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Gay-straight alliance debate tabled for week

first_imgStudent Senate passed resolutions at its meeting Wednesday requesting the Hesburgh Main Library extend its hours and creating a formal process for selecting the Hall of the Year. Meanwhile, a discussion related to a possible gay-straight alliance was tabled until Wednesday. The resolution to extend the library’s hours asked the Hesburgh Library administration to hire sufficient staff so the facility can remain open until 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The library currently closes at 11 p.m. those days.  Student body vice president Brett Rocheleau said there have been discussions about keeping the library open 24 hours, but no conclusions have been reached. The resolution regarding Hall of the Year mandated attendance at all Hall Presidents’ Council (HPC) meetings by a member of hall government.  It also stipulated the decision to award the title of Hall of the Year will be decided by a review board comprised of two senators, one senior Judicial Council member and HPC co-chairs, treasurers, social chairs and athletic chairs. The board will allocate points to each hall to determine the winner. Ben Noe, internal affairs director for student government, said the resolution helps avoid overregulation of HPC. “I think that this is a good intermediate step to put in a procedure, but also to give Hall [Presidents’] Council some leeway about how they go about the actual process itself,” Noe said. Rocheleau said if someone believed the review board made a biased decision, a complaint could be filed with Judicial Council. Sophomore Tom Lienhoop, a member of Core Council for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Students, spoke about the need for a gay-straight alliance (GSA) on campus. “The reason we need a gay-straight alliance here at Notre Dame is partly that the environment is still largely homophobic,” Lienhoop said. “The fact that the gay-straight alliance has been denied [club status] … in the past is kind of seen by people outside the University as a homophobic act. It’s an act of discrimination.”  Lienhoop said a student-led GSA would grant more independence to the GLBT community than Core Council does. He said the organization would also provide a venue for straight allies to express their support. The GSA would be service-based, Lienhoop said. It would partner with high school GSAs to fund campaigns against teen bullying. “We could also partner with GSAs at other universities in the region to make our outreach even more pervasive,” Lienhoop said. “And service isn’t really a mission of the Core Council at all, so that’s really a detriment.”  The difference between Core Council and the proposed, more informal GSA is largely contextual, Lienhoop said. “People could just come to a [GSA] meeting once every two weeks and it would be less formal in that sense, but we could also have a campaign targeted at specific issues,” he said. “The way that Core programming is set up right now, you have to declare your sexuality or be certain of your sexuality in order to participate.” Lienhoop said this requirement dissuades students from attending Core Council events. He said the proposed GSA would not require students to declare their sexualities.  “Certainly, things that alliance does could be more lenient and more student-based,” Lienhoop said. Lienhoop said it was not practical to create a GSA as an outgrowth of Core Council. “The number of people who want to participate in alliance is far too many to sustain an organized role with an expanded Core Council,” he said.  The Student Activities Office had previously said a GSA was unnecessary because Core Council already served the functions the proposed alliance would serve, Lienhoop said. Nich Ochoa, multicultural affairs director for student government, said there are multiple clubs for students that identify as black, and all target different interests.  Student body president Pat McCormick asked if any other clubs had been denied recognition on the grounds that their purposes were already being served.  “If we are unaware of another organization that has not been allowed to [duplicate some of the functions of an existing organization], then it seems to me to be a problematic point of inconsistency to then level that criticism with a gay-straight alliance,” McCormick said. Multiple senators said members of their residence halls supported recognizing a GSA.  Senate voted to table the resolution until next Wednesday’s meeting. Rocheleau said a similar resolution is in discussion at Faculty Senate and Campus Life Council.  Lienhoop said representatives from Core Council planned to meet with Vice President for Student Affairs Fr. Tom Doyle on Thursday to discuss the creation of a GSA.last_img read more

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Bee study

first_imgBy April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaAlmost half the bee colonies in the United States died last winter. Many were the result of a disorder that causes the colony to literally collapse. Using a $4.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, scientists at the University of Georgia hope to find solutions to the problem that is killing bees in 36 states.“Our long-term goal is to restore large and diverse populations of managed bee pollinators across the U.S. to sustain natural and agricultural plant communities,” said Keith Delaplane, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Delaplane will direct the four-year Coordinated Agriculture Project (CAP) that is part of a National Research Initiative funded through the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service. A multidisciplinary team of researchers and extension specialists representing 17 states will be working on the project. The 19-member team will include specialists in epidemiology, virology, pathology, ecology, toxicology, bee biology, apiculture and integrated pest management. The team will study colony collapse disorder. First identified in November 2006, CCD expresses itself in bee colonies where foragers have abandoned the nest. This leaves behind large quantities of untended young bees and honey. Normally, weakened colonies are robbed clean by neighboring bees. When a colony is decimated by CCD the untended honey may remain untouched. Scientists believe a combination of factors contribute to the phenomenon including pesticide exposure, environmental and nutritional stresses, new or reemerging pathogens and a new virus that targets the bees’ immune systems. “At this point it’s more forensic science than experimental science,” Delaplane said. “We have a set of symptoms but we don’t understand cause and effect.”Initial research will focus on determining which of the factors are contributing causes of CCD, either individually or in combination.“We are trying to look at CCD from every angle, address it with research and deliver the knowledge to clientele groups who need answers,” he said. “Expectations are high.”After research is complete, the research team hopes to have some practical answers for beekeepers and growers of crops that rely on bees for pollination. Plans include developing best management practice guides, breeding strains of bees with genetic resistance to parasites and pathogens, improving the regulatory framework for better protection against pathogens, pests and parasites and creating Web-based distribution of science-based information on bee health and CCD. They are also laying the groundwork for a bee stock registry. Honeybees pollinate about a third of the nation’s food supply and add $15 billion annually to U.S. crops. They pollinate 130 different fruits, vegetables and nuts including almonds, apples, avocados, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, carrots, cherries, cucumbers, onions, peaches and soybeans.Although they are an essential part of crop production, the impact of the honeybee pollination on human beings is not a matter of life or death, Delaplane said. “More human calories are supplied by wind-pollinated cereals like wheat and rice,” he said. “However, when economies improve we see an increase in the consumption of meat and dairy products and bee-pollinated fruits like melons and berries.”A comparative example is the difference in U.S. diets and those in countries like Sudan, he said. “That difference is largely explained by bee-pollinated crops,” he said.While there are other bee pollinators, honeybees are the most prolific and easiest to manage for the large scale pollination the agriculture industry requires. In California, the almond crop alone needs 1.3 million bee colonies, about half of all honey bees in the country. The number of managed bee colonies has dropped from five million in the 1940s to half that number today. To meet demand, commercial beekeepers truck bees to provide pollination services.In addition to UGA, the institutions participating in the grant project are Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, Cornell University, Illinois Natural History Survey, North Carolina State University, Kentucky State University, Michigan State University, Penn State University, Purdue University, University of California-Riverside, University of Maine, University of Massachusetts, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska, University of Tennessee, USDA ARS Weslaco, Texas and Washington State University. (April Sorrow is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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Bangladesh taking steps toward renewable energy goal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Bangladesh’s electricity generation from renewable sources has passed the 5 percent mark with the opening of a major new solar plant – boosting hopes the country might meet its goal of getting 10 percent of power from renewables by 2020, experts say.The new 28 megawatt solar power plant in Cox’s Bazar District is the largest yet opened in the country, following the earlier construction of a 3 MW plant. The solar plants come on top of the widespread use of solar home systems in the low-lying country, considered one of those most vulnerable to climate change impacts.Currently about 5.2 million small-scale solar home systems provide electricity to almost 12 percent of Bangladesh’s 160 million people, Dipal C. Barua, president of the Bangladesh Solar and Renewable Energy Association, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. He called the new plant “good news” for the country, saying the accelerating construction of solar power facilities “will build confidence among future investors”.Nuher Latif Khan, managing director of Technaf Solartech Energy Ltd., a subsidiary of Joules Power that owns the plant, said the plant had begun operations ahead of schedule. In Bangladesh, “the future of solar power is very fantastic,” he said, noting that company “definitely” planned to invest more in renewable energy, including potentially wind power.Sheikh Reaz Ahmed, director of the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA), said the country’s 2008 renewable energy policy calls for generating 10 percent of electricity from renewables by 2020. With the country expected to generate 20,000 MW of electricity in total by the date, renewables would have to reach 2,000 MW to hit that target, he said.So far Bangladesh generates just over 530 MW from renewables, nearly half of that from hydropower plants, he said. But the country is set to put online another 600 MW of renewable power in 2019 alone, he said, with another 1,100 MW rolled out in 2020 and 2021. Altogether, plants now in the pipeline should bring the country’s renewable energy generating capacity to 2,235 MW by 2021, Ahmed said.More: With solar farms and roof panels, Bangladesh inches toward green power goal Bangladesh taking steps toward renewable energy goallast_img read more

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Apple Picking on Long Island 2014: Where to Pick Your Apples

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Update: check with these orchards to make sure they haven’t been picked clean!Hard core fans of apple cider, apple pie and simply biting into fresh-grown apples are getting their bushels ready for the dawn of autumn—harvest season, when apples are ripe for picking at East End farms.With the return of apple picking on Long Island comes not only glorious memories made spending times with loves ones in local enchanted orchards, but also the delicious perks. Aside from hayrides, farm stands at these orchards offer fresh-baked homemade pies and apple cider, among other items. One of the 10 locations for apple picking on Long Island we compiled in the list below even has hard cider—making them LI’s lone cidery.Do not miss out on the juicy opportunity to go apple picking on Long Island this fall!DAVIS PEACH FARMHulse Landing Road, Wading River. 631-929-1115. davispeachfarm.com This farm has been in the business of growing fruity deliciousness for more than a century. As the name suggests, they peaches are their specialty, but they also have more than 20 varieties of apples. They are also known for having one-of-a-kind Sangria mix, fresh pies, live animals and a haunted hayride-designated for the Halloween season. It is also the westernmost place to go apple picking on Long Island. Call for hours, prices and to check apple availability.FORT SALONGA FARM 30 Meadow Glen Rd., Northport. 631-269-9666. fortsalongafarm.com Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The unique dwarf design of this orchard allows children to be able to reach the top of the trees without much help from mom and dad. Varieties they grew last year include Paula Red, Gala, Sweet Sixteen, McIntosh, Jonagold, Red Delicious, Mutsu, Golden Delicious and Fuji. Also, try this orchard’s fresh honey! Call for hours, prices and to check apple availability.HARBES FAMILY FARM AND ORCHARD 5698 Sound Ave., Riverhead. 631-298-0800 or 631-298-0700. harbesfamilyfarm.com/farm-orchard Saturday- Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $8 per person. Known for having more than eight different types of apples, Harbes Family Farm and Orchard has a unique kid-friendly design, which enables all ages to be able to pick the ripest apple of their choice off of a tree. Visitors can also pick a wide assortment of pumpkins. This orchard also offers day and night corn mazes, delicious fall snacks and scenic views.LEWIN FARMSSound Avenue, Baiting Hollow. 631-929-4327. lewinfarm.com 9 a.m-4 p.m. daily. Having more than a dozen apple varieties, this 1,100-acre family owned and operated farm orchards stands out from the rest. Pick-your-own peaches, eggplant, pumpkins and tomatoes are also available this fall. Call for prices and to confirm apple availability.MILK PAIL FARM & ORCHARD1346 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill. 631-537-2565. milk-pail.com 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday. $43 per 20-pound bag. This truly unique orchard has McIntosh, Jonamac, Sansa and Zestar apples available for picking as of Labor Day. They also have pumpkin picking. Their fresh market is also not to be missed, selling fresh cider, baked goods, maple syrup, honey, nut butters and much more.SEVEN PONDS ORCHARDSeven Ponds Road, Water Mill. 631-726-8015. Facebook.com/pages/Seven-Ponds-Orchard 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Sunday. The apples were ripe for the picking as of late August at this South Fork orchard. Fun for the whole family includes corn mazes, hayrides, pies, candy apples and a farmer’s market. Call for prices.THE APPLE ORCHARD @ HANK’S PUMPKINTOWN240 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill. 631-726-4667. hankspumpkintown.com 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday. $20 per 10-pound bag, limited to four people per bag. As the name suggests, this orchard has a wide variety of foods and activities, including cider, wagon rides, corn mazes, donuts, pies, candy apples, roasted corn and more. Apples for the picking include Gala, McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Fuji, Cortland, Macoun, Empire, Snow Sweet, Jonagold, Suncrisp and Mutsu, with varying ripening times.WICKHAM’S FRUIT FARM28700 Main Rd., Cutchogue. 631-734-6441. wickhamsfruitfarm.com 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. With roots dating back to 1661, this 300-acre farm bills itself as being home to the oldest continually cultivated land in the nation. Their farm stand also has apples, donuts, cheeses, and all sorts of seasonal treats to purchase. Call for prices.WINDY ACRES FARM3810 Middle Country Rd., Calverton. 631-727-4554. Facebook.com/pages/Windy-Acres-Farm 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday- Sunday. Aside from apples, this family owned farm run by fourth-generation farmers also has pick-your-own pumpkins. That’s in addition to a variety of other freshly grown produce for sale at their market. Call for prices.WOODSIDE ORCHARDS 729 Main Rd., Aquebogue. 631-722-5770. woodsideorchards.com Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily starting mid-September. This family run orchard, which grows more than 20 varieties of apples, has become known for their amazing apple pies and pick-your-own pumpkins. But, what really sets them apart from the rest of the apple orchards on LI is their hard cider. They’re the only hard cidery on the Island, offering styles such as cinnamon, ginger, raspberry—and, of course, traditional, all of which can be mixed and matched. Call for prices.last_img read more

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NAFCU asks FHFA to reconsider credit score model rule

first_imgNAFCU’s Ann Kossachev, commenting on the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) proposal on how it plans to evaluate new credit scoring models for use by the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), urged the agency to re-propose the rule so that it doesn’t prevent VantageScore and other model developers from submitting credit score models for consideration. NAFCU opposes the proposed rule because of these concerns.Kossachev, NAFCU’s director of regulatory affairs, said the association is supportive of the FHFA’s proposed structure for the validation and approval of credit score models. However, she argued that by re-proposing the rule, the FHFA could “provide a more inclusive, fair process that has the potential to enhance the operations of the GSEs and encourage providers of credit score models to innovate, cut costs, and help more creditworthy consumers access the financing they need.”By excluding models from certain developers in this current rulemaking, Kossachev said the FHFA is limiting competition – which seems contrary to Congress’ intent of the law – “based on poorly reasoned concerns about price fixing.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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ACI achieved revenue growth last year

first_imgACI dd published an unaudited business report for 2017. According to financial indicators, the Company ACI dd achieved in 12 months of 2017 total revenues in the amount of HRK 201,1 million, total expenses in the amount of HRK 176,1 million and a positive gross financial result in the amount of HRK 25 million. Compared to 2016, when the gross financial result amounted to HRK 14,2 million, the gross financial result for 2017 increased by 77%.The events that had a significant impact on business in 2017 relate to the complete reconstruction of the ACI marina Rovinj and the construction of a travel lift pool in the ACI marina Dubrovnik, the ACI points out. Thus, the average revenues of ACI marina Rovinj in recent years were realized at the level of approx. HRK 11 million, which revenue was missing in 2017 due to reconstruction, but during 2017 other marinas of the ACI system achieved a significant increase in revenue and thus fully compensated for the absence of the mentioned revenues of the ACI marina Rovinj.”Operating revenues (revenues from nautical activities – annual, monthly, daily berth, lease and other services to sailors) were realized in the total amount of HRK 190 million, which is an increase of 1%. Of this, an increase in revenues from monthly berths by 17%, revenues from leases and ancillary activities by 10%, from other services provided to boaters by 6%, and from daily berths by 5% is visible. Thus, revenues from the annual berth service for the observed period amount to HRK 94,4 million, revenues from the daily (transit) berth service amount to HRK 55,9 million, while revenues from the monthly berth amount to HRK 10,3 million. Revenue from leases and ancillary activities amounts to HRK 16 million, while revenues from other services to boaters amount to HRK 11 million.”Point out the ACI.New investments and investments During 2017, ACI continued to make significant investments in marinas within the system, all with the aim of raising the quality of service delivery. The most significant investment project in 2017 was related to the complete reconstruction of the ACI marina Rovinj. “Other significant investments during 2017 include the construction of a travel elevator pool, which was put into operation during the season, and a newly renovated golf course in the ACI marina Dubrovnik, then the reconstruction of concrete piers and power supply in the ACI marina Vodice, reconstruction of pedestrian areas and indoor terrace in the ACI marina Umag as well as the reconstruction of the reception in the ACI marina Milna. During 2017, ACI also received 2,7 million kuna in grants from European funds for the preparation of project documentation for the reconstruction of Sorkočević Castle, which is located in the ACI marina Dubrovnik. ” stand out from the ACI.The Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure issued a Decision authorizing ACI dd, on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, as the grantor of the concession, to obtain a location permit for a special purpose port – nautical tourism port in Novalja, in accordance with the Urban Plan of Novalja. It is an area of ​​3 port basins, one of which refers to the port of nautical tourism, which according to spatial plans can have up to 400 berths for accommodating vessels in the sea. In addition to the above, the construction of ancillary buildings of the nautical tourism port (administrative building, space for sailors, reception, trade, catering, etc. facilities) is also planned.Also, by the Decision of Šibenik – Knin County, ACI dd was selected as the best bidder for the award of the Maritime Property Concession for the purpose of economic use and installation of anchor system for special purpose port – nautical tourism port – anchorage in the bay Vozarica and Srednja Draga south of Skradin. The concession agreement was signed on December 19, 2017, and the duration of the concession is 12 years.last_img read more

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Compete, co-operate and succeed

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Giant smack of jellyfish occupies waters off Paiton power plant in East Java

first_imgThousands of jellyfish have swarmed to the shores next to the giant seaside Paiton coal-fired power plant in Probolinggo regency, East Java, for the second time in half a decade, reportedly because of cooling waters near Australia.The plant’s operator, state-owned electricity company PLN, said on Wednesday that the jellyfish were spotted near the plant’s 4 by 400 megawatt (MW) Units 1 and 2 on Saturday. PLN said the invertebrates remained in the area until Tuesday morning.“This is normally due to weather changes. Looking back at 2016, when cold weather blanketed Australian waters, these sea creatures migrated toward the Java Sea and Madura Strait,” PLN corporate communications head I Made Suprateka said in a statement.The Paiton plant, which has a total installed capacity of 4,700 MW from nine units, is one the largest coal plants in Southeast Asia. The facility is operated by PLN’s power generation subsidiary, PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali (PJB).Thousands of jellyfish swim in waters near the Paiton coal-fired power plant on Saturday. The plant’s operator, PLN, said on Wednesday that the jellyfish likely migrated from colder waters near Australia. (PLN/PLN) (PLN/PLN)PJB general manager for the two units, Mustofa Abdillah, added that employees had installed nets to prevent the jellyfish from entering Paiton’s water intake canal and water pumps. The installations are used to channel water inland to cool down the facility. He said the management had also borrowed seven local fishing ships to capture and release the jellyfish into open waters.“Looking back at our experience in 2016, we were better prepared this time,” said Mustofa.The company added that the Java-Bali electricity supply remained secure, as the island’s interconnected electric grid allowed other plants to replace the power supply should Paiton suspend operations.Topics :last_img read more

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Gold Coast riverfront property changes hands for $2.38 million

first_img97 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters. 97 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters. 97 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.THE big sales have continued right up until Christmas with a Gold Coast riverfront mansion selling over the weekend for a cool $2.38 million.The residence at 97 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters is set on a large 881 sqm block and features four bedrooms, office, gym, boat ramp and pontoon.“This elegant home will easily accommodate a large family with multiple living and entertaining areas with a warm, homely feel,” the listing states.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours ago97 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.Sam Guo and Julia Kuo of Ray White Broadbeach handled the sale.It is the ninth highest sale on the street.The highest sale on Sir Bruce Small Blvd is $4.1 million for No. 3 earlier this year.last_img read more

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S. African game hunters say embargoes will hurt business

first_imgOfficials say at least 30 African migrants drown near Yemen South Africa’s game hunting industry says the decision by two major airlines to ban the transportation of hunting trophies will severely affect their business. South African Airways and Emirates have both implemented a ban on international hunters flying their wildlife trophies home with them. However as CCTV’s Julie Scheier reports, unlike the game hunting sector, conservationists are pretty happy South African Companies Going Eco-Friendly Related Unique business model in Uganda helps artists tell the African storylast_img read more

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