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College of the Redwoods volleyball expects to compete for GVC title

first_imgEUREKA >> Entering her third season as head coach, Oceana Matsudu believes the program has turned a corner.The former Humboldt State University volleyball star guided her team to an 8-10 record in 2015, which is one of the best finishes for the program in the past decade. With four starters returning from last year’s squad, Matsudu is confident her team is ready to take the next step and contend for a CCCAA Golden Valley Conference title.“We expect to work hard and to win,” Matsudu declared …last_img

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Who Beat Up Paul Mirecki?

first_imgA dark sequel has been added to the story of the Univ. of Kansas prof who was going to teach a class ridiculing intelligent design, then canceled it when a defamatory email he wrote surfaced (see 11/29/2005 story).  Now, he claims he was accosted while driving off campus early Monday morning and beaten up by two guys in a pickup truck who had been tailgating him, according to a report in the Lawrence Journal-World 12/06.  The details appear sketchy, making some doubtful of the story, but his injuries were not in doubt; he was treated at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital for bruises and sore spots which he said were caused by the men punching him and hitting him with a metal object.  According to Mirecki, the attackers “made references to the controversy” as their reason for the attack.  The suspects have not been identified, and Mirecki himself has kept mum about the details (see Lawrence Journal-World 12/07.    Subsequently, on Wednesday, Mirecki decided to step down as chairman of the Religious Studies department, reported the Wichita Eagle.  This article also mentioned the attack, but did not say if it had anything with his decision to step down.  It said he acted on the recommendation of his colleagues in the department.Let’s make one thing crystal clear up front: whoever attacked Dr. Mirecki should be punished.  If you know who did this, turn them in.  If you did this and are reading this, turn yourself in.  (A doubtful possibility; our feedback shows our readership to be a virtuous and intelligent lot.)    Assault is a heinous crime.  In a controversy like evolution vs. ID, it is also extremely counter-productive.  How can someone hope for open discussion by shutting it off and resorting to violence?  If this really happened the way Dr. Mirecki described it, it is completely out of bounds, and the perpetrators should be punished.  Respect and reason are the only tools of effective engagement in intellectual controversies.    Still, the details seem sketchy and somewhat incoherent.  There was a case of a professor in California last year who staged an incident of vandalism to her car in order to appear a victim of a hate crime.  Let’s give Mirecki the benefit of the doubt.  We won’t even print the links of bloggers who think Mirecki made it all up.  Treat this as a story in progress and hope the whole truth comes to light.  Dr. Mirecki could help the situation by giving a full report.  In the meantime, we wish him well as a fellow human being, thank him for his apology, and respect his decision to step down.(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Keeping South Africa powered up in 2014

first_img20 December 2013 In finding solutions to South Africa’s future energy needs, the country is looking to invest in new generation facilities, rationalise consumption and diversify its energy mix. In mid-November, state-owned utility Eskom called on its main heavy-industry clients to reduce their power consumption by 10% during peak periods to avoid widespread outages. While these restrictions lasted a few days rather than the up to two weeks originally anticipated, manufacturers still incurred losses and affected confidence in future power supplies. It was also a reminder of the rolling blackouts in the country throughout 2008 and underlined the urgency of the growing energy deficit. As the Department of Energy has conceded, investment in the energy sector over the past 20 years has not been enough to meet the rapid demand growth that began in the early 2000s. The fact that there have not been more blackouts since 2008 is largely the result of a global economic slowdown, which has reduced domestic industrial activity. Although capacity expansion has not kept pace with demand, two new coal-fired power plants – Medupi and Kusile – are nearing completion. Each will add 4 800MW to the grid, making them among the largest power stations in the world. Medupi is expected to be ready in late 2014, followed by Kusile soon after.Reducing demand Alongside the planned long-term expansion in capacity, Eskom has sought to slow demand growth, calling upon both retail and corporate customers to reduce their consumption, especially during peak demand hours. The government has also announced plans to provide tax incentives to companies that initiate measures to reduce consumption. According to Nelisiwe Magubane, director-general of the Department of Energy, the aim of the programme is not just to have companies cut consumption through reducing activity but to promote energy efficiency. “The allowance for energy efficiency savings will provide tax incentives for energy savings improvements, as outlined in regulations for businesses based on measured and verified energy savings through registrations with the South African National Energy Development Institute,” said Magubane. The incentives, which are expected to be published shortly and come into force early in the new year, set out a tax write-off of R0.45 for every KWh of energy saved. Not only will the incentives result in lower consumption and less wastage, but they should also contribute to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, Magubane said.Diversifying energy sources With up to 95% of South Africa’s electricity generated through coal-fired power stations, and the country being ranked among the top 25 greenhouse gas producers globally, any such reduction would be a small but positive step in reducing pollution. The government also plans to introduce a carbon tax in 2015, which would levy a fee of R120 per tonne of carbon dioxide emitted, although the measure has been subject to intense debate, with industry expressing concerns over the high rate, which could increase costs and lead to job losses. While coal is expected to remain the primary source of fuel for power plants, the country is moving toward a more diversified energy mix, according to Steve Lennon, a sustainability group executive at Eskom, including more renewables. Speaking at an annual conference sponsored by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry in October, Lennon said alternatives included shale gas, solar and nuclear. Long-term strategic plans from the Department of Energy similarly highlight these and other sources of energy, although the latest announcements from the department indicate a shift away from nuclear and towards gas, with cost the primary motivating factor. In early December the department released a proposed update to its Integrated Resource Plan (IPR), a roadmap for power plant new build over the next two decades. According to the base case outlined by the proposal, nuclear would account for 6 660MW of capacity by 2030, down from 11 400MW in the prior iteration of the IRP, and solar and wind combined would amount to 17 430MW. While the allocation to nuclear has declined, natural gas’s contribution has increased, moving up from 9 700MW to 11 230MW. The Department of Energy has also shifted back on its total capacity estimate for 2030, moving from 89 532MW to 8 ,350MW. This is in line with a reduction in peak demand estimates, from 67 800MW to 61 200MW. While South Africa looks set to meet rising demand down the line, for now it must contend with a supply gap, although efforts to reduce consumption could help bridge any shortfall. This information is provided by Oxford Business Group, the acclaimed global publishing, research and consultancy firm.last_img read more

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Pitney Bowes: Business Giant Taps The Cloud in Shift From Software

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… PBBI is also partnering with Microsoft Bing. Aerial and hybrid imagery will be integrated with street map data.This is where WeoGeo comes into the story. Geodata needs to be readily available to work with the location intelligence in the PBBI data portfolio. WeoGeo will provide the geospatial content. According to the PBBI web site, Project Miami Marketplace key features allow the user to browse, view and select the content that fits the needs of their organization.Before, customers would only see a thumbnail image. Only after getting CD or DVD did the customer get to see the data. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#news#saas A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The value of cloud computing is reaching another giant of the business world with some help from WeoGeo, an emerging geodata service provider.Pitney Bowes Business Insight (PBBI) is developing a “Data as a Service” (DaaS) platform that it is calling “Project Miami”. The company will use the WeoGeo platform to offer its geodata to Pitney Bowes customers. PBBI will integrate WeoGeo as a SaaS. Project Miami will go live in June.Pitney Bowes sees the cloud a rich place to serve its data to clients. But, according to Ventana Research, it took some time to get there. It’s a new initiative came to lie after the less than optimum integrations it did in recent acquisitions such as MapInfo.According to Ventana, Pitney Bowes President Mike Hickey said the company made the shift to a DaaS after a year of discussions with employees and customers.The new approach is a departure for Pitney Bowes from its focus on software. The new service will provide customers with a range of analytics-based data that will give it the capability to offer customers services such as “location intelligence.” Ventana:“It is clear that PBBI is making a major step to embrace cloud computing and the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model in which technology tools can be rented and data can be purchased in an online marketplace but how far and fast they can transform is yet not clear. Cloud computing is part of an industry transition to simpler access to applications and services, along with technology infrastructure, that in a traditional enterprise data center would be complicated and expensive to install, configure and maintain.” alex williamslast_img read more

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Dhoti Bill passed in Tamil Nadu Assembly

first_imgThe Tamil Nadu Assembly on Wednesday passed a Bill that imposes a one-year jail term and Rs 25,000 fine on those who deny entry to persons wearing dhotis in any public place, malls, clubs and stadiums.Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. JayalalithaaIntroduced by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, the Act is also applicable to other traditional Indian dresses.The Tamil Nadu Entry into Public Places (Removal of Restriction of Dress) Act, 2014 was passed by voice vote.The move was necessitated after an ugly incident in Tamil Nadu Cricket Club Association (TNCA) last month when a sitting judge of the Madras High Court Justice Hariparanthaman was denied permission to enter the club to attend a function simply because he was wearing a dhoti.Though the judge pleaded with the security staff of the club that the dress code is only for its members and not for the guests, they simply refused to allow him.This created a huge furore in the state with all the political parties cutting across party lines condemning it.At that time making an announcement in the Assembly, Jayalalithaa vowed that she will bring a legislation in the present session giving protection to dhoties.”No person, wearing a Veshti (dhoti) reflecting Tamil culture or any other Indian traditional dress, shall be denied entry into any public place, by reason only of his dress, provided that the dress shall be worn in a decent manner”, the Bill said in its operative portion.As per the Bill, the licences of the clubs and organisations violating the law will be cancelled. It says the violaters of the law shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year and with fine which may extend to Rs 25,000.advertisementHowever, a powerful section of lawyers feel that this law may not stand the scrutiny of law.”The Supreme Court in nearly half a dozen rulings had indeed struck down Acts like this. The government cannot impose its will like this on purely private bodies, which does not get anything from government.  In the TNCA case, the government can claim that it has given prime land in the heart of the city to the club on a very small rent ostensibly to develop sports. So it can impose its directives there. But there are several private clubs which does not depend on the govt for any charity. This Bill cannot control them. The government’s writ cannot run there. This is ridiculous. I hope if any one challenges it in the proper judicial forums, the government will have egg on its face,” said a senior lawyer practising in the Madras High Court.But some other lawyers feel the government has a right to get involved.”Yes, the government has a role and powers. It is extending its hands to protect cultural rights of the people. You have to look at the motives behind the law. I do believe that this will stand the scrutiny of law,” said P. Sundarrajan, an advocate of the Madras High Court.Observers believe this is one more Act by Jayalalithaa to protect and expand her fast growing vote base.”Ever since she came back to power in May 2011, Jayalalithaa is taking into her hands all those issues which are dear to her arch rival and DMK president M. Karunanidh. Whether it is the Cauvery waters issue, Sri Lankan issue, Tamil fishermen issue, release of Rajiv Gandhi’s killers, anti-Hindi and anti-Sanskrit agitations, Jayalalithaa is taking the issues in her hands and thus deny any issue for the opposition especially Karunanidhi to protest. This is a clever move and these moves had paid her dividends in the last Lok Sabha elections wherein her AIADMK won a landslide victory of bagging 37 out of 39 seats in the state,” said RAR Kannan, a senior journalist.The dhoti Bill is definitely one among the list and since the state is going to the Assembly polls in 2016 one can confidently say that Jayalalithaa is not missing any issue to garner votes and repeat the spectacular performance in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.last_img read more

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