GAS LEAK AT 4TH & FLOYD BLVD

first_imgAUTHORITIES HAVE CLOSED OFF THE ROADWAYS AROUND 4TH & FLOYD BOULEVARD BECAUSE OF A GAS LINE LEAK.CREWS WERE DISPATCHED TO THE AREA NEAR NUTRA-FLO AROUND 12:30 P.M. WHEN A  WORK CREW STRUCK THE GAS LINE.THE I-29 EXIT TO FLOYD BOULEVARD HAS BEEN CLOSED BECAUSE OF THE LEAK UNTIL REPAIRS HAVE BEEN MADE.NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.last_img

Talking Touch – December

first_imgTo view the stories, please click on the following links: Tomaree High School Students Star In Touch Football The Touch Football paddock is proving to be a place Tomaree High School students are getting to know well. A host of skilled athletes from the high school are making inroads into the sport, which is being pushed by Touch Footballing mentor and new Hunter schools touch convenor Jodie Laloata.http://www.portstephensexaminer.com.au/news/local/sport/athletics/tomaree-high-school-students-star-in-touch-football/2404807.aspx Underdogs Set For Touch Grand FinalWagga Touch Football champion Don Tuckwells Audio is in danger of a premiership upset tonight, according to Kristopher Graydons Jewellers captain Denise Edwards. Set to face the women’s premier league heavyweight in tonight’s grand final at Jubilee Park, Edwards believes the enthusiasm of her young squad could be enough to topple the favourite.http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/news/local/sport/other/underdogs-set-for-touch-grand-final/2390825.aspxGeorgia Holden: A Touch Of ClassIn Albury-Wodonga, which straddles the Victoria-New South Wales border, Touch is as pervasive as AFL football is further south. So when Georgia Holden moved from the town to La Trobe University in Bundoora this year, it seemed only natural that she start playing for the university Touch team.http://www.northernweekly.com.au/news/local/sport/general/georgia-holden-a-touch-of-class/2389351.aspx Billy’s Touch Of HistoryBilly Greatbatch made history last weekend. He became the youngest person in Australia to be awarded a level four touch football referee badgehttp://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/news/local/sport/general/billys-touch-of-history/2396039.aspx Ospreys Touch OutThe Yamba Touch Association has made an impressive return to major competition with the Ospreys acquitting themselves well at the 35th annual NSW Touch State Cup in Port Macquarie at the weekend.http://www.dailyexaminer.com.au/story/2011/12/08/ospreys-touched-out Port Team Wins At State Cup The new-look game-plan paid dividends for the Port Macquarie mixed open B team yesterday when they triumphed in the State Cup at Regional Sports Stadium. Before the tournament, coach Aaron Ison said his team would play a different style and try to surprise their opposition.http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/port-team-wins-at-state-cup/2380292.aspx State Cup Goes Off Without A HitchPort Macquarie punched above its weight at the State Cup last weekend. That was the opinion of Port Macquarie Touch Football Association president Chris Veech.http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/state-cup-goes-off-without-a-hitch/2383519.aspx Bandits Win Third CrownThe Beresfield Bandits have claimed their third consecutive NSW State Cup crown after a successful showing at Port Macquarie over the weekend. The Bandits women’s 40s squad remained undefeated to seal the deal at the 2011 tournament in an effort described by player-coach Gai Taylor as inspiring.http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/news/local/sport/other/bandits-win-third-crown/2382118.aspx Port Women Show Their SkillsThe Port Macquarie women’s open team have confirmed their place as top competitors in the Touch Football State Cup.In day two of the tournament, the girls took down Taren point seven to three.http://www.nbntv.com.au/index.php/2011/12/03/port-women-show-their-skills/ Devils Advocates Hell-Bent On Cup SuccessThe absence of Australian representative Nicole Beck hasn’t hurt the Wollongong open women’s touch team’s confidence heading into this weekend’s State Cup at Port Macquarie. Runners-up last year, the Red Devils are determined to prove they can win without Beck, who is recovering from ankle surgery.http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/news/local/sport/rugby-league/devils-advocates-hellbent-on-cup-success/2377062.aspx State Cup Kicks OffDay one of the State Touch Football Cup has got off to a roaring start. Thousands of competitors have fought it out, in search of glory.http://au.prime7.yahoo.com/n1/video/-/watch/27454322/state-cup-kicks-off/ Port’s Open Women’s Team Start SlowlyThe Port Macquarie open women’s touch football team contesting the State Cup have had a forgetful start. Despite playing two games for two losses the competition rookies have taken heart out of their defeats.http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/news/general/ports-open-womens-team-start-slowly/2379620.aspx Follow The State Cup Right HereTwo hundred teams from across NSW have converged on Port Macquarie this weekend to compete in the 2011 State Cup. About 3000 players will be competing across 17 divisions at the event, ranging from under 20s to the men’s 50s division. http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/news/general/follow-the-state-cup-right-here/2379588.aspx Coleman Women Love State CupToday marks the start of one of the best times of the year for the Coleman women. Sisters Kate and Laura will team up in the Port Macquarie women’s open A side at the NSW Touch State Cup. http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/coleman-women-love-state-cup/2378287.aspx Port Women Our Great State Cup HopeThey’re our great State Cup hope. The Port Macquarie women’s open team may not have an official ranking at the tournament, but that’s not going to stop them turning heads.http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/port-women-our-big-hope/2378283.aspx State Cup Stays In Port MacquarieTouch Football’s love affair with Port Macquarie will continue through until 2016 – at least. NSW Touch Football general manager Dean Russell revealed Port Macquarie has won a five-year contract to host the jewel in the sport’s crown as he launched this year’s tournament this morning.http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/news/general/state-cup-stays-in-port-macquarie/2377904.aspx Port Retains Touch Cup Hosting RightsPort Macquarie will benefit from a $13 million windfall after the NSW Touch Association yesterday announced the prestigious State Cup would remain in town for the next five years. General manager Dean Russell made the declaration at Port Macquarie Panthers on the eve of the 23rd tournament, which starts today at Tuffins Lane and the Regional Sports Stadium.http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/news/general/port-retains-touch-cup-hosting-rights/2378039.aspx State Cup Stays Puthttp://au.prime7.yahoo.com/n1/video/-/watch/27443382/state-cup-stays-put/ Port To Remain Home Of State CupPort Macquarie has won the right to host the New South Wales Touch Football State Cup for the next five years. The announcement was made this morning, as the town prepares to welcome 5,000 players, officials and supporters for this year’s event.http://www.nbntv.com.au/index.php/2011/12/01/port-to-remain-home-of-state-cup/Winning Touch For Maitland’s State Cup CrewThe Maitland region will be well represented at the state’s largest touch football competition. Eight teams from the Maitland district will be part of 3000 competitors taking part in the NSW State Cup, which starts in Port Macquarie tomorrow.http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/news/local/sport/other/winning-touch-for-maitlands-state-cup-crew/2376944.aspx Uphill battle for Mudgee MudcrabsInjuries and other commitments have ravaged the two Mudgee Mudcrabs teams for the NSW State Cup, which begins today in Port Macquarie. The Mudcrabs have sent two teams to contest the men’s opens B and women’s under 20s divisions.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/uphill-battle-for-mudgee-mudcrabs/2378247.aspx Touch Football Star Named Sports StarDalby Herald09/12/2011Our Lady of the Southern Cross College student Hannah Hegedus has had an incredibly successful year on the touch football field.Her achievements in playing touch at a national level and athletics and cross country at a state level have earned her the title of Sports Star of the month for October.Hannah was chosen on the South West Queensland under-12 girls club touch football team which competed in the state championships at Townsville. As a result of her performances at the championships, she was named on the Queensland U12 Merit Teams.After playing for the Darling Downs touch football team at the U12 schoolgirls state championships in Toowoomba, Hannah was picked to play for Queensland and headed to Coffs Harbour to contest the national title.To add to this achievement, Hannah was also the team’s co-captain. After playing close to 10 games over four days, the Queensland team made it to the grand final, just going down to New South Wales 3-2 in a tight match.Hannah said playing at the nationals was a fantastic experience which exposed her to touch football at a high level.“I was very nervous, but it was a really great experience,” Hannah said.“Being co-captain meant I had to lead the team and do the toss.”“My whole family came down to Coffs Harbour to watch.“I’d really like to play for Queensland again.”Hannah said she hoped to compete in future national titles as she goes into high school.“It’s a fun team sport, and I really like it.”last_img read more

Targeted Growth Program Case Study – Cairns Touch Association

first_imgIf your affiliate is looking to grow its junior numbers, why not take inspiration from the Cairns Pirates Touch Football Association (CPTFA), who were a successful applicant in the 2012/13 Targeted Growth Program.The Targeted Growth Program has helped the CPTFA grow junior Touch Football in Cairns and in turn strengthen senior participation into the future. As well as junior growth, CPTFA are hoping to further develop relationships with schools, further educate and assist parents and help young talented players to contribute to the development of the junior program, as Kev Dwan explains. “The funding from TFA has been gratefully received by CPTFA in their endeavour to grow junior Touch in Cairns and thereby also strengthen the future senior program,” Dwan said. “Funding has already assisted with the purchase of equipment for the conduct of the program and particularly with equipment that will be used by coaches involved in the delivery of Touch in select school (after schools).” “Funding has also been used to enable coaches to deliver these Touch programs after school in nominated primary schools with a high proportion of indigenous students. These children love having the opportunity to learn the sport.”Dwan said that the funding will also help CPTFA to promote the junior competition within the Cairns community and the school sector.Applications for the 2013/14 Targeted Growth Program (TGP) are now open and all affiliates are encouraged to apply. For more information, please click on the link below:http://austouch.com.au/index.php?id=13&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=3893&cHash=ddf3ad2ae2Related LinksTargeted Growth Programlast_img read more

17 days agoShearer says Liverpool team to beat in title race

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Shearer says Liverpool team to beat in title raceby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland legend Alan Shearer can’t see Liverpool being caught at the top of the Premier League table.He wrote for BBC Sport: “It is only the start of October, but Liverpool’s eight-point lead at the top of the table already looks ominous for Manchester City.”Yes, City’s injuries have hurt them – they have been nowhere near as solid as usual defensively, and they lacked a creative spark in Sunday’s shock home defeat by Wolves too.”But, regardless of what their rivals are doing, to come out and win their first eight Premier League games of the season has been a fantastic response from the Reds after they went so close to winning the title last term.”There has been no hint of a hangover from that near miss.”Instead, Jurgen Klopp’s side have thrown the gauntlet down to City, and now they are definitely the team to beat in the title race.” last_img read more

Homan following in Laurinaitis footsteps

A four-star recruit coming out of Coldwater High School, senior co-captain Ross Homan was highly touted coming to Ohio State in 2006. Entering a program in Columbus with a long tradition of great linebackers, Homan said he embraced the challenge. “At Ohio State you always have great expectations, it comes with great challenges,” Homan said. “But I think every person here, all the seniors, we want to be challenged everyday. I think it is a matter of stepping up to those challenges and meeting those expectations.” Now halfway through his senior campaign and with more than 250 career tackles to his name, Homan has certainly lived up to the hype and met, if not exceeded, those expectations. A three-year starter, Homan made an impact right away, appearing in all 13 games his freshman year. Collecting 28 tackles in his first year at OSU, Homan said having premiere linebackers such as James Laurinaitis to learn from definitely helped his transition from high school to college. “When I first came in, the person who hosted me on my recruiting visit was James (Laurinaitis) and he really was my older brother here, which was a huge asset to me,” Homan said. “I saw how he watched film, how he worked out, how he approached the game overall … It just really helped me out playing with James.” With Laurinaitis gone, Homan began to gain fame in 2009 when he led the Rose Bowl-champion Buckeye squad in tackles with 108. Despite now being a focal point on the defense and a captain on this year’s team, the 2009 second-team All-Big Ten selection’s production has stayed strong, once again leading the Bucks in tackles. Recognizing his role as a leader on the team, Homan has taken his job as captain to heart and hopes his all-out playing style rubs off on his teammates. “Now I have to be a leader,” he said. “I’m not a real vocal leader, but I’m more of a by-example leader, so I have to lead this team anyway I can, get on the younger guys and just try to get better at that everyday.” As his Buckeye career comes to a close, Homan continues to cement his name in OSU history. Defensive tackle Dexter Larimore believes, as far as linebackers go, he may be one of the tops this university has ever seen. “I think once you look back on his lifetime here and what he has done here, I think he will be up there,” Larimore said. “If you look at the film and you watch him move side to side and do the things that he has done … I personally think he will be one of the top five guys that have come out of here.” read more

Pagel sworn into office in Lansing

first_img11Jan Pagel sworn into office in Lansing Categories: Pagel News,Pagel Photos State Rep. Dave Pagel, R-Berrien Springs, takes the ceremonial oath of office administered by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Markman on the House floor today. Joining the 78th House District lawmaker for the event was his wife, Sue.This is Pagel’s third term representing portions of Berrien and Cass Counties including the cities of Niles, New Buffalo and Buchanan and the townships of Three Oaks, Chikaming, Weesaw, Baroda, Bertrand, Oronoko, Sodus, Pipestone, Berrien, Buchanan, Niles, Galien, Silver Creek, Howard, Milton and Ontwa.He can be contacted by calling 517-373-1796, toll free at 888-373-0078, emailing DavePagel@house.mi.gov or by mail at Anderson House Office Building, N-1097, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909.last_img read more

Dear Reader Im on my way home from the justco

first_imgDear Reader, I’m on my way home from the just-concluded, first-ever Sprott Natural Resource Symposium. The show was well attended, which I expected, given the stature of the Sprott organization, but what really struck me was the very upbeat mood of most of the attendees. Given that gold’s two rallies thus far this year have fizzled, and there’s much uncertainty about the next near-term move—and given how bearish so many gold investors have become over the last three years—this was a very pleasant surprise. You can see the same bullishness in our stock prices, many of which are up over 100% from their December 2013 lows, while gold is currently up less than 10% over the same time period. That’s important because, in our sector, the stocks often lead the metals. But for a more fundamental look at what makes our investments tick, Casey Research Analyst Laurynas Vegys has a look at the rallies and corrections thus far in this metals cycle. The “so what?” of it all is quite compelling. Before I turn the show over to Laurynas, however, I want to remind readers that it’s not too late to sign up for our Casey Summit coming up in September, in San Antonio, Texas. These things really are a lot of fun, and the amount of knowledge and insight transmitted is huge. I look forward to seeing many of you there. Sincerely, Silver 20.72 21.12 20.15 Silver Stocks (SIL) 14.13 13.91 13.53 Rock & Stock Stats Last Copper 3.23 3.17 3.19 Gold 1,306.73 1,322.60 1,328.80 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 42.89 41.19 42.68 One Year Agocenter_img Oil 102.09 106.50 105.49 Gold Producers (GDX) 26.82 25.76 27.21 TSX Venture 1,017.24 1,015.04 924.17 One Month Ago TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 15,455.00 14,974.65 12,669.14 Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Researchlast_img read more

first_img— Recommended Link Staged RevengeBut let’s turn to our familiar beat—the world of money. Or, more particularly, the world of deceit and delusion known as “economics.” Unromantic. Tawdry. But fascinating.Last week, we were looking at fake wars. As you know, these are wars that no one wants to win, since their real purpose is to shift wealth from the public to the war-fighting industries.Our point was that even fake wars sometimes spin out of control—when people forget what kind of war they’re fighting, for example.Early last week, U.S. President Donald J. Trump was taking the trade war far too seriously. Then, his Deep State handlers must have straightened him out on that; before the week was over, he declared that he wanted to get back into the Trans-Pacific Partnership!Then, he went off message again… this time, on the war on terrorism. A gas attack against civilians in Syria had been alleged; the president wanted to retaliate.As you know, no sparrow can fall anywhere on the planet without inviting a U.S. counterattack against the starlings. Observers wondered why the president didn’t wait to find out who had actually perpetrated the attack… if anyone. But they failed to understand the nature of fake war.It didn’t really matter whether any atrocities had been committed… or who had committed them. As it turned out, the gas attack was most likely fake. Perfect; the U.S. could stage a fake revenge attack, too!Russia was notified in advance of where and when the U.S. would attack, allowing time for the “enemy”—whoever they are—to make themselves scarce.The Donald had an opportunity to show what a tough, decisive leader he is without doing any real harm. It was all for the benefit of the fans… and, of course, the Deep State.So far, so good. Deep State WarThen, no sooner had we all relaxed when, on Sunday, a new war flared up—the war between Donald J. Trump and the Deep State itself.Many people think this war is real. Donald J. Trump, they believe, is fighting for “the people”… and the Deep State is trying to stop him. He really wants to drain the swamp, they say; it’s not his fault the water is getting deeper.Anything is possible.Mr. Trump’s instincts are clearly “populist”—he certainly understands the showbiz side much better than most politicians. But he is no fool.Hardly had the sun set on the polling stations in November 2016 when he invited the Wall Street insiders from Goldman Sachs… and a trio of retired generals… to join him in the White House.But there are many different factions in the Deep State. Like sows at a feeding trough, they bump into each other trying to get at the swill. And the winners are usually those that are most heavily armed.Leaping ahead, we notice that whenever there is a “populist” movement in politics, it almost always leads to the military wing of the Deep State taking control.Caesar, Lenin, Mao, Mussolini, Hitler, Perón, Castro—revolutions begun in the name of the “people” tend to degrade into military dictatorships.Why? Because government is always a way for the few to take advantage of the many… and the fraud is easier to pull off when you can invoke those atavistic “us versus them” emotions.The lumpen naturally rally ‘round the flag and support the military—no matter how absurd the situation.And if they don’t, you shoot them.Regards,Bill BonnerChairman, Bonner & PartnersJustin’s note: For years, Bill has warned about the “Deep State,” America’s unelected shadow government. But who is the Deep State? And how far does their reach extend? In this urgent video briefing, Bill shows you precisely what America’s shadowy insiders have planned… Watch it here.Reader MailbagToday, a reader shares his thoughts on Doug Casey’s interview on the coming comfortable dystopia…This is already being done in Canada. A person who refused to pay moving traffic violations and drove for five years without another one was pulled over for moving cats from his old address to his new address while one cat sat on his lap (he had 4 cats in the car—none of them in cages). Thus, his license to drive has been revoked until he pays the fines. Further, any moving traffic violation automatically increases his car insurance.I find it fiendishly clever for the rich and powerful to enshrine themselves confidentially into our political structure, which is currently destroying our Society. When communication and distance were major impediments to slavery, Society could survive. Such is no longer the case. This is why no matter what the government does, it will fail. Entropy has taken over. Further, China, doing what it is doing, is, in reality, preparing for the inevitable War.—PeterAs always, if you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us right here.In Case You Missed It…Bill Bonner’s top technology expert, Jeff Brown, just said something shocking…Right now, a technology is being tested that has the potential to permanently cure thousands of diseases. It could even guarantee America’s energy independence for decades to come. It sounded too good to be true. But then we watched this presentation. Recommended Link —center_img Nothing on earth is growing faster than the market for legal marijuana. If you want to make a fortune from the pot bull market of 2018, you’re invited to join Nick Giambruno and special guest Doug Casey in this free training event. To discover how Doug became a marijuana millionaire, and 5 pot stocks set to soar this year, Reserve your spot today. Justin’s note: Over the past few months, we’ve shared a handful of essays from Doug Casey’s longtime friend and business partner Bill Bonner on what’s really going on behind the scenes with Donald Trump and the “Deep State.”In Bill’s new essay below, he shares the latest update… By Bill Bonner, chairman, Bonner & Partners South Beach…Last week, we were sitting in the hotel restaurant in Miami Beach having breakfast…A man—about 30—was leaning on the counter. His dirty pants were falling down. He wore a black t-shirt with a skeleton on it. He put his head down on the counter… and said something incomprehensible.He got a cup of coffee… and staggered over to a chair and flopped down, talking to himself.After a few minutes, he got up. He clutched his pants, which were almost around his knees. He wobbled. He lurched. He headed for the door and disappeared out through it.Then, a woman… voluptuous… pretty… dressed in white jeans, with a very low-cut t-shirt came in the same door.She looked in our direction. She said something. We couldn’t make it out… Was she asking the time of day? Directions? We smiled.She came towards us and sat down next to us on the couch.She whispered…“Would you like a massage?”Two young men came in. Shorts. T-shirts. Almost identical outfits. But one wore his baseball cap backwards. They held hands. Smiled at each other. They got cappuccinos.They left.South Beach. FREE Training Event:How to Become a Pot Stock Millionaire in the Biggest Pot Boom in History Silicon Valley Rocket Scientist’s Prediction Could Lead to 35,000% GrowthJeff Brown is a real-life rocket scientist and one of the most tuned-in angel investors in Silicon Valley. Not only has Jeff been an executive for companies like Qualcomm and NXP Semiconductors, but he’s also completed 89 private deals. Right now, he’s predicting that a new biotech breakthrough could skyrocket this market niche 35,000%… All because of a little-known FDA anomaly happening in November. To see him lay out his bold prediction in full detail, Click here.last_img read more

A porn director worries that young adults think se

first_imgA porn director worries that young adults think sex is what they’ve seen on-screen.A young man worries that the ubiquity of porn creates unrealistic expectations for everyone.A porn performer worries that young viewers might think her videos are instructional.They all wish people talked about it more. Millions of people in the United States watch pornography, thanks largely in part to the Internet and free sites like Pornhub. A majority of those people are under 34 years old. They’ve grown up in a world where online porn is free and, with the rise of smartphones, where viewers can watch it pretty much whenever — and wherever — they want. But while porn may be easy to view, it’s still hard to discuss — even for those with the easiest access to it — and it creates a host of worries and misconceptions.”My students are often immersed in it but don’t often have an opportunity to … learn about it with tools for critical analysis,” says Shira Tarrant, a professor at California State University, Long Beach.NPR is exploring how people talk about sex — or don’t — and why it matters. And regardless of whether you think it’s good or bad, pornography is everywhere and it’s shaping the way people, especially young people, think about sex.As part of the series, NPR visited a porn film set to hear the conversations that happen behind the scenes. (Listen to the audio story above for more on that.) On set, it’s clear that pornography is performance — like a TV show or choreographed dance. But that’s not obvious for many people, especially for those who’ve never had sex before. Here are six perspectives on how the fantasy of pornography affects our attitudes toward the reality of sex. The DirectorJacky St. James is a pornography director and writer who has hundred of credits to her name. She has been in the business since 2011, when, on a whim, she wrote a script for a porn-writing contest — and won. When her script was made into a film, she was blown away by how professional the process was, and she left her job in online advertising to join the industry full time.St. James, 42, says she thinks there’s a lot of good that comes from porn — for example, creating sex positivity and normalizing a healthy sex life. But she hates the thought of minors viewing her work and recognizes there are downsides to the easy access so many young people — even those over 18 — have to porn these days.”I think where it’s a disservice is that a lot of people … that are growing up on porn somehow feel that what they’re seeing is what they should be doing, instead of really discovering what they want,” she says. “When I grew up, you know, porn was so hard to get — I mean, I saw porn, but I couldn’t watch it every day if I wanted to.”She says she worries about how that could affect young people.”Pornography is not sex education, and it should never be looked at that way. … And I don’t think the onus of responsibility is on us to educate the public — I think that should be done in the school system and with parents, but certainly it’s not our responsibility. And I don’t think a lot of people are willing to accept that,” she says. “They want to blame us for everything, and I’m not going to be blamed, because it’s a fantasy — that’s what we’re creating at the end of the day.” The StudentsDavid Cruz has tried to talk to friends about porn but has had little success.”That’s maybe the appeal that porn has, is the fact that it’s supposed to be a secret, it’s supposed to be something that we don’t talk about,” the 26-year-old college student says. Like many others, Cruz assumed that what he saw in pornography reflected reality and had to recalibrate his expectations once he started having sex.”As a male, you see the performer acting a certain way, and giving pleasure a certain way, and you absorb that, and you expect that, and you want that from your partner,” Cruz says. “But I quickly learned that it takes connection-building and all kinds of other factors that lead into what works for specific people and certain couples.”Porn definitely affects how a person interacts with the world, Cruz says, adding that it is only going to get easier and easier to access. “This conversation is long overdue. Because there’s no going back, it’s only getting bigger, and we have to adapt.”Millennials may be talking about sex more, Danielle Brinkley says, but she doesn’t think they’re talking about porn more — and that can lead to miscommunication and unspoken expectations.”It means when they watch porn, they’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, that girl is doing all these circus tricks,’ then when they go to the bedroom with their boyfriend or girlfriend [and] they’re expected, or they expect themselves to be able to do that, and I don’t think that’s necessarily fair,” she says.Brinkley, 23, says she hasn’t watched porn much herself and she wasn’t sure if her boyfriend had, but she did feel like he might have been bringing unrealistic expectations into the bedroom. She says she was nervous to ask him about it, mainly because she was worried the conversation might make her feel inadequate. After she spoke with NPR, Brinkley brought up the subject with her boyfriend, and they ended up having a long discussion about it. “Once we started talking about it, I was wanting to ask him more and more questions,” she says. “It actually reassured me in our relationship.” The AcademicShira Tarrant, a 56-year-old professor, has given a lecture on pornography for 12 years as part of her class on pop culture, gender and media, and is the author of The Pornography Industry: What Everyone Needs to Know. She says her students are at least exposed to — and often immersed in — pornography, but have never really thought about how to analyze it critically. She refers to it as “porn literacy” — understanding how porn is made, where it comes from and how it shapes society’s views on sex and sexuality. “When people are watching stunt performers, they know it’s a stunt. When you go to the movies, you know that the movie was edited,” she says. But people tend to not make the same connections when they watch pornography.”It gets into our private desires, and people don’t want to talk about that out loud, even though it’s so important if we’re concerned about both sexual pleasure and sexual safety,” she says.Tarrant is neither pro- nor anti-porn but thinks that we should recognize that it’s here to stay — and then figure out how to talk about it. “We’re not going to get rid of porn any more than we’re going to get rid of Disneyland even if we don’t like the princess trope and the happily-ever-after motif,” she says.The PerformersNow 30, Isiah Maxwell began performing in porn films in his 20s, and sex off camera, he says, is very different from the sex he has on camera.”The better male performers are great at having sex uncomfortably,” Maxwell says. “You need to get yourself in uncomfortable positions, because it disconnects you from the scene. And it allows the audience to put themselves in.”Creating that disconnect, he says, often means leaning back, physically distancing himself from his partner and opening out toward the camera — which is not how ordinary people have sex. And he worries that less sexually experienced viewers don’t understand how manufactured the final product is and think that’s how they’re supposed to act.Maxwell thinks a lot about peeling back the mystique around the content the porn industry produces, even though his job depends on the fantasy.”For me, I see the conundrum,” he says. “Porn magic is what makes porn great. But an open dialogue instead of being closed off about it would help bring more of an understanding how much actually goes into this product. I mean, I could see how it kills the fantasy, but I think it would be beneficial.”Lisey Sweet, 29, was a research scientist before she got into the pornography industry. She says she has found it freeing — but she also worries that some viewers don’t understand it’s not reality.”What they don’t see is that we laid out all of positions, and anytime something didn’t look natural, we would cut it out. So it really is like a perfectly choreographed dance,” she says. “It’s not a reflection of what they should be doing in their bedroom — it’s supposed to be entertainment.”She thinks that’s why the conversation about porn should start early — because as much as she doesn’t want minors to see pornography, she also realizes it’s inevitable.”I know that our society is not quite there yet, but the discussion about pornography should be part of sex ed in high schools and in middle schools,” Sweet says. “What do you think is more likely, that they’re going to come across porn first or they’re going to come across actual sex first? And it’s probably more likely porn.”The audio story was edited by Jolie Myers; the Web story was edited by Maureen Pao. 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AUSTRALIA coach Tim Sheens says he is relishing th

first_imgAUSTRALIA coach Tim Sheens says he is relishing the prospect of a big atmosphere for his side’s matches at Rugby League World Cup 2013.The Kangaroos face England at the Millennium Stadium on October 26, Fiji at Langtree Park on November 2 and Ireland at Thomond Park, Limerick, on November 9.And there is also the prospect of a semi-final showdown in London as part of The Big Hit double-header at Wembley Stadium on November 23, which Sheens’ men are heavily tipped to reach.“I thought we had good support when we played at Wembley a couple of years ago and I hope we can count on the Australian people living London again at RLWC2013,” said Sheens.“I think there’ll be a good support for Australia, and for the game in general, and I hope we can build on the atmosphere we created at Wembley in 2011.“The boys are really looking forward to getting back to Wembley and hopefully we’ll get a crowd down there.”The Big Hit double-header of semi-finals was launched earlier this month with the help of former London Broncos star Martin Offiah and Mayor of London Boris Johnson.Meanwhile, Australia’s clash with Fiji earlier in the tournament is likely to pit the Kangaroos players against former team-mate Petero Civoniceva for the the first time, following the legendary green and golds star’s decision to switch international allegiances to the nation of his birth.“Fiji’s squad will largely be based around which players Australia and New Zealand pick and don’t pick, though Petero Civoniceva will lead them,” said Sheens.“He’s come out of retirement and is playing at a high level in the Brisbane competition, and he’ll keep himself enough to lead his country with distinction.“There are other big names who could be available for Fiji, again, depending on who is selected for Australia and New Zealand, and they could be an interesting prospect.”To buy tickets for the match on November 2 at Langtree park, log on here.last_img read more

Tonight We Stand Here and It Feels Like Were Finally Winning Say

first_img July 19, 2018 Apply Now » Project Grow Next Article Lydia Belanger 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Image credit: Kevin Mazur | Getty Images ‘Tonight, We Stand Here, and It Feels Like We’re Finally Winning,’ Say Sexual Abuse Survivors in Inspiring Speeches at ESPY Awardscenter_img Add to Queue 5 min read At the televised ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Awards Wednesday night, one of the centerpieces of the event was the presentation of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.This year, a group of more than 140 women took the stage to receive the award, all of whom are survivors of sexual abuse. The award honored the hundreds of women who were victims of abuse by former U.S.A. Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar over multiple decades. Nassar was imprisoned on child pornography and sexual abuse charges after The Indianapolis Star reported on a pattern of incidences.At last night’s ceremony, the survivors spoke about the experiences they endured in a video that played prior to a series of remarks by current and former gymnasts Aly Raisman and Sarah Klein and former Michigan State University softball player Tiffany Thomas Lopez. These women were also among those who provided statements at Nassar’s sentencing trial.Related: These Two Sexual Health Companies Have Responded Differently to the #MeToo MovementWatch the presentation, and read the complete transcript of Klein’s, Lopez’s and Raisman’s remarks at the 2018 ESPYs, below. Sarah Klein“It’s a privilege to stand up here with my sister survivors as we represent hundreds more who are not here tonight. “Make no mistake — we’re here on this stage to present an image for the world to see, a portrait of survival, a new vision of courage.“The abuse of Larry Nassar began 30 years ago with me. For 30 years, people at the United States Olympic Committee, U.S.A. Gymnastics and Michigan State University all placed money and medals above the safety of child athletes. Thirty years, until the work of Detective Lieutenant Andrea Munford of the Michigan State Police Department and Andrea Povilaitis, the assistant attorney general who prosecuted the case, finally putting our abuser away for life. “Speaking up and speaking out is not easy. Telling our stories of abuse, over and over and over again, in graphic detail, is not easy. We’re sacrificing privacy, we’re being judged and scrutinized and it’s grueling and it’s painful, but it is time. “As a mother, I am here to say that we must start caring about children’s safety more than we care about adults’ reputations. And as a survivor, I’m here to say that if we just give one person the courage to use their voice, this is worth it. If one more victim of sexual abuse feels less alone tonight, then our suffering has meaning.” Tiffany Thomas Lopez“In my sport, softball, we typically measure ourselves with wins and losses. Well, the amount of loss is almost immeasurable. Tonight, we stand here, and it feels like we’re finally winning.“There are a lot of conversations in our society that we tiptoe around as if they’re something to avoid. I know in my life, people have looked that way at two issues extremely personal to me: race and sexual abuse. Sexual abuse claims victims in every race, showing no discrimination. Just like Arthur Ashe, I stand so very proud representing not only minorities, but all of us as humans, the human race. “I encourage those suffering to hold tight to your faith, and stand tall when speaking your truth. I’m here to tell you, you cannot silence the strong forever.”Aly Raisman“1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. These were the years we spoke up about Larry Nassar’s abuse. All those years, we were told, ‘You are wrong. You misunderstood. He’s a doctor. It’s OK. Don’t worry. We’ve got it covered. Be careful. There are risks involved.’ The intention? To silence us in favor of money, medals and reputation. “But we persisted, and finally, someone listened and believed us. This past January, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina showed a profound level of understanding by giving us each an opportunity to face our abuser, to speak our truth and feel heard. Thank you, Judge, for honoring our voices. For too long, we were ignored, and you helped us rediscover the power we each possess. You may never meet the hundreds of children you saved, but know they exist. “The ripple effect of our actions, or inactions, can be enormous. spanning generations. Perhaps the greatest tragedy of this nightmare is that it could have been avoided. Predators thrive in silence. It is all too common for people to choose to not get involved. Whether you act or do nothing, you are shaping the world we live in, impacting others. All we needed was one adult to have the integrity to stand between us and Larry Nassar. If just one adult had listened, believed and acted, the people standing before you on this stage would have never met him.“Too often, abusers, and enablers perpetuate suffering by making survivors feel their truth doesn’t matter. To the survivors out there, don’t let anyone write your story. Your truth does matter. You matter. And you are not alone.“We all face hardships. If we choose to listen and we choose to act with empathy, we can draw strength from each other. We may suffer alone, but we survive together.” –shares More than 140 women, including Aly Raisman, Sarah Klein and Tiffany Thomas Lopez, took the stage to receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.last_img read more

How to Build Philanthropy Into Your Budget Even If Youre Not Google

first_img CEO of MEBO International and Skingenix How to Build Philanthropy Into Your Budget — Even If You’re Not Google Big-name companies like Google are doubling down on corporate philanthropy. Here’s how you can follow suit, no matter what your size. Next Article –shares Add to Queue Google has changed the way businesses look at email, word processing and file storage. But in addition, the search giant has taken steps to leave its mark on something outside the commercial world, something that can potentially save lives.That something is philanthropy. Google.org — the company’s nonprofit arm — donates 1 percent of Google’s total equity and profits to charity. Recently, moreover, the initiative has furthered its efforts in that sphere by focusing on actions, not just investments.With the Google.org Fellowship, employees will be able to spend up to six months offering their full-time expertise to nonprofits. In 2019 alone, Google will deploy between 40 and 60 people to nonprofit offices in numerous cities, offering 50,000 hours of skilled labor in fields like computer engineering, data analysis and artificial intelligence.Such deeply embedded philanthropy is something more and more customers have come to expect from the organizations they buy from and do business with. Philanthropy is not merely some hurdle to clear, however — it’s an invaluable enhancement that can be achieved by any company, regardless of its size or prestige.Related: Corporate Philanthropy: It’s Not Just Money That Changes The WorldNope, you’re not Google; but that’s okay.Even on a smaller scale, the impact of nonprofit pursuits can be immense. At my company, we’ve focused first on those modest efforts that provide hands-on experience and deepen understanding for our employees. For example, we’ve implemented a “day of action” that involves employees spending a day at a neighborhood school to plant trees, paint and otherwise beautify the school grounds.Projects like those build a sense of social responsibility and foster collaboration within your team. But without a clear vision of what will work for your organization’s long-term philanthropic goals, you won’t be able to clearly define end goals and measurable objectives — an all-too-common trap for many organizations.In truth, you don’t need Google’s resources or reach to bring this mindset to your company. You just need to keep these four approaches in mind:1. Don’t run from yourself.Philanthropy is more than throwing cash at random causes. You might make some headway with that approach, but it’s not the way to work social responsibility into your business model organically. When plotting a nonprofit journey, look at what your company can do or already does well. Once you’ve determined those strengths, figure out how philanthropy fits into that.Warby Parker and TOMS both meshed their desire to do good with their core business offerings, to create one-for-one initiatives for eyeglasses and shoes, respectively. Each company’s philanthropy model shows that it isn’t always necessary for businesses to think outside the box to make a social impact. Sometimes, whatever a company already does well can end up doing good for others.Related: 5 Easy Ways to Make Philanthropy Part of Your Company Culture2. Grow your efforts from the ground.Philanthropic causes often involve work in far-flung areas. And because you (usually) can’t move your company to the community you’re serving, you need to find ways to connect with organizations that are embedded in those communities.The University of Chicago employed this strategy by partnering with India-based Tata Trusts to address health, water sanitation and energy issues in that East Asian nation. With the university’s research prowess and Tata Trusts’s ground-level access and innovative approach to intervention, the union has allowed policymakers, academics, students and practitioners to make a difference in ways they otherwise could not.These kinds of ground-level partnerships can be invaluable. They smooth out the lines of communication, iron out logistics and generally enable your work to take root — no matter how far removed you might be.3. Lock arms for longer reach.If you work alone in your philanthropic endeavors, your potential impact is only as deep as your own expertise and resources. For greater reach, it’s critical to leverage strategic partnerships with others. Look for mutually beneficial relationships that can stimulate long-term results.One of my own nonprofits, the Human Heritage Project, recently partnered with Project Angel Food. That organization’s years of experience bringing food security to vulnerable people proved invaluable to our project goals. Collaborations like this make our mission to help the underserved possible. Partnerships also can lessen the financial and operational load a smaller company must carry with a nonprofit endeavor.Related: How You Can Identify and Optimize Nonprofit Partnerships4. Capture hearts by getting your hands dirty.Amid the busy nature of day-to-day operations, it can be tempting to outsource your corporate social responsiblity (CSR) work. But when you take a hands-off approach, you miss an opportunity to get your employees involved in the effort. Nothing can capture your team members’ hearts for the mission like getting their hands dirty.This need not involve sending employees overseas on a project, either. Computing company AMD recruits “Green Teams” among its staff to reduce cafeteria waste, save on energy consumption and curb water misuse across its own company. This internal effort allows employees to see the fruits of their labor and feel a sense of ownership in their corporate philanthropy — and AMD doesn’t have to break the bank to do it.If Google’s moves are any indication, corporate philanthropy initiatives increasingly are calling for these hands-on efforts. The good news? You don’t have to be Google to make a difference. You just have to be willing, able and patient enough to find the approach that works for your company. Guest Writer Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Philanthropy Kevin Xu Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. February 22, 2019 5 min read Image credit: Hero Images | Getty Images Register Now »last_img read more

Judges to rule on diesel bans in choking German cities

Citation: Judges to rule on diesel bans in choking German cities (2018, February 22) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-diesel-german-cities.html The impact of the German court ruling on old diesel cars in cities is expected to be huge Explore further German court could open way to bans on diesel cars Judges are to rule Thursday on whether German cities can ban old diesel cars to reduce air pollution, with potentially dramatic consequences for a key industry and transport policy in Europe’s largest economy. © 2018 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Even if it finds in favour of anti-pollution plaintiffs after deliberations start at 1000 GMT, the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig will not order any vehicles off the road.But it could open the way for cities to do so in zones whose air is particularly contaminated by diesel exhausts.Since Volkswagen admitted in 2015 to installing software to fool regulatory emissions tests in millions of cars worldwide—the so-called “dieselgate” scandal— nitrogen oxide (NOx) and fine particle emissions from diesel motors have been the top priority for German environmentalists.And the nation’s automakers have been eyeing the courts nervously, as bans could affect 9.4 million vehicles not meeting the latest Euro 6 standards.State governments in Baden-Wuerttemberg capital Stuttgart and North Rhine-Westphalia capital Duesseldorf have appealed the case to the highest court after losing in lower tribunals.”If we lose, we’ll be in deep trouble,” Baden-Wuerttemberg state premier Winfried Kretschmann told news agency DPA Tuesday.Clean air by Christmas?A court decision for bans would “allow people in German cities to breathe clean air by the end of the year,” said Juergen Resch, head of NGO Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH), which brought the original case.Germany and other air quality sinners like France or Italy have for years been in the European Commission’s sights for possible legal action over contaminated air.Fine particle pollution and NOx contribute to as many as 400,000 premature deaths from respiratory and cardiovascular disease per year in the European Union.Some 70 cities in Germany suffered from average annual nitrogen dioxide levels above EU thresholds last year, with Munich, Stuttgart and Cologne the worst offenders.To fend off bans and protect the keystone auto industry with its 800,000 jobs, Berlin has offered a cascade of initiatives, including a billion-euro ($1.2 billion) fund—partly paid for by carmakers—for cities to upgrade public transport and buy electric vehicles.Ministers even suggested to the European Commission they could offer free public transport to cut down on urban car use, although without a detailed plan or budget.The Leipzig court could on Thursday signal an end to such piecemeal measures by allowing diesel bans in principle.State leaders insist the federal government would then be on the hook to help them avoid bans if possible or to help enforce them if necessary.Carmakers slam on brakesSuch nationwide action could include the introduction of a so-called “blue badge” to identify the least polluting vehicles—so far firmly rejected by Berlin.Meanwhile, DUH chief Resch suggests that “a decision in favour of driving bans would greatly speed up modernisation” of Germany’s diesel fleet.Car companies have resisted hardware refits of older diesels to slash emissions, instead offering updates to engine control software and trade-in programmes for newer, less polluting models.New catalytic converters “would not be much more effective” and “would take a lot of time” to install, Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler told business daily Handelsblatt Wednesday.A refit would cost at least 7.6 billion euros, a study by analysts at Evercore bank cited by Handelsblatt found.Nevertheless, even car diehards the German Automobile Association (ADAC) came out in favour of the measure Tuesday in a study of their own.Diesel’s bad image and the prospect of bans have already pushed sales of the German-invented motors into a deep slump, from 48 percent of new cars sold in 2015 to 39 percent last year.Such reputational damage has pressured carmakers into stepping up plans to introduce more electric models in coming years.But after repeated delays from industry and government, Thursday’s case “could be the one that changes the country, its mobility and its industry” for good, daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung summed up. read more

Lack of funding leaves worlds roads in disrepair

first_imgThe US Transportation Department estimated last year that more than two thirds of American roads and nearly 143,000 bridges were in need of urgent repair or improvement. Budget cutbacksIn Spain, where motorways and fast roads are relatively new, the Spanish Road Association AEC expressed concern, particularly about the state of the regional road networks, which has deteriorated as a result of successive budget cutbacks following the 2008 financial crisis. Dilapidation everywhereA report by the World Economic Forum published late last year found that, out of 137 countries, road quality was highest in the United Arab Emirates, with Singapore in second place. Switzerland came third. Among its European partners, the Netherlands followed in fifth place, France in seventh, Germany 15th, Italy 45th and Belgium 46th.In France, a recent government-commissioned audit found that one out of every three bridges is in need of repair. In Belgium, around 80 bridges, viaducts and tunnels have been placed under heightened scrutiny due to their state of disrepair, according to a De Standaard newspaper report.In Germany, “it’s only a matter of time before a similar catastrophe happens,” the head of the DIW economic think-tank, Marcel Fratzcher, said on national radio.According to the Federal Highway Research Institute, only one motorway bridge out of every eight is classified as being in “good” or “very good” condition. One particular bridge across the Rhine at Leverkusen in Germany’s industrial heartland was closed to heavy goods vehicles in 2012. The Swedish Transport Administration estimates that some 850 bridges across the country need to be reinforced by 2030 after heavier trucks were allowed onto its roads. In Bulgaria, the EU’s poorest member whose infrastructure is notoriously dilapidated, Prime Minister Boiko Borissov has called for the renovation of all of the country’s bridges. In the United Kingdom, public debate about the state of the country’s roads tends to focus more on potholes than on the condition of tunnels and bridges.The RAC Foundation however published a report last year which found that more than 3,000 bridges were not fit to carry the heaviest vehicles. In an age of austerity and budget cutbacks, the deadly bridge collapse in Genoa, Italy, has put the spotlight clearly on the lack of public funding for road networks across the globe, from France and Germany, to the United States and beyond. © 2018 AFP A report by the World Economic Forum last year found that road quality was highest in the United Arab Emirates Citation: Lack of funding leaves world’s roads in disrepair (2018, August 17) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-lack-funding-world-roads-disrepair.html Explore further Bridge in Italy had unusual design, required constant work (Update) In the wake of the collapse of the decades-old Morandi bridge in Genoa, Italy, which killed 38 people, Italy’s hardline eurosceptic Interior Minister Matteo Salvini accused the European Union of prioritising balanced budgets over safety, austerity over public need. The European Commission hit back, insisting it had always “encouraged” Italy to invest and take advantage of the EU’s available structural funds. Germany, which has a budget surplus, has frequently been called on by the likes of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to be “more energetic” in its public investment. In 2018, the government earmarked 3.9 billion euros ($4.4 billion) in investment for roads and bridges. The DIW think-tank calculates that closer to 10 billion euros is needed. Future fundingIn France, the government-commissioned audit recommends substantially boosting funds for the maintenance and modernisation of national roads, compared with the annual average of 666 million euros earmarked between 2007 and 2017.French Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne said in May she intended to spend one billion euros, compared with 800 million euros in 2018 and 700 million euros in 2017. In June, the Swedish government unveiled an ambitious plan to invest 67 billion euros in infrastructure by 2029.The Spanish government has pledged to invest five billion euros in the country’s roads over the next four years. US President Donald Trump has announced plans to spend $1.5 trillion on infrastructure, but no concrete details for the roll-out of such plans have so far been forthcoming. An arial view shows repair work on the Vilvoorde viaduct on the ring road in Brussels This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

For Generation Z iPhone Apple have the most buzz while Coke and

first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: For Generation Z, iPhone, Apple have the most buzz while Coke and Pepsi are fizzling (2018, August 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-iphone-apple-coke-pepsi-fizzling.html ©2018 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. In Brief: Pepsi and Coke contain pesticidescenter_img Explore further For retailers, Generation Z is a force to be reckoned with. The post-Millennial group, generally regarded as the 86 million people born between 1997 and 2016, is expected to represent 40 percent of all shoppers by 2020, and currently influences $600 billion of family spending.When it comes to what’s hot—and what’s not—chatter matters. Conversations, both through social media and in person, spark 19 percent of purchases, according to Engagement Labs, a data and analytics company that helps marketers.”You see an advertisement, people know it’s a paid endorsement,” says Brad Fay, Engagement Labs chief commercial officer. “It’s only got so much credibility….The most powerful messages are ones that come from someone you know.”Based on surveys of 6,736 teens over 12 months that asked them what they spoke about in the previous 24 hours, Engagement Labs found that the top talkers were the gadgets, beverages and snack foods that bring young people together.”One of the things we find about Generation Z is it’s an incredibly social generation,” Fay says. While Apple and Samsung create devices that allow teens to connect, “Coca Cola, McDonalds and Pepsi are all brands you typically consume with other people face to face, so they, too, could be thought of as social brands.”But the popularity of some products may be waning with this health-conscious group. The percentage of young people talking about Pepsi on an average day has plunged 49 percent since 2013. Coke slipped 21 percent in the same time period.”Both Coke and Pepsi are taking significant declines,” Fay says, “and I think that is symptomatic of a shift away from the more sugary types of beverages toward a wider diversity of healthier types of beverages.” McDonald’s also experienced a slight 2 percent dip.Here are the brands that generate the most buzz.Gen Z’s Top Eight: 1. iPhone 18 percent 2. Apple 15 percent 3. Coke 14.6% 4. Samsung 12.1% 5. Nike 11.2% 6. McDonald’s 11% 7. Walmart 7.9% 8. Pepsi 6.3% *Percentages reflect the number of teenagers who speak about the brand on an average day.What products are you and your friends talking about most? Share it with us on sociallast_img read more

GM fights government to retain tax credit for electric cars

first_img Explore further Preserving the $7,500 tax incentive for buyers is crucial for GM as the company pivots from internal combustion engines in favor of building cars powered by batteries or hydrogen fuel cells. Yet the layoffs and plant closings could imperil GM’s push to keep the incentive. It helps make plug-ins such as the $36,000 Chevy Bolt more affordable at a time when competition from other electric vehicle makers is heating up.GM faces opposition from President Donald Trump and other Republicans who consider the credit a waste of taxpayer money and want it eliminated. Trump, who has pledged a manufacturing rebirth in the Midwest, reacted angrily to GM’s “transformation ” announcement late last month, declaring that his administration was “looking at cutting all GM subsidies, including for electric cars.”The company already is on the verge of being phased out of the tax credit program unless Congress changes a law that caps the break at 200,000 vehicles per manufacturer. Without the incentive, GM may be forced to cut the price of its electric cars to keep prospective customers from taking their business elsewhere, according to automotive industry experts.As evidence of the credit’s importance to GM’s future, the automaker has expanded its lobbying footprint in Washington and even joined forces with two rivals, Tesla and Nissan, to call for 200,000-vehicle limit to be scrapped.Standing in the way of that goal is Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Barrasso introduced legislation in October to abolish the tax credit, a move he said would save about $20 billion over the next 10 years. He has argued the market for electric vehicles is already established and “no longer needs the crutch of government assistance.””The idea of the subsidies had to do with trying to make sure that electric vehicles would be a viable technology,” Barrasso said. “Well, that’s clearly there.”The tax credit came up briefly during a private meeting on Wednesday between Ohio’s senators, Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown, and GM chief executive Mary Barra, according to a congressional aide familiar with the conversation. As part of the restructuring, GM said it will stop making the Chevy Cruze at its Lordstown, Ohio, plant by March and is considering closing the plant for good. Citation: GM fights government to retain tax credit for electric cars (2018, December 9) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-gm-retain-key-tax-credit.html $7,500 federal tax credit for Tesla buyers to end Dec. 31 Portman told Barra that it’s difficult to help with priorities such as the electric vehicle credit when GM is moving production out of Ohio, according to the aide, who was not authorized to publicly discuss the private conversation and spoke on condition of anonymity.One of the lobbyists working to salvage the credit for GM is Kent Hance, a former chancellor of Texas Tech University who is well connected in GOP circles, according to his online profile . Hance lists his role as a fundraiser for the campaigns of outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and others. He has known Rick Perry, the energy secretary and former Texas governor, for nearly 30 years.GM in early August named a former Trump White House official, Everett Eissenstat, its senior vice president for global public policy, a post that oversees the company’s lobbying operations. Eissenstat, however, is not registered as a lobbyist, according to disclosure records filed with Congress. Before coming to GM, he was Trump’s deputy assistant for international economic affairs.Under federal law, the $7,500 credit for buyers begins to phase out after a manufacturer has sold 200,000 qualifying electric vehicles. GM has estimated it will hit that threshold by the end of December, just as the Bolt will be facing new and potentially stiff competition.Sam Abuelsamid, a senior analyst at Navigant Research, said Hyundai and Kia each will be selling compact SUVs in the U.S. beginning early next year that can travel 240 miles on a single battery charge, about the same as the Bolt. Ford will be launching a number of new plug-in hybrid models in 2019, including the Lincoln Aviator, Explorer and Escape.”With the intensifying market shift away from cars to utility vehicles all of these are expected to be more popular than the Bolt,” Abuelsamid said. To remain competitive against the new entries, “GM will likely have to cut the (retail price) of the Bolt as well as any additional EVs they launch next year by the corresponding reduction in the tax credits,” he said.Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book, said the credit is “hugely important” to electric vehicle manufacturers. Lowering the up-front cost of the vehicle typically plays a significant role in sales, he said, citing surveys that show more consumers would buy electric vehicles if the cars were affordably priced.GM joined forces with Tesla and Nissan as well as several consumer and environmental groups to broaden its lobbying push even further. The EV Drive Coalition, which was launched in November, urged lawmakers in an open letter last week to put a provision in the must-pass government spending bill that does away with the 200,000-car limit.”Eliminating the per-manufacturer cap will level the playing field for all EV manufacturers and spur innovation among domestic manufacturers, ensuring America’s leadership in the hyper-competitive, global auto market,” the coalition said.Jeannine Ginivan, a GM spokeswoman, said the tax credit should be modified but declined to say whether the automaker backs a specific piece of legislation that would remove the cap.”We believe an important part of reaching a zero emissions future and establishing the U.S. as the leader in electrification is to continue to provide a federal tax credit to help make electric vehicles more affordable for all customers,” Ginivan said in an email.In addition to GM’s in-house lobbyists, four lobbyists from Hance Scarborough, the Austin, Texas-based firm that Hance founded in 1994, are working on GM’s behalf, including Hance, according to disclosure records.GM also contracted with two other lobbying firms earlier this year to focus on electric and automated vehicle issues: the Polaris-Hutton Group and the DS2 Group. A fourth firm, the S-3 Group, was hired by GM in 2014 and earlier this year added the tax credit to its portfolio of lobbying issues. General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit for electric vehicles as the nation’s largest automaker tries to deal with the political fallout triggered by its plans to shutter several U.S. factories and shed thousands of workers. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. General Motors CEO Mary Barra speaks to reporters after a meeting with Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, to discuss GM’s announcement it would stop making the Chevy Cruze at its Lordstown, Ohio, plant, part of a massive restructuring for the Detroit-based automaker, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. 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Duo in fish bombing death remanded another six days

first_imgPost-mortem examinations of their remains on Wednesday (July 10) confirmed that the three were killed by a bomb blast.Comm Omar said they suffered massive internal injuries and there were minor superficial injuries on their bodies as well. KOTA KINABALU: The remand period for the two men arrested in connection with the death of a dive instructor and two Chinese tourists at Pulau Kalapuan, Semporna, has been extended.When contacted on Friday (July 12), Sabah police commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah confirmed that the 24-year-old boatman and 23-year-old guide would be remanded for another six days to assist with investigations into the case.Comm Omar had earlier said the case, which has been classified as murder, would be investigated from all angles.On July 5, local dive instructor Ab Zainal Abdu, 30, and China nationals Zhao Zhong and Xu Yingjie, both 26, were killed while taking diving lessons at a site off Pulau Kalapuan in Semporna waters. fish bombing , suspects , remand , extended , Sabah , Omar Mammah Nation 09 Jul 2019 Fish bombing case: Police not ruling out murder Related News Related Newscenter_img Tags / Keywords: Nation 08 Jul 2019 Families of two Chinese tourists believed killed by fish bombs arrive in Sabah Nation 07 Jul 2019 MMEA vows to work with Esscom to combat fish bombing in Semporna {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more