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  • Norway funds to be utilised for more strategic projects – President

    first_imgWhile acknowledging the strides made under the previous Administration with respect to climate change,President David GrangerPresident David Granger said his Government planned to double those efforts and utilise the remaining Norway funds for more strategic projects.“The previous Administration was concerned about Low Carbon Development Strategy and was concerned with the direction of some of the funds to projects which were Amerindian retitling of lands and also regeneration of energy through the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project. We would like to look at climate change more broadly,” Granger stated during a recent broadcast of “The Public Interest”.He noted that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration intended to tackle reforestation in mined-out areas, generation of energy apart from hydropower, coastal zone management, and the impacts of El Niño.On reforestation, President Granger explained that the most severely damaged areas were located in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni); Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni); and Region One (Barima-Waini).In this regard, he said those areas would be given priority in any plan that would be crafted to promote reforestation in the country.Additionally, he said, the vision for renewable energy should not be limited to Amaila Falls and a few handouts of solar panels, but rather huge solar farms that can power an entire community.The President noted too that the previous Administration did not include any measures to deal with coastal zone management, something he intended to correct since sea defence was an area of vulnerability for Guyana.Given that El Niño is a cyclical weather pattern that affects certain parts of the country, President Granger said he wanted to develop a plan to deal with the impacts of the weather phenomenon.While nothing concrete has been crafted, the aim is to have reservoirs for water in areas that are gravely affected by the drought, particularly the Rupununi areas, he said.“The problem of energy and environment are much beyond the plans or programmes implemented by the previous Administration. We have a wider view, a longer view, a strategic view,” he stated.He posited, “It’s not just about land titling, it’s not just about Amaila Falls, it is about making sustainable energy available to a wider part of the population not just handing out a few solar panels but having whole communities powered by solar energy.”Government has to make a final decision by the end of June on the future of the project or Guyana risks losing the remaining of the US$250 million in funds provided by Norway under the landmark LCDS climate migration deal.last_img read more

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  • Fire guts ‘junkies’ shack in Grove

    first_imgA fire started in the East Bank Demerara community of Grove in the wee hours of Friday completely razed a wooden shack occupied by at least three men described as “nuisances and junkies”.The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, but Guyana Times has been made to understand that a lighted cigarette was left on a mattress.Based on reports received, and an alarm of “Fire!” was raised in the community at about 03:00h on Friday; and neighbours rushing to the scene were able to contain the blaze to the shack. By the time the fire tenders arrived at the scene, the wooden shack was completely gutted.One neighbour told this publication that his household was awakened by the scream of “Fire!”, and without hesitation, his relatives went into firefighting mode. “We jump up, put on the water pump and started to soak our home; because, aThe house moments after it went up in flamesfew years ago, the same shack was set on fire and our home received severe damage… we had to spend like $3 million to repair (it)”, he detailed.He said his relatives were taking no chances this time around; because, on a daily basis, several “drunk men” would assemble at the shack and drink all day.“Initially, it was four brothers who occupied the house; one went to jail and the other in the bush, but every day is a session at the house — drinking and cussing”, the man stated.The Guyana Fire Service and the Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fire.last_img read more

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  • GHRA disappointed with Govt’s Green Paper on oil revenue

    first_img…says obsession with gaining power should be monitoredThe Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) has expressed deep disappointment with Government’s Green Paper for the management of anticipated oil revenues, stating that it lacks context and does not cater for Guyana’s most precious resource, human capital.Head of GHRA Mike McCormackHead of the GHRA, Mike McCormack said his organisation has studied the document and while particular emphasis is placed on making education a high priority, it has not taken into account how Guyanese will benefit directly from the revenues of oil.“We are disappointed with the green paper because it has no context… education has been a high priority in the use of oil revenues, no one disagrees with that but what it doesn’t say is all vulnerable export for the last 50 years have been educated people,” he stated.In giving his opinion, McCormack said the reason why educated people are leaving, is mainly because they don’t see a secured and happy future in which they can achieve here. He said this view could be changed if the revenues from oil are spent to improve the lives of people.He said too that the Association is not in favour of having a politically run fund, because they will not be favourable in delivering. He said that technical expertise should be sought to ensure that it is properly managed and resources are properly spent.But more importantly, the GHRA head said while there is much to talk about how the revenues from oil will be spent, he said the discussion must also include what can transpire in 2020. McCormack reminded that year is critical as it is also an election year.“Nobody is discussing the fact that 2020… with a political situation in which obsession with gaining power could become serious. The business community, faith-based organisations and trade unions must have strong consensus that whoever wins the elections, as an agenda policy we need to support that. We need to ensure there is stability,” he added.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has already raised concerns over the total control of the Natural Resources Fund by the Finance Ministry. The green paper sets out preliminary plans on how the Government hopes to manage the revenue from oil and other natural resources, with clear objectives of the Natural Resources Fund.The Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) was laid in the National Assembly in August which sets out preliminary proposals to stimulate discussion, also points to possible courses of action open to the SWF legislation.Jagdeo reminded that he had initial objections to Government’s plans for the Fund but now that the green paper has been made public, he finds the plans to be even more worrying.The document states that the Finance Ministry will be responsible for the overall management of the Fund, including requested withdrawals in the annual budget proposal.“…calculating the fiscally sustainable amount; drafting the investment mandate; entering into the operational agreement with the Bank of Guyana [BoG] and drafting the annual report and reporting on the Fund through the annual budget,” the document said.As such, Jagdeo said he disagrees with Finance Minister Winston Jordan’s total control for various reasons, but zeroed in on Jordan’s silence on the signing bonus from ExxonMobil.“This is the same Minister who lied to the country about the US$18 million signing bonus, saying that Guyana never received it and never asked for it. He lied to Guyanese for over a year. And it is the same Minister who will now have full control.”Further, the green paper states that the BoG will be the operational manager of the Fund. Jagdeo has already expressed deep concern about this proposal. Although the Government has catered for a representative from the Opposition to sit on the Fund, he has already objected to this proposal, stating that politicians should not be included.“We don’t want politicians… we, ourselves, to manage this money. This Fund has to be independently, technically managed… not by politicians again and stored at the Central Bank. We have a problem with that model. It departs radically from best practices, like Norway and the other countries,” he had stated.Now that the green paper has been laid, it paves the way for the proposed legislation on the SWF to be laid in the National Assembly which looks at addressing two main issues: stability of the economy and saving for future generations. Advice was sought from international agencies, including the Commonwealth Secretariat, among others.last_img read more

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  • Euro 2016 stars Man United should sign including Croatia and Belgium stars

    first_img Fabian Schar (Hoffenheim and Switzerland) – Eric Bailly has already arrived but if Mourinho wants another centre-back to bolster his defence he could do worse than move for the Swiss star, who has been like a mountain at the back this tournament. Solid as a rock and decent with his feet, Schar also grabbed the winner against Albania in their opener. He would be excellent back up to Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly. Eric Dier (Tottenham and England) – Defensive midfield star Dier has been superb for Spurs and the Three Lions this year and is rightly earning plaudits at Euro 2016. Solid as a rock, he’s offered protection for Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill, as well as showcasing his excellent passing ability. His goal from a free-kick against Russia tops it all off. Any deal would take a huge offer but Dier could be swayed given he’s a Manchester United fan. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid and Wales) – It’s no surprise the Welshman has starred in France. He’s got three goals already – two from free-kicks – and looked like the superstar he is. Already a long-term target for the Red Devils, he would fit perfectly as a statement signing, which Mourinho reportedly craves. His strengths are obvious and he would likely slot in handily on the right wing, although his versatility would give Man United plenty of options. Jose Mourinho is set for a busy summer as he looks to rebuild his Manchester United squad.Eric Bailly has already been signed for £30million from Villarreal as the Portuguese boss looks to toughen up his defence.But what about the rest of his, undoubtedly large, transfer war chest as he looks to bring the Premier League title back to Old Trafford.If Mourinho wasn’t already sure of his transfer targets, he may well be casting his eyes over the talents on offer at Euro 2016.So which stars over in France he should he consider signing? Click the right arrow above to see which stars Manchester United could move for… 6 6 Grzegorz Krychowiak (Sevilla and Poland) – A player universally admired for his skill at breaking up play in La Liga, Krychowiak starred in all three group games in France. Nine tackles, five interceptions and just one foul, he’s a perfect defensive midfield candidate, while six blocks and six clearances add to this assessment. His passing has looked decent too. 6 6 Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan and Croatia) – Click the right arrow above for more Euro 2016 stars Manchester United could target this summer… – His tireless work on the right flank against Turkey and Czech Republic didn’t go unnoticed. He should have had at least one goal in their clash against the Turkish and grabbed an assist against Czech Republic. Brozovic would fit in with the kind of work ethic Jose Mourinho enjoys seeing from his players, while he can also play in central midfield. 6 6 Thomas Meunier (Club Brugge and Belgium) – Mourinho may well be looking for a new option at right-back and a cheap option could well be the Belgian international. He’s played their last two games and looked solid at right-back while supporting Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco ahead of him in attack. It’s likely he could be picked up on the cheap. last_img read more

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  • ANYONE FOR TENNIS? OPEN DAY AT LETTERKENNY CLUB

    first_imgLETTERKENNY Tennis Club is having an open day this Saturday.People of all ages and abilities are being invited along to the club from 11am to 3pm.Coaches will be on hand to talk all things tennis – and there will be lots of buns and face painting for the kids.Log on to the club at http://letterkennytennisclub.com/ for more details.ANYONE FOR TENNIS? OPEN DAY AT LETTERKENNY CLUB was last modified: June 25th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkenny tennis clubopen daylast_img read more

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  • Donegal League: All the reports, results and fixtures

    first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTSSunday 6th October 2016 Temple Domestic Appliances Division OneGweedore United 1 Cappry Rovers 4This game played in good conditions at Carrickboyle saw the visitors leave with the three points following a good second half display. In the opening half it was United, with the aid of the strong breeze, who created good early chances for Michael Barry, Eoin Ward and Darren Ferry. The home side took a deserved lead in the 14th minute when a great pass from Darren Ferry was well finished into the bottom corner from 15 yards giving Mc Bride in the Cappry nets with no chance. The home side continued to press and saw a number of good chances well saved by Conor Mc Bride. The visitors began to create a number of chances and Paddy Mc Nulty and Calvin Bradley brought the best out of Brian Gallagher in the United nets. The visitors equalised on the stroke of half time when United failed to clear and Bradley finished well after a good cross from Gerrard Melaugh. In the second half Cappry dominated possession and made it 2-1 in the 60th minute after Bradley once again finished well from close range. It was 3-1 in the 75th minute when Ryan Mc Hugh tapped in from close range. Mc Hugh was on the mark again in the 81st minute when he got Cappry’s 4th to secure a good three points. Mark Mc Fadden was unlucky not to pull one back in the 88th minute when his excellent shot was cleared. Paddy Mc Nulty was excellent for Cappry with Eoin Ward excelling for United on the day. Referee: Dessie Mc LaughlinKeadue Rovers 4 Bonagee United 1Keadue Rovers won to get their first points of the league campaign. The game was played in blustery conditions with the first effort of the game coming on eight minutes when Shaun Yank Boyle had his shot saved. Another chance from a header fell to Corey Gallagher two minutes later but Keadue were rewarded for their good early spell when Shaun Yank Boyle finished well low to the net on twelve minutes. After a few more half chances Keadue went two up just after the half hour when a great ball through the home defence by Shaun Yank Boyle was met on the run by Corey Gallagher and he made no mistake with a first time effort firing home having spotted the keeper off his line. It was to remain the same until half time and the home side were good value for their lead. In the second half Ryan Greene had a good chance in the opening minutes but had his effort saved, he wasn’t to be denied two minutes later with number three when Corey Gallaghers’ cross was met at the far post. Bonagee though to their credit kept plugging away and close to the hour mark forced a few free kicks and had more possession and on fifty eight minutes were awarded a penalty following a foul in the box. Paddy Mc Gowan however missed the spot kick. On the hour mark Bonagee did score when full back Shane Kelly lobbed the keeper from distance for a good goal. Bonagee did have a lot more possession from that point on but didn’t really force the keeper into any saves. The home side were good on the break with David Ward and Corey Gallagher doing well. In the last minute of the game, from a through ball, Corey Gallagher made it 4-1 on the run, finishing well with his left foot. A good Keadue victory and a battling performance from Bonagee with the scoreline a bit harsh on them. Best for Keadue were Corey Gallagher, Shaun Yank Boyle and Daniel McHugh while best for Bonagee were Shane Kelly, Graham Cullen and Dylan Sweeney. Referee: Con McLaughlin.Donegal Town 1 Erne Wanderers 1Donegal started the game the better of the two sides and were unlucky not to be a goal in front after 5 minutes. Ben Sweeney had too much pace for the Erne defence when he broke from the halfway line but was unlucky to see his shot pass wide of the post. Donegal were awarded a penalty on the 15th minute mark when Declan Browne was brought down inside the Erne box and Raymond Mc Groary made no mistake from the spot. Donegal had a number of other good chances in the first half but failed to stretch their lead. Erne started the second half the better of the two teams and soon got themselves back on level terms. Micky Ward headed the ball on to the feet of David Dolan and he made no mistake from close range. Both teams were reduced to 10 men soon after following a scuffle between two players. Erne dominated the reminder of second half and will feel unlucky not to pick up all 3 points. Donegal’s goalkeeper Liam O’Meara pulled of a number of first class saves to earn his team a point. 1-1 the full time score. CT Ball Division TwoLetterbarrow Celtic 8 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 2Letterbarrow provided long serving Club Chairman James Mc Groary with his perfect 60th birthday present. The visitors opened the scoring on ten minutes when Kevin Mc Gonigle’s cross deceived the home keeper and found the top corner of the net. The lead was short lived as Dermot Slevin headed home from a corner to draw the sides level. On thirty minutes Nathan Carr put Letterbarrow into the lead when he headed home from close range after a superb counter attack. The home side made it three one just after the restart when Dermot Slevin slotted home from inside the box. Five minutes later Gerard Mc Brearty made it four for Letterbarrow when he poked home after a scramble in the box. Thirty nine years to the day after his father scored for the club on his twenty first birthday James Mc Groary Junior scored a fifth after he turned in a great cross. It was six shortly after that when Nathan Carr’s work rate was rewarded when he scored from eight yards. Donal Callaghan pulled a goal back for the visitors with a superb free kick. However Alexi Mc Neilis added two further goals in the final ten minutes to secure the points.Eany Celtic 4 Curragh Athletic 0(No Report Received)Oscar Traynor TrophyDonegal Junior League 1 Cavan / Monaghan League 2The Donegal Junior League were defeated in their opening match in this season’s Oscar Traynor Trophy. They were two down at the interval after Enda Hessin and Dean Connolly scored for the Monaghan/Cavan League. Kyle Black pulled one back for Brian Dorrian’s side early in the second half but they were unable to find an equaliser. They will now probably need to win their remaining two matches to progress to the next stage of the competition.SATURDAY REPORTSSaturday 5th October 2016Glencar Inn Saturday DivisionDrumbar F.C. 1 Glencar Celtic 2Glencar came out on top in a close match played in difficult conditions in Drumbar. After early pressure Glencar took the lead following a poor clearance when the ball was picked up on the edge of the box by Paddy Collins and he slotted neatly into the far corner. The home side didn’t let the heads drop and soaked up the Glencar pressure before drawing level on the counter attack midway through the second half. Gareth Cassidy poking home following a defensive mix up. Just when the game looked to be heading for a draw Rory Gallagher found himself free in the Drumbar box to fire the decisive winner for Glencar. Positives to be taken for both teams with title chasing Glencar taking the valuable points while Drumbar look now to be heading in the right direction with another solid display. Dunlewey Celtic 0 Strand Rovers 0(No Report Submitted)Saturday Reserve DivisionMilford United Reserves 4 Erne Wanderers Reserves 3Milford took the lead after 20 minutes with JJ Fleming finding the back of the net at his second attempt. It was 2-0 soon after with Ryan Campbell robbing an Erne defender of possession to race through on goal and calmly slot home. Erne came back strong and pulled a goal back on 35 minutes with Michael Bowring scoring. It was 2-2 soon after with Mickey Gahan breaking the offside trap to slide home. Milford came out strong in the second half and made it 3-2 with Conor Meakin sending in a great cross and Ciaran Blaney was on hand to flick home. It was 4-2 on 70 minutes after another great cross, this time from Raymond Friel who found JJ Flemings head who nodded home for his second of the game. It was a nervy finish after Erne were awarded a penalty with ten minutes to go. Packie Hill made no mistake to make it 4-3. Milford held on though for a much needed 3 points. A good team performance from Milford with JJ Fleming standing out. Best for Erne was David Dorian.Glenree United Reserves 0 Keadue Rovers Reserves 3The first half was hampered by poor weather conditions, making it hard for both sides to get the ball down and play. It was Keadue that went in at half time a goal up after they took the lead in the last minute of the half when the midfielder played a high ball through and ran through and tucked it away into the net. Twenty minutes into the second half Keadue were two up after the ball clipped the defender from a corner and spun onto the head of the Keadue striker and into the net. The third goal came from a cross that wasn’t dealt with and killed off any chance of the home side getting anything out of this match.Best for Glenree: John Mc Groddy. Team effort from Keadue Rovers.Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 2 Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 6Kilmac left The Moss with all three points and it was nothing more than they deserved. Drumoghill started well and were ahead on five minutes when Ross Hamlin fired home from close range after beating the off side trap. Kilmac were level on ten minutes when Micheal Mc Laughlin converted from the penalty spot. Kilmac really got going after this and grabbed two quick goals before half time through Ryan Langan who slotted one in at the back post from a Timmy Burke cross and Micheal Mc Laughlin got his second of the day when he latched onto a Ciaran Bonnar ball in behind the Drumoghill defence. Kilmac started the second half where they left off and got another two quick goals through Darren Mc Ginley and Christopher Dillon. Drumoghill however did pull one back through Jaydee only for Micheal Mc Laughlin to round off his team’s performance with the final goal of the game, and his own hat-trick, when he rounded the keeper to slot home. St. Catherines Reserves 0 Glenea United Reserves 3St. Catherine’s played host to Glenea United in the Saturday Reserve Division in Emerald Park. Both teams started the game very well, creating chances of which neither team could maximise. St. Catherine’s had a good chance to score when they had a shot that was saved by the Glenea goal keeper. Just as it looked that both teams would go into the half time break all level Glenea were awarded a penalty. Glenea one nil up at half time. The second half started with St. Catherine’s looking to get back on level terms but no matter how many chances they created they could not get passed the Glenea defence or goalkeeper. Midway through the second half Glenea doubled their lead when the ball was put into the box and the St. Catherine’s keeper came but missed it and it fell to a Glenea player who put the ball into the net. St. Catherine’s kept trying to get on the score sheet but nothing was going right for them. Glenea then scored a third goal when they played the ball into the box and a Glenea player beat a couple of players and put the ball into the net. 3-0 the final score.Donegal Town Reserves 1 Cappry Rovers Reserves 4Cappry Rovers ran out easy winners at The Hospital Field in this fixture with a very poor performance from the Donegal Town side. The home side nearly opened the scoring on five minutes when Joe Lafferty had a header from corner cleared off the line. It was end to end stuff from these two young teams but it was Cappry who went ahead when Brendan Mc Laughlin scored with a low shot from the edge of the box on twenty minutes. Cappry doubled their lead on the half hour when David Carr scored with a header at the back post. Donegal had several good chances to get back into the game and just before half time Ted Bustard headed home from a fine free kick from Matthew Mc Kenna on the left wing. The second half was brighter and both teams had chances but failed to convert and as the game wore on Cappry made it 3-1 after a defensive mix up. Cappry completed the scoring on seventy five minutes when Pete Lafferty scored the goal of the game from a direct free kick.Best for Donegal were Ryan Hegarty, Matthew Mc Kenna, and Ted Bustard. Best for Cappry was Brendan Mc Laughlin. Referee: Frank DuffRESULTSSaturday 5th October 2016Glencar Inn Saturday DivisionDrumbar F.C. 1 v 2 Glencar CelticDunlewey Celtic 0 v 0 Strand RoversSaturday Reserve DivisionMilford United Reserves 4 v 3 Erne Wanderers ReservesGlenree United Reserves 0 v 3 Keadue Rovers ReservesDrumoghill F.C. Reserves 2 v 6 Kilmacrennan Celtic ReservesSt. Catherines Reserves 0 v 3 Glenea United ReservesDonegal Town Reserves 1 v 4 Cappry Rovers ReservesSunday 6th October 2016Temple Domestic Appliances Division OneGweedore United 1 v 4 Cappry RoversKeadue Rovers 4 v 1 Bonagee UnitedDonegal Town 1 v 1 Erne WanderersCT Ball Division TwoLetterbarrow Celtic 8 v 2 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Eany Celtic 4 v 0 Curragh AthleticOscar Traynor TrophyDonegal Junior League 1 v 2 Cavan / Monaghan LeagueFIXTURESSaturday 12th November 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Glencar Inn Saturday DivisionStrand Rovers v Arranmore United (K.O. 1 p.m.)Glencar Celtic v Orchard F.C.Fintown harps v Drumbar F.C.Saturday Reserve DivisionGlenree United Reserves v Castlefin Celtic ReservesSt. Catherines Reserves v Keadue Rovers ReservesDonegal Town Reserves v Kilmacrennan Celtic ReservesCappry Rovers Reserves v Glenea United ReservesSunday 13th November 2016 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionKilmacrennan Celtic v Convoy ArsenalMilford United v Rathmullan CelticLagan Harps v St. CatherinesTemple Domestic Appliances Division OneGweedore Celtic v Cappry RoversGlenree United v Bonagee UnitedCT Ball Division TwoCranford United v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Ballybofey United v Drumkeen UnitedLifford Celtic v Whitestrand UnitedDonegal League: All the reports, results and fixtures was last modified: November 6th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more

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  • Coin-, TB- und Bücher Hotel — Geocache of the Week

    first_imgThe Travel Bugs and geocoins that make it to this TB hotel in Germany are in for a treat. The cache — which you’ll only be able to find after solving the puzzle on the cache page — is probably as close to actually hotel-sized as a geocache can get.Photo by HedwigeuleMuggles who catch a glimpse of the adorable little geo-house will assume it’s meant for kids. Little do they know, most of the house’s visitors are fully-grown!The entrance to the house is clearly marked as geocaching territory.Photo by Papillon62Inside the hotel, a reception area contains bins for organizing trackables by their destination.Photo by HedwigeuleFor a while, the cache owner was mailing trackables that landed in the “America” bin to a contact in the United States. Although that service has been interrupted (according to the cache page), it will hopefully continue again in the future.Photo by Garfield72When visiting this cache, take a seat at the window, gaze out at the garden and street below, and contemplate the words you’re about to write in the logbook…Photo by Hedwigeule…then open the window panes and smile out at the camera-person outside!Photo by LoveThe TB hotel is located on private property, with the permission of the property owner (who also helped to build and paint the house, by the way). It’s a fine example of a big cache with lots of room for oversize trackables. The 445 favorite points it’s garnered in just three years are well-deserved.It’s not too late to enter your trackable into the HQ Duck Dash race this summer! If you do, your TB might end up at this or one of many other amazing travel bug hotels around the world. Enter the Race.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Difficulty:1.5Terrain:1.5 Location:Nordrhein-Westfalen, GermanyN 50° 53.873 E 007° 09.185 SharePrint RelatedWelcome TB-Hotel Liechtenstein — Geocache of the WeekMarch 27, 2019In “Community”520 Bellevue TB hotel – Geocache of the WeekApril 18, 2018In “Community”This hotel is full of bugs. — Travel Bug Plaza Hotel & Suites (GC3JQQ1) — Geocache of the WeekJanuary 1, 2014In “Community” Mystery CacheGC4DVWPby Kleine-Hexelast_img read more

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  • Home Energy Monitoring, Part 2: Types of Monitoring Systems

    first_imgRELATED ARTICLES PODCAST: Home Energy Monitoring, Part 1 Home Dashboards Help Reduce Energy UseMore Power Monitoring to the PeopleEnergy Monitoring Tools from Google, Microsoft In Part 2 of this episode, Phil and I continue our conversation with Peter Troast of Energy Circle and delve into the different kinds of home energy monitoring systems available to the homeowner. From the Kill A Watt outlet monitor that you can rent from your public library, to the full circuit-by-circuit monitor you can access from your iPhone, we try to cover it all.Types of monitors discussed in this part of the podcast:The single outlet monitor, like the Kill A WattThe whole house meter monitor—simple and succinctCT (current transformer) monitors. You’ll have to open up your electrical panel for these—hire an electrician.The circuit-by-circuit type, such as TED (The Energy Detective)And of course, the monitors that grant you access via the Internet so that you can see what every circuit is up to from anywhere you can log on.Enjoy the show.center_img RELATED MULTIMEDIA OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTChris Briley: And we’re back. What are the types of monitoring systems we can choose from?Peter Troast: There are a number of different things that define these consumer devices, but let’s be clear that the things we’re talking about display electricity use in real time, whether on a computer screen or a little device. You can walk past and see right now that the house is consuming 1200 watts. What distinguishes them is how they set up. I think what’s kind of a wrench that every house must have is the Kill A Watt. The Kill A Watt is a one-appliance-at-a-time measurement. It’s not real-time monitoring, and it doesn’t measure your whole house, but it’s just a really cool device that any appliance can plug into. That piece of toast—whoa!—that’s expensive.Chris: A 1300-watt piece of toast!Phil Kaplan: I know you can actually go to your public library now and borrow a Kill A Watt.Chris: That’s great!Peter: My daughter had a data collection project for school, and being the turbo geek I am, we decided to Kill A Watt every appliance in our home. Very time-consuming, but fun. At the end of the day, though, we could not make everything add up. Not everything has a plug, phantom loads, etc. So there are some limitations. That’s when you want to step up to the next level of device, which reads the whole house’s electricity use. What distinguishes these is where they collect the data. One user-friendly approach is a type that straps onto the electric meter externally. Now, depending on what type of meter you have—we have the old-school type with the wheel going round and round…Phil: Sometimes when you see those things, you feel like you’re stepping back in time. It’s like seeing an 8-track.Chris: Dude, I have a dial phone in my house. When I bought the house we’re in now, there was an old Ma Bell phone in its box, pristine condition, so we showed the kids, and they’re like—how do you work this? Now they think it’s fantastic, and it’s the phone they want to use. Now, what were we talking about?Peter: So, that’s one type of installation, and it’s easy because it has nothing to do with your electrical panel. There’s no fear of electricity—just strap it onto the meter and watch the display.Chris: So, there’s one number and you just watch the display?Peter: It’s one number—what you’re using now. And you can plug in your electric rate so you can see that number either in kilowatt-hours or in cost…Chris: And maybe use tracking software—Peter: Well, that’s a distinction. In this category, there are two products on the market. One is the Blue Line. It’s a cool device, and just last week came out with a Wi-Fi add-on. The Blue Line is 100 bucks or less…Phil: How much is the Kill A Watt by comparison?Peter: There are two flavors of Kill A Watt—40 bucks and 30 bucks—depending on how sophisticated they are. So, the Blue Line at less than 100 bucks—easy to strap on, one device that’s wireless and sits wherever you feel like putting it and shows you what’s going on there. Not a lot of data collection. That’s my beef with the product. No graphing, so it’s hard to access the data over time. But it’s a nice price point. It’s easy to justify the cost; you’ll see the savings in less than a year.The next category involves going into your electrical panel and clipping a CT—a current transformer—around the power lines, which reads the electricity moving through the wires.Chris: Is that super accurate?Peter: Yeah, it’s accurate enough. Most of these are power factor corrected, so it’s pretty close.Phil: Those are real time whereas the ones clipped to the meter have some delay—is that true?Peter: I would call all these real time. There’s a little delay with those clipped to the meter, but you’re pretty much in real time. Go turn on the 100-watt halogen can lights in the kitchen and watch the thing—cha-ching!—just go up.Phil: You can see that happen as you flip the switch…Chris: And think maybe I should have considered compact fluorescents or LEDs…Peter: Yeah, yeah.Chris: Maybe that architect was right. Maybe I should have listened to him. I don’t know; I’m just spit-balling.Peter: We have nine cans in our kitchen. Some of them were swapped out for LEDs and some for CFLs, and I’m not sure why, but we still have three halogens—maybe for demonstration purposes. We now know that those three halogens, at 300+ watts, are really quite amazing.So, the monitors that clip in—I officially need to say—should be installed by an electrician. It’s not that hard.Chris: It’s not hard for them!Peter: An electrician can do the setup in 10 minutes. It does involve taking the face off the panel, which is an intimidating thing, but the truth is these clips—the C-clamps just go around the wires. There are some videos on Energy Circle…Phil: And they’re all licensed electricians doing it.Peter: Of course. The videos show how to do this. Now, these devices read the whole house. The primary products include The Energy Detective—TED. The TED 1000 is 129 bucks. It has a nice little device that sits in the kitchen where you walk by all the time…Chris: And it says, “What are you doing, Dave?”So, there’s the kind on your meter, the kind with clip-in leads in the panel…Peter: The next step is connection to the Internet. What distinguishes this step in the process, as you try to figure out what’s right for you, is how much do you love the data? I personally do. I’m a visual person. While it’s helpful to see one number at a time, it’s great to look at a graph or see that curve, and look at what happens when you turn the 6000-watt dryer on and your electricity use just spikes. When you first start, you get excited by the big spikes. Oh look, the toaster! Well, you make three pieces of toast a week—even though it’s 1300 watts, so what? But it’s really the base load that’s on all the time—in my house, it was 400 watts. A lot of it was phantom or vampire power of electronic devices. The big culprit for use was the entertainment center. The cable box is terrible—they use as much electricity when they’re idle as when they’re on. It’s appalling.Chris: I heard there was legislation that said every device must have an actual off switch. Get rid of the obligatory clock. In my kitchen, the coffee machine has a clock, the oven has a clock, the kitchen has a clock. How dumb is this? I don’t even care what time it is when I’m in the kitchen!Peter: It’s a really important subject. Some vampires are worse than others. The problem with the cable box is that it needs to be on—we record The Daily Show long after we’ve gone to sleep. We have an Apple TV—the great mystery is why in Apple’s great environmental reporting, the only device they don’t report information on is the Apple TV.What we did to solve the entertainment center is use a smart strip. We designated a control unit—the TV. One plug is always on to keep the cable box on, but everything else in the center is dependent on the TV. With the smart strip, when the TV is not on, everything else is off too—100 percent off—with the exception of the cable box. That’s almost 200 watts. The cable box is 23 watts all the time, which is sort of maddening.Chris: So, with the Internet device, I can log in from work and see if the kids left something on?Peter: You can. The TED products are integrated with Google PowerMeter. This widget can be connected to the TED so you can see the electricity use wherever you are.Phil: I have a TED 5000 that I bought from Peter at Energy Circle less than a year ago—Peter: You didn’t buy it. Your wife bought it for you as a Christmas present.Phil: Talk about geek!Chris: She’s like, why did I marry this dweeb?Phil: I love it; it’s on my iGoogle page.Peter: Google PowerMeter is a great display, but it’s a pretty basic display. You also get the TED display, which has a lot more history and a lot more views.Chris: Can the TED monitor specific devices? Can I partition the house so there’s not just one number for my overall usage?Peter: The family of products we’re talking about now is just whole house. They’re 200 to 250 bucks. There’s promise that they will have external devices that you can associate with a specific appliance and then break out the use of that appliance—but only up to four.The next tier is circuit-by-circuit monitoring. The cool device in this category is the eMonitor. I love it. My house has the eMonitor, the TED 5000 and the Blue Line. The eMonitor measures on an individual circuit how much electricity the TED uses!Chris: Now we’ve gone down a deep geek hole!Peter: I do think this concept of circuit by circuit is an important distinction. If you’re a little forensic and like sleuthing, with a whole house device, you can run around and hit switches and really dissect—OK, that’s the dryer, that’s the toaster, and so forth—if you have a simple house. That takes a little bit more doing. The beauty of the circuit-by-circuit piece is it’s all there. You can see the dryer on its own circuit, the dryer, the kids’ rooms…This product sells—depending on how many circuits, 12 up to 44—for about $950 for a 24-channel version. That includes two years of service—a fantastic Web interface, but it also looks at patterns of data around the refrigerator, for example. Are the coils dirty or is the defrost cycle out of whack?Phil: Are there other products besides the eMonitor that do it circuit by circuit?Peter: There are a few others that we’ve tested but haven’t been satisfied with. There’s a high-end product called the Agilewaves—a factor of 10 more expensive than the eMonitor—but I was not able to see a difference in the display.A lot of these devices will do a calculation of cost—even if you’re in a place that has complex electricity rates, in tiers and so forth, you can include that data and see exactly what’s going on. You get cost, electricity use, and carbon footprint.Chris: Let’s break, and then come back to talk about cost.last_img read more

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  • Insights into the State of the Music Video Production Industry

    first_imgWe examined the state of the music video production industry based on insights from a viral sensation director. Here’s what we found out.For many Millennials, DANIELS is a household name. The directing duo of Daniel “Dan” Kwan and Daniel Scheinert has had a meteoric rise from viral internet stardom to in-demand feature and music video direction for their outlandish videos and over-the-top sense of humor. To those on the outside, they definitely seem to have “made it” based on their heavily lauded, chart-topping work on music videos like Lil John’s “Turn Down for What” (which has almost 800 million views on YouTube alone).However, after a recent Labor Day twitter essay, Daniel Kwan revealed that the duo only received roughly two thousand dollars each, while spending months conceptualizing, pitching, directing, and editing the hyper-successful video. Like many music video directors, they worked tirelessly without overtime, health benefits or insurance just to “get their break.”In light of Kwan’s twitter post, which has started an interesting and positive discussion on how the industry can change, let’s examine the music video industry in its current state.Union-less for the MajorityIf you looked at DANIELS and their already-long list of career accomplishments, you would assume that the Los Angeles-based duo would be card-carrying members of any (or all) music video director unions. Here’s the thing: according to Kwan, even with their big budget videos like “Turn Down for What,” the duo has never passed the insane budget threshold of around 250 thousand dollars to even qualify. As the industry embraces more micro-budgets and moves beyond L.A., this creates a dangerous class system wherein even the most notable and talented don’t get the benefits of an outdated union system.Hyper-Competitive Pitching ProcessImage via gnepphoto.As many Twitter users were quick to point out, the music video pitching process is hyper-competitive and, at times, downright brutal. Prospective music video directors must complete sometimes up to 40 pages of spec materials to pitch music labels and record companies. These treatments are almost always un-compensated and can be tossed in a pile for review with upwards of 40 or 50 other pitches. Twitter users have shared stories of being told after the fact that directors had already been chosen, but that some companies just like to get dozens of other treatments to make it look like they did their due diligence.Breaking-in MentalityThis hyper-competitive pitching process feeds on the “breaking-in mentality,” which as Kwan puts it, makes it “almost impossible for anyone who isn’t from wealth to break in because of how much of your labor you have to ‘donate’ to create a name for yourself.” These producers, companies, and labels know the value of these directorial credits, so they can easily negotiate for surprisingly unfair agreements with hungry up-and-coming directors, who most often sacrifice financial compensation or rights protection.Support for Diversity and Veteran DirectorsImage via gnepphoto.If anything, Kwan’s Twitter conversation quickly turns into a call for better representation and more diversity in the industry. Kwan is quick to point out that both he and Scheinert came from middle class families and had a safety net, yet they were still only able to “make it” after years of working for little-to-no money and barely chipping away at their student debt. For the industry to really change and support diversity, directors need fair compensation for their time and efforts — while also supporting the veterans with basic needs like healthcare and pensions.Changes on the WayAs things tend to do on the internet, Kwan’s Twitter thread has since taken on a life of its own. And while the industry may be on notice, other filmmakers and music video directors who are still in the thick of it trying to make ends meet have started to connect and organize. The hashtag #wedirectmusicvideos has been trending, due in part to Kwan’s discussion, and it has even launched a website, which you can visit here to learn how others can join the cause.For those looking from the outside in and deciding if you should consider a career in music video production (whether in L.A. or abroad), it certainly raises questions about what sacrifices you might have to make at this point. However, as the general attitude to the discussion continues to grow in a positive direction, it appears that connecting with movements like #wedirectmusicvideos early could be a good first step to building a career that is both healthy and financially feasible.Cover image by Columbia Records.For more industry insights and analysis, check out some of these articles.Industry Insights: Careers in Commercial, Indie, or Corporate FilmmakingRock Rubber 45s: Documentary Tips for Working with Archival Footage and AssetsUnderstanding Tax Incentives in the Filmmaking IndustryProduction Tips: What You Should Bring Your First Day on Set5 Reasons Why You Should Apply to Filmmaker Workshops and LabsRoyalty free music for commercial uselast_img read more

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  • Tough draws mean Sania-Paes our main hopes

    first_imgLet me start by saying that the idea of having the iconic Amitabh Bachchan carry the torch was a very good gesture on the part of the organisers.Coming to tennis, Wimbledon ended three weeks ago, and I’ve been told by players that the grass is even and as good as new. That is a wonderful achievement by the All England Club because growing grass at such a short notice is indeed a tough task.I think Sania Mirza and Rushmi Chakravarthi, who are scheduled to face Chinese Taipei’s Su Wei Hsieh and Chia-Jung Chuang in the opening round on Saturday, have the toughest draw among the Indians. Having seen the Chinese Taipei players in the Fed Cup on a couple of occasions, I can say they are a very tough doubles team.Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna, too, have a difficult opening round against world No.1 Max Mirnyi and Alexander Bury of Belarus.Leander Paes and Vishnu Vardhan have a relatively easy draw. Vishnu is playing in his maiden Olympics and will be extremely nervous. Leander will have his task cut out in trying to keep him relaxed.In singles, Somdev Devvarman has got a first-round match that he would like to play. He has been drawn against Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen, whose favourite surface is not grass.In the mixed doubles, I feel Sania and Paes have the best chance of winning a medal. It is indeed heartening that they had a couple of good practice sessions, and I hear from Sania that the practice was in good spirits.advertisementAfter Rafael Nadal’s disappointing pull out, I believe that since it is Wimbledon, the top three players who will probably make a podium finish are Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.The women’s singles competition is wide open. Though Victoria Azarenka is the top seed, she is not the favourite. Serena Williams’s red hot form will make her a force to reckon with.last_img read more

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