Province Municipal Electricity Utilities Look for Savings

first_imgA new study is looking for ways to save money for municipal electric utilities and the customers they serve. The study, launched jointly by the Municipal Electricity Utilities of Nova Scotia Co-operative and the Department of Energy, will examine ways to manage electricity use during winter months. “Electricity is most expensive to produce during times of peak use — during business hours, during hot days, and especially during the winter,” said Energy Minister Bill Dooks. “We want to help municipal electricity utilities manage that peak, and the costs that go with it.” “If we can shift customer demand away from the peak, everybody can save money — our utilities and our customers,” said Don Regan of the Berwick Electric Commission. Mr. Regan represents one of Nova Scotia’s six municipally owned electric utilities. These utilities purchase energy from Nova Scotia Power and distribute it to local residents — in Antigonish, Berwick, Canso, Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, and Riverport. A homeowner or business delaying electricity use by 15 minutes during a period of peak demand could save a local utility company as much as $1,000. “We asked a typical sampling of local businesses and residences to get involved in the study, and they were happy to help out,” Mr. Regan said. “We all want to find ways to save money. And we need to do it with minimal disruption to the routines of these customers, to make sure our study is grounded in reality.” The study is funded jointly by the municipal electricity utilities and the Department of Energy. Acadia Management Group Inc. of Port Williams, will track and analyze data and develop recommendations.last_img read more

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Three stories in the news for today Aug 28

first_imgThree stories in the news for Monday, Aug. 28———CANADIANS HUNKER DOWN IN STORM-RAVAGED TEXAS:Canadian expats living in Texas say they’ve gone days without sleep as the remnants of hurricane Harvey continue to deluge the southeast coast. Megan Giffin-Scheffers, who moved from Halifax to Houston four years ago, said “everything is overflowing” in the Texas city, which is the fourth-largest in the U.S., as rising waters force thousands of people out of their homes.———CANADIAN FOREST COMPANY PLEDGES LUMBER FOR TEXAS:Texans forced from their flooded homes may get help rebuilding from a Canadian forestry company. Seth Kursman, a vice president with Resolute Forest Products, has committed to sending a rail car full of lumber to Houston once it begins to recover from the devastation wrought by hurricane Harvey. Watching footage from the storm-drenched city hit close to home for Kursman, who moved to Canada from Houston 15 years ago.———CAMPAIGN AIMS TO END STIGMA OF DISABLED KIDS:A Toronto children’s rehab hospital has launched a public awareness campaign aimed at ending discrimination against young people with disabilities. Holland Bloorview’s “Dear Everybody” campaign focuses on issues like bullying, friendship and employment to educate Canadians about how to help young people with disabilities feel more included. President and C-E-O Julia Hanigsberg says more than 400-thousand young people with disabilities have the same emotional, educational and economic-security needs as others their age, but stigma often prevents those needs from being met.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— New England governors and eastern Canadian premiers meet in Charlottetown— Rehab Dughmosh appears in court via video-link on terror-related charges in an alleged attack at a Toronto Canadian Tire Store— B.C. Premier John Horgan and Forests Minister Doug Donaldson visit areas affected by the wildfireslast_img read more

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New Town gets the fastest e-vehicle charging station in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) on Sunday installed e-vehicle charging station in New Town, which is capable of charging a four-wheeler in an hour.The charging station has come up in front of Mother’s Wax Museum and has been set up by a company that has over 40 years of expertise in power technologies such as energy-efficient EV charging solutions. “For the first time in the state such a fast charging e-vehicle station has come up. Vehicles can be charged at the rate of Rs 100 per hour,” a senior official of NKDA said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe company is using technology from Taiwan to put up the infrastructure in the charging station. “The move is a part of our sustained efforts to reduce carbon emissions and move towards a cleaner, greener sustainable environment,” the official added. NKDA has already come up with 10 e-vehicle charging points at strategic locations in New Town in a bid to encourage more people to use e-vehicles. Vehicles can be charged in five hours at these charging stations. The charge for two wheelers is Rs 10 an hour while the charge for a four wheeler is Rs 20 an hour at these Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaye-vehicle charging points. The NKDA has already earned a revenue of Rs 36,000 from these e-charging stations. The charging stations are located at parking lots near Rabindra Tirtha, Tata Medical Centre, Nazrul Tirtha, Gates 1/4/6 of Eco Park, Café Ekante, Axis Mall, Eco Urban Village and Central Mall so that people can charge their vehicles while waiting. This apart, Indian Oil’s COCO (Company Operated Company) owned smart outlet at Action Area 3 has electric vehicle charging units. There are also three heavy duty charging stations located at the bus terminal near Pride Hotel, AA3 bus-stand near Sukhobristi and Eco Urban Village in AA2, for running electric buses. New Town has three electric AC buses running successfully. New Town has already achieved the status of a Gold Rate certified Green City and has got the certificate from IGBC (Indian Green Building Council. It is a city under the state government’s Green City Mission.last_img read more

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Montreal meeting seeks tighter controls for new ozonedestroying chemicals

The results of the three-day session of the Protocol’s Open-ended Working Group will be forwarded for final approval by the 13th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in October. “To ensure that the global phase-out of CFCs [chlorofluorocarbons] and other destructive chemicals is as air-tight as possible, we must address all remaining avenues by which ozone-destroying substances enter the atmosphere despite existing controls,” said Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the Nairobi-based United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), under whose auspices the 1987 Protocol was adopted. “Major concerns include illegal trade in CFCs and other controlled substances, the lack of alternatives for certain small but essential uses, and the development and marketing by industry of new ozone-depleting chemicals not yet covered by the Protocol,” he said in a statement issued today in Montreal and Nairobi. The Protocol’s Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) has already been asked to conduct an annual review of any new substances with significant ozone-depleting potential that may enter the market. This week in Montreal, the TEAP and the Scientific Assessment Panel will present their proposals on how to move forward in controlling these new substances to the Working Group. Other issues on the agenda include reducing emissions from ozone-depleting chemicals used as process agents (chemical catalysts), reviewing applications for essential-use exemptions for CFCs and other ozone-depleting chemicals for 2002 and beyond, and launching a study on monitoring and preventing illegal trade. Under the 1987 Montreal Protocol, governments have agreed to phase out chemicals that destroy stratospheric ozone, which is essential for shielding humans, plants and animals from the damaging effects of harmful ultraviolet light. Recent years have seen record thinning of the ozone layer, including an ever-larger ozone “hole” over Antarctica. Scientists predict that the ozone layer will start to recover in the near future and will fully recover some time in mid-21st century — but only if the Protocol continues to be vigorously enforced. read more

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Landlocked countries win agreement on improved market access UN

“These negotiations have focused very successfully on building a partnership between landlocked, transit and donor countries,” UN Under-Secretary-General Anwarul Chowdhury told a press conference in Almaty, Kazakhstan, after three consecutive days of intensive negotiations.The Almaty Programme of Action is the first global action plan negotiated at the ministerial level that provides a framework for cooperation between the landlocked and the transit access developing countries – nations that have often been at odds due to their geographic configuration.The plan reinforces the right of all countries to enjoy secure access to the sea and establishes a set of policy guidelines for reducing red tape for landlocked country exports, while also respecting the prerogatives of the access nations.Transport services through access countries consume on average 15 per cent of the export earnings of landlocked developing countries – and as much as half for some African landlocked nations. In comparison, other developing countries expend an average of only 7 per cent on transport services, and the developed countries only 3 to 4 per cent.The Programme establishes for the first time, agreement in principle on compensating landlocked countries for their geographical handicaps with improved market access and trade facilitation. Nine of the 12 lowest-ranking countries on the UN Human Development Index are landlocked, and economists estimate that landlocked status costs these countries about 0.7 per cent in rate of economic growth each year.It further sets the stage for strengthened national economies and greater convergence of national interests by cementing international and national commitment to upgrade rail, road, air and pipeline infrastructure in both the landlocked and the access countries.In addition to the 30 landlocked developing countries participating in the talks, there were 33 transit access developing countries, nine donor countries, seven additional developing countries and 20 international agencies and financial institutions.The agreement was reached at preparatory talks for the two-day International Conference of Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries on Transit Transport Cooperation, opening tomorrow in Almaty, which will give the final stamp of approval to the Programme of Action.Mr. Chowdhury, who is UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, is the conference secretary-general.The landlocked countries at the conference are: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mongolia, Nepal, Niger, Paraguay, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tajikistan, the Former Republic of Macedonia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Zambia and Zimbabwe.The transit developing countries are: Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Benin, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Eritrea, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Iran, Kenya, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal, Somalia, Thailand, Togo, Tanzania, Uruguay and Viet Nam. read more

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World Childrens Day Millie Bobby Brown to GoBlue as new UNICEF Goodwill

At 14 years old, this makes Ms. Brown UNICEF’s youngest person to ever take on the role.The British star of the Netflix series, Stranger Things, will use her global platform to help spotlight children’s rights and issues affecting youth, including lack of education, safe learning spaces, and the impacts of violence, bullying and poverty.“It’s a dream come true to become a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador,” said Ms. Brown in a statement marking the Day. “It’s a huge honor to join such an impressive list of people who have supported UNICEF over the years. I am looking forward to meeting as many children and young people as I can, hearing their stories, and speaking out on their behalf.”World Children’s Day is commemorated annually as a day of action for children, by children, to raise awareness and funds for millions of children lacking basic resources and services. To show solidarity for the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable youth, UNICEF is asking supporters to ‘turn the world blue,’ by doing or wearing something blue at school, on the streets, or on social media. Ms. Brown kick-started the action in a short video last week, encouraging supporters to #GoBlue to defend and promote children’s rights.Around the world, notable leaders in entertainment, government, sports, and business are having children ‘take over’ their professional roles to highlight issues that interest them.Children are assuming seats at parliaments in Montenegro, Peru, Tonga, Suriname, Zambia and others. In Brussels, youth will take over European Parliament, and five more UNICEF Youth Ambassadors are being appointed across the globe.UN child rights experts reminded the international community of the challenges youth face around the globe and called UN Member States to scale up efforts in their defense.“Millions of vulnerable children continue to be left behind, including child victims of violence, conflict and sexual exploitation, migrant refugee and asylum-seeking children, children living in poverty, children with disabilities, and children belonging to indigenous and minority groups,” the experts said on Tuesday.“The best way to leave no child behind is to put children first to ensure that no child grows up in a world of fear, violence and hopelessness.”UNICEF is calling on activists and supporters to sign its global petition, urging world leaders to demonstrate commitment to fulfilling the rights of every child, and acknowledge these rights as non-negotiable.Eleven-year-old Benjamin Gorisek-Gazze worked with UN News on this story. read more

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Ohio State mens soccer team sets program record with 7th straight victory

OSU junior forward Yaw Amankwa (23) kicks the ball during a game against Louisville on Sept. 29 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 1-0. Credit: Breanna Williams / Lantern PhotographerThe Ohio State men’s soccer team made school history by extending its winning streak to seven with a 2-0 shutout victory over Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon.The Buckeyes improved to 8-4-2 overall and 3-1-1 in Big Ten play while moving up to first place in the conference, while the Badgers fell to 3-9-2 on the season and 1-2-2 in Big Ten play.“I’m really happy for the guys, and so now to go into the record book as the team that has the longest win streak in program history is good,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “It’s a really good accomplishment for the players and I know it meant something to them today.”After losing two key players — sophomore forward Marcus McCrary and redshirt senior forward Kenny Cunningham — because of injuries, other members of the team stepped up to the plate to triumph over Wisconsin.OSU senior midfielder Kyle Culbertson and junior forward Christian Soldat were both instrumental to the win with a goal apiece.“We really do come together as a team and always fight for it,” Soldat said. “If one guy is not having a great day passing or a great day attacking, everybody else pumps him up and picks up the slack until he gets in his groove. It feels great having a team that’s always behind you.”After a rough couple of weeks, Culbertson was able to get it going for the Buckeyes when he scored the first goal of the game off an assist from junior forward Danny Jensen. Culbertson launched the ball into the back of the net in the 13th minute for his third goal of the season.Culbertson said although it was tough in the past couple of weeks for him, it was nice to see some of his other teammates step up and form a chemistry to keep the team rolling without his contributions.Soldat’s goal came in the second half when he knocked in a shot off the near post in the 65th minute, marking his third goal of the season. Jensen and junior forward Yaw Amankwa were credited for the assists.“Jensen gets the ball and I’m coming through and the ball slides to Yaw. I see him staring at the goal and I know he’s hungry for a goal too,” Soldat said describing the play. “I’m just screaming in my head asking for it. Luckily, it was on his left foot so he kicks it off to me and I just have an easy placement of the ball.”The Scarlet and Gray defense was another factor in the history-making win on Sunday. The Buckeyes’ defense was able to keep the Badgers away from the net to prevent Wisconsin from threatening for much of the afternoon. However, when Wisconsin did come close to scoring, OSU redshirt senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer came out with the saves to keep the clean sheet.Froschauer had a total of three key saves on the afternoon, contributing to his fifth shutout of the season and third consecutive.Overall, shots were 13-8 in favor of the Buckeyes, who also held a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.The Buckeyes, who have not lost since Sept. 11, will next look to extend the school-record winning streak to eight when they are set to host Cleveland State on Wednesday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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DKB Handball Bundesliga 20122013 opened with a tie

DKB Handball BundesligaMT MelsungenTV Grosswallstadt New season in DKB Bundesliga 2012/2013 started with the tie between MT Melsungen and TV Grosswallstadt – 23:23.MT Melsungen – TV Großwallstadt 23:23 (12:10)MT: Sandström (12 saves), Appelgren – Stenbäcken 1, Mansson, Kubes 1, Fahlgren, Schröder 1, Vasilakis 4/1, Hildebrand 1, Danner 7, Sanikis 4, Karipidis, Allendorf 3, Vuckovic 1/1.TVG: Galia (1.-60. Min., 21 saves), Wolff (one save ) – Spatz 4, Bühler 1, Thiede, Graubner 5, Holst 6/3, Larsson 3, Jacobsson, Kaufmann, Köhrmann 1, Schmidt 3, Maas, Eisenträger. ← Previous Story Niklas Ekberg in THW Kiel until 2015! Next Story → SG Flensburg found Djordic’s replacement – Arnor Atlason! read more

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Portable Wii Laptop uses a hard drive instead of DVDs

first_imgGiven the nature of the Wiimote and the requirements of the sensor bar, the Nintendo Wii seems, on the surface of things, even less moddable into a portable device than the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360… but where there’s a will, there’s a way.ShockSlayer’s ZNWii DIY Wii Laptop might not be the most aesthetically pleasing portable mod job console we’ve ever seen, but the functionality’s certainly sound. Stripping the Nintendo Wii of its built-in DVD drive to save space, ShockSlayer’s Wii Laptop instead uses game “backup” software to load all of its games directly from an internal hard drive.Otherwise, we’re looking at a lot of the standard features of a portable console, including a flip-up display (with built-in sensor bar, natch) and a reliance upon an internal, rechargeable power pack to allow it to be played even away from a mains. It even manages some GameCube support by grafting the GameCube control ports right into the Wii instead of the normal ports.Pretty neat stuff. Of course, Nintendo won’t be happy here, given the Wii Laptop’s reliance upon a SunDriver chip in order to eschew the requirement of a built-in DVD drive, but we can still appreciate ingenious work when we see it.Read more at Mod Retrolast_img read more

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American Greek Orthodox church vandalised

first_imgVandals in the United States have caused around US$1,000 worth of damage to a Greek Orthodox Church near St Cloud State University in Minneapolis, in the country’s north. The costly damage has accrued as the result of a number of attacks on the church, the most recent coming late last week, causing US$500 in damage.Reverend Nathan Kroll from the Holy Myrrh-bearers Orthodox Church told its members via an email that damage included broken fences, graffiti, theft and vandalism. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Big crowd at scaledback Fourth at the fort

first_imgIt took more than a mile of chain-link fence, more than 100 portable toilets, more than 300 volunteers, 35 vendors selling food and crafts, a sponsorship by Bank of America, four bands and more than 10,000 fireworks to pull off this year’s annual Independence Day at Fort Vancouver.Toni Wise, marketing and communications manager for the Fort Vancouver National Trust, said that the event typically brings 35,000 people. However, speaking on the afternoon of the event, Wise said that it could bring in 45,000 people this year.She said there were two reasons for increased attendance. The first is, people might flock to the fireworks display after the city of Vancouver’s ban on personal fireworks went into effect this year. Second, she said, there’s no fee to get into the show this year. That’s because this year’s event didn’t include the children’s parade, games and other activities that were a part of previous years’ festivities.“This year is scaled back,” Wise said. “It’s about the fireworks.”She said the event was also scaled back in the interest of being frugal. In past years, the trust, which puts on the show, received part of the revenue from fireworks stands in the city of Vancouver. With Vancouver’s ban going into effect this year, she said, it’s likely the show will see a loss unless contributions from fireworks stands in unincorporated Clark County (where fireworks remain legal) make up the difference.“The donations boxes were getting full around midday,” Wise said optimistically. She also pointed to signs that advertised a number that people could text donations to. The trust won’t have the final numbers until well after the show is over, she said.last_img read more

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Clark County voter registration deadline March 26

first_imgMarch 26 is the last day to submit a mail-in voter registration form to be eligible to vote in the April 24 special election, according to a Clark County news release.Only registered voters in Battle Ground School District will receive ballots for this election, according to the release.Online registration applications can be submitted up to 11:59 p.m. on March 26. To register, visit the Elections Office website at clarkvotes.org and click on “MyVote” to register online. Voters who wish to change their address online must also do so before midnight.The Clark County Elections Office, at 1408 Franklin St. in Vancouver, will be open until 5 p.m. March 26 to accept address changes made by telephone or in person, according to the news release.Citizens who are not currently registered to vote in Washington have additional time. They can register to vote by visiting, in person, the Clark County Elections Office by April 16.A sample ballot listing all contests and ballot measures appearing on the April 24 special election is now available on the Clark County Elections Office website at clarkvotes.org. An online voters guide will be available on the website on Monday.last_img read more

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Hurricane Aircraft Reconnaissance Tour CHAT Providenciales

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 12, 2017 – Providenciales -Aircraft reconnaissance plays an extremely important role in monitoring the track and intensity of tropical cyclones.  Every hurricane season, the US Air Force and NOAA Reconnaissance Hurricane aircraft provides valuable meteorological data not available from any other source.The USAF 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, known as the Hurricane Hunters of the Air Force Reserve, has been flying into tropical storms and hurricanes since 1944.  It is the only operational unit in the world flying weather reconnaissance on a routine basis.  The Hurricane Hunters provide surveillance of tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern Pacific Ocean.On 27th April, 2017, NOAA’s National Weather Service, in partnership, with the United States Air Force, Hurricane Hunters, will be visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands as part of the 2017 Caribbean Awareness Tour (CHAT).   The delegation will be led by Dr. Richard Knabb, Director of NOAA’s, National Hurricane Center.CHAT is an annual tour which aims to raise hurricane awareness across Latin America and the Caribbean, and to maintain and expand partnerships among the NHC, U.S. Northern Command, Air Force and neighbors in the region. The tour by the aircraft to the islands and countries in the region is an excellent opportunity for the relevant authorities involved in storm/warning/disaster management and the public-at-large to see the aircraft, meet and speak to the US Air Force crew and the civilian hurricane specialists involved. This will be the first time the aircraft will be visiting the TCI.During the visit, a brief Media event has been schedule by the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies. Following, Government officials and students from the Public and Private schools on Providenciales, will be given a tour of the Aircraft Reconnaissance. The tour will allow persons to see first-hand the extremely important role in monitoring the track and intensity of tropical storms and hurricanes.Public hurricane awareness in the region is essential for adequate hurricane preparedness and response. Ushering the commencement of DDME’s Hurricane Preparedness Month starting 1st May, 2017, CHAT will play an instrumental role in peaking public’s interest and increasing awareness in the Turks and Caicos as it relates to the hurricane threat.   It also serves to strengthen national and international partnerships for storm warning and emergency response.Press Release: TCIG Related Items:last_img read more

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Deadline to purchase health coverage looms

first_imgUninsured Washington residents have less than a week to purchase health coverage through the state-based insurance exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder.New and renewing exchange customers have until 9:59 p.m. Sunday to select and pay for a health plan for coverage beginning March 1. After the deadline passes, only those with qualifying life events will be eligible to enroll in exchange plans before the next open enrollment period begins this fall.This year, the penalty for not having health insurance increases to $325 per person or 2 percent of annual household income, whichever is greater.As of Jan. 31, more than 132,000 people had enrolled in a health plan for 2015, with nearly 45,000 of those people signing up for the first time through the exchange, www.wahealthplanfinder.org.In Clark County, about 5,000 people have renewed their health plan for 2015 through the exchange. Another 3,100 Clark County residents enrolled in an exchange plan for the first time.Enrollment in Washington Healthplanfinder Business, as well as Medicaid — called Washington Apple Health — is year-round. Medicaid customers will receive a notice 60 days before the month they enrolled in or renewed their coverage last year.In anticipation of increased enrollments at the deadline approaches, the exchange’s customer support center, 855-923-4633, will have special weekend hours. The call center will be open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.last_img read more

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STATE REP RACE QA Dave Robertson Shares His Opinion On The Three

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the three candidates running for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in his own words, is the response to one of this week’s questions from candidate Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury).#1) How do you plan on voting on each of the three ballot questions?  Can you explain your rationale behind each vote? (Background: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele18/ballot_questions_18/ballot_questions18.htm)I am personally voting no, yes, and lastly no, but with a caveat.Firstly, nurse-patient ratios. Initially on question one I was a yes. Safe patient limits have been proven to save lives, but after doorknocking awhile I was given a pamphlet on the no portion, which changed my mind.  Speaking to several nursing friends in private practice has only solidified that view over the past few weeks when I asked them what they though. What concerns me is a few lack of safeguards. One, this would raise the cost of healthcare, which is already spiking, and with the hospital corporations buying out the competition I worry about an even quicker rise in the cost of healthcare. For those who are low-income, fixed budget, or even middle class we are getting squeezed even more. Another great point that I had failed to reflect on before was the impact that regional hospitals would suffer, where they specialize in specific surgeries and procedures. They cannot compete with the Mass Generals or Brigham and Women’s, and these limits would cause a staffing issue. I know Lowell General/Saints would likely weather the storm, but towns such as Pittsfield or North Adams would have trouble finding nurses to meet the new standard. This would result in heavy fines or being bought out by larger health networks who can more easily handle the rise in cost. Instead, I would like to see such ratios based on county populations, patient populations, and more, and implemented over time. We would also have to find a way to train the amount of nurses required for such a ratio to be met, which will require working with local colleges and universities to meet demand.The second would create a commission to examine the effects of the Citizens United ruling on the Commonwealth, and the role of corporate money. I do not believe that corporate money should be spent to influence elections. You, I, and all the other people who work 40 hours a week, shuttle children around, cook, clean, and maybe get out to eat once or twice a month simply cannot compete with the level of financial influence that a fortune 500 company has. They already can employ lobbyists to bring their concerns to elected officials, and they do so with armies of attorneys and more. Now they can spend money to influence elections? A yard sign costs anywhere from 2-5 bucks depending on who makes it and how many you order. Newspaper ads are several hundred dollars. This adds up to thousands of dollars spent, which is alot for a candidate or movement, but nothing for a company. Whats to stop the Transrail corporation in Wilmington from running a campaign to confuse the residents, or a company in Tewksbury from downplaying negative side effects of a local ballot initiative in a local election? However, the commission may find some positives that are important and should be retained, and having a group research and produce non-binding results is a good thing. More knowledge should never be rejected.Lastly is the Transgender Rights bill, which I will vote no. I believe that this law should have limited individuals to use the restroom as displayed on their license and medical documents. I do know that as science progresses, and individuals are able to undergo faster and cheaper surgery it will eventually become awkward to have someone who is fully functionally female or male use the other restroom because they were born the opposite gender; and their decision to undergo that surgery is simply none of my, or the governments, business. On the other hand, I have seen that crime statistics have not increased in terms of assault of any nature, rape, or more increasing in bathrooms, though the long term trends have yet to be established. As the medical field progresses I hope the public would be able to vote again on how they feel, but until that moment where a procedure is rapid and cheap I believe what an individual medically is identified as is the facility they should use.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”BREAKING NEWS: 19th Middlesex State Rep Election Results Are In — Dave Robertson WinsIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”last_img read more

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Tangail road crashes kill five

first_imgRoad AccidentFive people, including a couple, were killed in separate road crashes in Mirzapur, Ghatail and Delduar upazilas of Tangail on Sunday, reports UNB.In Mirzapur upazila, three people were killed when a Tangail-bound bus from Gazipur rammed a CNG run auto-rickshaw at Baimhati Court area in the morning, said sub-inspector of Mirzapur police station Abdus Samad.The deceased were Shariful, 40, son of Falu Mia, Jahangir, 35, and his wife Taslima Begum, 28, of Chandulia village in the upazila.In Ghatail upazila, Kalam Mia, 50, son of Afsar Ali of Chariabid village, was killed and five others were injured when a goods-laden truck hit a battery-run human hauler at Garo Bazar in the morning.Meanwhile, Sohrab Hossain, 50, son of Sadaruddin Mandal of Kaliakoir upazila in Gazipur district, was killed when a tree log-laden truck hit him while giving side to a bus around 12:00am at Signboard in Delduar upazila of the district.last_img read more

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Three city joints in Asias best restaurants list

first_imgThree of the capital’s tony eateries are among a list of 101 Best Restaurants in Asia 2013.Varq at The Taj Mahal Hotel that serves Indian cuisine was ranked at number six and ITC Maurya’s Bukhara, frequented for its delectable north Indian cuisine, was at number 24.The Taj Palace Hotel’s Orient Express, which specialises in French cuisine, was ranked at 55.The other Indian restaurants which made it to the list include Indigo in Mumbai and Karavalli in Bangalore. The former serves modern European cuisine and the latter serves Indian cuisine.The restaurants have been judged on the basis of cuisine, style, decor, service, value and don’t miss categories by the panelists of 101 Best Restaurants in Asia 2013, which was conducted by New York-based food website The Daily Meal.last_img read more

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Update Tazz reunited with family after house fire

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite After the traumatizing house fire in Mimosa Road on Wednesday night last week that left three family members dead, family dog Tazz was taken to the Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) kennels, where he was given a health check-up. On the night of the fateful fire, Tazz and his family sought sanctuary in a bathroom as flames and thick smoke trapped them in the house. Tazz could do nothing but look on as his owners died in front of him.AACL workers say that Tazz has been crying for his family at the kennels, where he has been given lots of love and support. He was given a bath, and showered with attention during his stay with the AACL.On Friday afternoon, family from Durban arrived to fetch the dog from the kennels. Tazz apparently immediately recognized the car and the people, and started barking and wagging his tail with joy. He rushed off and jumped into the vehicle, so eager was he to be taken home.Tazz will now be reunited with one of his owners, the seven-year-old girl who was the sole survivor of the fire. She is still in hospital in Durban and will be staying there with family when she is released.Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there?last_img read more

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Argentine leader could face criminal fraud probe

first_img The vital role family plays in society Legislator Elisa Carrio says bondholders benefited but the Argentine people were defrauded.The prosecutor says the government preventing Argentines from legally trading pesos for dollars also appears to break the law.A judge will decide whether to proceed.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez could be in legal trouble. A federal prosecutor has found grounds for a criminal fraud investigation of the president along with her central bank chief, top tax collector and commerce secretary.Argentine presidents face formal legal complaints all the time but rarely do they get this far.On Tuesday, prosecutor Carlos Stornelli said evidence justifies a formal criminal investigation based on complaints filed by an opposition lawmaker over the president’s use of emergency decree powers to use money from Argentina’s central bank reserves to pay off foreign debt. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 ways to recognize low testosteronecenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Comments   Share   Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald

first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) scores a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Five NFL.com writers were asked to give their dream Super Bowl matchups Thursday and three of them wrote they are hoping to see the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl LI in Houston.With the Cardinals only making it to one Super Bowl where they lost to the Steelers 27-23 in 2009, Solomon Wilcots feels that a rematch against the gold and black would be a match made in heaven.I want a rematch of Super Bowl XLIII: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals. This time around, the matchup would be focused on the coaches. Bruce Arians was a member of Mike Tomlin’s coaching staff during the Steelers’ Super Bowl XLIII victory. Arians was a great mentor of Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh and is trying to do the same with Carson Palmer in Arizona. He’s also built the Cardinals’ defense like the one the Steelers had in the 2008 season. Both teams are dominant on offense, but I think Arizona has the defensive edge. The story writes itself: Arians coached under Tomlin, was essentially fired by him and comes back to beat him in the Super Bowl.The Cardinals have yet to win a Lombardi Trophy, while the Steelers boast the most Super Bowl titles in the league (six). It would be a phenomenal, historic matchup — and one of potential revenge.The game would feature two of the best passing offenses, as Arizona ranked 2nd in the league with 288.5 yards per game, while the Steelers were 3rd with 287.7 in the 2015 season. On the defensive side, both teams held their opponents to an average of 91.2 yards running the ball, but the Cardinals gave up more touchdowns to running backs with nine to Pittsburgh’s six. The Cardinals did have a leg up on the Steelers in yards allowed per game with 321.7, while the Steelers struggled, giving up 363.1.For Michael Robinson, his Super Bowl matchup deals with another west coast team.I want to see the West Coast Super Bowl matchup of Arizona vs. Oakland. First of all, I like to see Oakland doing well because it takes everybody back in history to when they were unstoppable.We’ve all seen, especially in the last few Super Bowls, how a defense can dictate the game. And both of these teams could be quite stout on that side of the ball in 2016. We know the Cardinals have defensive talent at every level — the group’s been nasty in recent years. Meanwhile, the Raiders are loaded with promise, boasting a fine mix of youth and experience on D. I’d like to see two dominant defensive units play in Super Bowl LI.The matchup between the Cardinals and the Raiders would be a surprise to a lot of people, but Oakland has made improvements under head coach Jack Del Rio going from 3-13 in 2014 to 7-9 last season. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Cardinals outplayed the Jets in almost every category last season, both defensively and offensively, but New York did rank 2nd in rush defense, holding opponents to 83.4 yards per game and only giving up four touchdowns in the season. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Even still, Oakland has room to improve work after only averaging 333.5 yards per game last season, which ranked 24th, while they were 28th in rushing with 91.1 yards per game. The Cardinals on the other hand were 8th running the ball with 119.8 yards per outing.Shaun O’Hara believes a Jets-Cardinals matchup would be enticing with a lot of subplots leading into the big game.There are some great veteran players in the league who haven’t had a chance to play in a Super Bowl, so I’d like to see the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals face off in Houston.Ryan Fitzpatrick used to play for Houston, so it’d be interesting to see him lead the Jets to football’s biggest game — after signing a contract before training camp — and play back in NRG Stadium.Prior to becoming the Jets’ head coach, Todd Bowles was the defensive coordinator for the Cardinals under Bruce Arians. Both are respected coaches and it would be a hotly contested matchup with the rosters they have.A Jets-Cardinals Super Bowl would be a rematch of Week 6 when the Cardinals play Monday Night at home against New York.The Cardinals would play against a familiar face in Jets’ head coach Todd Bowles, who was Bruce Arians’ defensive coordinator for two seasons before taking over in New York in 2015.last_img read more

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