per cent of venture capital respondents said they are advising their investment portfolio companies about appropriate behaviour and sexism*NOTE: The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.last_img read more

Appointment of poll Observer illegal EC receives complaint

first_imgKolkata: The Chief Election Commissioner has received a complaint on Monday from an advocate who has expressed concern regarding the arbitrariness of the Election Commission over the appointment of Central Police Observer Vivek Dubey and Ajay V Nayak as the Special Observer for Bengal in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.The letter addressed to the Chief Election Commissioner highlights that the EC is empowered to nominate an Observer under Section 20B of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 and states: “The Election Commission may nominate an Observer who shall be an officer of the government to watch the conduct of the election or elections in a constituency or group of constituencies and to perform such other functions as may be entrusted to him by the Election Commission.” He states that it is “abundantly clear from the provision above, that a person who may be nominated as an Observer, ‘shall be an officer of the government’. The phrase ‘shall be’ as used in Section 20B of the Act is mandatory and has been used in the present tense and therefore, a retired IPS officer does not fulfill the mandatory requirement as laid down under Section 20B of the Act.” The letter further mentions: “Hence, under Section 20B of the Act serving officer of the government can only be appointed as an Observer and it is unequivocally clear that a retired officer is barred from being appointed as an Observer since he ceases to be an officer of the government after his retirement.” Vivek Dubey and Ajay V Nayak who were nominated by the Election Commission have retired from government services in 2015 and 2018 respectively. They “cease to be an officer of the government and hence their nomination is patently illegal, null and void and contrary to the provisions of the Act”. In such a circumstance, all actions taken by them are “illegal, null and void ab-initio and hence any and all actions taken in pursuance of Vivek Dubey and Ajay V Nayak’s recommendations are also void ab-initio and ought to be reversed and/or set aside immediately.” The advocate has demanded immediate steps to “remove Vivek Dubey from the position of Central Police Observer for the states of West Bengal and Jharkhand and Ajay V Nayak from the position of Special Observer for the state of West Bengal and to immediately reverse/set aside all actions taken pursuant to their recommendations by the Election Commission of India”.last_img read more

Algeria Cheb Khaled Under Fire for Performing at Princes Wedding

Rabat- Algerian singer Cheb Khaled, who obtained the Moroccan citizenship by royal decree, is said to be receiving harsh criticism from the Algerian people and local media for what they label as ‘’provocative participation’’ at Prince Moulay Rachid’s wedding.On Saturday, Cheb Khaled performed at Prince Moulay Rachid’s wedding at the royal palace in Rabat. His performance made headlines in Algerian newspapers and news websites, sparking a controversy.Algerian news outlets and social media users have criticized the singer for “his provocative participation at Moulay Rachid’s wedding, without taking into consideration the unprecedented political tension between Morocco and Algeria.” Multiple Algerian reports say that Cheb Khalid’s popularity has been in danger since he accepted to perform at Moulay Rachid’s wedding.On the other hand, Morocco’s Hespress quoted some Algerian activists as saying that “the Moroccan Authorities aim at fighting Algeria by using its own sons,” adding that “it’s a shame that Algerians are still proud of such an artist who turned his back on his country.”However, some Algerian social media users understood Cheb Khaled’s gesture. They said that his participation ‘’is not worth all this controversy, since he has become a Moroccan citizen, and it’s normal that he accepted to perform at the Moroccan Prince wedding.’’Cheb Khaled has been causing controversy in Algeria ever since he obtained Moroccan citizenship by royal decree. on August 20. In September 2013, the city of Oran in west Algeria decided to boycott Cheb Khaled, the king of Algerian Rai music. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Tories criticize wage freeze bill as weak wont say if theyll support

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Sep 28, 2012 4:21 pm MDT TORONTO – After demanding a legislated wage freeze for all public sector workers in Ontario, the Progressive Conservatives refused to say Friday if they would support the minority Liberal government’s proposed bill affecting nearly 500,000 people paid by taxpayers.The draft bill is weak and exempts municipalities, which means local police, firefighters and public transit workers would not be captured by the wage freeze, said PC critic Monte McNaughton.“This legislation is clearly lacking teeth,” McNaughton said of the bill unveiled Wednesday by the Liberals.“(Premier Dalton) McGuinty is taking a weak approach. He has no backbone and he doesn’t have the courage to make the tough decisions.”Finance Minister Dwight Duncan said the government faced a difficult choice between freezing wages or laying off staff and cutting services, and decided the fair thing was to protect existing jobs by asking workers to forego pay hikes for two years to help eliminate a deficit of nearly $15 billion.The bill would require civil servants plus workers at hospitals, colleges, universities, hydro companies, long-term care homes, public health units and provincial agencies to accept a two-year wage freeze in their next agreement, but also gives Duncan the power to impose a contract if he doesn’t like what the two sides negotiate.NDP Leader Andrea Horwath immediately condemned the legislation as “wrong-headed,” and said the New Democrats would vote against it because they believe contracts should be negotiated, not imposed by government.Duncan said he released the draft version to get feed back from the Opposition, knowing the minority government will need the votes of at least two Progressive Conservatives to get the bill passed.However, PC Leader Tim Hudak refused all week to make himself available to comment on the wage freeze.Instead, other Tory MPPs were sent out to attack the proposed legislation without saying clearly if the party would support it.The Liberals were quick to mock Hudak’s unwillingness to take a position on the wage freeze bill.“Where’s Tim Hudak? He supported the Putting Students First Act,” said Ontario Liberal party president Yasir Naqvi, who is also parliamentary assistant to the minister of finance.“Tim Hudak can’t duck his responsibility forever.”The Tories voted to support the Liberals’ bill earlier this month that imposed a contract that freezes wages for most teachers, but said the legislation affecting 2,295 contracts for 481,00 public sector workers exempted too many others in the broader public sector.“Our legislation would have covered all 1.3 million in the broader public sector,” said McNaughton.“That’s what’s needed in Ontario. It’s the only way to get costs under control.”The Liberals say their wage freeze bills and agreements already signed with other unions will cover about one million workers, and point out the legislation also strengthens the arbitration process in a way that should help municipalities control rising costs for police, firefighters and public transit.McNaughton called the draft bill “a channel changer for a government that’s in serious trouble for blowing” hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ money on two gas plants it cancelled in Oakville and Mississauga, and said the Tories wanted to wait for the real legislation to be introduced in the House.“They have no time frame for when they’re actually going to put forward legislation and told me they’re not going to introduce it in the foreseeable future,” said McNaughton. “We have to wait and see what’s brought forth.”Public sector unions have vowed to challenge the legislation in court, saying it virtually eliminates their right to strike by allowing the government to impose a contract and interferes with the collective bargaining process. Tories criticize wage freeze bill as weak; won’t say if they’ll support it read more

Libya Ban urges parties to reject violence act quickly on draft peace

“No agreement is perfect, but this document will help Libya move beyond the chaos and toward the creation of a stable and democratic state with a clear legal framework,” Mr. Ban said at the high-level meeting on Libya, held on the margins of the General Assembly’s general debate.“As we work to ensure that this text is accepted by the Libyans, let us be clear: All those who choose to remain outside this framework will be responsible for the consequences and suffering that will ensue.”Libya has been plagued by factional fighting since the 2011 revolution, with the situation continuing to deteriorate in recent months amid significant political fragmentation and violence. “The violence of the past year and a half is leading Libya down a path of death, displacement and destruction,” said Mr. Ban. “Terrorist movements are gaining a strategic foothold. The country has become a haven for criminals and human smugglers. Millions are in need of humanitarian assistance.“Sadly, this is largely the result of rival groups who insist on putting petty concerns above those of the Libyan people. They are denying their country a future and have made Libya a base of instability, and a threat to regional and international security,” he stated. “There is a better path, one that answers the Libyan people’s demands for peace, human rights, stability and a better future.” Last month, the parties – meeting in Morocco under the facilitation of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Bernardino León – reached consensus on the main elements of a political agreement aimed at resolving the ongoing crisis.Mr. Ban said that thanks to “some brave Libyan leaders,” Libya has a clear way forward, through a political agreement that seeks to fulfil the vision of the revolution that inspired so much hope just four years ago. “Now the time for reopening the text has passed,” he stressed. “For the first time since the revolution of 2011, Libyans have before them a negotiated, inclusive and workable political roadmap for the remainder of the political transition process.” The international community stands united with the Libyan people in their efforts to choose peace over violence and stability over chaos, said Mr. Ban. “You, in turn, must reject violence and conclude the dialogue without delay… There is no time to lose.” read more

Looking at impact of perfectionism on health and wellbeing

Being a perfectionist may not only hurt your mental health, but may damage your physical health, too.Experts in the field of perfectionism share their latest findings in Perfectionism, Health, and Well-being, a new research volume co-edited by Danielle Sirianni Molnar, an award-winning adjunct lecturer in the Department of Psychology and also a graduate of the Psychology PhD program at Brock University.The study of perfectionism in relation to health and well-being is a fast-growing field, particularly because much of the early research has suggested links with poor mental and physical health.“There are important implications that follow from establishing links between perfectionism and illness,” explains Molnar, who is also a research scientist at the Research Institute on Addictions at SUNY Buffalo.“One theme that becomes very clear throughout our book is that the effects of perfectionism do not appear to be limited to particular aspects of health and well-being.”Anxiety, eating disorders and depression, are among the negative effects that have been observed, but physical health problems, chronic illness, and even early mortality also have links to perfectionism.This is in part because our stress response is meant to be short-lived, so that our bodies can recover. When our stress response is prolonged, the major systems of the body, including the immune system, become taxed.But many perfectionists create great stress for themselves by constantly striving for unrealistic standards. Perfectionists also tend to draw out their stress response by ruminating about perceived past failures, trying to avoid their problems altogether, or engaging in unrelenting self-blame and self-derogation when things go awry.Luckily, research shows that perfectionists can learn to be kinder to themselves.“Many perfectionists feel that they will fall to pieces and lose an important aspect of their identity if they relinquish their impossibly high standards,” says Molnar. “Clinicians and health-care providers are encouraged to focus their attention on helping perfectionists reduce their tendency to blame themselves when they do not meet their incredibly high standards, and to help perfectionists develop a more compassionate view of themselves.”This new book, the first on the subject, collects the latest findings from researchers and theorists and explores new models to help clarify the processes that link different types of perfectionism to health and/or well-being. These models can be useful to researchers, clinicians and service providers.Perfectionism, Health, and Well-being, edited by Fuschia Sirois and Danielle S. Molnar, is available from Springer. read more

Austria and Johannesson together until 2020

Austrian Handball Federation has signed new five years contract with current NT head-coach Patrekur Johannesson. Successful story, which began in summer 2011, is extended until 2020! Icelandic coach came on Austrian bench after bad performance at WCh 2011 in Sweden, gave a chance to some new players and made success with 11th place at EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark and qualification for the WCh 2015 in Qatar.– My goal is to give maximum, work further on our system and to play better handball. We will integrate some new players in our system – said Patrekur, who has nice potential in generation 1994, which played at home U20 EURO 2014 last summer. ← Previous Story Goran Stojanovic next three years in El Jaish Sports Club! Next Story → 15.000.000: PSG Handball the world’s richest handball team read more

Sinn Féin is just 1 behind Fine Gael in the latest opinion

first_imgSINN FÉIN IS hot on the heels of Fine Gael in a new opinion poll, with places the opposition party just 1% behind the main coalition partner.The latest Sunday Independent/Millward Brown poll puts Fine Gael at 25% (down 4) and Sinn Féin at 24% (up 4).When ‘don’t knows’ are included, the two parties are neck-and-neck at 17%. In a previous poll, Sinn Féin were six points ahead.Others are also performing strongly at 23% (up two), although no breakdown is provided, while the Green Party falls back from 2% to 1%.There’s a promising result for the lagging Labour party in this poll, as the change in leadership is seemingly already having an effect.The party’s support is up one-point to 8%, while party leader Joan Burton is enjoying a surge in approval compared to her predecessor Eamon Gilmore. Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandIn the previous survey in April, 69% were dissatisfied with Gilmore as leader while just 16% were satisfied.Burton’s approval rating has now jumped to 27%, putting her on par with Taoiseach Enda Kenny (unchanged) and Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin (up one).There’s bad news for Sinn Féin on this front – Gerry Adams‘ slow decline in popularity since Feburary has continued, he’s now at 25% (down one).The majority of voters (53%) believe that Burton will now change the government’s austerity policies, while 52% believe Labour should pull out of government if austerity is not relaxed.So, to recap:Fine Gael – 25% (down four)Labour – 7% (up one)Fianna Fáil – 20% (down two)Sinn Féin – 24% (up four)Green Party – 1% (down one)Others – 23% (up two)All figures are with ‘dont knows’ excluded. When included, they make up 31% of the poll.But now, on to more important* matters – who’s to blame for the Garth Brooks debacle? Source: AP Photo/Mark HumphreyThis was also put to the public in the Sunday Independent/Millward Brown survey.It’s an even split between Aiken Promotions and Dublin’s city manager Owen Keegan, with 17% of people saying that they are most to blame.The country-western signer himself came under fire from 15%, while 14% believe that local residents are most to blame, and 11% the GAA.The nuclear option was taken by 7%, who think they’re all to blame.*Joke. Joke!Read: Labour drops to just 4 per cent in latest poll >More: Sinn Féin is now the most popular party in the State >last_img read more

Bahamas Minister of Labour Meets with the Banks

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 20, 2017 – Nassau – The Minister of Labour, Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes met with the Chairman of the Clearing Banks Association, Mr. Ian Jennings and representatives of the six Clearing Banks in The Bahamas including RBC Finco, Scotiabank, Fidelity Bank, Commonwealth Bank, Bank of The Bahamas and CIBC First Caribbean Bank on Thursday, 19 October, 2017 at the Ministry of Labour on Shirley and Charlotte Streets.   Also in attendance were The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation, the Trade Union Congress and the National Congress of Trade Unions, the Prices Commission, the Consumer Protection Commission and The Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality Services.Minister Foulkes also met with the Governor of the Central Bank of The Bahamas, Mr. John Rolle in a separate meeting.   Minister Foulkes and the banks had frank and open discussions on the recent increases in banking services.   He said that he understood the challenges of the banks and also appreciate the concerns of consumers.Going forward the group all agreed to establish a working committee to discuss such issues.Photo caption:  Pictured is the Minister of Labour, Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes, second right, and Cecilia Strachan, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, at right, listening to Nathanial Beneby of RBC Finco at left as other attendees are pictured in the background.Press Release: Ministry of Labour Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more