faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes A judge who in February ruled mostly in favor of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys for Los Angeles County in a petition brought against District Attorney George Gascon over a series of new directives he handed down after taking office last December put the case on hold Tuesday while the county’s top prosecutor appeals.Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant issued a preliminary injunction in favor of the union on Feb. 8, finding that Gascon cannot order his prosecutors to ignore laws that the union says protect the public, including three-strike allegations and sentencing enhancements.The case was back before the judge to set a date for a trial on whether the injunction should be made permanent. But after discussing Gascon’s appeal with the lawyers, Chalfant accepted the agreement made by lawyers on both sides that the case should not move forward until the appeal is decided.“The court hereby stays the case in its entirety,” Chalfant’s clerk wrote in a minute order.The union contends that the directives — handed down the day that Gascon was sworn into office Dec. 7 — violate state law.But lawyer Robert E. Dugdale, on behalf of Gascon and the District Attorney’s Office, said the judge did not put a stop to Gascon’s policy prohibiting deputy district attorneys from filing most sentencing enhancements in new cases.Gascon has drawn criticism from some crime victims and prosecutors over the directives and is facing a potential recall effort. Organizers announced last week that signature-gathering has been approved for the recall effort.The city councils of at least 14 of Los Angeles County’s 88 cities have passed votes of no confidence against Gascon, including Beverly Hills, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Diamond Bar, Santa Clarita and Lancaster. Business News Subscribe More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Case Filed by District Attorneys Union Against County’s DA Put on Hold Pending Appeal CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | 7:49 pm Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Top of the News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment HerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEverything You Need To Know About This Two-Hour ProcedureHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGained Back All The Weight You Lost?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeauty STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News 18 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland is encouraging homeowners to avail of Government funded grants for home energy upgrades, saying that to date, over 11,000 homes have already benefited.SEAI say the improvements provide more efficient energy, and in the longer term, ensure that bills are lower.SEAI says supports are available for insulation, renewable home heating, heating controls, and solar panels, with grants ranging from €400 up to €6000 depending on the works to be undertaken and the size of house.Typically, they say, 30% of the upgrade cost will be covered.A spokesperson said the last six months has shown us that our homes really are our havens and something that we need to invest in and maintain.That’s something they say that 11,404 households in Donegal have already done, and are advising people to check on the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland website about securing a Building Energy rating as a first step . Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest Homepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 SEAI encouraging homeowners to avail of Government grants News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleDonemana claim North West Senior CupNext articleGardai arrest driver under the influence of cannabis News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA By News Highland – September 6, 2020
Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 7 Dec 2019 8:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.1kShares Advertisement Arteta has been Guardiola’s assistant since 2016 (Picture: Getty)It’s convinced the Gunners’ board that they need to find a manager sooner rather than later and they cannot allow the Swede to take charge for the rest of the season.AdvertisementAdvertisementArteta has spent the last three years serving as Pep Guardiola’s assistant and he is in line to take over from the former Barcelona boss when he steps down at the Etihad.That opportunity could come in the next 18 months but Arteta is keen to take his first steps into management and the Daily Mail claim he wants the Arsenal job.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalIt’s claimed there’s considerable support on the Arsenal board for Arteta but the club are yet to whittle down their options to a shortlist.It remains to be seen whether Arsenal will offer the job to Arteta or risk waiting until the end of the season before making a permanent appointment.The Gunners travel to London rivals West Ham on Monday night as they search for their first win in the league since October 6th.MORE: Brendan Rodgers sends message to James Maddison over Manchester United move Mikel Arteta would take the Arsenal job (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta would accept an offer to manage Arsenal as he views the opportunity as ‘too good’ to reject.The Spaniard is now one of the frontrunners to replace Unai Emery following Brendan Rodgers’ decision to sign a new long-term deal at Leicester, while Massimiliano Allegri has vowed to wait until next summer before choosing his next club.Arteta was in the running to replace Arsene Wenger in 2018 but the Gunners opted for the experience of Emery.However, the Spaniard was sacked after a winless run of seven matches and interim boss Freddie Ljunberg has just one point from his first two matches at the club.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Mikel Arteta thinks Arsenal job is ‘too good an opportunity’ to turn down
11 November 2014 Warona Seane on stage in the play Ukutshona ko Mendi (The Sinking of the Mendi). (Image: Mark Wessels, Goethe-Institut )The poem Ukutshona Kukamendi (The Sinking of the Mendi) by SEK Mqhayi sums the 1917 tragedy of the sinking of SS Mendi just off the Isle of Wight in the English Channel quite succinctly.A reader may assume that the overall tone of the poem would be total indignation and hatred directed at the powers that be that sent 600 men, mostly from South Africa’s rural Pondoland in the Eastern Cape, to fight a war that was alien to them.The men set sail from Cape Town on 16 January 1917 on their way to support the British Army in France during the First World War. Unfortunately, they were never to see their native country again.Mqhayi’s poem is a praise piece. It reveals the deep sorrow of a nation that has lost some of its brave sons, swallowed by the deep blue sea on their way to fight for a worthy cause. It describes the last acts of 600 men, bravely accepting their fate as the ship sank on a foggy morning of 21 February.The brave acts of the doomed South African men did not escape attention. Years later to recognise and honour the valour of the soldiers, any South African citizen who performs an act of bravery is awarded the Order of the Mendi.Ukutshona ko Mendi . Did We DanceAlmost 100 years later, the sinking of SS Mendi and the last moments of the brave men on board has been brought to life in a play written by Lara Foot and directed by Mandla Mbothwe. Ukutshona ko Mendi . Did We Dance recounts the sinking of SS Mendi vividly. The title of the play describes the last dance of the barefoot “death dance’ performed by the Members of the South African Native Labour Corps (SANLC) on the deck of the SS Mendi as the ship took water and sank to bottom of the sea.With support from the Goethe-Institut, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and the British Council, Foot and Mbothwe are taking the play to the Soweto Theatre from 25 to 30 November, after a stint at the Baxter and Market theatres earlier this year.A statement from the organisers says the play has been met with great acclaim. “[The play] has been hailed as magical realism storytelling at its finest, conveying a uniquely South African story set against the backdrop of World War One,’ says the statement.The staging of the play is part of a series of lectures, films and panel discussions organised by the Goethe-Institut to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, the 75th anniversary of the start of the Second World War and the 20th commemoration of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.“We want to shed light not only on the European experience of the First World War, but also on the many South African stories linked to it – such as the tragedy of the SS Mendi, which is being told in this exceptional theatre production,’ says Norbert Spitz, Director of the Goethe-Institut South Africa.The SS MendiOn 16 January 1917, the SS Mendi troopship sailed from Cape Town to La Havre in France, carrying the 5th battalion of the South African Native Labour Contingent. About 805 black privates, 22 white officers and 33 crewmembers were on board.On the morning of 21 February 1917, just south of the Isle of Wight, the 4 000-ton steamship was rammed and almost cut in half by an 11 000-ton liner, the SS Darro. It sank in 20 minutes, killing 607 black troops, nine white officers and all 33 crewmembers.Stories of the troops’ bravery is legend. It is said Reverend Isaac Wauchope Dyobha calmed the dying men by saying: “Be quiet and calm my countrymen, for what is taking place now is what you came here to do. We are all going to die, and that is what we came for.“Brothers we are drilling the death drill. I say here and now that you are all my brothers. Xhosas, Swazis, Pondos, Basotho and all others, let us die like warriors. We are the sons of Africa. Raise your war cries my brothers, for though they made us leave our assegais in our kraals, our voices are left with our bodies.”Today the SS Mendi is honoured by the South African Navy, which has among its fleet the SAS Isaac Dyobha, a warrior-class fast attack craft, and the SAS Mendi, a valour-class frigate. In 1995, Queen Elizabeth II unveiled a Mendi memorial at Avalon Cemetery in Soweto to commemorate the disaster. Another plaque was also unveiled at the Delville Wood Museum in France.The castUkutshona ko Mendi . Did We Dance stars Warona Seane, Apollo Ntshoko, Bongile Mantsai, Lulamile Nikani, Mongenzi Ncwadi, Owen Manamela and Thando Doni.The Soweto Theatre season is primarily aimed at high school learners, hence there will be matinee performances at 3pm on 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 November. There will also be 8pm performances on 25, 26 and 28 November 2014. However, the general public is welcome to attend any of the matinee or evening shows.To ensure as many learners get to watch the play at the Soweto Theatre, the British Council is giving away free tickets to schools. Interested schools can contact Ncebakazi at the Soweto Theatre on 011 930 7463.To book tickets to Ukutshona ko Mendi . Did We Dance log on to the Soweto Theatre website or call 011 930 7463. Discounts are available for block bookings and schoolsAs a follow up to staging of Ukutshona ko Mendi . Did We Dance, a free teachers’ workshop organised by the South African History Archive (SAHA), will take place at the Constitution Hill on Saturday, 29 November. To book a place please contact SAHA on 011 718 2560 or email [email protected] reporter and Joburg.org
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ben Brown, Program Manager for the Ohio State University Farm Management ProgramFor the last few years, soybeans have provided a per acre return to producers greater than corn. Thus, acreage shifts to soybeans have ensued across the Midwest. The ratio of new crop soybean to corn prices from November 2017 to April 2018 traded at 2.5:1. Historically a ratio of 2.5:1 or greater signaled that acres would continue to move from corn to soybeans and that the expectation was for more soybean acres in 2018. However, in March producer signaled that they intended to plant 1 million fewer acres than 2017. With a trend yield of 48.5 bushels per acre, the expected soybean crop would be the third largest crop on record behind the record set in 2017 and the third straight year over 4 billion bushels. Weather will be the largest factor over the summer months to the final production value, but expectations are for another large crop. The carry-over from 2017 was also high creating an expectation that the 2018 supply will be 2.5% higher than a year ago.Demand for soybeans and soybean products continues to be strong. Increases in livestock numbers, especially pigs, has driven demand for soybean meal. Increases in crude oil prices could encourage use of biodiesel and expand soybean crush further. Chinese per capita income is strengthening and the demand for pork continues to grow internationally. Exports of U.S. soybeans to China have tripled in the last decade, but since 2012, Brazil has been the largest supplier of soybeans to China. Nearly 60% of U.S. soybean exports head to China, and the strength of that market will continue to influence U.S. soybean demand. Exports are projected higher in 2018, but Chinese tariffs could shrink Chinese demand of U.S. soybeans. The drought in South American weakened Chinese leverage over the U.S, as production in South America finished below expectations. Overall, the growth in soybean use appears strong at a 5.5% increase next year, but international trade and weather provide large uncertainties looking forward.Soybean prices in 2018 are expected to be similar to 2017 with the potential for a rally in late June, which would set up an opportunity for producers to contract grain. Trade uncertainty in the Chinese market could change the outlook for soybean profitability for both old and new crop soybeans. Weekly sales numbers will be an important indicator of the ending U.S. export value.Access to Brown’s full report with information on poultry, eggs and wheat can be found here: https://aede.osu.edu/sites/aede/files/imce/images/Current%20Commodity%20Situation%20and%20Outlook%20for%20Ohio%20Report%20.pdf.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that producers currently participating in federal crop insurance who had in 2019 a payable prevented planting indemnity related to flooding, excess moisture or causes other than drought will automatically receive a “top-up” payment. Producers will receive the payment from their Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) starting in mid-October.Producers with Yield Protection and Revenue Protection with Harvest Price Exclusion will receive a 10% top-up payment, while producers with Revenue Protection will receive 15%. They do not need to sign up to receive payments; all producers with a 2019 prevented planting indemnity will receive the top-up.“It was a challenging planting season for many of our farmers,” said Bill Northey, USDA’s Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “We are doing everything we can to ensure producers receive the help they need.“USDA is working with AIPs so that producers can receive additional payments as soon as possible, and we appreciate the AIPs for helping us help America’s farmers.”The crop insurance industry will deliver the payments as part of the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019. After the initial payment, additional payments will be made in the middle of each month as more prevented planting claims are processed.“Crop insurance is an important program for many producers to help them manage their production and price risks,” said Martin Barbre, Administrator of USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA). “We’re leveraging that system to efficiently and effectively deliver much needed support to our farmers.”RMA received commitments from all 14 AIPs to deliver the top-up payments:ACE Property and Casualty (Rain and Hail) Insurance CompanyAmerican Agri-Business Insurance CompanyAmerican Agricultural Insurance CompanyCGB Insurance CompanyChurch Mutual Insurance CompanyCountry Mutual Insurance CompanyFarmers Mutual Hail Insurance CompanyGreat American Insurance CompanyHudson Insurance CompanyNAU Country Insurance CompanyProducers Agricultural Insurance CompanyRural Community Insurance CompanyStratford Insurance CompanyXL Reinsurance America Inc.The prevented planting top-up payments are different from the Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) payments. (For more information on WHIP+, visit www.farmers.gov/recover/whip-plus.)
Nevada’s utility regulators have taken another swing at net-metering rules for residential solar customers, reversing an earlier decision and restoring more attractive rates to those in the northern part of the state.In a draft order approved late last month, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada voted unanimously to restore retail net-metering reimbursements for new solar customers in NV Energy’s Sierra Pacific Power Company service area, up to a cap of 6 megawatts.It’s the latest move in what has become a year-long tussle between regulators, NV Energy and solar advocates over the monthly rates that solar customer pay, and the amount of money they earn for supplying the grid with electricity from their home photovoltaic systems.The latest ruling is likely to get the solar industry moving again in northern Nevada, even if it leaves long-term policy undecided. The December 22 rule says that opening up as much as 6 megawatts of rooftop solar capacity for new and existing customers in the Sierra Pacific service area under old net-metering rules is “just, reasonable, and consistent with the public interest.” Ruling seems to point to a change of heartThe significance of the most recent PUC ruling probably lies with the change of heart it signals, not with the number of customers it directly affects now.In looking back at the aftermath of earlier rulings, the PUC acknowledges that its order of February 2016 “all but crushed the rooftop solar industry in Northern Nevada, reducing the booming industry from 983 applications by residential homeowners and small commercial businesses in Sierra Pacific Power service territory in 2015 to 41 applications in 2016.”“The landscape on these issues continues to grow,” the draft order continues. “Abraham Lincoln once said that ‘[b]ad promises are better broken than kept.’ The PUCN’s prior decisions on NEM, in several respects, may be best viewed as a promise better left unkept. The PUCN is free to apply a new approach.”Nevada Power will be subject to new rate hearings this year, with a decision expected by the end of December. Customers in that service area can hope that the PUC extends its thinking on net-metering to them. “The PUC seems open to fixing this in the future,” a person familiar with the proceedings said. “This is a symbolic victory for solar.”Still up in the air is what happens to new solar customers in the Sierra Pacific service area once the region hits the just approved cap: 6 MW of installed capacity should be enough to take care of 1,000 to 1,500 customers. After that, who knows? Nevada Solar Customers Win a RoundRetail Net Metering Will End in NevadaResidential Solar in Nevada Benefits All, Study SaysLearn How Solar Friendly Your State IsAn Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems Regulators said that allowing more solar customers on the grid would decrease rates for the average residential customers in northern Nevada by a penny a month, and reduce the average bill for a small commercial customers by 43 cents.“It is not much,” the draft order concedes. But the slightly lower rates are evidence there will be no “unreasonable” cost shift between customer classes. “[Net-energy metering] may grow,” the order says, “while average bills should not.”New solar customers covered by Nevada Power, the much larger NV Energy service area in the south, however, are still stuck with service charges and net-energy metering (NEM) rates that won’t make solar very attractive.“Resolution of valuation of NEM issues in Nevada requires more study and collaboration,” the order says. “But the policy of the State of Nevada clearly supports the development and growth of diverse forms of solar and renewable energy as a priority, including NEM.” RELATED ARTICLES Disruption started a year agoAt the end of 2015, regulators approved a plan from NV Energy to triple the monthly service charges for solar customers — to $38.51 per month — while reducing the amount paid for excess solar electricity from 9.1 cents to 2.6 cents per kilowatt hour. The new plan was to be phased in over a period of years.The new rate structure did not grandfather existing solar customers, and that made a lot of people unhappy. It was apparently the first time that a utility had succeeded in imposing new rules on existing solar customers, who had invested in systems under much more favorable terms. With lower reimbursements, solar customers faced longer paybacks for their investments. Installers worried that customers would default on their power purchase agreements.Nevada became one of the most closely watched solar battlegrounds in the country. SolarCity and Vivint, the two biggest solar installers, said they’d halt sales there and SolarCity went as far as to shutter a just-opened training center for solar workers in Las Vegas.The phase-in for new rates was extended in another ruling by the Public Utilities Commission in February, and then in September of last year, retail net-metering was restored for all of the state’s existing 32,000 solar customers. Anyone who had applied to install a solar system by the end of the year would be grandfathered for the next 20 years.But those applying to become solar customers after January 1, 2016 in the southern part of the state — the Nevada Power area — are still subject to climbing monthly charges and sinking reimbursements. Not much appears to have changed for the largest group of Nevada rate payers.
Hampered by injuries to key players, Chennai Super Kings still managed to stay unbeaten till Thursday before crashing to a 37-run defeat against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede stadium.The Super Kings were unable to chase down the target of 171 set by Mumbai as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were eventually restricted to 133 for 8 in 20 overs.MS Dhoni blamed the loss on the poor fielding in the first innings and the ordinary death bowling, especially in the last two overs of Mumbai’s innings when Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard smashed 45 runs, including 29 in the final over bowled by Dwayne Bravo.”I think quite a few things went wrong for us. I think we started off well and 12th-13th over also we were on the mark, but after that there were some drops and mis-fields. The death bowling also didn’t come off. It was slightly tough on them.”We do more one-on-one stuff than team meetings. On a wicket like this, what is important is carefully study which boundaries they could have cut off, and where is the error in execution. Momentum totally depends on where you are at,” MS Dhoni said after the match.The Chennai Super Kings captain also revealed that all-rounder Dwayne Bravo is suffering from a hamstring injury and might miss the next game against Kings XI Punjab on April 6.”We will have to see the wicket for the next game, we have to see the combination.”Bravo has a hamstring injury, we don’t have a few players, we already have some injuries, David Willey isn’t there, he has his own problems, Lungi Ngidi isn’t with us as well, we will have to look at the pitch and then decide on the right combination,” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation.advertisementThe loss brought Chennai Super Kings down to second place in the points table behind Kings XI Punjab while Mumbai Indians climbed to sixth position with their 100th IPL win and second this season.Mumbai Indians will next face the Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 6 after Chennai Super Kings host Kings XI Punjab on the same day.Also Read | Mumbai Indians 1st team to win 100 IPL matches, CSK’s winning streak endsAlso Read | Wanted to play the brand of cricket Mumbai Indians are known for: Rohit SharmaAlso Read | Want to win World Cup for India: Hardik Pandya after heroics for MI vs CSK
Advertisement Recent successes from the Ontario Studio include Stories We Tell, directed by Sarah Polley, and the multi-year HIGHRISE digital project, directed by Katerina Cizek―two of the most highly acclaimed works in NFB history―as well as powerful new releases like Tiffany Hsiung’s breakthrough feature doc, The Apology. Upcoming from the studio are major releases like Charles Officer’s Unarmed Verses and Attiya Khan and Larry Jackman’s A Better Man.The Ontario Studio is also the new space for the NFB’s Canadian Francophonie Studio (Studio de la Francophonie canadienne), headed by Dominic Desjardins, which produces French-language works from Ontario and the West that serve a vital need in supporting and strengthening Canada’s French-language communities.Also moving to the new space will be members of the NFB’s education, audience development, communications and marketing teams.The Ontario Studio has been located at 150 John Street since 1991, and its move to nearby 145 Wellington Street West is intended to keep the NFB in the Toronto’s key cultural district, close to creators, co-producers and partners. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook On December 12, the National Film Board of Canada’s award-winning Ontario Studio in Toronto is moving to a new home in the Entertainment District, at 145 Wellington Street West, Suite 1010. The NFB is making the move to a custom-designed space that meets its changing needs for film and interactive media creation, with six digital editing suites, a 20-seat screening room and a virtual reality lab, all designed to create world-class audiovisual works in the heart of Toronto.Headed by executive producer Anita Lee, with producers Lea Marin, David Oppenheim and Justine Pimlott, the Ontario Studio works closely with creators and partners in Toronto and across the province, the country and the world, to produce film and digital works that explore vital issues and break new ground in form and content. The NFB’s Toronto office is also the base for its new Director General of Creation and Innovation, René Bourdages, responsible for the NFB’s long-term programming vision, working with NFB studios across Canada. Twitter Advertisement