Following discussion with Junior Public Infrastructure Minister Annette Ferguson, some 65 vendors fromAttendees during the meeting discussing the relocation to facilitate the WCD Road Improvement ProjectVreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara, have agreed to relocate in order to facilitate works under the West Coast Demerara Road Improvement Project (RIP).Minister Ferguson met with the vendors at the Vreed-en-Hoop Primary School to discuss a way forward that is agreeable to both the RIP and vendors. She was accompanied by officials from the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Finance Ministry, and Region Three Democratic Council (RDC).During the interactive session, it was emphasised that the project was one which would ultimately benefit the entire community, particularly its economic wellbeing through the provision of farm-to-market access.Furthermore, it was relayed by project coordinator Kester Hinds, that the US$44 million Road Improvement Project is the largest infrastructural development to ever be undertaken in Region Three. However, for the RIP to be successfully completed, the 65 vendors from Vreed-en-Hoop would have to temporarily relocate since their current location is in the direct path of the proposed road. As part of the contract, the technical specifications must be adhered to and are therefore unchangeable.
On the floor of the legislature this week the NDP picked up the case of the Northeast BC Resource Municipalities Coalition, and opposition leader John Horgan challenged the government’s initiative to end the current 15 year agreement it negotiated in 2005.The current funding formula, which grows at the rate of the oil and gas industry, is viewed by the province as no longer affordable, but Mr. Horgan suggested the move to scrap the existing deal is another example of a government which refuses to cooperate with anybody but itself.Both Peace Region coalition members – Fort St. John and Taylor – continue to argue the Liberal’s initiative would result in a significant claw back of their funding in the last five years of the deal, and a local delegation led by Mayor Lori Ackerman was in Victoria this week for further discussions on their position.- Advertisement -However, other local area jurisdictions in the South Peace have indicated they’re prepared to at least consider the government proposal and have responded by putting forward a counter-proposal.The Vancouver Sun is now reporting Premier Christy Clark is confident her government can get a new deal – even making reference to the previous negotiation reached with the Teachers’ Union.“The thing is we’re in the process of negotiations,” Clark’s quoted by the Sun. “Like the teachers agreement, there’ll be lots of people saying we can’t come to an agreement, and then at the end of the day we do. So I think we will.”Advertisement An new agreement requires the signatures of all the participatory local area communities.Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm shares the Premier’s view but concedes they’re not there yet.“The discussions are ongoing, and I am certainly optimistic that we can reach an agreement that will work for everybody,” says MLA Pimm. “I will continue to remain hopeful. I know the agreement very well; I’ve worked on it for 12 years while I was on City Council and now I get to work on it from the provincial side.MLA Pimm adds, “So I guess my challenge is that I have to hopefully educate the decision-makers in government as to what some of the challenges are within our communities, and hopefully we can get that discussion to the proper levels.”Advertisement
“The tests show the presence of stones in the left ureter and their removal is scheduled during the current hospital stay, but still without a defined date,” the hospital said in a statement.“The patient is in a stable condition and good general state from a clinical point of view.”Pele, who is widely considered to be the greatest footballer in history, was discharged late Monday from the private American hospital in the Paris suburbs where he had been taken after falling ill following an appearance at a promotional event with France striker Kylian Mbappe.In a statement on Monday on the Globoesporte.com site, Pele said he had required “medical assistance and surgery” for a “severe urinary infection.”Pele, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 1958, 1962 and perhaps most memorably in Mexico in 1970 when his swashbuckling team re-defined modern football, has had several health scares in recent years.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pele will undergo urinary tract surgey in Brazil after picking up an infection during his recent trip to Paris © AFP / NELSON ALMEIDASao Paulo, Brazil, Apr 10 – Pele will have an operation to remove a ‘ureteral stone,’ his doctors said Wednesday, a day after the football great returned to Brazil following treatment in a Paris hospital for an infection.The 78-year-old was admitted to the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo for more tests after arriving in Brazil early Tuesday.
Get live NHL Stanley Cup playoff updates, news and analysis during Game 3 of the Sharks’ Western Conference Finals series against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday at Enterprise Center.For the third straight postseason series, the Sharks lost in Game 2 after opening with a Game 1 victory as the Blues beat San Jose 4-2 on Monday night to even the best-of-7 series.St. Louis defensemen Vince Dunn and Robert Bortuzzo each scored goals in the second period and then helped the Blues stave …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Every summer, young cattlemen meet in Central Ohio for an unforgettable three-day event. The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s (OCA) Young Cattlemen’s Conference and Tour (YCC) features many exciting and educational opportunities for beef industry leaders and cattle producers alike. The event offers industry insight and enhanced networking for attendees to take home and use their own operations to keep them progressive and profitable.YCC will be held Aug. 13 to 15, 2015, in Columbus and the central Ohio areas. The Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation and OCA coordinate the Ohio YCC Tour.Participants will be challenged to think outside the box, as they practice their public relations skills and learn the best ways to present their operations and the beef industry as a whole to consumers. They will have the chance to visit the Ohio Statehouse and discuss current issues with elected officials, as well as, learn more about the product they produce by participating in a mini Beef 509 at the Ohio State University Animal Sciences Department. To top it all off, attendees will have the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Ohio State Football practice facility and enjoy a fun-filled evening at a Columbus Clippers Baseball game.YCC is open to any OCA member over the age of 20 who possesses great leadership potential and is active in their community. Counties are encouraged to nominate participants for YCC, but individuals may also self-nominate. Couples are also encouraged to attend. The cost is $100 per participant and nomination forms and payment must be submitted to the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation by June 26, 2015. All meals and a two-night hotel stay will be covered by program sponsors.For more information or to download a nomination form, visit www.ohiocattle.org. You can also contact Emily Jackson at 614-873-6737 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Recent mild weather has set the stage for what could be a significant infestation of potentially deadly parasites in sheep and goats this spring, according to a Purdue Extension expert.Mark Kepler, Extension educator in Fulton County and a goat producer, said the barber pole worm, the most common internal parasite among small ruminants, lays its eggs around the time of lambing and kidding, typically in late winter and early spring.Kepler said the parasite eggs survive longer on warmer ground, increasing the chances they hatch and develop into worms to infest animals.“At kidding and lambing time, the potential worm load is a lot greater,” Kepler said. “It is a killer. The eggs are excreted and after hatching they climb up a blade of grass to be consumed, affecting the animal. In usual springtime conditions, the process proceeds quickly.”Most lambs and kids are turned out to pasture when the weather warms.“Come spring and warm temperatures, those worms are just itching to go find some young animal to prey upon,” Kepler said. “Older animals are more immune, but still susceptible.”If left untreated, worm infestations can cause anemia by consuming the host’s blood and eventually damaging an animal’s vital organs, including the lungs, liver and stomach. Producers can use fecal testing to determine whether their herds have been infested.But treating the parasites can be difficult.“There is a lot of parasitic resistance to deworming medications,” Kepler said. “Control of these worms is just not as simple as repeatedly giving the same drug over and over again.”Kepler offered these tips to avoid major worm problems in the spring.• Do not overuse deworming drugs. Overuse can lead to the parasites developing resistance to the drugs.• Use fecal samples to determine if the deworming medication is working.• Rotate pastures to reduce worm potential. Do not let animals graze pastures into the ground.• Cull members of the flock or herd that are genetically more susceptible to worms.Although worms are less active in winter months, Kepler said animals could be susceptible to external parasites such as mites in colder temperatures.“There are several different types of mites that affect animals in different locations,” he said. “Goats can lose hair around their lower legs, eyes, muzzles or ears, and the skin will redden and become crusty.”Kepler said it is necessary to work with a veterinarian when treating goats or sheep for any major parasite issues.“Effective parasite treatment takes management, knowledge and professional advice,” he said. “I really encourage people to speak with a veterinarian about treatment.”More information on managing sheep and goat parasites is available at Purdue Extension’s sheep and goat website at http://www.ansc.purdue.edu/sh/.
A tax-free income streamFor the purpose of this exploration, we used a 30-year time horizon, because that is the duration of most mortgages in the U.S. today. We compared the return our customers will realize by having no energy bills, to the returns they could receive from a variety of common investment vehicles. To make this a fair comparison, we assumed that you would draw from the initial investment each month to pay your current energy bills.You would be required to pay income tax on the income from your investments. There is no tax on your energy savings! We were so surprised by what we found, that we ran additional calculations, using actual energy savings from other homes we have built, and savings from some high-performance energy remodels we have completed over the last few years. What we found is that the energy savings in all cases provided a higher rate of return, with a higher level of security, than any other secure type of investment. Plan for energy inflationOver the last few months I have done a lot of research on energy costs, and have uncovered a lot of useful information. I have compiled that information into a series of spreadsheets that examine every aspect of the relationship between investments in your future energy consumption and other types of investments. I have also consulted with several investment advisers, including one top money manager at one of the nation’s leading investment firms.One of the first things I found is that the U.S. Dept. of Commerce has been keeping track, since 1974, of the price that consumers pay for energy. Energy is a separate component of the Consumer Price Index. As we all know, gas prices have gone up, then come back down, then gone up again; lots of volatility, and not much predictability, but over time the result has been an upward spiral.Electricity rates, on the other hand, seem much more stable. Yet they have risen at almost exactly the same rate over time as gas prices. When these prices are averaged with other energy prices, such as natural gas, heating oil, and propane, the average annual increase has been 6.33%. Have you taken the time to have a hard discussion with your investment adviser about how you should adjust your investment portfolio as you get closer to retirement age? If you have, he or she probably told you that the closer you are to retirement age, the more secure your investments need to be.You will need to draw regular payments to support your lifestyle. Some investment vehicles, such as stocks, typically have too much volatility to be depended upon as a source that can be regularly drawn upon by retirees. A balanced portfolio usually includes some combination of bonds, stocks, real estate, and cash. The percentage invested in bonds and cash will increase as you approach retirement age. During your retirement years, you will deplete your stock holdings in the years when stocks are doing well and draw from your less volatile investments, like bonds and cash, during more troublesome periods. Drastically reducing energy demand can be an important hedgeWhat is required is either an energy upgrade investment in your existing home, or to sell your existing home and purchase one that is truly energy-efficient. I am not just referring to today’s code-minimum home. While today’s homes are indeed much more energy-efficient than homes of just a few years ago, they still are using energy at a rate that could bankrupt you a just few years down the line. A better choice is to upgrade your existing home or buy a below-net-zero-energy home. Does such a thing exist? Yes, it does; my company and others are now building homes that produce enough energy not only to supply themselves, but also to power your electric car. How much does such a house cost, you ask?That depends on how big or how fancy a home you would like. We are currently building a very simple, 1,915-square-foot house in Seattle, Washington, that looks just like many of the other homes in its neighborhood. The difference is that this house will power itself and the owner’s car for about 8,000 to 9,000 miles per year, using a 10-kW solar electric array on the roof.The total cost of this house is right around $250,000 (including the solar panels, but not including the land). That is actually just about at the median price for an existing home in that neighborhood. You could say that the net cost of going to way below net-zero, in this case, is zero. That would not really be true. Trade your granite countertops for a better envelope and solar panelsTo get to net-zero and below requires a complicated set of calculations and trade-offs that are very climate-specific. In rough numbers, the solar energy systems for this house cost about $50,000, other envelope upgrades cost about $10,000, and the heating, ventilating and hot water system will cost about $7,000 more than what most new homes would spend. In addition, the owners are willing to forgo a few amenities that most new homes in the neighborhood have, such as granite countertops.A more accurate estimate would be that it costs about $75,000 more for the below-net-zero-energy house than it would cost for a similar home of standard construction in the same neighborhood. This represents a 40% increase in costs over that of standard construction, if you added back in the amenities that other homes would have. In a more expensive home, that percentage would be much smaller, perhaps as little as 15%.So, what do you get for your $75,000 investment? Better than traditional ‘stable’ investment optionsIf you invested in money-market funds or Certificates of Deposit, your energy bills would have eaten up the entire investment within the first ten years. Investments in the bond market would have fared much better, not running out until just over twenty years into the investment period. Investments in the Dow Jones Industrial Average or the S&P 500 Index, with all dividends reinvested, would have netted you a larger return, but with way too much volatility to be worth the risk.For example, if you had started your investment period about ten or twelve years ago, you would be almost out of money by now, and we have no way to predict that the next ten years would be any better than the last ten, even though the last thirty-five years have been very good. The energy investment, by comparison, will save our customer over $350,000 over the next 30 years!What this means is that any other investment could end up leaving you having to make some terrible choices in your future, like whether to pay your energy bills, your grocery bills, or your medical bills.While past performance of any investment cannot predict the performance of future returns, it is clear that having a zero energy bill will always effectively net you a return, and that return will become even more significant over time. Ted L. Clifton is a designer, a builder, and the founder of Zero-Energy Plans in Coupeville, Washington. The energy retrofit optionOne final note on energy improvements to your existing home: If you have a great house, in a good, central location, nice yard, everything you want, but just too many energy bills, what should you do? This is where a high-performance energy remodel comes in.We have done high-performance energy remodels that have reduced the over-all energy consumption of existing homes by up to 66% and the heating and cooling energy use by over 83%. These results were before adding any alternative energy production like solar hot water or photovolatic panels. Because the previous energy use of the existing house was way above the national average, the savings experienced by the owners was even greater than those experienced by the purchasers of our new homes.Every home is different, so it is impossible to predict exactly how much it will cost to achieve what result in an existing home. A qualified Home Energy Rater should be able to help you with these calculations.My conclusion is that investing in the energy efficiency of your home today could well be the wisest investment you could make to assure a worry-free future. Energy prices increase faster than Social Security payoutsBy comparison, the Consumer Price Index, used by the government to calculate increases to your Social Security check, has only risen at an annual rate of just under 1.54% during that same period. It is clear just from looking at these two numbers that if you are trying to use your Social Security check to pay for your energy use, you will be falling behind by about 4.8% per year. The average American living in a 2,000-square-foot house is currently paying home energy bills of around $214 per month. In addition to the home energy costs, the average American is also spending a similar amount on gasoline for transportation. At the current rate of energy price inflation (over the last 38 years), this number will double in about twelve years. Yet your Social Security check would only increase by about 18% over the same time period. It is obvious, then, that you will need some other source of funds from which to purchase energy some other portion of your investment portfolio.On the surface, the solution might seem simple: If you could use the equity in your home to buy your next 30 years worth of energy at today’s prices, you could lock in a rate of around 5% interest on the loan, and receive a return of 6.33% over time. This would allow you to earn a return of 1.33% per year on the bank’s money. The opportunities are actually much better than that, but the mechanism for doing so is much more complicated. To start with, you just don’t have room in your back yard to store that much gasoline, and surely the neighbors would complain about the smell! Value of Energy Investment over time.xlsx
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At first glance, Somdev Devvarman seems to be an average guy. He loves his Tshirts, denim and flipflops. He also has his share of girl problems-finding one being the biggest. But the similarity ends there, as he has been found to be dangerous- calculative, dogged, blinkered and merciless. His weapon of choice: The Babolat Pure Drive. His latest victims: Australia’s Greg Jones at the CWG and Uzbek’s Denis Istomin at the 2010 Asian Games, feats that lead to his automatic entry to the Chennai and Australian Open. Hop on as we unravel this tennis steed like no one has ever done before.On successSomdev DevvarmanThere isn’t any specific formula for success. Take for example, my performance last year. People have been asking me if I did anything differently to win the CWG and Asian Games Gold. My answer is No. It’s not so much what I’ve done differently; it’s just that all the hard work I’ve put in over the years is finally coming together. This definitely feels good but there is still a long way to go. The idea is to continue training and pushing yourself to the limit to get better.On failureEveryone wants to be successful, but only a few realise that failure is as important. You have to be very lucky to hit the big time at the very beginning of your career. So an occasional rock bottom is necessary, because it is what makes success alluring, as we tend to strive even harder once we are down. Having said that, it’s best to take each day as it comes and keep working towards your goals.advertisementOn fame and moneyIt might sound clichd, but I have never been motivated by money and fame. My motivation to play tennis has been my love for the game and nothing else. Tennis is my profession and the money that comes in is definitely appreciated. But it’s not the driving factor. I also firmly believe that things like fame are very temporary.On balancingWith so much of travelling, my personal life can get quite tricky. But it’s a life I’ve chosen. Dating, and hanging out have taken a backseat for the moment and I’m OK with it. Right now, my career is more important than anything else. It’s all about setting your priorities right. One needs to do what is important and necessary at a particular time.On Indian TennisThe facilities in India are getting better, but there is still room for improvement. Moreover, I don’t think any talent can reach the top by staying in one place for a long time. You need exposure to other training techniques and styles. So it’s important to travel, to play tournaments and to interact with other players. It gives you perspective and it plays a very important role in your growth as a player as well as a person.On six-pack absThe six-pack phenomenon seems to be catching up in India. But for me, sporting a six-pack is not the ultimate sign of fitness. Fitness is more than just having a goodlooking physique. It means being free from illnesses, having the stamina to play longer under harsh conditions and being able to do that day in and day out, week after week for the whole year. But if sporting a six pack is your thing, go for it. Any kind of motivation that helps you lead a fit life is great.On technologyTechnology and development have made it easier for us to travel, keep in touch. Thanks to our growing economy, it is now easy for us to go abroad for studies or work, thereby making it possible for us to have friends across the globe and also observe other cultures. However, just because we are thinking global doesn’t mean we are in conflict with our value system. Respecting our elders, treating people right, making an honest living are an integral part of our value system and can be kept intact no matter where we are.On Indian foodI love Indian food and I eat it at every chance I get! Don’t believe anyone who says that Indian food is unhealthy. It’s a myth. There is obviously something right with it-just look at our wrestlers for proof. Every country has its share of healthy and not-so-healthy foods. The trick is to find the nutritious ones. On having a role modelI look up to tennis greats like Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Raphael Nadal and many more. The way they conduct themselves on and off the court are such great examples to follow. I’ve interacted with Andy Roddick very closely, and it’s a real eye-opener to train with a guy who’s been in the top 10 for so many years. It is important to have a role model, as it helps you to get a direction of what you want to make of yourself or where you want to be..advertisement
BALTIMORE, MD — California Chrome won the Preakness Stakes in dramatic fashion on Saturday to keep alive his bid for U.S. horse racing’s first Triple Crown since 1978.As a follow-up to his victory in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Art Sherman’s horse justified his stature as the overwhelming favorite by outrunning Ride On Curlin to the finish.It was the first Preakness victory for the 77-year-old trainer. California Chrome has won six straight races.The chestnut colt covered the 1 3-16th mile (1,900-meter) course in 1:54.84.With Victor Espinoza in the saddle, California Chrome stayed off the pace in third place before kicking into another gear to storm in front.“It’s an awesome feeling,” Espinoza said. “It was just a crazy race. I got more tired mentally than physically. I see another horse go to the front. I was going to sit second. .. I sit back, as soon as the other horse got clear of me, it worked out perfect.”Although Ride On Curlin was strong at the finish, he didn’t have enough to catch the winner.California Chrome paid $3 and $2.40. Ride On Curlin returned $5.60 and $3.80. Social Inclusion, who went off as the second favorite at 5-1, returned $3.40.General a Rod was fourth and Ring Weekend took fifth.California Chrome is the first California-bred horse to win the Preakness since Snow Chief in 1986.With a victory in the Belmont on June 7, California Chrome will become the 12th Triple Crown winner and the first since Affirmed. Since 1978, 11 horses have won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, but failed to win Belmont.TweetPinShare0 Shares