Supreme Court Directs Centre To Consider Banning/Regulating Usage Of Disinfectant Tunnels/ Artificial UV Rays On Human Beings

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Directs Centre To Consider Banning/Regulating Usage Of Disinfectant Tunnels/ Artificial UV Rays On Human Beings LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK5 Nov 2020 3:41 AMShare This – x’For spraying disinfectant on human body, fumigation or use of UV rays against the human body, there has to be regulatory regime.’The Supreme Court has directed the Central Government to issue necessary direction regarding ban/Regulation on the usage of disinfection tunnels/ exposure of human being to artificial ultraviolet rays.In event, use of disinfectant on human body is to cause adverse effect on the health of the people, there has to be immediate remedial action and the Centre cannot stop …Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court has directed the Central Government to issue necessary direction regarding ban/Regulation on the usage of disinfection tunnels/ exposure of human being to artificial ultraviolet rays.In event, use of disinfectant on human body is to cause adverse effect on the health of the people, there has to be immediate remedial action and the Centre cannot stop only by saying that such use is not recommended, said the bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy and MR Shah. The court said that for spraying disinfectant on human body, fumigation or use of UV rays against the human body, there has to be regulatory regime. The court issued these directions while disposing a writ petition filed by Gursimran Singh Narula against use of chemical disinfectants for spraying and fumigation by organizations/public authorities. He had sought a ban on spraying of all kinds of disinfectants on human beings which is being done supposedly for protecting the human beings from the Novel Coronavirus disease 2019(Covid­19).Before the bench, the petitioner contended that the concept of “human disinfection” through walk in tunnel is flawed and misconceived and be not permitted at any cost in light of Right to Health under Article 21 of the Constitution. The Centre submitted before the court that it had issued an advisory that use of disinfectant on human body is not recommended.”We are of the view that for spraying disinfectant on human body, fumigation or use of UV rays against the human body, there has to be regulatory regime when respondent No.1 itself is of the view that such use is not recommended. The respondent No.1 has wide powers and responsibilities under Act, 2005, which could have been utilized to remedy the situation. In event, use of disinfectant on human body is to cause adverse effect on the health of the people, there has to be immediate remedial action and respondent No.1 cannot stop only by saying that such use is not recommended.”, the bench observed. The Court observed that the provisions of the Disaster Management Act confer certain more responsibilities and duties on the Centre apart from issuance of guidelines and providing 31 financial support. It said:”The Pandemic being a disaster within the meaning of Act, 2005, has to be dealt with sternly and effectively. We have no doubt that the Union and the States are taking all measures to contain the pandemic and all mitigating steps but the facts which have been brought on record in this writ petition indicate that in the present case, something more was required to be done by respondent No.1 apart from issuing advisory that use of disinfectant on human body is not recommended. When public authorities/ organizations were using disinfectants both chemical/organic on the human body and there are various studies to the effect that it may be harmful to the health and the body. Some more actions were required to remove the cloud of uncertainty and to regulate the use even if it was to either prevent such use or regulate the use so that health of citizens is amply protected.”The court, therefore issued, the following directionsi) The respondent No.1 may consider and issue necessary directions in exercise of powers vested in it under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, regarding ban/Regulation on the usage of disinfection tunnels involving spraying or fumigation of chemical/organic disinfectants for the human beings. or ii) There shall be similar consideration and directions by the respondents as indicated above with regard to exposure of human being to artificial ultraviolet rays. iii) Looking to the health concern of the people in general, the aforesaid exercise be completed by respondent No.1 within a period of one month.Case: GURUSIMRAN SINGH NARULA vs. UNION OF INDIA [WRIT PETITION (C) NO.560 OF 2020]Coram: Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. 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Donegal man in court over indecent exposure charge

first_img Previous articleDonegal to be represented in major European disability conferenceNext articleBrexit poses biggest threat to marine sector – Cope News Highland A Donegal man who is a previously convicted sex offender has appeared at Derry Magistrate’s Court, following his arrest in Omagh in the early hours of Monday morning.43 year-old Patrick Gavin Porter from Grange, Inch Island, was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning, and was charged with committing an act of indecent exposure on the Strand Road in Derry in 2016.The 43 year old was placed on the Sex Offender’s Register for seven years in 2011 when he was convicted of committing two indecent exposure offences at the students’ village at the Ulster University, Derry.In September 2014 he was arrested for committing a sex act on the Dublin to Derry express bus and jailed for 14 months.The defendant appeared in court yesterday charged with committing an act of a lewd, disgusting and obscene nature by exposing himself to a woman from a flat window at Strand Road, Derry on September 13th, 2016.He is also charged with failing to comply with the Sex Offender’s Act by not registering with police on September 17th 2016 following his release from prison, as well as failing to notify the police of his intention to travel on the same date.The defendant has been remanded in custody to appear via video link on October 3rd. Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Twitter Google+ By News Highland – September 11, 2019 Pinterest Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Twitter Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Donegal man in court over indecent exposure charge Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further WhatsApplast_img read more

Governor Douglas’ Second Inaugural Address

first_imgGovernor James H. DouglasSecond Inaugural Address”A Common Purpose”January 6, 2005Mr. President, Madame Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the General Assembly, distinguished guests, fellow Vermonters:I am deeply honored to stand before you again and am humbled by the trust placed in me. I am proud to share this day with my family and especially my loving wife, Dorothy, and I thank them for their support throughout the years. I also want to thank Lt. Governor Dubie for his friendship, his leadership and his service to Vermont.No person ever stands here alone. Even as I rose in this chamber for the first time, thirty-two years ago, as a freshman legislator, and raised my hand to take the oath of office, I stood tall on the shoulders of our ancestors.Our forbears are the men and women of Vermont who battled to cut a living from her hills. From the tilled field and the ax swing came Vermonters’ reputation for rugged individualism, hard work and personal industry; from harvesting the autumn bounty, the easy generosity of having just enough and no more than you need; from the Sunday trips to town, the power of faith and the spirit of community.Our forbears worked hard this difficult land, and their reward was the freedom and independence of self-sufficiency. With this ethos, they charged their government to fill only the thin gaps left unfilled by community and family, recognizing, as they set forth in the Vermont Constitution, that “frequent recurrence to fundamental principles, and a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, industry and frugality, are absolutely necessary to preserve the blessings of liberty, and keep government free.”I am lifted by the many things we’ve done to make Vermont better and stronger, protecting the most vulnerable while enabling individual growth and preserving essential liberty. In the last two years, we’ve worked together to bring hope where there was fear and opportunity where there was loss.As I am encouraged with our progress, I know the many real challenges that face us and the steps we must take to meet them. Programs that were once intended to fill the thin gaps have expanded far beyond our means. We must take action to curb the unbridled growth of these programs and return them to their most vital purposes.This is a task that will affect the Vermont we want a generation from now. It will set a course for the Vermont we will leave our children and grandchildren.I see a Vermont where every individual is joined with opportunity; where every person who wants a job has a job; where dependence on government is not a way of life, but a temporary stop on the road to self-sufficiency.I see a Vermont where every family is joined by compassion; where parents and children are united by understanding and unconditional love.I see a Vermont where every community is joined by possibility; where caring hearts reach out to troubled souls; where every child enters school ready to learn and leaves school prepared to prosper; where the dream of homeownership is within reach of every family; where the grandeur of green mountains is the backdrop for downtowns bustling with commerce.And I see a Vermont where our government is joined in a common purpose, bound by the shared values that make our state so special.Today, I ask you to join me in a common purpose.In my first inaugural message, I promised to initiate positive changes that would begin to address the challenges that faced Vermont, and I asked for the cooperation of a divided legislature. Together, we put progress over partisanship and accomplished much for the people of our state. I come before you again in the spirit of bipartisanship, asking you to join with me to advance our common goals and address our common challenges.* * *Our future success will be built on the solid foundation we’ve laid over the past two years.We made job creation a priority and our focus is paying off: more Vermonters are working and we have the lowest unemployment rate in the nation.For the first time in many years, employers see that Vermont is “open for business” and ready to be a partner in creating jobs.We rejected the idea that job growth comes at the expense of our environment. Our permit reform measure brought the first meaningful changes to our regulatory system in thirty years and did so while affirming the environmental ethic Vermonters cherish. Our third way – the Vermont Way – is working and our economy is growing again.We’ve made state government a leader in energy conservation. Through better fleet management and efficiency measures in state buildings, we’ll stop hundreds of tons of pollutants from entering the atmosphere and save taxpayers millions. Our energy future is one of greater conservation and efficiency, and we will continue the robust dialogue on the diversity of alternative energy sources that best fit our state.In the last biennium, we made a historic commitment to accelerate the clean up of Vermont’s lakes and waterways. Key partners in our Clean and Clear initiative are the stewards of Vermont’s landscape – our farmers. Every sip of milk, drop of syrup, and ear of corn is a testament to their hard work and tenacity, to which we all owe gratitude and thanks.The General Assembly joined me in an unprecedented effort to give farmers emergency relief in a dark hour. The result is over one hundred family farms saved and many more lifted to financial security.Other unsung environmental stewards are Vermont’s hunters, anglers, and trappers who protect the values and traditions of outdoor sports in our state. Last year, we started to treat the plague of lamprey that are marring our fish. In the coming year, we must address the thinning deer herd to maintain the vitality of hunting in Vermont.In the last biennium, we reformed Act 60 and we will continue to bring property tax relief to working Vermonters. We reaffirmed our commitment to time-honored uses of the land and the industries that thrive on it.Two years ago, I challenged Vermont to confront the growing problem of illegal drug use among our youth. From all corners, the response was overwhelming and effects of our good work are being felt.Through my DETER anti-drug program, the General Assembly is directing more resources for education, treatment, enforcement and rehabilitation. With the help of additional troopers, the State Police, working with sheriffs and local departments, are aggressively targeting out-of-state drug dealers and sending a message to the street that dealers are unwelcome in Vermont.Our new high school drug counselors are reaching the at-risk population before it’s too late and our specialists are helping addicts stay clean and rebuild their lives through expanded recovery programs around the state.Several months ago, I had the opportunity to meet with three women at our new in-patient center in Bradford. They described their hard journey fighting addiction – the broken promises and bitter loneliness. But they spoke of the treatment center as someplace different, someplace where they could finally break free from the cycle of dependence. As I left, one of the women said to me, “For the first time in my life, I feel like someone cares about me.”But for all our progress, stories of grief remain. In recent months it has not been splashed across the headlines – but the addicted still face the quiet struggle – and their families still endure the quiet heartbreak. We must continue our fierce commitment to getting illegal drugs off our streets, away from our homes and out of our lives.* * *I was proud to sign a true Megan’s Law for Vermont, a measure that established an online public registry of sex offenders so these violent criminals may no longer lurk anonymously in our neighborhoods.But there is more we must do to help protect women and children against sexual predators. Vermont needs to enact a “civil commitment” law that ensures untreatable sex offenders are not released into the community to victimize again.* * *With all the challenges before us, let us pause to reflect on tragedy of an unthinkable magnitude half way around the world. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and the families of the tsunami in South Asia.Last week, I had the solemn honor of joining more than a thousand firefighters at the funeral of their colleague, Ray Davison, a great man and a great innovator in the fire service. His passing reminds us of the men and women who are first on the scene to our everyday disasters – all of the firefighters, police officers, and emergency service workers – and the constant thanks we owe them.Right now, many of those first responders are answering a different call. They join their fellow Vermonters courageously serving our country and making our state proud in military operations around the world. We give our great respect and deep gratitude to all of these soldiers and their families for their sacrifice and service to our nation; and we remember those fallen and honor them for their courage and selflessness.* * *As these brave men and women fulfill their duty at home and abroad, it is our duty here to work together in common purpose to make the Vermont of their return even better than the Vermont they left behind.As public servants, our chief responsibility is to build a government that is responsive to the needs of the people who elect us to serve. The statement of priority of these needs is the state budget, and while the details of my proposal will be explained later this month, the gravity of the problem – many years in the making – merits emphasis now.Vermont has always taken pride in its reputation for balanced budgets, stubbornly adhered to as a top priority. This insistence on fiscal responsibility – despite being the only state in the union without a legal requirement for balance – has helped Vermont weather difficult financial times without resorting to drastic measures required of other states.Only rarely, and always briefly throughout our history, has that insistence on financial integrity not prevailed. In those instances when it has not, the steps required to return the state to balance have always been less desirable than a steady allegiance to sustainability. Although our budget is not yet out of balance, it is clear that that allegiance to sustainability has been breached and must be restored immediately.There are many areas of the budget that are growing at unsustainable rates, chief among them the Medicaid program. Nearly one in four Vermonters – compared to the national average of one in seven – now fall under the umbrella of this social welfare program originally designed specifically for the poor, infirm and disabled.Today, we face at least a seventy million dollar deficit in Medicaid. Left unrestrained, the very next legislature, in the very next biennium, will confront a deficit of almost two hundred seventy million dollars – over a quarter of a billion dollars. That’s an amount equivalent to twenty-five percent of our entire general fund budget.This deficit would be the largest in Vermont history. It threatens our fiscal stability, basic economic and health protections, and the already over-taxed Vermonter.To eliminate a deficit of this magnitude, the legislature would have to impose draconian tax hikes on working people: raising personal income taxes by over fifty percent or nearly doubling the sales tax or almost quadrupling the gas tax.These tax hikes would destroy the foundation of our economy. The fact is plain: we cannot, should not and must not tax our way out of this problem.In the last biennium I proposed reforms that would have reduced this deficit and relieved its impact on other programs, but those reforms were rejected. Now, we do not have the luxury of time.It falls on us – all of us – to find a solution that will save Medicaid for future generations before it collapses under the burden of its own weight. Getting spending under control will require leadership, and I am prepared to provide it. A solution will require a commitment as well from you, the legislature, to make those tough decisions required to put a responsible bill on my desk.As you consider all of the other spending pressures you will surely face, including and especially additional health care spending, I ask you to tend to what we already have. I ask you to save Medicaid first.* * *And as we seek a balanced budget, it is important to acknowledge that we did not get in this situation because Vermonters are taxed too little; we’re here because government has spent too much.Already, Vermont’s working families pay the 8th highest income tax rate in the nation and have the 12th highest burden of state and local taxes. And although we are making slow progress reducing the relative tax burden, it is still too high. Besides the heavy toll high taxes take on working families, a high tax environment also contributes to a business climate that makes job creation and economic prosperity more difficult.During the past two years, we took many steps to improve Vermont’s job environment. Our robust recovery has resulted in strong revenues that allowed us to replenish our rainy day funds and get Vermont on solid footing. This will make balancing the budget for the coming fiscal year easier than it would have been, but it would be a serious mistake to reverse this progress by raising taxes now.I challenge this legislature to deliver to me a fiscally responsible, balanced budget that does not raise the tax burden on the people of our state.The stakes are high, and the pressure exerted on us will be intense. As we work together for the benefit of all Vermont, special interests will fight fiercely. They will speak loudly, stage protests, and make dire predictions. But if we fail to stand firm, the eye of history will stare far more sternly on us than any special interest. * * *Within the constraints of a balanced budget there is little room for new spending programs.That is why I have proposed affordable health care reforms that will move us toward universal health insurance coverage, bringing peace of mind and security to thousands of uninsured Vermonters, while reducing the cost of health insurance for those who already have it, and employers who want to offer it to their workers.Like saving Medicaid, health care reform is an issue that cannot tolerate delay. Vermonters’ insurance premiums are swelling, prescription drug costs are rising, and small businesses and working families are having trouble affording the care they need. My plan for health care reform provides concrete steps to address these concerns.The plan that I have offered is built around five fundamental principles to which any comprehensive plan must adhere.Real health care reform must lower the cost of care for those Vermonters who are struggling to keep up.Reform must be patient-centered and put decisions in the hands of patients and their doctors, not politicians and bureaucrats.Reform must increase choices and options of care.Reform must be affordable for Vermonters and sustainable for state government.And real reform must lower the cost of prescription drugs with initiatives at both the national and state levels.As we begin this new biennium, let us demonstrate our bipartisanship by crafting together a drug reimportation bill that will not undermine our first-in-the-nation lawsuit against the FDA.At the same time, we must be honest with the people of Vermont: drug reimportation is at best a short-term fix – perhaps short-lived – and will not be a viable option for many Vermonters. We must continue our fight for a national solution.We must also recognize that prescription drugs are only one part of the soaring cost of health care. To fundamentally lower costs, we need to take more responsibility for our own health. That’s why I will continue to push for innovative health care programs like the Chronic Care Initiative, Fit & Healthy Kids, and a Healthy Choices discount.My plan for real health care reform is a starting point for this General Assembly. I know there will be other designs for new systems of care. I look forward to an open and honest debate about their merits and their value. But the final product must meet the fundamental principles I’ve set forth and cover all aspects of reform.Vermonters cannot wait for another study, another year where premiums continue to rise and care moves out of reach. I ask this Legislature to act thoughtfully – but to act quickly – and deliver me a comprehensive and fiscally responsible health care reform package by adjournment this year.* * *As the pace of our economy’s transition from a largely industrial base to a global information age quickens, we must continue our work to improve our infrastructure and empower Vermonters with the education and skills they need to excel in the next generation of jobs.To keep our economy moving forward, we must keep goods, people, and ideas moving forward. Repairing roads and bridges, building critical transportation arteries, and expanding broadband and cell coverage must remain central to our job creation strategy.We need to remain steadfast in our commitment to improve primary and secondary education, close the performance gaps, and encourage innovative approaches and technologies that improve student achievement.Participants in today’s – and more importantly, tomorrow’s – economy must have opportunities to continue learning and upgrade their skills. We need to sustain our efforts to make our colleges more affordable by improving our support of higher education.Everyone, young and old, must have access to the knowledge and skills to participate in the evolving economy. That is why I am proposing that we place an even greater emphasis on skills training so every working Vermonter can compete and succeed in the 21st Century.Working together, we can educate and inspire a workforce that is second to none, making our working families more secure and our communities more prosperous.* * *Vermonters are known not for their wealth of riches, but for their richness of spirit. It is our strong-hearted independence and unforced kindness that defines us and our desire to make better that unites us.Our urge to refine – to smooth the roughhewn and find natural symmetry – is elemental to the soul of Vermont. We carry it to our government – into school boards, town halls, committee rooms, and into these chambers – with the noble ambition to make the bad good and the good better.It has brought us together today.As we consider the work before us, let us also consider how fortunate we are.If, at the beginning, the Almighty gave to humanity a sliver of globe on which to carve a heaven on earth, it would be filled with verdant hills and sparkling lakes, open fields and forests thick with all His majesty. The joy of changing seasons would bless a people with a cycle of life and instill in them the spirit of freedom and a sense of unity.And they would call it Vermont.With a commitment to cooperation and common sense, we’ve put Vermont back on the path to prosperity. But there is much more for us to do and Vermonters expect, demand and deserve a government that will continue to work together.And so it has come down to us: two chambers solidly Democrat, and one man loyally Republican, to come together in the spirit of civic virtue.Guided by a common purpose, bound by a common history, with a genuine desire for cooperation, let us today begin the march toward our common destiny-end-last_img read more

Strategic speed

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » When credit union leaders could finally take a step back and consider all the changes made in short order to serve members and protect staff amid the COVID-19 pandemic, they may have surprised even themselves with the agility and flexibility demonstrated in that response.The challenge moving forward is how to apply the same adaptability to confront competition and disruption in the financial services sector and to seize new opportunities. Given the tendency among some credit union leaders “to hang their hats on stability and conservatism,” the nimble response to the pandemic across the industry could be a dramatic watershed moment that facilitates more acceptance of the ongoing need for organizational agility, says John Oliver, principal with CUplanner, Palm Springs, California, and lead faculty of CUES School of Applied Strategic Management™.“Strategic agility is what markets are demanding. The notion that we might have to reinvent ourselves is tough to deal with, but the pandemic has pointed [out] that need even more,” Oliver says. “I hope the mentality has shifted with the realization that we can innovate and serve people in different ways, especially with the speed of evolution in shifting consumer behaviors likely to be a permanent trend.”last_img read more

What do single moms, motivated professionals and baby boomer retirees have…

first_imgAll three thrive in the industry of Network Marketing!  Interesting to note that there are many different views of the industry itself and most if not all are right.  Just as in the professions of, say, dentistry or roofing some are to be trusted, some need to be put out of business and everything in between.  Simply put, when done right, Network Marketing is a powerful profession endorsed by successful business men such as Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki who say “There are many benefits the Network Marketing industry offers those who want more from their lives”.  To read more about why Trump and Kiyosaki recommend the industry click here: professionals do well because they have great networks in place and they know how to succeed in the financial arena.  Baby Boomer retirees do fantastic because not only are they backed by the wisdom and experience of the years they are also often ready to re-invent themselves and give back by serving and helping others.  Single moms quite honestly find this to be a extraordinary model.  Network Marketing is a TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) effort and women, being natural at relationships and connecting, excel in this kind of business.  Take into account that 85% of all women that earn over $100,000 per year in the United States do it in the industry of network marketing. It is a business that thrives on helping and serving others and combined with the flexibility of building your business on your own time, from home, while wearing your pajamas and making the kids eggs and you have a perfect option.Joanna Power and Isagenix teamWhether a person wants to build a full time income or create an extra $500 a month to supplement the family budget the industry of Network Marketing can help you make it happen.  It is an industry that welcomes all ages, experience levels and backgrounds.  A good company provides support and training, allows for significant tax advantages and a person can build the business part time while they work another job.Network Marketing is not a get rich scheme, but with patience, effort, and consistent work, a distributor can earn a good amount of money.  Network marketing is a simple business model in which a company sells their service or product to customers through contractors who educate the customer on how to use the products for the greatest benefit.  People tell other people, just like they would if they bought something great at Target or Macy’s, only they get compensated for sharing the information.  In this model, one person does not have to do everything to profit, it is teamwork and a team player will succeed in the business. In this business distributors are not the employees of the company, but contractors who take products from the company to the consumer. The distributor earns commission for products they sell.  Many large companies follow this model to sell their product.Align with a company and product that you truly believe in.  Create a residual income that grows as you grow.  Spend time with people who want more out of life and are also willing to serve and grow.  Learn to serve deeply and help others get what they want so that you can have what you want.  Network marketing is the way of the future because it helps us to connect with each other.  We get to develop friendships that are deep and lifelong because we all want the same thing…..MORE OUT of LIFE and to get out of the J.O.B. (just over broke) model and stop trading time for money.  Network Marketing, when done right, is personal growth with a compensation plan.My company rocks and is perfect for me!  I have been with them for over 8 years now.  This is my first go at network marketing and I had a lot to learn.  I have been forced to grow myself- to become more empathetic, compassionate and allowing- and at the same time grow into a leader.  This industry is built to help people.  The only way I win is to reach out and help someone else.  This is the real deal.  Nutrition is critical and there is a health care crisis coming beyond what you could even imagine.  I have dug and dug to find something wrong at the corporate level.  They are for real.  The products are for real.  This company is filled with people that love life and they love to help others love their life again.  Through simple and proper nutrition people feel fantastic again.  This is what gets me out of bed in the morning!  I get to help people.  Fire them up again.  Help them help themselves and get their mojo back.  I have literally watched lives change and it is a deep and lasting impression.  I am humbled by it and look forward to truly making a difference.So, no matter what your stage of life you just may want to consider taking this wonderful journey!  If you would like to learn more and explore if this may be a solution for you please contact Joanna Power at 360.701.4231 or [email protected] Facebook13Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun gets ready to blow out candles on 30 years of swimming, cycling and running

first_img“We’re up over 300 registrations,” said Kim Irving, in charge of registration for the Cyswog’n’Fun.”This being our 30th anniversary we wanted to have a good turnout so we offered a $30 (early bird) fee, which seemed to help.”The action begins with the starter’s pistol at 8 a.m from the beach at Lakeside Park.Competitors take to the water for the 1500 meters swim — short course, 500 meters — before switching gears to the bike for the 39 km trek on along beautiful Kootenay Lake to Kokanee Park and back.Short course participants turn at Lower 6 Mile Road.After the cycle, it’s running shoes time as competitors trek along the waterfront, around Anderson Street and then Nelson Avenue and across the orange bridge onto the rolling hills of Johnstone Road.Sprint course turns around on Valhalla Rd, returns via the bridge and turns right on Kokanee Avenue and right again on Second Street into the park.Spectators are welcome. Did you know that in 1982 the Commodore 64 computer and the first CD player by Sony were released.The shift in technology was so significant that Time Magazine named The Computer as the person of year in 1982.Another major event taking place happened in Nelson when Jennifer Stanger and Sandy and Danny Babin parlayed an idea during a trip south of the border into the Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon.Sunday, organizers, competitors and volunteers will blow out the candles on 30 years of swimming, cycling and running at Lakeside Park.last_img read more

Biofuels boost for small towns

first_img13 April 2007South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and Central Energy Fund (CEF) have identified five towns across the country to take part in a R3.2-billion biofuels project.The project, which will be 49% owned by the IDC and 51% by the CEF and other investors, will be rolled out in the towns of Hoedspruit and Ogies in Mpumalanga, Mahkathini and Pondoland in KwaZulu-Natal and Cradock in the Eastern Cape.IDC project manager Noel Kamrajh said this week that the projects in the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga were currently at a detailed engineering study level. “Both studies are due for completion in September, and construction is likely to start in January next year.”Kamrajh said the towns would together produce around 1-billion litres of biofuels a year and contribute about 1.3% to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP). The biofuels will cost between US$50 and $70 per barrel.The Hoedspruit plant will make 100-million litres of biofuel a year from sugar cane, while the Ogies plant will make 150-million litres a year from maize. The maize will be bought from local farmers and traders as part of a community empowerment strategy.The Cradock plant will produce 90-million litres of biofuel a year from sugar beets, while the Pondoland project will produce 150-million litres a year from sweet sorghum and sugar cane. The Makhathini plant will produce 100-million litres a year from cassava and sugar cane.The government’s Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA), which aims to raise economic growth and reduce poverty and unemployment, has identified the biofuels sector as a priority.Biofuels, which can be mixed with conventional petrochemicals such as diesel, are seen as a viable and environmentally responsible resource for the provision of fuels, as fossil fuels take millions of years to form and significantly contribute to carbon emissions.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

A Kit House for the 21st Century

first_imgArch construction is keyThe curved glulams are an essential feature of the design, not only because the frames can go up quickly but because they are structurally robust. Just as important, they’re made from short lengths of softwood that would otherwise go to the chipper, Labrie says.“We grind up billions of board feet of wood in this country that is very usable,” he said. “Part of this building concept is to utilize some of that material and not put it into chippers.”Shelter+ can source the curved beams from sources in either New York or Quebec, with a lead time of between 6 and 8 weeks.Labrie says that his background is in the design and manufacture of machinery used to make products from waste wood. When he began designing his own house, an underground structure where he’s been living for 35 years, he leaned toward incorporating arch-shaped components.“I started with an arch because it is the absolute most efficient way to cover square footage,” he said. “You use less materials to get the job done.”Intrigued with the design possibilities for arches, Labrie approached a culvert company in the mid-1970s in hopes of interesting them in a collaboration to build houses. They didn’t nibble, and Labrie shelved the idea. Years later, the idea bubbled back to the surface.Arches also create a free-standing structure that doesn’t need any load-bearing walls inside. As a result, moving partitions and changing a floor plan is both simpler and cheaper than it would be in a conventionally framed house.“With the structure totally free-standing, lofts and second floors can be constructed only when desired or needed since they do not play a structural role in the building shell system,” the company’s web site says. This post was updated to reflect changes at the company’s website about about the efficiency of closed-cell polyurethane foam. Three sizes, but any length you wantThe company offers buildings in three sizes, measured in the number of 4-by-8-foot panels it takes to make the arch. A 13-panel “bungalow,” for example, uses 13 panels to go from the foundation on one side of the building to the foundation on the other side, a distance of 52 feet, on a foundation 40 feet wide. The bungalow is essentially a one-story building.A 15-panel structure, with an exterior covered by 15 panels, can accommodate a loft, and a 17-panel building has a full second floor. All of them are built with the same 40-foot width. Buyers can order buildings in whatever length they like, in 4-foot increments.Labrie says that packages are available in one of three levels of completion. At the low end, a buyer can order just the building shell that’s erected and closed in by a company-trained crew. The other options are a shell with some of the exterior and interior finishing done, or a “full turnkey” building that’s completely finished.Prices for fully completed buildings range from $90 to $132 per square foot, depending on size. Labrie said that the largest building, a 40-foot-long 17-panel structure with a full second floor, three bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, and an office/guest room would have 3,042 square feet of usable interior space and cost $273,366 — about $90 a square foot. With similar fixed costs and less interior room, the square-foot cost of the smaller buildings are higher. UPDATED on Jan. 18, 2016A Maine-based company has developed a prototype house made from arch-shaped glue-laminated beams and structural insulated panels (SIPs). The company promises speedy construction, a high level of energy efficiency, and low long-term ownership costs.It looks just like a Quonset hut of World War II vintage, but Thom Labrie calls his “Ultra-High Performance Building Shell System” a 21st-century innovation that makes more sense than a conventionally framed and insulated building.The buildings have only three components: the frames, the panels, and the steel “shoes” that connect the frame to a concrete foundation. The curved panels are manufactured with an OSB face supplied by Huber, maker of the Zip sheathing system, and include 5 1/8 inches of closed-cell polyurethane foam. When the panels are applied to the frame, they create an uninterrupted layer of insulation. Plumbing, wiring and other utilities are run inside.“The building industry has been stuck in a box for so long,” Labrie said by telephone. “We’re in the 21st century. When you consider the technology, the materials, the know-how we have today, continuing to build these boxy structures, these balloon-framed structures that were developed in the 1800s, it doesn’t make any sense. There’s a better way to do it.”Labrie’s company, called Shelter+7, has a distributor in West Gardiner, Maine, Archtype Structures, and has built a prototype building that is used to make the curved SIPs, but it has yet to sell a single structure. The company’s first sale, Labrie hopes, will take place this year. A big market for this kind of buildingDespite an early marketing misstep, Labrie sees wide-open opportunities ahead.Buildings can be put to a variety of residential and commercial uses, and may find a special niche in the “after the disaster market,” Labrie said, because the structures go up so quickly and provide effective protection from the elements. With the foundation in place, a building can be closed to the weather in less than a week.He also hopes the concept will appeal to younger buyers who are looking for something a little different.“Once we nail one or two of those down, I think we’re good to go, because the performance of the building is extraordinary,” he said.“The millennial generation is coming up. They don’t want their father’s Buick. That’s not what they’re after. That generation wants something that’s different, that’s modern, that’s techy, and that’s green.” Designed to meet latest energy codeInsulated panels come in only one thickness, with an R-value of about 33, and Labrie said he has no plans to offer a thicker panel. This looks as if it might pose a sort of code conundrum for the company. R-33 is far below the prescriptive insulation levels required in ceilings by the International Energy Conservation Code in all but Climate Zone 1. But it’s better than what’s required in wall insulation in all climate zones.In a house with a semi-circular cross-section, what’s a “wall” and what’s a “ceiling”?According to the web site, the building system meets or exceeds requirements of the 2015 IECC and scores 45% to 55% better than the current HERS standard reference design, and is 25% better than Energy Star models.Steve Carr, the project’s energy consultant and the HERS rater for the project, said the buildings are able to meet energy codes through either a performance path or by its Energy Rating Index, rather than the code’s prescriptive path. “Instead of looking at the R-values or the U-values specifically, it looks at the whole performance,” he said.At a minimum, the shell of the building scores 60 on the HERS index, and can score lower depending on what mechanical systems are used, Carr said. Do curved roofs last longer?The web site also claims that the curved surface of the buildings are better at deflecting damaging UV radiation, and that the curved shape should make roofing last longer.“In addition,” the web site reads, “the curved geometry of the structure can significantly reduce the wear and tear on roofing material. Flat areas of roofs are exposed to considerably longer periods of damaging reflective UV rays from the sun which naturally causes heat build-up, excessive transfer of energy through the roof structure, premature material deterioration and higher energy and maintenance costs.”It continues: “Dome building, elliptical building, curved and gothic roof surfaces naturally deflect the majority of these damaging rays, reduce potential heat build-up and energy transfer, and in turn, facilitate longer service life of the roofing system along with lower energy and maintenance costs.”On this point, Labrie said he had no study data to confirm the statements, but said he had been told by two roofing company technicians it was a “reasonable assumption.”“My common sense says to me if you have all these rays coming down, if they’re hitting a flat surface from whatever angle the sun is at, you’re hitting a much larger area at a given moment vs. a curved surface where that direct hit is over a much smaller area,” he said.last_img read more

5Dimes Releases Big Ten Football Champion Moneyline Odds

first_imgThe 2015 Big Ten football champion won’t be decided until this December, but it’s already time to start thinking about which programs have put themselves in the best positions to take the crown. 5Dimes has released its Big Ten Champion moneyline odds, and as you’d imagine, the Ohio State Buckeyes, with three potential Heisman Trophy candidates at quarterback, are the favorite to repeat as champions. Michigan State, Wisconsin and Nebraska are the next-best bets.Purdue has the worst odds, as you’d imagine. If you put down $100 on the Boilermakers, you’d make $8,000 if they won the B1G title.Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 1.35.28 PMMichigan, in its first season under new head coach Jim Harbaugh, has the sixth-best odds at +1300. You can check out odds for all of the conferences, as well as the national title, here.last_img read more

US stock indexes inch higher after days of huge losses

first_imgNEW YORK — U.S. stocks are modestly higher Friday morning and indexes overseas are slightly lower as a steep plunge in global stock markets comes to at least a temporary halt.Investors bought utilities, household goods makers and other stocks they see as relatively safe, and Nike surged after a strong quarterly report.Markets have suffered wide losses over the last week. The major U.S. indexes have fallen 10 per cent this month, and without a substantial gain over the final days of trading, they are headed for their single worst month since February 2009. That’s before the current bull market began.Investors around the world have grown increasingly pessimistic about the global economy over the next few years. It’s widely expected to slow down, but traders are concerned the cooling might be worse than they previously believed and that the U.S. could eventually tip into a recession.The Federal Reserve is projecting that the U.S. economy will grow 3 per cent this year, the fastest since 2005, and about 2.3 per cent next year, and forecasts two years of further increases after that. But as interest rates rise and regions the U.S. does a lot of business with, like Europe and China, also slow down, those estimates might be harder to reach.Trade tensions between the U.S. and China, the largest and next-largest economies in the world, are not the only reason for the expected slowdown in economic growth and corporate profits, but they are adding even more uncertainty to a picture that already looks cloudy.The S&P 500 index picked up 32 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 2,500 at 10:19 a.m. Eastern time. The index, which is widely used by funds that track the U.S. market, has fallen about 16 per cent from its high in September.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 360 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 23,214. The Nasdaq added 50 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 6,581. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks edged up 8 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 1,333.Athletic gear maker Nike jumped 8 per cent to $72.91 after a better-than-expected third-quarter report. That helped shoe retailer Foot Locker, which gained 4.8 per cent to $50.20.Household goods companies climbed. Pepsi rose 2.7 per cent to $113.15 and Procter & Gamble added 1.5 per cent to $92.36. Also rising were utilities and health care companies. Utility company Dominion Energy jumped 2 per cent to $76.34 and drugmaker AbbVie rose 2.2 per cent to 87.27.As of Friday morning, utilities and health care companies were the only two sectors in the S&P 500 that are higher than they were on Jan. 1. The S&P 500 itself is down about 7 per cent in 2018. After accounting for dividends, it’s on track for its first annual loss since 2008, the year the global financial crisis roiled markets.Defence contractors fell after President Donald Trump said he’s withdrawing U.S. soldiers from Syria in an unexpected move. Media reports say the administration might also pull large numbers of soldiers out of Afghanistan. Northrop Grumman fell 2.7 per cent to $236.97 and Lockheed Martin fell 2.7 per cent to $258.13.The market’s big losses this month are an outlier because December is generally the strongest time of the year for U.S. stocks. Traders often talk about a “Santa rally” that adds to the year’s gains as positions are closed out and people adjust their portfolios in anticipation of the year to come. Barring huge gains, this will be the worst December for the U.S. market since the 1930s.Germany’s DAX slipped 0.2 per cent while France’s CAC 40 fell 0.5 per cent. The FTSE 100 in Britain dipped 0.7 per cent. All three have suffered steep losses this year. The DAX is down 22 per cent from its record high in January, while the CAC 40 has fallen 17 per cent from its peak in May and the FTSE 100 has lost about 15 per cent over that time.Chinese markets have been in the front line of worries this year amid trade tensions with the U.S. The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong rose 0.5 per cent Friday, but is down 22 per cent since late January. The Japanese Nikkei declined 1.1 per cent and it’s down almost 17 per cent since early October. South Korea’s Kospi inched up 0.1 per cent.Stocks are not the only financial assets recording momentous changes this month. Oil prices have declined 40 per cent from recent highs amid concerns over a glut in the market. Worries over the outlook for oil demand, given the expected slowdown in the global economy, have made things worse.Benchmark U.S. crude dipped 0.2 per cent to $45.77 a barrel in New York. The international standard, Brent crude, declined 2 per cent, to $53.25 a barrel in London.Bond prices edged higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.78 per cent from 2.79 per cent.The U.S. dollar also ticked higher after two days of sharp losses brought on by fears about the economy and slower increases in interest rates. The dollar fell to 111.02 yen from 111.11 yen. The euro fell back to $1.1406 from $1.1469 and the British pound slipped to $1.2646 from $1.2671.____Pan Pylas contributed to this story from London.Marley Jay, The Associated Presslast_img read more