Criticism in New Mexico of Utility’s Solar Market Control

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Santa Fe New Mexican:Last week, the state Public Regulation Commission voted 3-2 to approve the utility company’s renewable energy portfolio plan, which include procuring solar, wind and geothermal power. The plan is aimed at meeting the goal of relying on renewable energy for 20 percent of the total energy mix in New Mexico.The solar and geothermal power purchases were contested by some, and a hearing examiner for the commission said the utility should not be allowed to move forward with the investments because it had failed to show they were the most cost-effective options. PNM’s costs ultimately show up in customers’ bills.New Energy Economy, a longtime opponent of PNM, filed a motion asking the commission to “rehear and reverse the findings and conclusions” associated with PNM’s solar plan, which outlines investing in a 50-megawatt facility built by Affordable Solar.Mariel Nanasi, director of the group, wrote the commission had ignored and distorted evidence and applicable law when it decided to allow PNM to move forward with the plan.She said Affordable Solar received a significantly better deal to build a solar-powered center for Facebook last year from PNM. Solar prices have declined, she said, yet the renewable portfolio plan will cost ratepayers in New Mexico a higher fee per megawatt hour than Facebook.This is “not the most cost effective among feasible alternatives,” Nanasi said.PNM has said the plan will provide crucial energy benefits to New Mexico. Earlier this week, Moody’s Investor Service released a statement finding that the plan’s approval is “credit positive.”“The New Mexico regulatory environment historically has been inconsistent and unpredictable,” Moody’s wrote. “And the possibility of litigating the case remains.”More: Environmentalists ask PRC to reverse approval of PNM’s solar plan Criticism in New Mexico of Utility’s Solar Market Controllast_img read more

The Latest: Mexican pentathlete tests positive for virus

first_imgThe International Tennis Federation also put a halt to its lower-tier events until June 7.___2:05 p.m.Another Atlanta sports star is following the lead of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman says he’ll match Ryan’s donation of $50,000 to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which distributes food to the needy, and $50,000 to the Giving Kitchen, which aides food service workers who are financially hit by the coronavirus outbreak. March 18, 2020 Associated Press A conference call with the presidents of FIFA and the six continental governing bodies agreed to proposals made Tuesday by Gianni Infantino.Infantino’s offer for FIFA to donate $10 million to the World Health Organization was approved.Soccer’s stalled season could be delayed beyond its traditional June 30 finish so FIFA will look to amend or have temporary rules relating to player contracts and trading windows.___12:36 p.m. The 25-year-old Arceo won the gold medal at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, and had been training in Barcelona where she contracted the virus. She began showing symptoms after returning to Mexico last weekend.Ana Guevara, director of Mexico’s National Commission on Physical Culture and Sports, said Arceo’s condition “is advancing well.”Arceo is the first Mexican athlete qualified for Tokyo to test positive. Guevara said 218 athletes who had traveled to other states or countries have been tested and all others were negative.Her trainer, who was with her in Barcelona, and three other members of Mexico’s pentathlon team are under observation.___ The ATP and WTA announced Wednesday that the entire clay-court circuit “will not be held as scheduled” — a day after the start of the French Open, also played on that surface, was postponed from May to September.The tours had said last week they would suspend play until late April or early May.The tournaments affected by the tours’ suspensions include combined men’s and women’s events in Madrid and Rome.Also being scrapped are upcoming WTA tournaments in Strasbourg, France, and Rabat, Morocco, along with ATP events in Munich; Estoril, Portugal; Geneva; and Lyon, France.Both tours also said that their rankings will be frozen “until further notice.” The NBA unveiled a free trial of its “NBA League Pass” that will last through April 22 for scores of archived games and other content.“Limiting social interactions is a critical way to minimize the spread of this virus, but staying home for long periods of time can be difficult,” the league said, adding that the trial will offer access to full-length and condensed replays of all games from this season, as well as an expansive archive of classic games and content.___3:40 p.m.Three prominent jockeys are skipping the upcoming Dubai World Cup in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. ___3:40 p.m.Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora says the country’s top soccer league is likely to resume on May 3.Spadafora says “then we will evaluate whether it’s open to the public or not.”Italy was one of the first countries to suspend its soccer leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak. According to the website accepting donations, Ibrahimović has donated 100,000 euros ($109,000) to the fund. It quickly raised a further 10,300 euros ($11,300).The site states that all the money raised will be “directly donated to Humanitas to help strengthen the intensive care and emergency units of Milano, Bergamo, Castellanza and Torino’s hospitals.”Italy has been the second hardest hit country with more than 31,000 cases of the virus.The 38-year-old Ibrahimović rejoined Milan in January from the Los Anegles Galaxy. He has also played for Italian clubs Inter Milan and Juventus.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):4:45 p.m.Mexican pentathlete Mariana Arceo, who qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, has tested positive for the new coronavirus and is being treated at a clinic in Mexico City. ___3:55 p.m.The Miami Heat and AmericanAirlines Arena unveiled their plans for team and arena part-time employees who will be affected by the sports shutdown caused by the new coronavirus pandemic.The Heat say they will pay not only their own employees but those from partner companies such as Levy Restaurants (the arena’s food and beverage concessionaire), Contemporary Services Corporation (which provides security) and Pritchard Sports and Entertainment (the arena’s housekeeping provider).The Micky & Madeleine Arison Family Foundation will also donate an additional $1 million to the Miami Heat Charitable Fund, money that the team says will “establish an initiative designed specifically for employees and/or other community needs as they arise in the coming months.” ___11:35 a.m.The IndyCar race in Long Beach, California, won’t be held this year.Officials with the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach said Wednesday they pursued the possibility of rescheduling the popular race to a later date, but “trying to reassemble all the elements that have made the Long Beach event such a success does not appear feasible for 2020.”The race had been scheduled for April 19. Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey hasn’t ruled out the prospect of holding some spring football practices, but he’s not all that optimistic.Sankey says on a conference call with reporters that “practically that window’s pretty narrow.” The SEC and other conferences have canceled championships for spring sports and spring football games, and suspended athletic activities until at least April 15.“That doesn’t mean we’ll be back to normal practice activities April 16,” Sankey said.He also cited federal recommendations limiting the size of gatherings.___ ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 U.S.-based jockeys Irad Ortiz Jr., Luis Saez and Tyler Gaffalione will not travel to the United Arab Emirates for the world’s richest day of horse races March 28. Saez’s agent, Richie DePass, said the coronavirus was behind his client’s decision. Gaffalione’s agent, Matt Muziker, said his client wasn’t going because he’d be subject to a 14-day quarantine upon return.Trainer Bob Baffert said Mucho Gusto will be ridden by William Buick in the $12 million Dubai World Cup with Ortiz not traveling. With Gaffalione out, trainer Mark Casse said Frankie Dettori will ride Sir Winston.— Reporting by Beth Harris and Stephen Whyno.___3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.Spanish soccer team Alavés says 15 people in its club have become infected with the coronavirus: three players, seven members of its coaching staff and five other employees.The club had already reported that two members of its staff were infected.Valencia and Espanyol said earlier this week that their clubs have also been hit by the virus.Valencia said Monday that 35% of its squad and coaching staff are infected, while Espanyol said on Tuesday that six members of its squad and staff have it. In addition, Freeman says he’ll donate another $25,000 to the Salvation Army.___4:55 p.m.The 24 Hours Le Mans endurance race has been postponed for three months because of the coronavirus outbreak and will now run from Sept. 19-20.The race was initially set for June 13-14. ___8:50 a.m.The Western Athletic Conference has canceled all competition and championships for the remainder of the academic year.The WAC had previously suspended all competition, but the conference’s board of directors voted Tuesday to cancel all spring sports. The decision falls in line with the NCAA’s cancellation of its winter and spring championships.The WAC’s decision affects men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and baseball. Next year’s date will be April 18.Ticket holders can either receive a credit that will apply to the same level of admission for next year or receive a full refund.___2:25 p.m.An Arizona-based employee of the Cincinnati Reds has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The Swedish soccer association must now decide whether to accept the clubs’ request.The season was due to start on the weekend of April 3-4.The clubs say in a statement that their decision is supported by broadcasters, fans and the country’s main supporters’ union.The clubs say “work remains on establishing a new plan for the year and sorting out the exact dates for the start and other rounds.”___ ___1 a.m.Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region.“Everything we do together makes a difference,” Ciara said in a video posted to her Twitter account. “And together we will conquer this tough time that we’re going through.”According to Food Lifeline’s website, the organization provides the equivalent of 134,000 meals daily and had 58 million pounds of food sourced last year. Cuba has joined countries around the world in suspending its sports calendar due to the new coronavirus pandemic.The national sports institute announced Wednesday that events would be put off at least until April 30.The official Prensa Latina news agency said that will push back the baseball season, which had been scheduled to start on April 11, as well as this month’s Cuba Cup of track and field.The institute also said that Cuban delegations won’t travel abroad — potentially affecting qualification for the Olympic and Paralympic games.Cuba has reported 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one death, that of an Italian tourist. 1:20 p.m.Premier League team Chelsea is making a hotel located on the grounds of its Stamford Bridge stadium available free of charge for London’s medical workers during the coronavirus outbreak.The club says Russian owner Roman Abramovich will cover the costs of providing the accommodation for staff of the National Health Service who “will be working long shifts and may not be able to travel home or would otherwise have to make long commutes.”Chelsea says the offer is initially for a two-month period and will be reconsidered depending on circumstances.The entire hotel will be given up for medical workers if necessary. 4:25 p.m.A track and field event in California that regularly draws Olympians has been canceled.Organizers said the Mt. SAC Relays have been called off as a result of California Gov. Gavin Newsom advising against large public gatherings.The meet had been set for April 16-18 at Mt. SAC College in Walnut, California. The event is known for its elite division, where top athletes typically test their fitness early in the season. In Olympic years, they use the meet to obtain qualifying times.___ Italian soccer federation president Gabriele Gravina says starting on May 3 should allow the league to finish by June 30 but if that’s not possible “there must be a change in format.”Gravina also says “a salary cut for soccer players can not be a taboo in this period of emergency.”___3:35 p.m.Clubs in the top two soccer leagues in Sweden say they do not want to start the new season until the beginning of June because of the coronavirus outbreak. The league says it will decide which matches can be rescheduled once training has resumed.The league also says it will pay the second instalment of an 800,000 euro ($862,000) solidarity fund to amateur clubs to help them cushion the economic weight of the pandemic.___1:35 p.m.AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimović has set up a fundraiser to help Italian hospitals in the center of the coronavirus outbreak. 4:20 p.m.The Austrian soccer league is making plans to extend its suspension until May and take advantage of UEFA’s decision to postpone the European Championship.The Austrian Bundesliga says its clubs agreed they could restart in early May and play until the end of June.The league says “should the situation in general ease and make a resumption of play possible, the clubs will immediately consult about concrete start dates and draw up an alternative schedule.”UEFA moved the European Championship to 2021, freeing up space for European leagues to finish seasons disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak before many players’ contracts expire on June 30. 4:10 p.m.Formula One has moved its midseason break from August to March and April because of the coronavirus pandemic.The break has also been extended from 14 days to 21. Motorsport’s governing body FIA said in a statement Wednesday that the change was unanimously approved by all teams.Four of the season’s 22 races have already been postponed, and the FIA is hoping that moving the annual break forward could make it easier to find new dates later for events. F1 races in Netherlands, Spain and Monaco scheduled for May are also under threat of postponement. The Latest: Mexican pentathlete tests positive for virus All three clubs say their infected members are in good health.___3 p.m.All training sessions at Belgian professional soccer clubs have been suspended until at least April 5 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Belgium’s national security council earlier said all gatherings, cultural, social, festive and sporting activities have been prohibited until the same date. The employee worked inside the team’s spring training complex in Goodyear, Arizona, from Feb. 29 to March 14. The team said in a statement it was sending a precautionary notice to those who were inside the building and that those who were in close contact with the employee are being tested and have self-quarantined.There are no known MLB players who have tested positive for coronavirus. Two minor league players with the Yankees have tested positive.___2:15 p.m.All men’s and women’s professional tennis tournaments through June 7 are being called off because of the new coronavirus pandemic. Heat Business Operations President Eric Woolworth says the 1,000 or so part-time employees “are the backbone of our business. Night in and night out, every single one of these employees works tirelessly to provide our guests and our community with the best experience in sports and entertainment. They deserve our help as we all navigate this unpredictable situation together.”___3:50 p.m.The NBA and the NFL both announced Wednesday that they will be offering free previews of their digital products.The NFL’s “Game Pass” includes access to past regular and postseason games, previous seasons of award-winning NFL Films series such as “Hard Knocks” and “A Football Life,” and exclusive film sessions. It will be offered free until May 31 to fans within the U.S., and starting Thursday until July 31 to fans outside the U.S. and Canada. The new date will also impact other races on the World Endurance Championship’s calendar.___4:50 p.m.FIFA is looking to set up a hardship fund to help soccer stakeholders affected by the coronavirus outbreak.FIFA says it will “analyze if a support fund at global level will be required” and how it might operate.last_img read more

On the Shoulders of a Giant: Lessons from the life of Oliver Tambo

first_imgThe Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation hosted the Oliver Tambo Centenary Memorial Lecture under the appropriate theme “On the Shoulders of a Giant” at the University of the Witwatersrand On 27 October 2017.Former President Thabo Mbeki delivered the keynote address to a full-house made up of the Tambo family and friends, liberation struggle stalwarts, government and business leaders, students, and members of the media, among others. (Image: Supplied)Phindi Maduna“For the revolutionary movement, anniversaries cannot only celebrate the past. We must recall and acclaim our history, but more importantly, we must use the past to arm ourselves for the future; to learn lessons and to strengthen our resolve and commitment”Oliver Reginald Tambo spoke these words at the meeting to observe the 60th anniversary of the South African Communist Party in London on 30 July 1981. On 27 October 2017, when the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation hosted the Oliver Tambo Centenary Memorial Lecture under the appropriate theme “On the Shoulders of a Giant” at the University of the Witwatersrand, the intention was to reflect on the past, draw lessons from it and arm ourselves for the future of South Africa.Tambo‚ the longest-serving African National Congress President who died in 1993‚ would have been 100 years old on 27 October 2017. Brand South Africa was honoured to partner with the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation to celebrate the life of Tambo and his great contribution to the South African liberation struggle.In closing, Mbeki said, “History will answer the question unequivocally whether we had the courage to live up to the extraordinary legacy which Oliver Tambo left behind!”Former President Thabo Mbeki delivered the keynote address to a full-house made up of the Tambo family and friends, liberation struggle stalwarts, government and business leaders, students, and members of the media, among others.He opened by saying “Today, October 27, 2017 our people, joined by the people of the rest of Africa and the world, stand up and say in unison – happy birthday our dear and respected Oliver Tambo, our beloved OR”. Tambo was a committed Pan-Africanist and this according to Mbeki, “helped further to entrench this outlook throughout the ranks of the ANC and contributed in no small measure to the development of the attitude among millions throughout our Continent that the struggle to defeat the apartheid system was as much ours as it was theirs.” Tambo is certainly respected world over for his human rights activism, internationalism, and futurism. There is so much that leaders young and old, across South Africa, Africa and the world can learn from the way that Tambo led the liberation struggle and united the international community against the apartheid government.The audience listened attentively as Mbeki reflected on his relationship with Tambo and shared some of the of the lessons that can be taken from Tambo’s leadership style in order to move South Africa forward. He candidly emphasised the importance of taking lessons from those who came before us in order to continue to make progress in South Africa.Tambo‚ the longest-serving African National Congress President who died in 1993‚ would have been 100 years old on 27 October 2017.Mbeki said that he believed that the best way to honour Tambo as we mark the Centenary of his birth would be to live up to the example he has set by being loyal to the truth; encouraging a spirit of unity to achieve the goal of a better life for all; helping to ensure the full functioning of our country as a constitutional democracy; and, “reasserting in practical ways the principle and practice that we share a common destiny with our fellow Africans, including those in the African Diaspora.”In closing, Mbeki said “History will answer the question unequivocally whether we had the courage to live up to the extraordinary legacy which Oliver Tambo left behind!”It is while standing on the shoulders of a giant like Tambo, that South Africans and South African leaders can realise a future built on consistent perseverance and resilience; because South Africa’s tumultuous past and the manner in which it was overcome is a lesson that we cannot take for granted in the on-going exercise to build a better South Africa, Africa and world.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

The Greenest Beverage? Tap water. But What About Adult Beverages?

first_imgBottles are greener than cans, but is beer the greenest choice?In a quest to discover the most environmentally benign beverage for backyard barbecues, one builder sifted through the options to help us drink greener.I have nothing against water: I make coffee with it, paddle a canoe in it, and I even drink it every day. But it’s not always what my empty hand is looking for when I settle down in the backyard and fire up the Weber. Beer sort of hits the spot at these times. Listening to NPR on the way home from work one day, I heard that recycling 30 beer cans saved the equivalent of a gallon of gas. How many beer bottles, I wondered, would be equivalent to 30 beer cans? I asked my local recycling coordinator who wasted no time in answering me: from an environmental perspective, tap water is my best choice.Tap water wasn’t what I was after, so I refined my query He did some research and we ran the numbers. It turns out that 385 beer bottles have the equivalent embodied energy of 30 beer cans. He pointed out that there was some minimal adjustment needed to account for the transportation cost of imported beer so this calculation would be most accurate if applied to domestic beer in both bottles and cans. Ah-ha! I said, this gives me an environmental rationalization for buying that nice local microbrew!Does this mean I get to invest in a kegerator? Actually he replied, the kegerator idea is a no-go due to the carbon footprint of the refrigerator (regardless of the impact of the increased beer consumption). However, if you consider that there are 22 shots of bourbon in a bottle that likely has the embodied energy content of two beer bottles this gives you an environmental justification for drinking bourbon on the rocks (or mint juleps). If a single beer can equals 12.83 beer bottles it is roughly equivalent to 6 bottles of bourbon in terms of its carbon footprint.I’ll leave it to some one else to assess the relative carbon footprint and green house gas impact of marijuana. That’s just not my cuppa tea.—Michael Chandler is a builder near Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His website is http://www.chandlerdesignbuild.com/ [Ed’s note: for some fun recycling facts go to http://www.oberlin.edu/recycle/facts.html]last_img read more

Stowaway passengers killed in DR Congo train derailment

first_imgLubumbashi: A freight train derailed in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo early Thursday, killing illegal passengers who were riding on it, in the latest rail tragedy to strike the vast central African nation, officials said. But in a chaotic situation, estimates of the death toll varied widely, from 10 to a hundred. “Another disaster! Derailing at 3am (0100 GMT) in Tanganyika (province) near Mayibaridi. Provisional toll: 50 dead and several injured,” the minister for humanitarian action, Steve Mbikayi, said in a tweet. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIn contrast, the provincial governor, Zoe Kabila, who is the brother of former president Joseph Kabila, issued a tweet that said, “Correction… provisional toll 10 dead, 30 injured and three railcars overturned.” But witnesses at the scene and local media feared a hundred people could have been killed. Victor Umba, the union head of the national rail company SNCC, said the freight train was travelling from the town of Nyunzu to the town of Niemba when two railcars fell on their sides, crushing many people underneath. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Those who died in this derailment were stowaways. It is impossible for the SNCC to provide any kind of toll,” Umba told AFP. He added that the SNCC’s chief was in the provincial capital of Kalemie trying to find a way to raise the carriages. “It seems that many stowaways are trapped under the derailed carriages”. Railways in the DRC have a poor record for safety, hampered by derelict tracks and decrepit locomotives, many of them dating from the 1960s. In March, at least 24 people were killed and 31 were injured Sunday when a freight train carrying illegal passengers crashed in the central region of Kasai. In November last year, 10 stowaways were killed and 24 injured near the eastern town of Samba when the brakes failed on a freight train.last_img read more

More fire another home attack

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 13, 2017 – Grand Turk – Early reports are there was another fire in Grand Turk over the weekend, this one was quickly contained and in Provo there was another home attack in Blue Hills where a Jamaican man had to jump from an upper story of an apartment building during a reported armed robbery.Police have been contacted for information in both cases; up to news production time there was no reply.#MagneticMediaNews #FireinGrandTurk #BlueHillshomeattack Related Items:#BlueHillshomeattack, #FireinGrandTurk, #magneticmedianewslast_img

THE 2017 HURRICANE SHELTER LIST

first_imgDESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O17District:  Central Andros District 3.St. Phillip’s Community Centre Cargill Creek Joan’s Height, South Beach Carmichael Road– 2.Holy Redeemer Catholic Church 1.Abraham’s Bay High School 7. DESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O17 1 – Foster B Pestaina CentrePro-Cathedral of Christ the King (Special Needs Shelter)East Atlantic Drive and Pioneers Way352-5255 NAME OF SHELTER 10.Ebenezer Baptist Church 4Holy Cross Anglican Church393-2428 (Church)Highbury Park offSoldier Road– NoNAME OF SHELTER NO. 4.First Assemblies of God 3.St. Joseph’s Anglican Church St. James Road– 4.Governor’s Harbour Primary School 1.Zion Baptist church 11.St. Margaret’s Anglican Church NO. Nicholl’s Town – 2.Church of ChristNicholls Town 10Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries/361-3347 Dolphin Drive– NAME OF SHELTER Mt. Moriah Baptist Church323-1747/325-6693 (Church) 14Ebenezer Baptist ChurchBarratarre NoNAME OF SHELTER Ulric H. Ferugson PrimaryCabbage Hill,Crooked Island 3 26St. John’s Native Baptist Church323-5434 1.Lighthouse Church of GodHarbour Island 3.St. John’s Baptist Church District:  San Salvador & Rum Cay         ADDRESS 3.Zion Baptist church District:  Cat Island District         Great Harbour Cay Augusta & Patton Streets– 15Ebenezer Mission Baptist Church322-8161 2.St. James Baptist Church 2.Wesley Methodist ChurchHarbour Island DESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O17 – – 12Ebenezer Baptist ChurchRolleville 1. Farrington Road 3.Trinity City of Praise Centre 19Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled/322-2393 – 3. 18 4.Collie’s DuplexAlbert Town,Long Cay Blake Road– Church of God NoNAME OF SHELTER 2 – First Baptist Church HallColumbus Drive & Nansen Avenue352-9224 West Avenue 23 Hillview Seventh Day AdventistChurch361-8683 5.Command Centre & Additional Shelter 9 17St. Barnabas Anglican Parish Church323-5995/326-2192/323-4460 Wulff & Baillou Hill Road– NoNAME OF SHELTER Shirley Street Nicholls Town 3 – Central Church of God HallCoral Road373-5355 DESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O17 2.Pirates Well Primary School District:  Central Eleuthera District Bowen Sound 7.St. John’s Anglican Church Hall NoNAME OF SHELTER NO. 12Southwest CathedralChurch of God341-0356 Meadow Street– 13Church of God of Prophecy322-3241/322-3097/322-8376 5.First Baptist ChurchSan Andros College of the Bahamas Resource Centre 3.Deleveaux’s ResidenceMajor’s Cay,Crooked Island 1.Administration Building 3.Long Bay Cays Pre-SchoolLong Bay Cay – Administration Building(COMMAND CENTRE) DESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O17 Gambier Village– NoNAME OF SHELTERADDRESSS 1. District:  Exuma District 4.Mission Church of God Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 20, 2017 – All Islands –HURRICANE SHELTERS 2017NEW PROVIDENCE Pentecostal Church 6.St. Christopher’s Anglican Church Baillou Hill Road– NoNAME OF SHELTER Related Items: 2.High Rock Primary SchoolThe Bluff Calabash Bay DESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O17 6.B. A. Newton PrimaryRed Bays NoNAME OF SHELTERADDRESSS 7.Cambridge Villas 3.Church of God of ProphecyConch Sound Blanket Sound NoNAME OF SHELTERADDRESSS District:  Berry Islands District District:  North Andros District District:  Mangrove Cay District 1.The Current Community Centre 1.The Resource Centre Joe Farrington Road– District:  Crooked Island/Long Cay 1.Deep Creek Primary SchoolDeep Creek DESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O17 14Church of God of Prophecy328-5930 Carmichael Road Kennedy Subdivision– District:  North Eleuthera District DESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O17 Prince Charles Drive– 5 – Maurice Moore Primary SchoolSandcombe Drive373-7981/2 4.St. Paul’s Baptist ChurchBlack Point DESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O17 NoNAME OF SHELTERADDRESSS Mackey Street– 1.Ezekiel Thompson HallCabbage Hill, Crooked Island 7Salvation Army393-2340/393-2745 NoNAME OF SHELTERADDRESSS 4.Deep Creek Middle School 8.Holy Cross Anglican Church HURRICANE SHELTER LIST FOR GRAND BAHAMACITY OF FREEPORT Agape Full Gospel Baptist Church/328-6937 2.Wesley Methodist Church 6.Community Centre – 6Pilgrim Baptist Church393-3644 4.St. Marks Anglican Church 4.Pleasant View Assemblies of GodSouth Mastic Point 6.Lovely Zion Baptist Church – District:  South Andros District NoNAME OF SHELTER 6.Mount Ethel Baptist Church 3.Church of the Nazarene 2.St. Michael’s Methodist Church 2.Green Castle Primary School 9.Palestine Baptist Church 2. St. Mary’s Hall/St. Augustine’s College/324-1511 Fresh Creek 2Epiphany Anglican Church364-2884 (Church) Bernard Road 8.The New Mt. Hermon Baptist church ADDRESS Kemp Road 5Kemp Road Ministries393-5932/393-8872 1.Rock Sound Primary School 2.Church of God of ProphecyCripple Hill,Crooked Island 1.Mangrove Cay High SchoolSwains 9.Holy Family Anglican Church 5.Bannerman Town & John Miller’s Community Library DESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O17 District:  North Eleuthera District (Harbour Island) District:  Current, Current Island & Spanish Wells 6.John Wesley Methodist Church 2.Zion Methodist Church 6 – St George’s High School GymSunset Highway/Off East Beach Drive352-7373 East Street– 5.Camp Symonette 1. 5.St. Andrew’s Community Centre Love Hill St. Charles Vincent Street– 1.Purplemae Restaurant Harold Road 1.Zion Baptist Church DESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O17 7 – Cancer AssociationWest Atlantic Drive352-2873 NoNAME OF SHELTER 2.Burnt Rock PrimaryBurnt Rock 25C. R. Walker Senior High SchoolAuditorium/326-2001/326-1323 Meeting Street 4.Gerace Reasearch Centre Epworth Hall/Ebenezer Methodist Church/393-2936/393-1763 – District:  Mayaguana District      3.St. Matthew’s Baptist Church Calabash Bay 16Salvation Army323-5608/323-2345 2.The Salvation Army NoNAME OF SHELTERADDRESSS 5.Peoples Haitian Baptist Church NoNAME OF SHELTER Catholic Church Nicholls Town Primary School District:  Ragged Island District Church of God ofProphecy NoNAME OF SHELTERADDRESSS 4.Voice of Deliverance 5.Seventh Day Adventist Church NoNAME OF SHELTER 17.Mt. Oliveth Baptist ChurchStaniel Cay 5.Mount Sinai Baptist Church Calvary Haitian Baptist Church 21New Providence Community Centre327-1660 4.Mt. Carmel Baptist Church 6.St. Theresa’s Catholic Centre 7. 6.St. Mark’s Native Baptist Church 20Church of God of Prophecy327-4886 NoNAME OF SHELTERADDRESSS 5.Senior’s Recreational Centre THE FAMILY ISLANDS  8 13Mt. Sinai Union Baptist ChurchStuart Manor 3.Wemyss Bight Primary School 1.St. Andrews Anglican Church 11New Bethlehem Baptist Church341-8432/3613960 22 24All Saints Anglican Church392-7220 ADDRESSSHELTER 1.Seymour’s Gospel Chapel 2.Highway Church of God DESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O16 DESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O17 1.St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church 7.New Highway Pentecostal Church 5.Zion Baptist Church NAME OF SHELTER District:  South Eleuthera District          District:  Long Island District 16St. Luke’s Baptist ChurchBlack Point WEST END GRAND BAHAMA DISTRICTEight Mile Rock High School GymMartin Town, Eight Mile Rock348-3782 Independence Drive District:  Inagua District 10.The Church of the Ascension 1New Dimensions Ministries364-0808/364-6397(Church) DESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O17 – 4 – Jack Hayward High SchoolWildcat Avenue & Pioneers Way East373-8750 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 2.St. Peter’s Union Baptist Churchlast_img read more

The Drop in Online Advertising And What It Means … to a

first_imgSmith’s comments, when inverted, give credence to the importance of quality content as the driving force behind revenue generation. A conversation I had this past weekend with a recent college grad—my nephew—was all I needed to hear to substantiate it.A May 2008 graduate, he has had found this job market quite challenging.  Armed with a degree in communications, he has been busy helping market his dad’s automotive repair business, interning at a Web/TV enterprise and trying to launch a social network with a college buddy.  About three weeks ago, he got a call from an online ad network regarding a position in sales.  After a couple of phone interviews, he was granted a face-to-face with the network’s VP of sales.On its face, the job seemed pretty cool.  The money was decent and the idea of getting paid to work in a startup environment was very appealing. What he heard from the hiring manager on the other hand left much to be desired.  He was told that it was expected that he would need to run through a brick wall for a sale. No problem with that from where I sit.  As my nephew probed for how customers felt about his potential new company, the VP said “who cares about what customers feel, as long as we get their money and they pay on time?”  Can you imagine? My nephew said he shut down the minute he heard that comment.  At 23, he innately understood this was no way to conduct business. “I want to make money, but there is no way I can work for a company that treats customers so poorly.  I don’t see how a business can succeed with that type of attitude.”  After picking up what he termed a similar vibe from a handful of sales “leaders” over the past 12 months, he has decided to pursue his social network dream full-time.  He hopes to build the type of company he can be proud of.  Whether or not he succeeds in his first venture is less important than the fact that he really understands the importance of true customer-centric behavior.      The experience underscores the problem with online display. Selling brands on the benefits of associating with quality content in an altruistic manner is the key to long-term success. Technology and metrics will propel forward organically, but they no longer need to be front and center. Media companies will come to realize that the Internet is nothing more than a huge power grid. OMMA, IAB and the rest can have all the conferences and meetings they want about whether to “ad network or not” but such get-togethers will have little impact.The decline reported by IAB was just the first shot across the bow in terms of whether digital advertising lives up to its great potential. Analysts of course say it is just a “blip” along the way to great heights the same way analysts said that sub-prime mortgages were the way to go. Take the so-called analysts with a grain of salt. They back horses upon which they’ve placed bets. New media is declaring itself king of the hill, but great content and great sellers will win when the economy rebounds regardless of the medium. Last week, the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers reported that online advertising dropped 5 percent during the first quarter of 2009.  This marks the first time Web advertising has posted a year-over-year decline since the fourth quarter of 2002. Given the recession’s impact on advertising in general, this news is not at all remarkable, but, as Steve Smith, editor at the Media Industry Newsletter, notes: “The deeper question is where online ad spending will be when there is an inevitable upswing. Is online branding and the display economy being hurt in a permanent way by the rush to performance-based campaigns? CPMs continue to plunge. Ad inventory continues to gush online from social media. Search advertising continues to attract the overwhelming majority of marketing dollars. The fundamentals of a long-term digital media economy that can support substantial content creation continue to be unclear.”By placing a lesser premium on the value of brand advertising, Web publishers and the networks and technologies that serve them will have to deal with the resulting challenges. After all, those that live by the sword die by the sword.My recent posts on the problems with online display advertising and media altruism articulate my belief that future success depends upon the ability of sales teams to sell the benefits of aligning with quality content.  This skill when combined with true sales altruism—caring for customers—is a formula that transcends generations and technology.  This is by no means an earth-shattering revelation, but I question how much attention the digerati are giving to what were once the basics of media sales.  last_img read more

Without Google people behind bars pen their questions to librarians

first_img 4 This library puts tech in the hands of its patrons 2:18 Internet Share your voice Comments Tetra Images/Getty Images Rachel Kinnon and Jeanie Austin, librarians at the San Francisco Public Library, receive about 60 questions a week from a dedicated group of fans: prison inmates. The inquiries, usually handwritten and sent by post, range from requests for information about transitioning to life outside of prison to explanations of technologies that may not have existed before a prisoner was put away, like 5G and bitcoin. Song lyrics are a frequent ask. Tech infiltrates nearly every aspect of our lives, but remains virtually nonexistent in jails and prisons. Inmates typically don’t have access to computers or cellphones. Sometimes they can send and receive electronic messaging, a stripped-down form of email. But it’s expensive and limited by character counts. digital-libraries-8777-5The Next Chapter is a multipart series that examines the changing role of libraries in a connected world.  James Martin/CNET That’s why Kinnon and Austin are so important to inmates. They serve as human go-betweens for prisoners and information that’s often readily available online. Prisoners express “how they were really disconnected before they had this link to the world,” said Kinnon, who manages the SFPL’s Jail and Reentry Services program. “There’s such a desperate need for information.” Unlike Google, which generally returns results in less than a second, the process of answering prisoner questions can take weeks. Kinnon and Austin scan the letters they read and email them to other librarians, who research the answers. Researchers often do a quick Google search for the answer or access dedicated databases such as ProQuest, EBSCO and Gale. When the responses come back, the pair review them, print them out and mail them back. Librarians: the original search enginesThe SFPL, which is celebrating National Library Week along with other US institutions, isn’t the only library that serves as a de facto Google for inmates. In fact, its letter-writing service, called Reference by Mail, is modeled after a similar program at the New York Public Library. As part of an agreement, the two libraries essentially split the country, with the NYPL taking letters from prisoners in the eastern half of the country and the SFPL taking letters from the western half. A third library, the Harris County Public Library in Houston, takes letters from prisoners in Texas. Other libraries also take questions from prisoners.Reference by MailSome of the letters the San Francisco Public Library receives from inmates.  Rachel Kinnon There are limits to what they can provide. For example, librarians can’t offer legal advice, adult entertainment or information related to violence. Inmates are allowed to write up to two letters a month to the SFPL. All responses include a source note explaining why a particular resource was chosen, as well as a reference list. Responses can run as many as 20 pages. Sometimes librarians will write their own explanations. Other times, they’ll send an article addressing the topic an inmate is interested in. “Sometimes we get asked astrophysics questions, and I’m just like, ‘Screenshots all the way,'” Austin says with a laugh. Not all the questions revolve around serious topics. One person wrote to the NYPL asking about the history of the hot dog, while another requested pictures of every My Little Pony. Someone once asked for love spells, particularly ones that would work through mail. The fact that prisoners use their limited supply of stamps and envelopes to write to the library is telling of how important the resource is to them, Kinnon says. “We’ve had people say explicitly, ‘I wouldn’t get any mail if it weren’t for you,'” she says. Now playing: Watch this: Tagslast_img read more

Nothing says Apollo 11 crew like a butter sculpture at the state

first_imgLife-size butter sculptures of the Apollo 11 space crew are featured in the 2019 butter display presented by the American Dairy Association Mideast.  American Dairy Association 35 Photos Sci-Tech Armstrong — who was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio — is considered a state icon for his trip to the moon. In addition, Armstrong bought a dairy farm in Ohio after leaving NASA in 1971.  Apollo 11 moon landing: Neil Armstrong’s defining moment Tags If you want to celebrate NASA’s 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing, you might as well do it with butter.At this year’s Ohio State Fair, visitors can see highly detailed, life-sized butter sculptures of the Apollo 11 moon crew — Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.There’s also a separate butter sculpture of Armstrong in his spacesuit saluting the American flag while standing near the lunar module Eagle. This story is part of To the Moon, a series exploring humanity’s first journey to the lunar surface and our future living and working on the moon. Apollo 11: 50 years on and still just as weird 7:55 Now playing: Watch this:center_img butter4This butter sculpture of Neil Armstrong in his spacesuit saluting the American flag is downright legen-dairy. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET It took 2,200 pounds (998 kilograms) of butter donated by dairy farmers. Steel frames support the weight of the butter.The sculptors worked on the butter sculptures inside a cooler at a temperature of 46 degrees Fahrenheit (7 Celsius) for 400 of the 500 hours it took to make the buttery display, according to a video from the American Dairy Association Mideast. Space fans have until Aug. 4 to see the Apollo 11 butter sculptures on display. “Ohio also has a special connection to that day, as one of our own took the first ever steps on the surface of the moon,” Jenny Hubble, senior vice president of communications for the American Dairy Association Mideast, said in a statement.  Not to be outdone by the humans, there are also the traditional butter sculptures of a cow and her calf in the display. Both the cow and calf are wearing ear tags with the word “Apollo” written on them. More Apollo 11 Poppy Northcutt explains what it’s like to be part of space history Apollo: Missions to the Moon doc creates a virtual time machine Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary: Quick guide to the first moon landing Comment 1 To the Moon Share your voice NASA Spacelast_img read more