Library Offering Meditation Workshops

first_imgThe library is often a hub of activity for patrons, but with the plan, hours will be limited. The Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., is hosting a workshop called “Mindful Ways & Meditation” this month through March.The workshops are being conducted by Kate Lutz. Classes include meditation, gratitude sharing, a weekly topic, discussion and interactive exercises. The free classes are from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The next class is on Monday, Jan. 27. Other classes are Feb. 10 and Feb. 24 and March 9 and March 23.For more information contact Julie Howard, adult programming librarian, at 609-399-2434 ext. 5222.last_img read more

Drop in UK bakery sales troubles Maple Leaf

first_imgPoor bakery sales in the UK have helped to cause a decline in Maple Leaf Food’s fortunes.The Canadian firm, which sells bagels here under the New York Bakery Co brand, blamed lower sales volumes in the UK bakery operations for its falling figures; sales fell to C$381.5m (£246.8m) from C$412.5m (£266.8m) in the bakery products group in the first quarter ended 31 March 2010. Maple Leaf also pointed to the impact of the stronger Canadian dollar and lower sales volumes in its North American frozen bakery operations.The company said it was taking steps to reduce the cost base in the company’s UK operations until volumes improved, while it expected the fall in North America to be transitory as new business was gradually being secured. It added that the declines in these two business units were more than offset by improved performance in its fresh bakery business.Said Michael H McCain, president and CEO: “The bakery business experienced a weaker quarter due to performance in the UK and the North American frozen bakery business. How-ever, we are seeing signs of improvement in both these areas as volumes recover and our cost reduction initiatives take hold.”He added: “This, along with price adjustments being implemented mostly in the second quarter, gives us confidence in expecting stronger margin growth and continued improvement through the remainder of 2010.”Overall sales at Maple Leaf Foods for the first quarter fell by 7% to C$1,191.5m (£770.8m) from C$1,279.3m (£827.3m) last year.last_img read more

Queen Denies Donald Trump Permission To Use ‘We Are The Champions’ At Events

first_imgRepublican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has drawn the ire of many musicians during his campaign, including Adele, The Rolling Stones and more. Even Neil Young begrudgingly allowed Trump to use “Rockin’ In The Free World,” but he had some particularly nasty things to say about Trump in the process. Now, you can add Queen to the list.After celebrating victories on Tuesday night, Trump appeared with the music “We Are The Champions” playing. The band’s guitarist and founding member Brian May said that Trump did not have or ask for permission to use the song, and should not use it going forward. May posted a statement about the song usage on his website.“I’ve had an avalanche of complaints – some of which you can see in our ‘Letters’ page – about Donald Trump using our ‘We Are The Champions’ track as his ‘theme’ song on USA TV. This is not an official Queen statement, but I can confirm that permission to use the track was neither sought nor given. We are taking advice on what steps we can take to ensure this use does not continue. Regardless of our views on Mr Trump’s platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool. Our music embodies our own dreams and beliefs, but it is for all who care to listen and enjoy.”The Letters page also links to May calling Trump “unsavoury,” and shows a screenshot of someone else’s Tweet that reads “Freddie Mercury sent a cease and desist from his grave.”With the presidential race heating up, will Trump have any music to walk out to in the future?last_img read more

Lil Wayne Announces Lil WeezyAna Fest 2019 Lineup: Travis Scott, Meek Mill, More

first_imgLil Wayne‘s Lil WeezyAna Fest will return for its fifth year later this summer when the one-day music festival takes place at the UNO Lakefront Arena Festival Grounds in New Orleans, LA on Saturday, September 7th.Related: Las Vegas’ Life Is Beautiful Announces 2019 Lineup: The Black Keys, Chance The Rapper, MoreAccording to Tuesday’s announcement, Lil Wayne has recruited fellow hip-hop stars Travis Scott, Meek Mill, Megan Thee Stallion, Saweetie, and Trey Songz to all perform at this year’s event, which will be spread out across two stages.“We’re so blessed to be celebrating our fifth year of Lil WeezyAna Fest and grateful to all of the fans who have been with us since the beginning,” Cortez Bryant, COO of Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment, mentioned in a statement to go with the announcement. “It’s only right that we made it bigger and better this year to commemorate such a milestone in Wayne’s hometown.”Speaking of Lil Wayne and festival, the rapper made headlines recently when he canceled his scheduled appearance at Miami’s Rolling Loud Festival due to what he felt was over-policing by the event security.Click here for more event information on Lil WeezyAna Fest 2019 and tickets. $0.50 of every ticket sold will be donated to support educational initiatives for New Orleans youth.[H/T Billboard]last_img read more

Leaders customize crime database

first_img “All my guys would be interested in [the] D6 [parking lot],” he said. Student body secretary Katie Baker said NDSP will distribute flyers containing the CrimeReports web address, instructions for using the site and information about the CrimeReports iPhone mobile app. “[We’re drawing] lines on the map in a way that makes sense for students and staff on campus,” Shibata said. “The parking lots are where students are the least aware of where crime is going on, but need to be the most aware,” Sokas said. Ed Mack, rector of O’Neill Hall, said the Notre Dame CrimeReports information would be useful to residents of the hall. One proposed neighborhood would include South Quad, West Quad, Carroll Hall, the Morris Inn, the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore, Main Circle and the bookstore basketball courts, she said. Other neighborhoods will include campus parking lots. Shibata said the meeting sought to analyze University maps and define neighborhoods within campus based on geographical landmarks. Doing so, she said, will provide students with access to the most relevant security information for their area of campus on the CrimeReports website. McCormick said student government was grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with CrimeReports to improve accessibility to campus safety information.center_img Student body president Pat McCormick said creating campus neighborhoods would make the CrimeReports database more user-friendly for student users. Chief of staff Claire Sokas said CrimeReports would alert students, faculty and staff about reported events occurring in their respective neighborhoods. Campus Life Council’s regular meeting was postponed Monday afternoon, as members met with Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) Sgt. Keri Kei Shibata to customize the online CrimeReports database. The customization is part of an ongoing initiative to improve interactive campus security. “Our goal was to identify the best way of utilizing CrimeReports on campus, in a way that would make sense to students based on where they live,” he said. “We also wanted to give as much information as possible in an interactive way.” “Our hope is for the system to continue advancing on campus,” he said.last_img read more

Colorado’s Platte River utility to close Rawhide coal plant 16 years early, cut CO2 90% by 2030

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Coloradoan:Platte River Power Authority is moving forward with a plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 90% of 2005 levels by 2030, which will mean shuttering the Rawhide Unit 1 coal plant north of Wellington and possibly building a new natural gas-powered plant.The Platte River board, led by officials from Fort Collins, Loveland, Estes Park and Longmont, approved the plan as part of the power provider’s Integrated Resource Plan, which lays out a road map for electricity production between 2021 and 2040. The board voted 6-1 on the plan, with Loveland Mayor Jacki Marsh casting the dissenting vote.Some environmental advocates said the plan is the wrong move for Platte River, which previously adopted a goal to achieve 100% non-carbon electricity by 2030. The plan assumes that Platte River will need to supplement a primarily renewable portfolio with some RICE units — natural gas units that are more efficient than their existing natural gas units – so if it comes to fruition, Platte River won’t meet its 2030 goal.Platte River leaders said it’s possible the provider won’t have to build a natural gas plant if technology advances faster than they’re expecting. The board adopts a new IRP every five years, so there is time to redefine the path forward.The zero coal plan the board approved will involve closing Rawhide Unit 1 by 2030, 16 years ahead of its previously planned retirement. New investments in solar power, wind power and battery storage will supplement existing solar, hydro and wind units to reach about 90% to 95% non-carbon electricity. Natural gas units would cover the rest of the community’s electricity units — producing high volumes of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, but still reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions by 90% of 2005 levels.Platte River currently delivers about 39% hydro, solar and wind power to its owner communities. It expects to increase that portion to 50% next year and is on track for about 60% by 2024. The zero coal option projects a rate increase of about 52% between 2021 and 2040, at an average of about 2% per year, which is about on par with the increases Platte River would see even if it acted less aggressively in adopting new renewable sources.[Jacy Marmaduke]More: Fort Collins power provider adopts plan to reduce carbon emissions 90% by 2030 Colorado’s Platte River utility to close Rawhide coal plant 16 years early, cut CO2 90% by 2030last_img read more

One step in winning the war for talent: Help create a world where little girls want to become women

first_imgMy daughter MacKenzie will be seven in October. As our only child, each year has brought unexpected challenges and pleasant surprises. In her sixth year, she’s asked tough questions and started to really demonstrate the person she’s becoming. She is a very social creature and has never met a stranger. She has a huge heart and feels things deeply. She’s passionate about science, math, singing and the beach.Several times in the last few months she’s told me something that nearly stopped my heart. She’s said, “Mommy, I don’t want to be a girl.” The first time she said it, I made the mistake of immediately giving her all the reasons that she’s wrong. I told her being a woman is an honor. I reminded her of the all the great women in her life like her grandmothers, her aunts and her teachers. As with most lectures, she quickly moved on to something else and stopped listening.The next time she said it, I was smarter and asked, “Why honey? What are you worried about?” She told me that it was going to hurt to have a baby. She said, “It isn’t fair that I have to wear a shirt and boys don’t.” What struck me was that at this very early age, she’s already identifying some of the gaps that remain for women. continue reading » 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Twitter, Facebook suspend accounts linked to Indonesian army’s Papua campaign

first_imgTwitter and Facebook have suspended more than 80 accounts following a Reuters investigation that linked them to a network of news sites backed by the Indonesian army that publish pro-government propaganda about the restive region of Papua.The 10 sites in the network appear to be independent news outlets. But registration records and Reuters interviews with website editors and a special forces intelligence officer showed they are funded and coordinated by an Indonesian army corporal.Materials from the websites were spread by a network of Twitter and Facebook accounts. Some of them used profile photos or cartoons that made them appear to be the work of Papuan residents or “Free Papua” activists, even as they promoted material that praised the army and criticized advocates of Papuan self-determination.Reuters flagged more than 80 accounts to both social media platforms following publication of the story. Twitter subsequently took down more than 60 accounts that appeared to be using the fake personas, Reuters checks showed.”Account suspended. Twitter suspends accounts which violate the Twitter rules,” read the message displayed on the platform in response to Reuters’ efforts to access the accounts.A Twitter spokesman declined to comment on the reasons for the suspensions.A Facebook spokesman said the platform had removed “a number of accounts” flagged by Reuters for being in violation of its community standards, adding its “investigations are ongoing”.Facebook previously took down a network of fake accounts and pages posting content on the Papua Independence movement in October 2019.A spokesman for the Indonesian military did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Topics :last_img read more

Impuls 97 – Bahn 2000’s first wave

first_imgINTRO: SBB will celebrate 150 years of railways in Switzerland with the biggest jump in train-km since 1982. This first manifestation of Bahn 2000 marks the start of real improvements in what SBB can offer the passengerBYLINE: Nicolas PerrinDeputy Delegate, Bahn 2000Swiss Federal RailwaysIT IS 15 YEARS since Swiss Federal Railways set a world standard for passenger convenience by introducing an integrated regular-interval timetable. Development and implementation of Bahn 2000 has now reached the stage where the benefits of new trains and infrastructure are becoming tangible.In the early 1980s, the aim of the Taktfahrplan was to attract more passengers by providing connecting trains at hourly intervals across most of the country. Its success is demonstrated by the fact that Swiss people make more rail journeys than any other Europeans.Taktfahrplan spawned the Bahn 2000 concept, presented to the nation in 1985. The idea was simple – ’more often, faster, more direct and more comfortable’ – a national hub-and-spoke service, with journey times between hubs cut to just under an hour.New construction would only be needed to ease bottlenecks, or where inter-hub times were in excess of 60min. Shorter overall journey times would come largely from reduced waiting time between connections. Benefits would be spread over the whole network, rather than just core routes.Approval by referendum on December 6 1987 began a period of development and construction; many of the original concepts were modified as a result of higher demand forecasts, tighter restrictions on new civil works, and cost underestimates.A revision of the project, applying new technology to rolling stock design, allowed some costly infrastructure work to be dropped, keeping the modified Bahn 2000 within the original budget. Parliamentary approval for revision of the phasing of the programme was granted in 1994. Since then SBB has been working on the first phase, keeping to cost and schedule.Trains before trackPressure to keep costs down saw iterative optimisation of the overall passenger offer against the cost of rolling stock and infrastructure. Priority was given to improving service through better organisation, then through better rolling stock. Lastly, new infrastructure would be considered.The advantage of new trains against new infrastructure is that benefits to the passenger are more immediate and tangible. Rolling stock can be adapted to suit market conditions, and the changed priorities should also help reduce operating costs and environmental impact.A vital aspect of the deal for the passenger is high punctuality – essential for reliable, but short connecting times. SBB aims to run 95% of trains within 3min of booked timing, and 75% within 1min.Rolling stock measuresImpuls 97 will be implemented with three rolling stock innovations.IC2000 double-deck trains will raise passenger capacity without using additional paths. The first two rakes will go into service this summer between St Gallen and Interlaken; three more sets will be deployed later this year. They offer 40% more seats per coach than a standard Mk IV, and raise the maximum number of passengers that already busy routes can handle. Per seat purchase price and maintenance costs are lower, though comfort is higher.Push-pull operation has spread from S-Bahn and regional trains to InterCity and fast services. A fleet of 60 MkIV driving trailer cars from Schindler has allowed fixed-formation operation, cutting light locomotive movements at busy stations like Zürich and Luzern. This has freed capacity for additional trains.Key to reducing the need for new lines is the use of tilting trains, able to cut inter-hub journey times to under an hour over existing alignments. SBB ordered 24 sets last July from a consortium of Adtranz, Schindler and Fiat-SIG, the latter supplying tilt technology. The prototype set is due to be delivered by mid-1998, with fleet service on the Lausanne – Biel – Zürich route due in 2001 (p325).Infrastructure impactEven with innovative rolling stock and careful planning, Bahn 2000 still requires around 100 infrastructure projects, ranging from optimising the layout of points and crossings to reduce conflicting movements, through extra platforms and multi-tracking, to completely new main lines.Biggest of all is the 46 km Mattstetten – Rothrist route between Bern and Olten (RG 6.96 p319). Work is already under way at both ends, where short cutoffs have already been completed (the Grauholz and Born tunnels). Boring of the 4·7 km Murgenthal tunnel is in hand. Concerns remain over the environmental impact of the rest of the line, and so the government has established a procedure for objections to be raised through the national court. When complete, the line will allow InterCity trains to run at up to 200 km/h, cutting the Bern – Zürich journey time to 57min.Although upgrading and multi-tracking will ease congestion on main routes, the node stations will become increasingly busy. The problem is especially acute at Zürich, where surface platforms must accommodate 26 arrivals and departures in a 22min period of each half-hour. SBB timetable compilers are already working on the timetable for 2005 to ensure its smooth operation. But as traffic grows, an increasing problem will be the number of passengers changing trains, placing considerable strain on the station’s circulating areas. A SFr475m expansion and rebuilding of Zürich HB will see construction of further walkways connecting the platforms.Other stations to be expanded include Aarau, being rebuilt as part of the main line quadrupling project, and Olten, where SFr255m is being spent on squeezing four new platforms onto railway land on the west side of the station and rebuilding existing platforms.Signalling is also being upgraded, with remaining mechanical signalling being replaced by 1999 under a SFr174m programme. Electronic interlocking has allowed capacity increases, with 2min headways lifting the number of trains through a double track line to over 350 per day.Total infrastructure spend on works completed, under construction or committed is around SFr3bn.ImplementationImpuls 97 goes live with the timetable change in June, an appropriate way to celebrate our jubilee. It puts into service a number of individual Bahn 2000 projects as early as possible, so that passengers begin to benefit.SBB will increase its train-km run by about 4%, with frequency stepped up to half-hourly on the Zürich – Bern, Zürich – St Gallen, and Bern – Fribourg routes, with consequential timetable restructuring.Capacity will be augmented between St Gallen and Interlaken when the first two rakes of IC2000 double-deck coaches are put into service. Structure gauge enlargement, including a week-long closure of the Spiez – Interlaken line, has been undertaken over the last year to give sufficient clearance for the new trains. A spin-off benefit is that these routes are now available for 4m-high piggyback traffic. The rest of the fleet of 58 vehicles will be phased in during this year.New infrastructure coming on line with Impuls 97 includes the four-tracking between Aarau and Rupperswil, sections of double-tracking, such as Luzern – Zug, and station rebuilds at Aarau and Lausanne.After ImpulsStage two of the Bahn 2000 project comes in 2001, to coincide with the national EXPO. This will include the completion of the Lausanne – Biel – Zürich corridor upgrade. The fleet of tilting trains on this route will cut 20min from the Lausanne – Zürich journey time, and, when combined with the main line via Fribourg, will give a high quality, half-hourly interval service between eastern and western Switzerland.Double-deck trains cannot run beyond Bern on SBB’s east-west main line because of insufficient gauge clearance throughout much of the Kreis I western region. Work to improve this will be carried out over the next two or three years. This includes an intense two nights and a day blockade of Perraudettaz tunnel between Fribourg and Lausanne, with profile enlargement work due to be shown on national television.Further double-deck coaches are due to be ordered in 1997-98 to increase capacity on services from Bern to Lausanne and Genève.Original goals achievedFull implementation of Bahn 2000 will see significant service improvements. Long distance train frequency on a further seven routes linking pairs of ’hub’ stations will be doubled to half-hourly, with connecting travel times cut by an average of 8%, and new through routes launched.Centrepiece of this last phase will be inauguration of the Mattstetten – Rothrist new line, and expansion of the Zürich hub to give more, shorter connections each half-hour. Reducing the time between Switzerland’s political and economic centres of Bern and Zürich to just 57min embodies the original aims of the Taktfahrplan: more often, faster, more direct, and more comfortable. oCAPTION: Vital infrastructure for Impuls 97 was the completion of quadrupling from west of Aarau, through the rebuilt station (top) and east (above) to RupperswilCAPTION: Murgenthal tunnel forms one end of the Mattstetten – Rothrist new line between Bern and OltenCAPTION: Work on the Adler tunnel between Mutttenz and Liestal near Basel is well under way. It will divert traffic from Bern and the Llast_img read more

Auckland rates hike: How much more will you pay?

first_imgNZ Herald 26 June 2015About 34,000 Auckland households will pay more than $500 when they open their latest rates bills in six weeks, according to council figures.Council estimates released today show about one-in-13 of the city’s 454,000 households will pay more than $500 and of those 9000 households will pay more than $1000.The figures reveal the impact of Mayor Len Brown’s controversial new budget, which was passed by a single vote yesterday.The bottom line is an average 9.9 per cent rise in residential rates costed at $214 for the average household.Today, the council released the estimated impact of rates changes for the new financial year, starting on July 1.Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said it was time councils, including Auckland Council, followed family and made sacrifices.“They have not had the luxury of raising their income by 10% with a simple vote. They should not pass on out-of-control spending to families. It’s time that they too tightened their belt.,” he said.“For many families, an increase in rates will put them under huge pressure – an increased cost which they cannot simply pass on to others, as councils can do.”“Families, local bodies and government cannot simply spend spend spend without accountability for that spending and without facing the consequences of an out-of-control budget – family or otherwise,” Mr McCoskrie said. read more