No cabinet position means Mid West will need special attention

first_imgBusinessLimerickNewsNo cabinet position means Mid West will need special attentionBy Staff Reporter – July 12, 2020 115 Print Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLIMERICK ChamberLimerick Post Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash THE new Government has been asked to give specific attention to the Mid West region in light of the storm clouds gathering over the local economy.Commenting on the absence of representation from the Mid-West in the second successive cabinet, Limerick Chamber President David Jeffreys said that the government will have no option but to give special attention to the region.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Considering the population of Limerick and the wider Mid-West, we are naturally very disappointed and concerned that we did not get a senior cabinet ministry for the second time in succession. Limerick has been working hard to recover from the impact of the 2008 financial crisis, the departure of large-scale computer manufacturing and the damaging legacy of having two local authorities,” Mr Jeffreys explained.“We will give the newly formed government the benefit of the doubt that the lack of a senior minister will not deny the region in any way. They must recognise that large swathes of the local economy here is at tipping point.“The impact of Covid-19 is yet to be fully realised, with the worst likely to be ahead of us. So far, we have had a complete collapse of international tourism in the region, Shannon Airport has been floored by the impact and, as a result, the lack of corporate travel is having a double impact on our hotels.“Our city centre is already struggling for footfall and major losses have been endured over recent weeks and months with the closure of big brand retailers such as Debenhams in April and now Argos in June, without even mentioning the numerous independent retailers who have already closed their doors.“Most SMEs are severely challenged, being heavily dependent on the current government subsidies and it’s reasonable to assume that foreign direct investment will be severely hampered. Key elements of the agri sector are in crisis and then we have Brexit coming down the line.“Now is a time for Limerick and theMid-West to get specific attention and I cannot see how this government would not recognise that. We look forward to a constructive, positive working relationship with its members here as we seek to ensure that we get the attention we deserve. We cannot accept anything else,” Mr Jeffreys declared.Chief executive Dee Ryan said the Chamber will not be found wanting if the worst fears around the cabinet make-up were to be realised.“There are key red line issues for us that this government has to act on and they include City centre revitalisation, support for Shannon Airport, maximising the enormous opportunity from the natural deep waters of the estuary, developing the M20 as a priority, as well as the link road to Foynes and the Northern Distributor Road.“All of these will deliver an economic dividend to the city, region and state so we see no reason whatsoever why they would not happen,” Ms Ryan added.center_img Previous articleNew Limerick Tourism Taskforce plans for development of sectorNext articleVictory for Gortadroma residents as gasification project abandoned Staff Reporter Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Email Advertisement Linkedin Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

What happens next in the Breonna Taylor case after former officer Brett Hankison indicted

first_imgBlakeDavidTaylor/iStockBy JULIA JACOBO, ABC News(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Federal charges in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor are still possible even though a Kentucky grand jury indicted only one Louisville officer and no murder charges were issued in connection with the case.The FBI is still investigating “all aspects,” a spokesperson for the law enforcement agency told ABC News in a statement.“As we have indicated,” the FBI said, “our investigation is focusing on all aspects of Breonna Taylor’s death. Once our investigation is concluded, we will provide the collected facts to the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division to determine if federal criminal charges are warranted.”Former Louisville Police officer Brett Hankison was indicted Wednesday on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for allegedly endangering Taylor’s neighbors when he fired into the apartment complex. The charge carries a definition of extreme indifference to human life.Hankison faces a potential 15-year prison sentence — five years for each charge — and bond was set at $15,000. He has not yet entered a plea.People across the country expressed outrage over the lack of a murder charge in Taylor’s death. A partial deployment of the Kentucky National Guard to Louisville was authorized, Maj. Stephen Martin, a spokesman for the Kentucky National Guard, told ABC News.Taylor, 26, died March 13 after three undercover officers, Myles Cosgrove, Brett Hankison and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, executed a no-knock warrant at the apartment where Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker were living in Louisville.The officers initially were placed on administrative reassignment pending the results of an investigation.Hankison was later fired for violating police department procedure when he fired 10 rounds into Taylor’s apartment while executing the warrant, according to his termination letter, which had been shared with local reporters. He is appealing his termination.The charges against him stem from the errant bullets that entered a neighboring apartment occupied by a child, a man and a pregnant woman, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said at a news conference following the grand jury’s announcement.Cosgrove fired 16 times into Taylor’s apartment and Mattingly fired six shots after they were fired on by Walker, but the investigation concluded that they were justified in their use of force, Cameron said.Taylor’s family reached a $12 million settlement with the City of Louisville on the wrongful death lawsuit Taylor’s mother filed in April.Walker allegedly opened fire after the home was entered by the officers who shot and killed Taylor. Walker announced earlier this month that he’s suing the city of Louisville, its police department and others, for immunity against his actions that night under Kentucky’s “stand your ground” law.An attorney for Hankison did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.ABC News’ Luke Barr, Bill Hutchinson and Stephanie Wash contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Utah State Football Hits Road For Colorado State Saturday

first_imgNovember 12, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah State Football Hits Road For Colorado State Saturday Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFORT COLLINS, Colo.-The #14 Utah State Aggies ensue in their highly successful season Saturday as they visit Fort Collins, Colo. to battle the Colorado State Rams.The Aggies, who are 9-1, are off to their second best start in school history. Only the 1961 squad, led by the legendary Merlin Olsen, started better, at 9-0-1.If the Aggies win at Colorado State, they will make school history as the only squad to win 10 of their first 11 games.The Aggies have already set school records with 66 touchdowns and 513 points.Utah State currently ranks in the top 10 nationally in 16 different statistical categories. They currently lead the nation in points per game (51.3), scoring drives under one minute (23), kickoff returns (29.83 yards per return), forced turnovers (26), defensive three-and-outs forced (6), and non-offensive touchdowns (8).The Aggies are also the only team in the nation to score 60 or more points on four occasions this season and no other team has more than two 60-point games on the season.After amassing a school-record 804 yards in a 62-24 win over San Jose State last Saturday, the Aggies are the only team in the nation to post 704 or more yards of offense in a game twice this season.The offense has also traveled well, which bodes well for this weekend’s game. On the road in conference play, the Aggies have won five of their last six games. In those contests, they have averaged 42 points and 456 yards of total offense.On their present nine-game winning streak, the Aggies have averaged 53.6 points and 536.8 yards per game and converted on 46.8 percent of their third down situations.Should the Aggies win Saturday, they would win 10 games in a season for only the third time in school history.Colorado State leads the all-time series 40-33-2.The Rams come into this game with a record of 3-7 and 2-4 in conference play. Colorado State will be honoring their 17 seniors on Senior Day and are seeking their first win against a ranked opponent since 2002, when they upset #7 Colorado 19-14.The Rams have played musical quarterbacks as both K.J. Carta-Samuels (177-287, 2,172 yards, 18 TD’s/8 INT’s) and Collin Hill (82-142, 807 yards, 3 TD’s/4 INT’s) have been under center this season.The leading tailback is NFL prospect Izzy Matthews (136 car, 565 yards, 3 TD’s) and Preston Williams (78 rec, 1,020 yards, 9 TD’s) is Colorado State’s leading receiver. Brad James Tags: Collin Hill/Colorado State Football/Izzy Matthews/K.J. Carta-Samuels/Merlin Olsen/Preston Williams/San Jose State/Senior Day/Utah State Footballlast_img read more

Osborne visits Magdalen

first_imgGeorge Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, is reported to have visited Magdalen College, his alma mater, on Monday. Politics students were notified a few days in advance that a “senior cabinet member” would be visiting Magdalen, and were invited to attend a talk which was strictly limited to students studying Politics.Osborne arrived at the college in a dark green Land Rover, which remained parked in the main quadrangle, flanked by two bodyguards, for the duration of his visit.One student who attended the event told Cherwell, “I thought his talk was inspiring and insightful. He came across much nicer than I expected him to be and it was great to be face to face witch such an influential politician. It was a shame that more students couldn’t attend the talk, but I supposethe college has to impose limits on such highprofile speakers!”Osborne is said to have then attended a formal dinner with the President and Fellows of the college, during which Latin verses were recited.Another student, who was present at the talk, told Cherwell, “I didn’t expect much, so guess Osborne delivered on every level.”last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgOwner Dan Snyder said the decision followed discussions with federal, state and local officials. The plan can be reevaluated if conditions improve throughout the course of the season.In other NFL news:— Eagles coach Doug Pederson has returned to the team after missing less than two weeks because of the coronavirus. Pederson said he stayed engaged with the team virtually and watched practices on video while quarantining at home. The 52-year-old Pederson has led the Eagles to three straight playoff appearances and the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory following the 2017 season.— The Bills have signed coach Sean McDermott to a multiyear contract extension. A person with direct knowledge told the Associated Press the contract is a four-year extension that runs through the 2025 season. McDermott is the first Bills coach to receive a contract extension since Dick Jauron in 2008 — though Jauron was fired the following year. — A report by the State Department’s internal watchdog confirms news reports that U.S. ambassador to Britain and Jets owner Woody Johnson has been accused of making “insensitive” and “inappropriate” remarks to embassy staff. The State Department Office of the Inspector General in a report Wednesday called for further internal investigation of the allegations. The report says State Department officials contend that no further investigation is necessary because Johnson understands the responsibilities of his diplomatic job. Johnson has been an ambassador since 2017 and is a friend and campaign contributor to President Donald Trump. The Big 12 board of directors approved a plan to begin fall sports after Sept. 1 after the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced they would not play this fall. The Big 12 football schedule allows each team to play one non-conference game before league play begins Sept. 26. In other college sports news:— The Big East has joined the growing list of conferences not playing sports in the fall. The conference announced that men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball and field hockey won’t be contested. Georgetown is the defending national champions in men’s soccer.— The Big South Conference has decided to delay its fall sports seasons with hopes of playing in the spring. But it will allow football-playing members to schedule up to four non-conference games in the fall at their own discretion. Commissioner Kyle Kallander says the decision was made to protect student-athletes during the coronavirus pandemic. NHL-SCHEDULE Associated Press — The defending champs are trailing their series after third-period goals by Troy Stecher, Bo Horvat and J.T. Miller gave the Canucks a 5-2 win over the Blues. Horvat furnished two goals and Jacob Markstrom made 29 saves, blanking St. Louis after Jaden Schwartz tied it 2-2 midway through the second period. Elias Petterson also scored for the Canucks, who are seeking their first opening-round series win since 2011.NBA-BUCKS-ANTETOKOUNMPOBeast gets 1-game banLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) has been suspended for Milwaukee’s final game of the regular season.The NBA’s reigning MVP was punished for headbutting Washington’s Moe Wagner. MLB-SCHEDULEA’s top HalosUNDATED (AP) — The Oakland Athletics avoided a sweep while winning for the 10th time in 12 games.Stephen Piscotty, Matt Olson and Robbie Grossman homered for the A’s in an 8-4 victory over the Angels. Seven of the Athletics’ nine hits were for extra bases after they were shut out on Tuesday.Ramón Laureano made three nifty catches in center field as he awaits a decision of his appeal of a six-game suspension for charging Houston coach Alex Cintron on Sunday. — Byron Buxton homered twice, Miguel Sano (sah-NOH’) added a solo shot and Kenta Maeda (mah-EH’-dah) worked into the seventh inning for the Twins in a 12-2 pounding of the Brewers. Marwin Gonzalez and Jose Cruz Jr. each had two RBIs as part of Minnesota’s 15-hit assault.— Blake Snell pitched five shutout innings and the Rays backed him with a trio of 400-foot homers to beat the Boston Red Sox 8-5. Willy Adames (ah-DAH’-mehs), Brandon Lowe and Yoshi Tsutsugo (soo-SOO’-goh) all homered off Zack Godley, and Austin Meadows hit a solo shot in the ninth inning of Tampa Bay’s fifth consecutive win.— Kyle Hendricks pitched six strong innings Anthony Rizzo homered as the pair led the Cubs to a 7-2 win over the Indians. The Cubs are 12-3 in their first season under manager David Ross, matching the club’s 15-game start since 1970.— Brad Keller tossed two-hit ball over six scoreless innings before the Royals completed a 5-4 win over the Reds. Salvador Perez supplied a solo homer and three RBIs while Kansas City was building a 5-0 lead.— The Orioles also earned a 5-4 win over the Phillies as Rio Ruiz, Chance Sisco and Anthony Santander all homered. Baltimore reliever Miguel Castro wiggled out a jam in the eighth thanks to a fantastic diving stop by Ruiz. In other major league news:— Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal. Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29.— The Red Sox have placed outfielder Andrew Benintendi on the 10-day injured list with a right rib cage strain and recalled right-hander Ryan Weber from their alternate training site. Benintendi is batting just .103 this year after getting two hits in Tuesday’s game.NBA-NEWSNBA lays out plan for player guests to enter Disney bubble B’s top Canes in 2OTUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins were able to win the latest marathon hockey game in Toronto.Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zheh-rahn) scored early in double-overtime to give the Bruins a 4-3 win over the Hurricanes in Game 1 of their opening-round series.David Krejci (KRAY’-chee) put Boston ahead 3-2 59 seconds into the third period, but Carolina forced OT on Haydn (HAY’-dehn) Fleury’s goal midway through the period.David Pastrnak (PAHS’-tur-nahk) assisted on the game-winner after netting a first-period goal. It’s unknown if Antetokounmpo would have played in Thursday’s game against Memphis anyway, given that the Bucks have already secured the No. 1 overall seed in the NBA playoffs.Antetokounmpo will be eligible for Game 1 of the Bucks’ first-round series against Orlando.NBA-SCHEDULEPacers fend off RocketsUNDATED (AP) — The Indiana Pacers beat Houston for the first time in their last six attempts despite an outstanding performance by Rockets guard James Harden. Myles Turner had 18 points and reserve Edmond Sumner added a season-high 17 as the Pacers held off the Rockets, 108-104. Justin Holliday chipped in 18 points for the Pacers, including two free throws with six seconds left after Houston erased most of a 14-point deficit over the final 5:05. The game was postponed 15 hours to a rare late-morning start after Tuesday night’s Blue Jackets-Lightning series opener in the same Toronto arena went to five overtimes.In other first-round action:— The Islanders scored four unanswered goals to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 4-2 win over the Capitals in Game 1. Josh Bailey broke a 2-2 deadlock with a short-handed goal about seven minutes into the third period. The Islanders tied it on goals by Jordan Eberle and Anders Lee 1:54 apart bridging the second and third periods.— Carter Hart handled 27 shots and the Flyers opened their series by nipping the Canadiens’ 2-1. Joel Farabee netted the go-ahead goal late in the second period, 16 seconds after Shea Weber scored on a power play. Ivan Provorov also scored against Carey Price, who had 29 saves.— Nazem Kadri (NA’-zehm KA’-dree), J.T. Compher and Mikko Rantanen scored in an 83-second span late in the third period to send the Avalanche past the Coyotes, 3-0. Philipp Grubauer needed to make just 14 saves for his second career playoff shutout, helping Colorado take the opener of the series. Darcy Kuemper (KEHM’-pur) turned back 37 shots for Arizona. Harden scored 11 points while the Rockets reeled off a 14-2 run to get within 106-104. He poured in 45 points and tied his career high with 17 rebounds.Also around the NBA:— The Clippers wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the West as Paul George scored 27 points, and Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard had 26 in their 124-111 victory over the Nuggets. The Clippers took control with 13 straight points midway through the third quarter and never allowed the Nuggets to fully recover. — Mike Muscala nailed a 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds and the Thunder overcame a 22-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Heat 116-115. Darius Bazley (BAYZ’-lee) contributed 21 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 18 for Oklahoma City, which outscored the Heat 34-15 in the final period.— Stanley Johnson scored the tiebreaking basket in the lane with 4.9 seconds remaining in the Raptors’ 125-121 triumph over the 76ers. Kyle Lowry and Chris Boucher each scored 19 points as Toronto improved to 6-1 in the restart.center_img The British Open announced in April it would be canceled this year.NFL-NEWSWashington to start the season without fans presentUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Football Team will at least begin the NFL season playing without fans in its stadium.The team says it plans to play home games at an empty FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, “out of an abundance of caution due to the rapidly changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic.” August 13, 2020 — Starling Marte homered and drove in four runs as the Diamondbacks battered the Rockies, 13-7. Rockets outfielder Charlie Blackmon began the game batting an astonishing .500 before going 0 for 4, ending his hitting streak at 15 games, and sliding his average to .472.— Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith provided back-to-back RBI doubles in a four-run first inning and hit consecutive homers in a five-run sixth as the Mets whipped the Nationals, 11-6. The fourth, fifth and sixth batters in the Mets’ lineup, Michael Conforto, Alonso and Smith, went 7-for-11 with eight RBIs, eight runs scored, three walks and a hit batsman in 15 plate appearances.— The White Sox picked up a 7-5 win over the Tigers as Tim Anderson had four hits and finished a double shy of the cycle. Anderson and Eloy Jimenez opened the game with consecutive home runs, but Chicago blew a 3-1 lead before Luis Robert hit a bases-clearing double. — Todd Frazier scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch while the Rangers plated five in the bottom of the eighth to beat the Mariners, 7-4. Texas rallied after Austin Nola and Daniel Vogelbach homered in Seattle’s four-run second.MLB-NEWS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSBig 12 moves ahead with fall sports UNDATED (AP) — The Big 12 Conference is moving ahead with plans to play college football and other fall sports. They will join the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern conferences in taking the field amid the coronavirus pandemic. Elsewhere around the majors:— Gary Sanchez and Clint Frazier launched back-to-back homers and Aaron Hicks delivered an RBI double that put the Yankees ahead to stay in a 6-3 downing of the Braves. Frazier had three hits and scored twice while starting in place of outfielder Aaron Judge, who was scratched due to tightness in his lower body.— Magneuris Sierra poked a tiebreaking-two-run single in a three-run 10th that pushed the Marlins past the Blue Jays, 14-11 in Buffalo. Toronto lost despite smacking seven home runs, two by Travis Shaw.— Martín Maldonado (mahr-TEEN’ mal-doh-NAH’-doh) belted a three-run home run to back a strong start by Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) in the Astros’ 5-1 decision over the Giants. Greinke allowed one run and scattered seven hits over a season-high 6 1/3 innings for his first win of the year. — Justin Turner crushed a three-run homer in the eighth inning to give the Dodgers breathing room in a 6-0 shutout of the Padres. Tony Gonsolin fell one out short of qualifying for the victory, allowing two hits and striking out eight. Update on the latest sports MASTERS-NO FANSNo roars at Augusta as Masters to be played without fansAUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Masters will be on mute this year. The club has decided there will be no spectators at Augusta National when the rescheduled tournament is played in November.That means all three majors in this year of COVID-19 will not have fans.Golf is coming off its first major without fans last week at the PGA Championship. The U.S. Open, moved from June to Sept. 17-20 because of the pandemic, previously announced it won’t have spectators at Winged Foot. Ailing Marlins ready to goUNDATED (AP) — Marlins manager Don Mattingly says his players sidelined by a coronavirus outbreak are all asymptomatic.Mattingly says those players are feeling great and feel like they are ready to go, adding that some have applied for reinstatement.The Marlins placed 17 players on the injured list last week following an outbreak in Philadelphia that forced seven games to be postponed. The infected players returned to Miami to be quarantined, and will likely need rehab workouts before rejoining the team.Players on the COVID-19 injury list must be cleared by the MLB joint committee before returning. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — NBA players could be joined by some family members or close friends inside the season-restart bubble by the end of the month. And that raises the possibility of having a real, albeit small, cheering section for some playoff games. The opportunity to bring guests into the bubble at Walt Disney World will be only for teams advancing to the second round of the playoffs. The earliest any guest could satisfy quarantine rules and be reunited with a player is Aug. 31. In most cases, players would be limited to four guests. In other NBA news:— The league still hasn’t had a confirmed coronavirus case among players inside the season-restart bubble at Walt Disney World. The league released updated numbers showing that none of the 342 players who were tested daily since the league last released results on Aug. 5 has had a confirmed positive. There has not been a player positive yet since teams began entering the bubble more than a month ago. — Pacers coach Nate McMillan has agreed to a one-year contract extension. McMillan says the deal would add one year to his current agreement, which was set to expire after next season. McMillan has led the Pacers to the playoffs in all four of his seasons since taking the job in 2016. last_img read more

TECNO Mobile Gives Youngsters Premier League OpportunityÂ

first_imgThe participants, aged 12-15, are from a wide range of African countries including Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana and Egypt.As one of the top three mobile phone brands in Africa and a major player worldwide, TECNO Mobile is committed to the African market and community. Having launched in the region more than a decade ago, TECNO has grown rapidly through a deep understanding of the real needs of African consumers, providing several product developments to ensure users get the most out of their phones.Through this depth of knowledge in Africa, TECNO has made an ongoing commitment to provide wider community initiatives, with the Blue Squad the latest example of this. Plans are also in development to repeat the initiative annually and give more African youngsters the opportunity to experience playing at one of the world’s best football clubs.General Manager of TECNO Mobile, Stephen Ha, said, “Sport is a great way to provide new experiences and build communities and we are thrilled to be able to give youngsters from across Africa the chance to enjoy the beautiful game at its very best.“For more than a decade, TECNO Mobile has been committed to Africa, and we are always looking for new ways to cater for our loyal customer base on the continent. Blue Squad provides the perfect opportunity to give something back.”Also speaking, Head of City Football Schools, Gavin Rhodes, said, “City Football Schools are committed to providing young people with access to cutting edge training and performance expertise both on and off the pitch.“We are delighted to support initiatives like the Blue Squad that are enriching the lives of young people around the world and we’re looking forward to welcoming the youngsters to City Football Academy.”TECNO Mobile is a premium mobile phone brand of Transsion Holdings. The firm has the largest market share in the Sub-Saharan African phone industry and now operates in more than 40 countries globally.Last year the firm announced a global multi-year partnership as Official Tablet and Handset Partner of Manchester City.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram TECNO Mobile has launched a new experiential initiative which will see 13 youngsters from across Africa spend a week enjoying the best in coaching with Manchester City Football Club.The Blue Squad scheme, announced at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, will see the youngsters train at City Football Academy for a week.Coaches from City football schools will deliver fun and engaging lessons to the youngsters, using the Manchester City football know-how and methodology. The sessions will focus on specific areas of the City Play curriculum, using the examples of current City players, such as Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva, to challenge players to master the ball, play with style and dominate the game.last_img read more

Datebook 10/28

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week North Valley Community Street Festival, featuring a Halloween kids fun zone, arts and crafts and live entertainment, will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Roscoe Boulevard between Etwinda and Reseda in front of Northridge Hospital. Moorpark College hosts a Boo at the Zoo event, including pumpkin and face painting, a scavenger hunt and cookie decorating, runs from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on the campus, 7075 Campus Road. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children and seniors. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail [email protected] TODAY: Used-book sale, 12:30-5:30 p.m., Woodland Hills Branch Library, 22200 Ventura Blvd. Call (818) 226-0017. Rosa Parks Memorial service, 11 a.m., First AME Church, 2270 S. Harvard Blvd., Los Angeles. Call (323) 730-9180. A conference about the first Spanish language newspaper in Southern California will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the Huntington Library in San Marino, 1151 Oxford Road. .2SATURDAY More than 70 species of native plants will be on sale from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Soka University’s Fall Native Plant Sale on campus, 26800 West Mulholland Highway. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Another Reason for Outdoor Walks: Communication

first_img(Visited 207 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Having communication problems in the family? Try a walk in the park together.An article in Medical Xpress scores another point for the benefits of outdoor exposure: “Communication skills benefit from the great outdoors.” The finding comes from a study at Cardiff University:The researchers recorded conversations between three- and four-year-old children and their parents while they explored a city park and the park’s indoor education centre and found that the conversations in the park were more responsive and connected compared to those recorded indoors.Dr. Thea Cameron-Faulkner, Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Manchester, and one of the study authors, said: “Our research demonstrates that natural environments can significantly enhance social interactions, in this case improving the quality of parent-child conversations.”In a day when conversations at dinner or in front of the TV turn into fights or frustrating attempts at getting attention, try this. Go outside and talk while walking together in nature. Something about outdoor experience calms conversation and facilitates responsiveness.The researchers focused on 3- and 4-year olds, because young children often have a lot to say, but getting them to listen is challenging for parents. The paper in the Journal of Experimental Psychology suggests, however, that the benefits extend to other kinds of interaction: “human communication is influenced by natural environments,” the three authors say about conversation in general. “Natural settings may constitute optimal environments for communication.”Sam Williams, Co-author of the Arup report Cities Alive: Designing for Urban Childhoods, who was not involved in the research, commented: “Positive and engaging parent-child communication is key to a child’s healthy development with lifelong benefits. This study, which is the first of its kind, demonstrates the importance of access to local, natural environments to enhance this relationship. Providing opportunities for daily contact with nature is a simple but powerful way that cities can support both children and their caregivers, with significant implications for how we plan, design and manage our public spaces.”If this benefit extends to boss/employee interactions and other kinds of human communication, urban planners may wish to take the findings to heart when designing work spaces and tourist centers.The numerous health benefits and mental benefits of outdoor exposure we have reported over the years should reinforce our advice: Go take a hike!See our sister site for motivation to enjoy the benefits of God’s creation: adventure, worship and education. That spells AWE.last_img read more

Electric-jet hybrid could rekindle services to small cities.

first_imgZunum’s electric-jet hybrid could benefit from Boeing’s battery investment. Photo: Zunum Backers are betting big that a revolutionary new electric-jet aircraft now under development in surburban Seattle could bring back scheduled air connections to smaller cities abandoned in the recent waves of airline consolidation.With start-up support from both Boeing and JetBlue Technology Ventures, the goal is to begin re-seeding these communities by the early 2020s with a slew of new air services.“The shift of the [airline] industry to large aircraft and long ranges driven by gas turbine [engines] has concentrated almost all air traffic to just two percent of our airports,” says Zunum Aero founder and chief executive Ashish Kumar. In a prepared release from JetBlue Technology Ventures he says this has created a “massive transport gap over regional distances where there is no high-speed alternative. As a result, door-to-door times for most journeys are no better than they were 50 years ago.”He goes on to assert: “Hybrid propulsion is an industry-changing solution, enabling mid-size aircraft on regional routes to have better cost efficiencies than [larger, conventionally-powered] airliners.”Zunum contends the electric/jet hybrid could bring a quartet of advantages to the market:A 40 percent decrease in door-to-door travel times on busy corridors, and as much as an 80 percent decrease on more heavily-traveled ones;Much lower operating costs, enabling fares 40 percent to 80 percent below current prices;Eighty percent lower emissions, dropping to zero as battery life improves over time;A 75 percent drop in community noise. This could open up all-hours access to smaller airports, such as Long Beach, California.While he applauds any technology promising to lower costs and cut emissions, noted aviation consultant Mike Boyd questions the demand side of the aeronautical equation.“You want to look at everything here,” says the president of Boyd Group International, a major aviation-consulting firm that specializes in small city air service. “If anyone comes along with an idea [to field a newer, better aircraft] as far as the technology goes” that’s great.“As far as this being geared to bring air service back to Merced, California [and similar smaller cities] it’s a pipe dream,” he maintains. “There isn’t enough demand there to start with.“Another example: Topeka, Kansas. You can put all the flights you want to in there. People are still going to drive the hour to get to flights in Kansas City. It’s more than just airplanes. It’s consumers and alternative options.“I endorse heartily anybody who’s looking into new technology for airplanes. But if this is based…on there being a latent need for rural air service, they’re dreaming.”Still, some very serious people are more than dreaming just now.  They believe that the technology will work and they’re three-years deep in aircraft and engine development.In addition to backing by Boeing and JetBlue, Zunum maintains a long-term partnership with the Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center at the University of Illinois in the United Sates.They’re all engaged just now in an effort to drive U.S. Federal Aviation Administration standards for electric aircraft. Those standards could roll out by 2018, with the first batch of electric aircraft certified for flight by 2020.last_img read more

Bearish trends continue

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It is easy to get caught up in the moment of the current news cycle trying to decide if it is bearish or bullish. Don’t be afraid at times to think things are not what they seem.Crop insurance assaults — while it is not new news, they keep coming back at unexpected moments. The 2014 Farm Bill seemed to lay the groundwork for crop insurance to be funded for years to come. It seemed to be safe. With the passage of time we now know that assumption is dead and gone. Last fall opponents in Congress attempted to cut billions of dollars from the crop insurance programs. Battle lines were again clearly defined. Work began in earnest to keep funding intact. Opponents were diligently working to see that funding might only come through an Omnibus spending package. They likely wanted to be able to point out with embarrassment to supporters, it was not a strong program. And if it did not get included in the Omnibus bill all the better. Those year end bills in the past contained funding for many, many items. Crop insurance funding was successful as it was included in a transportation bill. Then, President Obama’s budget for 2017 once again cut billions of dollars in funding.While it has been known for months, those out of conservation compliance will see their 2016 crop insurance subsidy cut to zero. This will effectively double their premium for 2016. Expect government monitoring of conservation to intensify in the future. Any new findings could likely result in penalty payments to remain in compliance. Bottom line — expect crop insurance battles to continue in the future.The supply and demand report was thought to be somewhat bearish for grains. Corn exports were lowered 50 million bushels to 1.65 billion bushels. Export reductions for January and February totaled 100 million bushels. Also corn used for ethanol did increase 25 million bushels to 5.225 billion bushels. The ethanol increase is not a surprise due to recent weekly grinds running higher than the average weekly amount needed. U.S. corn exports continue to face strong competition from South America. South American growing conditions the past several months were without any sustained stresses. As a result, corn production in Brazil was estimated at 84 million tons. That increase is 2.5 million tons. In addition, production in Argentina was increased 1.4 million tons to 27 million tons. Expect that corn exports from Brazil and Argentina will be steady and even increasing in coming months. U.S. corn exports are susceptible to further reductions in coming months.Adding further insult to injury are U.S. corn exports to Japan. They continue to be shrinking in spite of Japan being the largest buyer of U.S. corn. Japan decades ago was courted by various trade groups from the U.S., affirming to them the quality of our products. They also wanted strong assurances that purchased products would indeed get to them in a timely fashion. The peak level of U.S. corn exports seen in the past is likely to be exceeded in upcoming years. Brazil and Argentina can grow corn more cheaply than U.S. farmers. As a result, they will be aggressive in selling their corn exports cheaper than the U.S. In recent years on more than one occasion, corn from Argentina has been exported into the U.S. via Wilmington, North Carolina.On March 31, USDA will be releasing their 2016 planting intentions for U.S. crops. USDA will soon have their annual outlook conference. During this conference they estimate U.S. crop acres for the upcoming year. Also, they provide estimates for a total of 10 years.U.S. corn yields in 2015 were 168 bushels per acre, extremely close to the record seen in 2014 at 171 bushels per acre. Past weather events would suggest record, or near trend corn yields three years in a row are extremely unlikely to come to fruition. El Niño has seen record setting strength in recent months. As it wanes, it can bring severe droughts to the western Corn Belt.Price rallies for grains in the next two months will need to be weather related. Supply shortages are not in the cards at this time.last_img read more