lucianaberger refuses to rule out joining a new

first_img.@lucianaberger refuses to rule out joining a new Party saying there’s a disaffection with the lack of leadership #Peston pic.twitter.com/kOA4ZOnqTr— Peston (@itvpeston) February 6, 2019Backbench MP Luciana Berger refused to rule out leaving Labour to join another party on ITV’s Peston last night.Peston: “You’ve been associated with a breakaway party. True?”Berger: “I think what the poll highlights is that there’s a disaffection with the lack of leadership we’re seeing on all sides, you know, politics at the moment isn’t working.” […]Peston: “People will hear that you haven’t denied that there are circumstances – if Corbyn gets it wrong for you on Brexit – that you would leave the party.”Berger: “I’m focussed on Brexit, that’s my responsibility as a constituency MP.”Peston: “So you might?”Berger: “My focus very much is… There’s many people that have many different challenges, not just Brexit, in terms of seeing leadership from all the main political parties.”Tags:Labour /Luciana Berger /last_img read more

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Activists convince Mission Language and Vocational School to back out of property

first_img 0% Neighborhood organizations are mobilizing to renegotiate a deal struck years ago – and recently upheld in binding arbitration –  to save the Mission Language and Vocational School from what was then looming financial ruin. That 2013 deal, made with Huckleberry Friends, which promotes science and engineering education for youth, was a lease with an option to buy the leased portion of the building.  When the Vocational School allegedly resisted the purchase in 2016, the tenant sued the school and the two parties ended up in binding arbitration. A settlement negotiated sometime in May by judge W. Scott Snowden seemed to be a done deal until Thursday, when board members met with other community groups to hear their concerns and indicated their willingness to go back to court and renegotiate. On Thursday night, board members said “nothing had been signed” and that a trial date will be set. In a closed session meeting immediately after the public meeting, the board voted unanimously not to accept the existing settlement and to go back to court later this year, while continuing negotiations in the interim. Up until recently, the board had resisted a full trial with Huckleberry because members feared a trial would result in serious debt.However, community activists have changed the board’s mind. The tenant, for his part, says he is still open to negotiating. Those organizers – including Tracy Brown-Gallardo, Valerie Tulier-Laiwa and Miguel Bustos –  maintain that they oppose the sale of any part of the vocational school’s 35,000 square foot building at 2929 19th Street between Alabama and Florida streets. They described the agreement to sign away part of it as a desperate but mistaken effort to save the school, and argue that the neighborhood now has enough professional and financial clout to negotiate a better deal with the tenant.The lawsuit stemmed from the alleged breach of a lease agreement in question, in which the school’s commercial tenant is exercising its contractual option to purchase part of the school’s property that it began renting in 2013. By doing so, the school would receive enough money to substantially pay off a $2.5 million loan it took out in 2014, and get back a sizable portion of what it originally rented out.Within the school’s leadership, some insisted up until the meeting that however difficult the original agreement, the school is contractually obligated to go through with the sale, while others said Thursday that the deal had not gotten the full board’s approval.The BuildingMission Language Vocational School, 2929 19th Street. Photo by Lola M. ChavezThe L-shaped building was once considered three separate buildings but is now one whole. Most of the longer portion facing Alabama Street was leased to Huckleberry Friends in 2013.At the time, the then-executive director of the vocational school, Rosario Anaya, and the school’s leadership needed funding to cover operational expenses and took out a loan secured by the building. Board members looked for help from other organizations, but found nobody able to give.“When we got into trouble, nobody came to help,” board member Ray Sloan told a group of activists a week before the Thursday’s board meeting.A new plan was formulated, to begin renting out commercial space in the building to other entities. To help attract one major investor, the school sought out someone who would be interested in renting a portion of the building and later buying it. Through a realtor, Anaya approached Saul Griffith and his venture Huckleberry Friends about becoming a commercial tenant in the vocational school’s building. About a third of the building was leased to Huckleberry Friends. Griffith also owns a building a block away and operates an engineering company called Otherlab focused on solving climate change and developing clean energy. The school’s lease with Griffith included an option to purchase a portion of the building facing Alabama Street, but that deal began to fall apart following Anaya’s death from cancer in August 2015.Because of the school’s financial difficulties, Griffith had agreed to co-sign the school’s new loan on the building, and the two parties set up a joint account. When the vocational school failed to make loan payments into the account, the bank went to Griffith as the co-signer. Griffith agreed to foot the bill for one payment, but ended up unwittingly paying rent as well as $250,000 toward his landlords’ loan. He had also been promised pro-rated rent for some improvements he was paying for, but was charged the full amount for months. The vocational school, too, said the situation caught them unawares, saying the person responsible for keeping track of the payments had failed to do so or alert the school when things went awry.“[Huckleberry Friends] tapped him on the shoulder and said, hey, how about that quarter million dollars you owe us? And that’s how we found out,” said Board member Michael Menesini on Thursday night.Conflict also arose over another tenant. The vocational school reportedly leased an entryway, already in use by Griffith to a charter school, The New School.After Anaya’s death, Judge Snowden’s early summary indicates, some in the school’s leadership started to express doubts about the deal to sell part of the building to Griffith. Meanwhile, Griffith was undergoing the bureaucratic process of splitting the property. The vocational school allegedly dragged its feet, though Menesini denied the school had impeded the process in any way. Snowden declined to comment on the current state of negotiations.In response, Griffith sued for the money owed and the failure to allow him to exercise his option to buy his leased portion of the building. The school made several arguments that their original contract with Griffith had been voided by new agreements and that the school had not been contacted by Griffith about the problems that had arisen until it was too late to act. The retired judge evaluating the case was, in an early summary of the case, unconvinced. The result was an injunction ordering the school to pay Griffith some $300,000 and not discuss further negotiations. Later, in arbitration, a new deal was reached that some members of the school’s board found favorable: More than 40 percent of the space rented to Griffith would be returned to the school. Griffith would also pay the school about $1 million, a sum worked out from what was left of the original $3 million sale price for his space minus damages and other factors. Griffith would also cover the costs of dividing the building into two separate properties. The parties would go their separate ways. The deal would have ensured the school would stay in good financial shape, board member Tony Fazio said last week. The alternative was going back to court and potentially being on the hook for attorney’s fees and much higher damages, and not having anything left to pay off the remainder of the still outstanding loan.But Thursday night, Menesini said negotiations had broken down.“The other side has moved the goalposts,” he said. “I’ve made no secret of the fact that I don’t support this settlement,” said board member Joshua Arce. “We haven’t exhausted all of our legal options to save this institution…so much history can’t be lost.”Another board member, Eva Royale, said only a committee of the board was involved in negotiating the deal and others were left out.“The bottom line is that 25 percent of the building would be sold,” said Royale. “They did not have the right to do this.”Menee Hill, Anaya’s niece and another board member, disagreed. “We knew this was coming down the pipeline…it’s unfair for people to claim that the committee sold the building, because that is not true. This real estate contract was put together by Rosario.” Griffith, who last week characterized the agreement as a good deal for all parties, said he would be open to further negotiation.Griffith issued a statement saying that he understood the vocational school  “has had significant staff and board member changes since the original agreement and that there is now some disagreement..We have always been open to reconsidering the original agreement, and are in the process of trying to work out an amicable solution. We sincerely hope a solution can be reached that enables both parties to continue with their important missions.”Other groups step inRay Balberan dispenses unconditional love. Photo by Lola M. ChavezThe cost of that deal, however, is too high for organizers who see the property in its entirety as a historical, cultural, and financial asset for the neighborhood. Many of the dozens who packed Thursday night’s board meeting said they had worked closely with Anaya, been students at the school or both.Around 150 students enroll in the school’s programs every year, and it boasts a job placement rate of between 70 and 80 percent. It has been in operation for more than 50 years, having developed out of the Centro Social Obrero founded in 1962. Regardless of its financial difficulties in the past, the school is performing well, Interim Executive Director Natalie Hopner said.Times have changed since Anaya developed the plan, the activists said. The Mission’s nonprofits are now heavily involved in real estate and much more financially capable. “Gentrification has to reach a limit and the limit has to be, at least, at this site,” said Sam Ruiz, director of Mission Neighborhood Centers. He added that three organization had met and would be able to come up with $300,000 “to get some pressure off” Spike Kahn, who founded the artist space the Pacific Felt Factory, pointed out that through peer-to-peer loans the neighborhood had already financed several property acquisitions easily totalling in the millions. If the vocational school turns to its community for help now, organizers said, the community has serious money and expertise to help out.“If it is just money, I will pour money on this guy to make him go away,” Kahn said.“We fight like hell over land that doesn’t even belong to us, like hell we’re gonna lose land that does,” said Gabriel Medina, vice president of the Latino Democratic Club and policy manager for the Mission Economic Development Agency. The latter is known for opposing large market-rate developments to push developers to provide community benefits.Ray Balberan, well known for his earlier work in violence prevention among youth in the neighborhood and other community advocacy work, went to each board member and embraced or kissed them. “I love you unconditionally,” he told them. “You need to break some bread and make this happen.”Much of the support, however, does not come without criticism of the management that left the school bound by a contract. “Please sit down and let us take over, because this is not working,” Kahn said.“Where is the Executive Director? He didn’t pay the loan for a year,” said Tulier-Laiwa at a separate gathering last week. According to the judge’s filing, the school’s past executives failed to make loan payments for a year and a half.Roberto Alfaro, who heads up the youth advocacy organization HOMEY, said the board could “do a better job” on transparency and suggested the board set up a community advisory committee so stakeholders could continue to give advice on future decisions.“We’re trying to support you, but you have to let us do it,” he said. Tulier-Laiwa insisted that the board consider adding five more members, selected by others in the community, to help bring new talent to the school’s leadership and steer it in a new direction. “The soul of this building belongs to the community,” she said. Board members Fazio said and Hopner both expressed gratitude for the feedback, before retreating to a closed session of the board to deliberate further. “I know some of you are mad at us,” Fazio said. “This wasn’t our doing, but we’re gonna fix it.”“I feel the community’s support,” Hopner said. “MLVS isn’t going anywhere.”Correction: A previous version of this story referenced the school’s “mortgage” – it was a loan backed by the building, not a mortgage.  center_img Tags: jobs • nonprofits Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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Whats scarier than Halloween Pollution

first_img Public Relations Coordinator Robin Nalepa and Aquarium Educator Marissa Blackburn stopped by Good Morning Carolina to talk about pollution and they brought a special visitor.The Fort Fisher Aquarium is already doing its part to help prevent pollution. They’ve switched from plastic bags to paper in the gift shop and the snack bar no longer uses plastic utensils.This weekend, you can attend the aquarium’s annual Halloween event, “Trick or Treat Under the Sea”. There, the aquarium will have games, magic shows, spooky divers, live animals, treats and eco-friendly booth decorations.Related Article: Cross Creek Celebrates Halloween with Trunk Or TreatIt’s from 4:30-8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, October 26, 27 and 28.Tickets are only available in advance. The cost is $13 per person. Children younger than 2 are free. To get tickets, click here. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Halloween is just a few day away and while you might not realize it, there is something associated with the holiday that’s scarier than many costumes and haunted houses – plastic.With the spooky holiday comes decorations and candy wrappers. Officials with the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher want to remind you of the dangerous effects plastic can have on ocean pollution and animal life.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Good Shepherd Center receives grant to build more affordable housing

first_img The grant will be used toward phase two of the lakeside project which will add 24 additional affordable housing units for chronically homeless adults with a disability.The first 16 units of the project were completed in July. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A group that does great work getting people back on their feet here in Wilmington was given a big gift Thursday.The Good Shepherd Center’s Lakeside Partners program received a $125,000 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Aquarium at Fort Fisher caring for coldstunned sea turtles

first_imgNCAFF KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher team is currently caring for two endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. The sea turtles were injured in a recent cold-stunning event in New England.The Aquarium’s Animal Care Team  will provide the turtles with special diets and close monitoring for health complications resulting from the cold-stunning. Initial veterinary examinations predict strong prognoses for the animals with limited recuperation times. The smaller of the turtles weighs 3 lbs., the larger weighs 9 lbs.- Advertisement – “The sea turtles are responding well and growing stronger each day,” said Aquarium Curator Julie Johnson. “Continued observation is important, however, to ensure no health concerns arise.”When the animals fully recover and conditions allow, they will be released in the warmer waters of the Gulf Stream.Sea turtles are reptiles and cannot control their own body temperatures. Cold-stunning can occur when water temperatures drop quickly to below 50 degrees. Cold-stunned turtles become lethargic, experience decreased circulation and heart rates, and may die. They are susceptible to respiratory illness, animal attacks, bacterial and fungal infections. Serious cuts and abrasions may occur if the animal is washed ashore.Related Article: Local leaders want loggerhead turtles to be a state animalThe Aquarium, while not a traditional rehabilitation center, collaborates yearly with the N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission and other organizations and aquariums to offer space and resources to care for injured sea turtles. A total of 30 cold-stunned sea turtles were transported from the New England Aquarium to North Carolina for care in late November. Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center and North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores are also caring for sea turtles from New England.“Our team has the experience and expertise to care for these endangered animals even though we are not a rescue facility,” said Peggy Sloan, director, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. “It is our mission and responsibility to offer assistance and help save these animals.”The Aquarium receives no additional funding or staff to assist in turtle care. Anyone interested in making a donation to assist in the care and rehabilitation of the sea turtles may contact (910) 772-0500 or visit https://ncaquariums.com/livingtreasures/.Cold stunning can occur along the North Carolina coast as well. Anyone who finds a sick, injured or dead sea turtle should contact the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Sea Turtle Stranding Network at (252) 241-7367.last_img read more

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Topsail High unveils new refurbished track

first_img The old track was removed and the new rubberized track was put down.Lanier says the project was already in the budget before Hurricane Florence hit. That budget is now drained, despite the need for more projects, but is happy its done.“This has been about 2-3 years coming actually, and the condition of the track it was in, we’ve been having meets away actually,” Lanier said. “We couldn’t have home meets here because the condition of the track. And now we can put it back at home and I’m sure everybody is excited about that.”Related Article: Ohio family purchases US flag shredded by Hurricane FlorenceLanier says the track is open for public use when it is not being used by the school. Topsail High School new track on Oct. 30, 2018.(Photo: WWAY) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Topsail High School, which remained closed for more than a month after Hurricane Florence, had reason to celebrate Tuesday as they cut the ribbon on their newly refurbished track.Pender County School Board Chair Kenneth Lanier says the project cost $125,000 and took three months to complete.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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City Block submits plans for 56 more apartments downtown

first_img(Photo: City Block Apartments) WILMINGTON, NC (STARNEWS) — Five years after City Block Apartments’ first 112 units opened in downtown Wilmington, the complex’s next phase is moving forward.On Wednesday, City Block Apartments, LLC submitted plans for 56 new units, adjacent to the existing building at North Third and Brunswick streets. Combined with City Block’s existing footprint and a planned 56-space parking lot, the expansion will mean City Block — true to its name — will fill nearly the entire block bordered by North Third, Brunswick, North Fourth and Bladen streets.- Advertisement – Plans show the new building, located at the North Fourth/Bladen intersection, will be five stories, like the existing building. The new apartments will be one-bedroom units.Read more from the StarNews.last_img read more

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Lessening our impact on the environment through our actions – AKM

first_imgAzzjoni Kattolika MaltijaAzzjoni Kattolika Maltija The Malta Catholic Action has recently installed 98 solar panels on the roof of the Oratory in Mġarr as AKM continues to strengthen its commitment to ensure environmental sustainability.In a statement the AKM said that 98 solar panels were installed on the roof of the Oratory in Mġarr. The centre is used for several different pastoral activities in Mġarr and is used by people of all ages. AKM explained that the panels have been installed over a space which was not being utilized. This was the second project by the Malta Catholic Action, the first being the installation of 38 solar panels on its premises in Birkirkara which is frequently used by Żgħażagħ Azzjoni Kattolika.AKM stated that the project is another small step towards ensuring that the work carried out by the Church and its members, reflects the spirit of the words of Pope Francis in Laudato Si. The Malta Catholic Action reiterated that its aim is to be of service to others, according to the needs and realities of the Maltese society. The organisation reiterated that its commitment remains to ensure that the services it provides have as little impact as possible on the environment.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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Welbecks goal secures another victory for Arsenal

first_imgArsenal made it 11 wins in a row after beating Sporting Lisbon in an Europa League match. Danny Welbeck scored the winner in the 77th minute after a defensive mistake by Sebastian Coates. Unai Emery’s side are now top of Group E with three wins out of three matches.The first 45 minutes were fairly quite before Sporting Lisbon’s goalkeeper Ruben Ribiero stopped two attempts by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the beginning of the second half. Welbeck scored a header in the 67th minute but his effort was ruled out for a foul on defender Bruno Gaspar.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Adobe Creative Cloud hacked

first_imgAdvertisement Less than a month after it went live, Adobe Creative Cloud has been hacked. Magnet links for at least two versions of Adobe Photoshop CC 14 are available on Pirate Bay. Links for Dreamweaver CC 13 and Adobe Illustrator CC 17 are also listed on the site.All of the pirated versions are for Windows. Adobe has so far refused to comment on the news. It has however confirmed it is looking into the issue.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Photoshop is the world’s most pirated application. Analysts speculated at the time the move to a cloud-based infrastructure was motivated by the high levels of piracy. A study by the Software and Information Industry Association in 2012 found that Photoshop was pirated twice as much as the next most popular software, Microsoft Office.In addition to requiring internet access, Adobe Creative Cloud differs from Creative Suite in the way it is paid for.Creative Suite had a high upfront cost, but the licence was perpetual – meaning it never ran out. Recent studies have found that many organisations are still running CS3, which was released in March 2007.Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design Standard, which includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver sells for £1,126.49 on Amazon.Compared to that, Adobe Creative Cloud Design edition costs £46.88 per month, or £562.56 per year. Over six years, Creative Cloud costs £2,248.87 – almost twice the price.Source: T3last_img read more

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Microsoft In Talks To Buy Winamp From AOL

first_imgAdvertisement Just after AOL announcing that it was shutting down Winamp, media playing software for Windows and Android devices, we have learned that AOL is talks with Microsoft to sell Winamp, along with Shoutcast, a media streaming service. It is said that AOL was planning to announce the closure of Shoutcast next week.The deal is not yet finalized, with AOL and Microsoft still working out the price. – Advertisement – Microsoft has more recently been putting more effort into Music like into the Xbox Music basket, which works on the Xbox 360, Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows Phone 8,iOS and Android devices, offering free, ad-supported streaming, subscriptions, and downloaded music.Currently, Shoutcast has a platform that acts as a portal to over 50,000 radio stations. This could be one area that Microsoft might want to add to the Xbox Music platform, and which it currently lacks, to complement its Pandora-style personal radio feature.Source: Tech Crunchlast_img read more

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HP to pay 108m in bribery case

first_imgAdvertisement United States (US)-based information technology firm Hewlett Packard (HP) has agreed to pay US$108 million after admitting to bribing foreign officials to secure contracts overseas.Hewlett Packard Russia has pleaded guilty to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) after bribing officials to secure a contract with the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation.The company has also been implicated in bribery in Poland and Mexico.The government is entering into criminal resolutions with HP subsidiaries in Poland and Mexico relating to contracts with Poland’s national police agency and Mexico’s state-owned petroleum company, respectively, the US Department of Justice said. – Advertisement – HP and its subsidiaries will have to pay over US$76 million in criminal penalties and forfeiture.The US Securities and Exchange Commission has also ordered the company to pay US$31 million in disgorgement, prejudgment interest and civil penalties.“Hewlett-Packard subsidiaries created a slush fund for bribe payments, set up an intricate web of shell companies and bank accounts to launder money, employed two sets of books to track bribe recipients, and used anonymous email accounts and prepaid mobile telephones to arrange covert meetings to hand over bags of cash,” said deputy assistant attorney general Bruce Swartz.last_img read more

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Chrome browser on Android introduces update to help users save 70 of

first_imgSundar Pichai CEO of Google attending to more than 6000 developers at their 8th annual Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco on May 28, 2015. Image Credit: AndroidLife Advertisement Chrome on Android is adding a small update that Google claims will save up to 70 per cent of data.Phones will now remove most images if they know that they are on a slow connection. The company claims that the feature can save huge amounts of data and therefore money for people who are on limited data plans by stopping people from having to download images that they don’t need to see.Users will still be able pictures if they choose the “load images” option that will pop up at the bottom of the screen, or individual pictures can be selected and downloaded. And the feature will only kick in when people are on slow connections.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Google claimed in a blogpost that cutting out pictures can save “up to 70 per cent” of data. Google’s Chrome browser gives the option to see exactly how much data has been saved, as shown on a graph.The feature will first be rolled out in India and Indonesia, and then be pushed to other countriesData Saver can be turned on from the Android setting. It can cause some problems — such as stopping websites from being able to tell where users are, and causing problems with private or internal websites — but can also cut huge amounts of extra data use.[Independent]last_img read more

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Children Youths Should Be Protected from Wrong Internet Content Says UCC Boss

first_imgAdvertisement The Executive Director of the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), Eng. Godfrey Mutabaazi has called upon parents and other stakeholders in the ICT industry to ensure protection of children and youths from wrong content online that has exposed them to cyber bullying.“It’s everybody’s responsibility to ensure that children are protected from harmful content. It takes a village 2 raise a child,” he said.Eng. Mutabaazi was Tuesday morning giving opening remarks at the Safer Internet Day (SID2017) dialogue at UCC headquarters in Bugolobi, Kampala. – Advertisement – The Safer Internet Day is being celebrated globally with the theme “Be the change: unite for a better internet.” The day is aimed at sharing advice and joining social media campaigns to help inspire a better internet usage world over.In Uganda, the day has been dedicated to discussions on how to make internet a safe place for young generations in the country.Eng. Mutabaazi in his remarks pledged that the Commission would continue protecting children from wrong internet content calling on other members of the public to offer all the support they can.Panelists discuss safer internet for children at UCC headquarters on Tuesday morning“What happens in the online world is a reflection of society at large, the dangers children face online are mirrored in the challenges children face in their homes, schools and communities, lets unite for better internet,” he said.He revealed that UCC handled over 200 cybercrimes in Uganda.Mutabaazi said that the commission has established ICT laboratories which are equipped with student content urging schools to add filters in the gadgets that children are exposed to.Ayub Golola, one of the Panelists however argued that internet safety can’t be handled only by using technology calling on parents to engage and guide their children on usage.“Instead of adding firewalls, we need to sensitise people on the threats posed by the internet and how they can protect themselves from the threats,” said Ayub.last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Launched Availability Price and onpoint Specs

first_img(Photo Courtesy) Advertisement South Korean-based Electronics firm, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. on Wednesday August 23rd, 2017 launched the predecessor of its recalled Note 7 during it’s unpacked media event that was held in New York. The launch of the flagship will see it battle against its strongest rivals – the Apple’s iPhone 8 and Google’s Pixel phones which have been rumored to be launched later this year.Samsung Galaxy Note 8 specifications The South Korean ended all the rumors on the phablet specs. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is bigger than ever – literally – sporting a 6.3-inch QuadHD+ AMOLED Infinity Display of resolution 1440×2960, powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC (with some markets getting the Samsung Exynos octa-core variant), comes with a 6GB RAM, 64GB of internal storage with an expandable microSD card slot.In terms of connectivity features, the Galaxy Note has an LTE Cat 16,  and also offers Bluetooth v5.0 becoming the second phablet to the Samsung phablets to receive the v5.0 Bluetooth with the first being the Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships. The Note 8 also supports NFC and MST for Samsung Pay as well as features a USB Type-C port. – Advertisement – For photography, the Note 8 has dual 12MP rear cameras (as rumored) with optical image stabilization (OIS) on both the f/1.7 wide-angle lens and the f/2.4 telephoto lenses with 2x optical zoom. There’s an f/1.7 8MP camera on the front.The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 sports a 3300mAh battery and it runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat.The device also does offer IP68 water and dust resistances certificate, support for wireless charging, a feature that the upcoming iPhone 8 is rumored to feature as well.With the S-Pen, users will be able to hand write a message. (Photo Courtesy)Then, of course, the company’s signature S-Pen accessory, which they say will enable people to communicate in more personal ways than ever with the always on-display powered Galaxy Note 8. “With the S-Pen, users will be able to hand write a message, add special effects and share it as an animated GIF via several popular messaging and social apps,” the company states.Price and Availability The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has been available in Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, and Deepsea Blue color variants and up for pre-orders in select markets effective Thursday with shipping scheduled for September 15th.In the US, the Note 8 base variant is priced between USD$930 (approx. 3,348,000 UGX) on AT&T and USD$960 (approx. 3,456,000 UGX) on Verizon.Notably, what really amused us were the accessories that are coming with this handset. Samsung is making it really easier for its Note-series holders to interact with the phone. Some of the accessories are coming with it are;1. Clear View Standing Cover – more than just protection, this cover also holds the phone at an optimal angle for viewing media on the Infinity Display. Its dedicated UX makes it easy to check alerts, take calls, and more, all without opening it up. 2. LED View Cover – that will easily allow users to check their phone and notifications at a glance and even assign custom icons to their contacts to personalize the caller ID. The covers are available in Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, and Deepsea Blue color variants to match the color of the phone you acquire. 3. 2Piece Cover – the cover provides a playful vibe while maintaining the comfortable grip. The matte plastic is protective and easy to attach or detach with micro suction pads. 4. Keyboard Cover – convenient and comfortable, the Keyboard Cover offers a tactile QWERTY keyboard that needs no charging or pairing. Simply snap it onto the front of your Galaxy Note8 and start typing, then clip it onto the back when you’re done.last_img read more

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World Cup Wire TUESDAY

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to the Star Sports World Cup Wire. Our daily 4.30pm update from the trading room at Star Sports with all the moves and offers for this evenings World Cup.Tuesday 24 JuneWORLD CUP PRICES5pm6/4 Italy 19/10 Uruguay 12/5 DRAW5pm100/30 Costa Rica 4/5 England 3/1 DRAW9pm3/1 Greece 19/20 Ivory Coast 5/2 DRAW9pm14/5 Japan 19/20 Colombia 11/4 DRAWWORLD CUP SPECIALSWE’RE OPEN THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT FOR IN PLAY BETSFOR ALL WORLD CUP MARKETS CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

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STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Wednesday 6 December HORSE RACING1.30 LudlowMaria’s Benefit 2/1 > 11/82.25 HaydockMorney Wing 5/1 > 3/12.50 LingfieldDashing Poet 7/2 > 5/25.15 DundalkBen Rumson 10/3 > 2/1CHAMPIONS LEAGUEUEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHD2/9 Liverpool 12/1 Spartak Moscow 13/2 DRAWUEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45 BT Sport ESPN2/1 Shakhtar Donetsk 6/4 Man City 12/5 DRAWUEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45 BT Sport Showcase / BT Sport 33/10 Tottenham Hotspur 11/1 APOEL 9/2 DRAW BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img

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£25 FREE BET Spurs v Ajax

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Costs Benefits of Renewable Energy Hard to Calculate

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   When it comes to wind and solar power, there isn’t a straight bottom line—it’s kind of wavy. Figuring out the economic costs and benefits of renewable energy presents challenges not found in the conventional energy sector.One issue, for example, is that wind and solar have peaks and valleys of productivity, depending on whether or not the sun is shining or the wind is blowing. Building the transmission infrastructure to handle this is among the costs incurred by renewables.Estimates of that cost range anywhere from $0.05 to $10 per megawatt-hour (MWh), according to Andrew Mills, a researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who led a 2016 study looking at the various planning processes across the country for integrating solar power into grids.Related CoverageCan Solar Power Outshine Infrastructure Challenges?This illustrates how difficult it is to nail down the cost of even a single, physical aspect of setting up renewables. When it comes to trying to calculate the monetary value of more qualitative social and environmental aspects, it’s even trickier. Economists can make renewable energy look like either an economic boon or a disaster, depending on which factors they decide to include.And yet, public policy depends on such analyses. Even a presidential executive order can only proceed if the Office of Management and Budget reviews cost-benefit analyses and determines that the benefits justify the costs.Ambiguity and PoliticsScott Pruitt, Donald Trump's nominee for EPA Administrator, at a meeting with Senator Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) on Capitol Hill, Jan. 4, 2017. (Zach Gibson/AFP/Getty Images) Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s nominee for EPA Administrator, at a meeting with Senator Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) on Capitol Hill, Jan. 4, 2017. (Zach Gibson/AFP/Getty Images)With President-elect Donald Trump’s administration (and particularly Trump’s pick for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head, Scott Pruitt) calling for rollbacks on energy-related environmental policies, these cost-benefit analyses may play an important role in the years to come.Related CoverageTrump Administration Will Have Limited Power to Change Environmental Policy“I know there’s going to be an attempt by Pruitt to say, ‘Well, the only reason all these climate change policies are justifiable is that they’re using questionable economic assumptions,’” said Michael Kraft, professor emeritus of political science and public and environmental affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay. The social cost of carbon could be the first to get the cut. Harvard environmental law expert Jody Freeman explained in a post on the university’s website, “A single federal court of appeals has held that all federal agencies must include a social cost of carbon calculation in their cost-benefit assessments; a Trump White House could ignore that ruling as inapplicable nationally.”The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) includes a social cost in its cost-benefit analyses for renewables.The commission issued an order early last year that laid out the rules for all future cost-benefit analyses for renewables. The 100-plus-page order describes the debate among commentators concerning the factors, showing how each is open to various interpretations. * *One of the commentators, referred to in the order as the “Joint Utilities” (which includes Consolidated Edison Company of New York and other utilities), suggested that the analyses should not include environmental and other non-energy benefits.Only after a project has passed a purely financial cost-benefit analysis, the Joint Utilities said, should these other aspects be considered. The analyses should maintain “a level playing field” for renewables and fossil fuels.The commission rejected this suggestion, saying that it has decided to intentionally favor renewables in its cost-benefit analyses. It relies heavily on the social costs of carbon (SCC) set by the EPA. The EPA determines a dollar-value for damages it estimates will be caused by climate change, including damages to human health and agriculture. The commission’s framework also takes into consideration the price of regional carbon credits created by a program called the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which is a collaboration between New York and eight other states.States that are part of the RGGI set a joint limit for carbon emissions from electricity generation. They require each major electrical power plant to have one credit per ton of carbon dioxide they produce. Plants that use less than their quota can sell their credits, and plants that use more than their quota can buy them.Other Financial FactorsTurbines spin as the sun rises at a wind farm near Toronto, S.D., in 2011.  (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers,) Turbines spin as the sun rises at a wind farm near Toronto, S.D., in 2011. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers)Even setting aside the social costs, some other, more purely financial factors are often open to debate.Jim Lazar, a senior adviser at the energy think tank Regulatory Assistance Project, has analyzed multiple studies across the United States on the value of solar. He said that many utilities only look at a few factors, like distribution and operating costs. But a more comprehensive analysis should include other factors, such as fuel supply risk, Lazar said.He explained: “Right now fuel prices are pretty low. They can’t go much lower, but they can go a lot higher. … There’s more risk of them going up than going down.” But solar power doesn’t include this kind of risk. Its price is dropping and its price also isn’t as volatile as fossil fuel prices. Utilities don’t count this, Lazar said, because they pass on any variance in fuel prices to the customer. But including fuel risk in a cost-benefit analysis is important to the ratepayer. So, Lazar said, good public policy should make sure its cost-benefit analyses of renewables include this. Another often disagreed-upon factor is how subsidies are treated in analyses. New York’s PSC decided to treat the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) for renewable energy as only a benefit, not a cost. In other words, it doesn’t consider this taxpayer money as an expense. “A wind power project can usually earn money with power market prices as low as negative $35 per MWh,” wrote economist Michael Giberson, associate professor at Texas Tech University, in his 2013 study, “Assessing Wind Power Cost Estimates.”“This means that wind facilities can afford to pay the electrical grid to take their power as long as they are able to collect the PTC,” he continued.Economist Tyler McNeal, who has studied cost-benefit analyses of wind power, said, “We have to remember that economic models are akin to maps: useful for seeing where to go. But clearly there’s a difference between a map of Yellowstone and hiking through it.” With renewables in particular, we’re heading into uncharted territory.Larry Sherwood, president and CEO of Interstate Renewable Energy Council, said: “It becomes more difficult to project for the future, because you can’t just put in a model of what happened in the past and figure out what’s going to happen in the future. It’s reasonable or expected that different people have widely varying models of what’s going to happen 10 or 20 years from now.”McNeal suggested policymakers consider a broad spectrum of cost-benefit analyses, considering carefully which factors are included or excluded in each.  Case StudiesUnderestimating the Economic Value of Solar  Workers install solar panels on a home in Washington on May 3, 2016. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) Workers install solar panels on a home in Washington on May 3, 2016. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)One economic benefit of solar that is almost never included in cost-benefit analyses is the energy it helps save in air conditioning, Lazar said.The roof is shaded by solar panels, dramatically decreasing the temperature inside a building. Lazar learned the extent of this benefit from a hotel in Hawaii. The hotel had calculated its usual energy needs and installed enough solar panels to meet these needs.But it surprisingly ended up with 20 percent more than it needed. This was due to cooler temperatures in the hotel, leading to less use of air conditioning.“For every kWh [of solar energy] produced, there’s three-tenths of a kWh of air-conditioning saved,” Lazar said.Subsidies Made All the Difference in the Value of Wind McNeal, who analyzed the cost-benefit analyses of wind power in Minnesota as a fellow at the think tank Center of the American Experiment, found that the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency lost more than $14.5 million in one year through its wind power.The wind is strongest in Minnesota during the spring and fall, and at night, when energy demand is lowest. The generated power thus wasn’t worth much to the utility. But it was buying it for a relatively high price under obligation of a power purchase agreement (PPA). 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