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Clock Ticking, City Urges Census Participation With Just 30 Days Remaining for the Count

first_img 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 14 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Top of the News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News On Monday, the California Census Campaign held a meeting to provide an update on their progress with 30 days left in the count.Nationally, the campaign 64.7 percent response, that still isn’t enough for the Census Bureau and their partners.And in the next 30 days, the battle to reach households that are the hardest to account for will increase.The campaign hopes to reach 1.1 million households via followup texts by the end of the month and has planned a week of action from Sep. 7 through Sep. 12.During that time advocates will increase their methods as a last-minute attempt to reach their goal.Convincing minorities to be counted has been the mission for cities across the state including Pasadena.California has a 68.7 self-response rate. The state has a 67.2 rate.“The only positive news is that we’re doing better than the state average and better than the national average,” said Mayor Terry Tornek. “But it’s not good enough. We have not conveyed the sense of urgency to the people who should care the most about the potential of losing out on very substantial federal funding and on congressional representation.”That funding includes money for education, transportation programs and hundreds of millions of dollars that come to the city based on the formulas generated by the census count.City officials pushed hard to avoid an undercount.Last year, Trump officials pushed to include questions about immigration status, many feared that some local residents would not take part in the census to avoid interactions with immigration officials.In February, the City Council voted unanimously to monitor the upcoming US Census in Pasadena for potential breaches of confidentiality – hoping to reassure immigrants and other traditionally “hard to count” community members that participating in the once-a-decade count is “safe.”The census consists of nine basic demographic questions: who lives in the household; how they are related; their age, sex, and race; whether they own or rent their house; and their phone number.Population counts from the 2020 census will be used to determine how many congressional seats and Electoral College votes each state gets for the next decade. The data will also be used to help distribute nearly $900 billion in federal funding for such things as schools, roads and other public services.“It’s a tangible issue that affects how we’re able to run our city and our state,” Tornek said. “We haven’t connected the dots adequately because if people really understood that, they would take the 15 minutes or the 20 minutes, depending on how big their family is to answer the 10 questions.”In 2010 Census data was used to distribute more than $400 million to support local schools, transportation, housing, and healthcare programs.Population counts from the 2020 census will be used to determine how many congressional seats and Electoral College votes each state gets for the next decade.The census can be completed at my2020census.gov and complete the form online. Community News Business Newscenter_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week 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. CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Clock Ticking, City Urges Census Participation With Just 30 Days Remaining for the Count It’s still not too late to complete survey By DONOVAN MCCRAY Published on Monday, August 31, 2020 | 9:32 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Proposed new voir dire instruction

first_imgProposed new voir dire instruction June 1, 2005 Regular News The Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases is presently considering a revised Preliminary Instruction 1.0 (prior to voir dire) and a revised Preliminary Instruction 1.1 (after jury selection). The committee’s intent is to provide a format for the trial court to explain to lay jurors – in plain English – the main elements of a civil trial and the roles played by the various actors in a courtroom so that jurors might better and more fully understand the duties they have undertaken. The goal is three-fold: (1) say it in plain English; (2) answer basic juror questions about the process; (3) make jurors more comfortable. For many potential jurors, the courthouse environment is entirely alien. These preliminary instructions provide a simple explanation, at the beginning of the experience, that will help jurors make sense of the process and thus reduce any anxiety. Research tells us that people treated in this way will not only feel more comfortable but will generally perform at a higher level. The committee proposes a new instruction 7.0 entitled “Closing Argument.” After reviewing the comments received in response to this notice, the committee may submit its proposal to the Supreme Court. Send all comments to the chair of the committee, Scott Makar, Office of General Counsel, City of Jacksonville, 117 West Duval Street, Suite 480, Jacksonville 32202. You may e-mail your comments to him at [email protected] or fax them to (904) 630-1316. Your comments must be received by July 1 to ensure that they are considered by the committee . PRELIMINARY INSTRUCTION 1.0 [Prior to Voir Dire] Welcome. [I] [The clerk] will now administer your oath. Now that you have been sworn, I’d like to give you an idea about what we are here to do. What is this proceeding? This is a civil trial. A civil trial is different from a criminal case, where a defendant is charged by the state prosecutor with committing a crime. The subject of a civil trial is a disagreement between people or companies [or others, as appropriate], where the claims of one or more of these parties has been brought to court to be resolved. It is called “a trial of a lawsuit”. (Insert brief description of claim(s) brought to trial in this case) Who are the people here and what do they do? Judge/Court: I am the Judge. You may hear people occasionally refer to me as “The Court”. That is the formal name for my role. My job is to maintain order and decide how to apply the rules of the law to the trial. I will also explain various rules to you that you will need to know in order to do your job as the jury. It is my job to remain neutral on the issues of this lawsuit. Attorneys: The attorneys to whom I will introduce you have the job of representing their clients. That is, they speak for their client here at the trial. They have taken oaths as attorneys to do their best and to follow the rules for their profession. Plaintiff’s Counsel : The attorney on this side of the courtroom, (introduce by name), represents ( client name) and is the person who filed the lawsuit here at the courthouse. [His] [Her] job is to present [his] [her] client’s side of things to you. [He] [She] and [his] [her] client will be referred to most of the time as “the plaintiff.” Defendant’s Counsel : The attorney on this side of the courtroom, (introduce by name), represents ( client name) , the one who has been sued. [His] [Her] job is to present [his] [her] client’s side of things to you. [He] [She] and [his] [her] client will usually be referred to here as “the defendant.” Court Clerk: This person sitting in front of me, (name), is the court clerk. [He] [She] is here to assist me with some of the mechanics of the trial process, including the numbering and collection of the exhibits that are introduced in the course of the trial. Court Reporter: The person sitting at the stenographic machine, (name) , is the court reporter. [His] [Her] job is to keep an accurate legal record of everything we say and do during this trial. Bailiff: The person over there ( name) is the bailiff. [His] [Her] job is to maintain order and security in the courtroom. The bailiff is also my representative to the jury. Anything you need or any problems that come up for you during the course of the trial should be brought to [him] [her]. However, the bailiff cannot answer any of your questions about the case. Only I can do that. Jury: Last, but not least, is the jury, which we will begin to select in a few moments from among all of you. The jury’s job will be to decide what the facts are and what the facts mean. Jurors should be as neutral as possible at this point and have no fixed opinion about the lawsuit. At the end of the trial the jury will give me a written verdict. A verdict is simply the jury’s answer to my questions about the case. Voir Dire : The last thing I want to do, before we begin to select the jury, is to explain to you how the selection process works. Questions/Challenges. This is the part of the case where the parties and their lawyers have the opportunity to get to know a little bit about you, in order to help them come to their own conclusions about your ability to be fair and impartial, so they can decide who they think should be the jurors in this case. How we go about that is as follows: First, I’ll ask some general questions of you. Then, each of the lawyers will have more specific questions that they will ask of you. After they have asked all of their questions, I will meet with them and they will tell me their choices for jurors. Each side can ask that I exclude a person from serving on a jury if they can give me a reason to believe that he or she might be unable to be fair and impartial. That is what is called a challenge for cause. The lawyers also have a certain number of what are called peremptory challenges, by which they may exclude a person from the jury without giving a reason. this process of elimination, the remaining persons are selected as the jury. It may take more than one conference among the parties, their attorneys, and me before the final selections are made. Purpose of Questioning. The questions that you will be asked during this process are not intended to embarrass you or unnecessarily pry into your personal affairs, but it is important that the parties and their attorneys know enough about you to make this important decision. If a question is asked that you would prefer not to answer in front of the whole courtroom, just let me know and you can come up here and give your answer just in front of the attorneys and me. If you have a question of either the attorneys or me, don’t hesitate to let us know. Response to Questioning. There are no right or wrong answers to the questions that will be asked of you. The only thing that I ask is that you answer the questions as frankly and as honestly and as completely as you can. You [will take] [have taken] an oath to answer all questions truthfully and completely and you must do so. Remaining silent when you have information you should disclose is a violation of that oath as well. If a juror violates this oath, it may result not only in having to try the case all over again but also can result in civil and criminal penalties against a juror personally. So, again, it is very important that you be as honest and complete with your answers as you possibly can. If you don’t understand the question, please raise your hand and ask for an explanation or clarification. In sum, this is a process to assist the parties and their attorneys to select a fair and impartial jury. All of the questions they ask you are for this purpose. If, for any reason, you do not think you can be a fair and impartial juror, you must tell us. PRELIMINARY INSTRUCTION 1.1b PROPOSAL [After Jury Selection] [Administer oath] What will be happening? You have now taken an oath to serve as jurors in this trial. Before we begin, I want to let you know what you can expect. Opening Statements: In a few moments, the attorneys will each have a chance to make what are called opening statements. In an opening statement, an attorney is allowed to give you [his] [her] views about what the evidence will be in the trial and what you are likely to see and hear in the testimony. Evidentiary Phase: After the attorneys’ opening statements the plaintiffs will bring their witnesses and evidence to you. Evidence. Evidence is the information that the law allows you to see or hear in deciding this case. Evidence includes the testimony of the witnesses, documents, and anything else that I instruct you to consider. Witnesses. A witness is a person who takes an oath to tell the truth and then answers attorneys’ questions for the jury. The answering of attorneys’ questions by witnesses is called “giving testimony.” Testimony means statements that are made when someone has sworn an oath to tell the truth. The plaintiff’s lawyer will normally ask a witness the questions first so as to provide you the testimony that the plaintiff’s lawyer believes is helpful to [his] [her] case. That is called direct examination. Then the defense lawyer will get to ask the same witness additional questions about whatever the witness has testified to. That is called cross-examination. Certain documents or other evidence may also be shown to you during direct or cross-examination. After the plaintiff has presented [his] [her] witnesses, the defendant will have the opportunity to put witnesses on the stand and go through the same process. Then the plaintiff’s lawyer gets to do cross-examination. The process is designed to be fair to both sides. It is important that you remember that testimony comes from witnesses. The attorneys do not give testimony and they are not themselves witnesses. Objections : Sometimes the attorneys will disagree about the rules for trial procedure when a question is asked of a witness. When that happens, one of the lawyers may make what is called an “objection.” The rules for a trial can be complicated, and there are many reasons for attorneys to object. You should simply wait for me to decide how to proceed. If I say that an objection is “sustained”, that means the witness may not answer the question. If I say that the objection is “overruled,” that means the witness may answer the question. When there is an objection and I make a decision, you must not assume from that decision that I have any particular opinion other than that the rules for conducting a trial are being correctly followed. If I say a question may not be asked or answered, you must not try to guess what the answer would have been. That is against the rules, too. Side Bar Conferences: Sometimes I will need to speak to the attorneys about legal elements of the case that are not appropriate for the jury to hear. The attorneys and I will try to have as few of these conferences as possible while you are giving us your valuable time in the courtroom. But, if we do have to have such a conference during testimony, we will try to hold the conference at the side of my desk so that we do not have to take a break and ask you to leave the courtroom. Recesses: Breaks in an ongoing trial are usually called “recesses”. During a recess you still have your duties as a juror and must follow the rules, even while having coffee, at lunch, or at home. Instructions Before Closing Arguments: After all the evidence has been presented to you, I will instruct you in certain elements of the law that you must follow. It is important that you remember these instructions to assist you in evaluating the final attorney presentations, which come next, and, later, during your deliberations, to help you correctly sort through the evidence to reach your decision. Closing Arguments: The attorneys will then have the opportunity to make their final presentations to you, which are called closing arguments. Final Instructions: After you have heard the closing arguments, I will instruct you further in the law as well as explain to you the procedures you must follow to decide the case. Deliberations: After you hear the final jury instructions, you will go to the jury room and discuss and decide the questions I have put on your verdict form. [You will have a copy of the jury instructions to use during your discussions.] The discussions you have and the decisions you make are usually called “jury deliberations”. Your deliberations are absolutely private and neither I nor anyone else will be with you in the jury room. Verdict: When you have finished answering the questions, you will give the verdict form to the bailiff, and we will all return to the courtroom where your verdict will be read. When that is completed, you will be released from your assignment as a juror. What are the rules? Before we begin the trial, I want to give you just a brief explanation of the applicable rules. Keeping an Open Mind. You must pay close attention to the testimony and other evidence as it comes into the trial. However, you must avoid forming any final opinion or telling anyone else your views on the case until you begin your deliberations. This rule requires you to keep an open mind until you have heard all of the evidence and is designed to prevent you from influencing how your fellow jurors think until they have heard all of the evidence and had an opportunity to form their own opinions. The time and place for coming to your final opinions and speaking about them with your fellow jurors is during deliberations in the jury room, after all of the evidence has been presented, closing arguments have been made, and I have instructed you on the law. It is important that you hear all of the facts and that you hear the law and how to apply it before you start deciding anything. Only Consider the Evidence. It is the things you hear and see in this courtroom that matter in this trial. The law tells us that a juror can only consider testimony and other evidence that all the other jurors have also heard and seen in the presence of the judge and the lawyers. Doing anything else is wrong and is against the law. That means that you cannot do any homework or investigation of your own. You cannot obtain on your own any information about the case or about anyone involved in the case, from any source whatsoever, including the internet, and you cannot visit places mentioned in the trial. The law also tells us that jurors cannot have discussions of any sort with friends or family members about the case or its subject. So, do not let even the closest family members make comments to you or ask questions about the trial. Similarly, it is important that you avoid reading any newspaper accounts or watching or listening to television or radio comments that have anything to do with this case or its subject. No Mid-Trial Discussions. When we are in a recess, do not discuss anything about the trial or the case with each other or with anyone else. If attorneys approach you, don’t speak with them. The law says they are to avoid contact with you. If an attorney will not look at you or speak to you, do not be offended or form a conclusion about that behavior. The attorney is not supposed to interact with jurors outside of the courtroom and is only following the rules. She is not being impolite. If an attorney or anyone else does try to speak with you or says something about the case in your presence, please inform the bailiff immediately. Only the Jury Decides . Only you get to deliberate and answer the verdict questions at the end of the trial. I will not intrude into your deliberations at all. I am required to be neutral. You should not assume that I prefer one decision over another. You should not try to guess what my opinion is about any part of the case. It would be wrong for you to conclude that anything I say or do means that I am for one side or another in the trial. Discussing and deciding the facts is your job alone. 7.0 CLOSING ARGUMENT Members of the jury, you have now heard all of the evidence in this case. The attorneys will now make their final arguments. What the attorneys say is not evidence. The arguments are a final opportunity for the attorneys to discuss the case and to persuade you to reach a verdict in favor of their clients. Each side has equal time. (Plaintiff’s attorney) will go first. (Defendant’s attorney) will then make [his/her/its] argument. Finally, (Plaintiff’s attorney) may make a rebuttal argument. Please give the attorneys your close attention.center_img Proposed new voir dire instruction last_img read more

Credit Union vs. Bank: 4 major differences

first_imgby: John MaxfieldIf you’ve ever wondered about the difference between a credit union and a bank, then rest assured that you’re in good company. Because these two types of financial services companies do largely the same things — that is, take deposits and make loans — their differences aren’t immediately apparent. Let’s go over four of the biggest distinguishing characteristics between the two.1. OwnershipSince the deregulatory movement gained momentum in the mid-1980s, legislators and regulators have gone a long way toward harmonizing the types of products that depository institutions — namely, banks, thrifts (otherwise known as savings and loans), and credit unions — can offer to their customers. Prior to that, credit unions and thrifts focused on various types of consumer credit, while banks zeroed in on commercial lending. But nowadays, these differences are more muted, as credit unions and thrifts have gained the ability to offer a broader assortment of credit-related products.One major difference that hasn’t changed, however, is the ownership structure. Banks are corporations owned by shareholders, who, in turn, have voting rights commiserate with the number and type of shares that they own. By contrast, credit unions are owned by their customers — their “members.” Each member, regardless of how much money he or she has on deposit, gets one vote in electing board members. Furthermore, while board members of banks are typically paid for their service, people on a credit union’s board volunteer their time.2. ProfitsBanks and credit unions view their ultimate business objectives differently. Banks are in business to make money for their shareholders. They do so by taking a small sliver of capital, leveraging it up by a factor of roughly 10 to 1 or more, and then using the net proceeds from their assets to cover expenses, pay taxes, and, most importantly, distribute to shareholders via dividends and share buybacks.Credit unions, by contrast, are nonprofit entities. Yes, they borrow money from depositors, and then invest the funds into loans and other types of income-generating assets. However, instead of distributing the net proceeds to their owners, they use the earnings to increase interest rates on their members’ deposits, and to decrease the rates on loans made to members. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Pugh receives clearance to play in Senior Bowl, one of first non-seniors to play in game

first_imgJustin Pugh will be one of two non-seniors to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl on Jan. 26, the first time any non-seniors have played in the game.Pugh, who decided to forego his final year of eligibility to declare for the NFL Draft, is able to play because he completed four years of school and earned his degree, according to a press release. Alabama offensive lineman D.J. Fluker is the other non-senior to be playing in the game.An All-Big East First Team selection for the past two seasons, Pugh started every during his four seasons at Syracuse. The left tackle missed the first four games of 2012 after having shoulder surgery in the offseason.Pugh’s return stabilized the offensive line as it blocked for 1,000-yard rusher Jerome Smith.“It is an honor to bring Justin to the Senior Bowl as a 4th year junior graduate,” Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage said in the press release. “He has excelled on the field as well as in the classroom, so he is deserving of being here and will have an opportunity to really elevate his stock for the upcoming NFL Draft.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPugh will play on the North team with former Orange quarterback Ryan Nassib.The Senior Bowl, played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., is a showcase for some of the country’s best players to show off their skills in front of NFL scouts as they prepare for the NFL Draft in April.Pugh is a potential first-round pick, though CBSsports.com projects him to go in the second round. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 19, 2013 at 4:14 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_isemanlast_img read more

SAIREC: the importance of renewable energy

first_imgThe first International Renewable Energy Conference was held on African soil in Cape Town from 4 to 7 October. It was agreed that Africa could make use of its abundant natural resources to create sustainable energy. South Africa’s progress in the field was also highlighted. Delegates declared they would upscale and mainstream renewables to achieve a global energy transition. South African Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson speaks at the opening of the South African International Renewable Energy Conference in Cape Town on 4 October 2015. (Image: Flickr, South African Government) • Biogas backpack revolutionises cooking in Ethiopia • Maasai women lead solar revolution in Kenya  • DNA detective work could end poaching  • Solar car races around southern Africa  • Local researchers honoured at their ‘Oscars’  Priya PitamberOver 3 500 delegates from 82 countries gathered in Cape Town for the South African International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC), which took place from 4 to 7 October.This was the sixth in the series of International Renewable Energy Conferences; the first was held in 2004 in Bonn, Germany. This year’s conference was the first to take place in Africa; it had the theme of “RE-energising Africa”.“For us as a country and as a continent, hosting this conference is important, given that Africa is progressing on an economic trajectory that challenges the ability to meet our energy needs,” said South African Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson, speaking at the opening of the conference.“It is our belief that renewable energy provides a significant opportunity to improve energy access and security, mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, ensure sustainable development and significantly improve socio-economic development.”• Read the full speech from the minister hereGroup effortSouth Africa’s Department of Energy hosted SAIREC in conjunction with the South African National Energy Development Institute and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), with support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development.“SAIREC comes at a time when an energy transition towards renewables is accelerating worldwide thanks to advances in renewable energy technologies, increases in capacity and rapid cost reductions,” said the REN21 chairman, Dr Arthouros Zervos.“On the African continent South Africa is leading the way with its Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme and is, therefore, the ideal host for such an international gathering.”Africa’s renewable energy by numbersQuoting the 2014 Africa Energy Outlook from the International Energy Agency, Joemat-Pettersson said while Sub-Saharan Africa was rich in resources, energy supply was poor. “Africa’s energy sector is vital to its development and yet is one the most poorly understood parts of the global energy system.”She said producing a reliable and cost-effective energy supply was vital on the continent. “[Africa] accounts for 13% of the world’s population, but only 4% of its energy demand. Since 2000, sub-Saharan Africa has seen rapid economic growth and its energy consumption has risen by 45%.“Many governments are now intensifying their efforts to tackle the numerous regulatory and political barriers that are holding back investment in domestic energy supply, and inadequate energy infrastructure puts a brake on urgently needed improvements in living standards.”Watch more on the report here:Joemat-Pettersson said emerging economies were taking on the challenges to address climate change. “For example, as South Africa we have put in place programmes to increase efficiency and reduce emissions intensity.“To this effect, as we actively engaged in building a competitive resource-efficient and inclusive future, our National Sustainable Development Strategy has been integrated into the National Development Plan 2030 vision, which supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”Minister Joemat-Pettersson says efforts to roll-out energy in the continent are on the rise, but are outdone by a rising demand #SAIREC2015 — SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) October 5, 2015Adnan Amin, the director-general of the International Renewable Energy Agency, said Africa had the potential to increase its generation of renewable energy from 5% to 22% by 2030.“After a decade of sustained growth, Africa is rising but needs secure and affordable energy to power its future growth,” he said. “What we know today is that the potential is immense. Africa has bountiful and buried renewable energy resources, including excellent solar across the continent, hydro in many countries, strong wind resources and powerful geothermal in East Africa’s rift valley.”He said renewable energy was vital to lift African citizens from what he called energy poverty. Africa has numerous natural resources to tap into to create sustainable energy for itself. (Image: Slideshare)South Africa’s progress in alternative energy sourcesSouth Africa has been making strides in renewable energy. During the conference, the Department of Energy released its report, State of Renewable Energy in South Africa.Making use of the sun’s rays and strong coastal winds, policy implementation and partnerships with business have led to job creation, foreign investment and clean power production in the sector.“Renewables are delivering exactly what South Africa needs – from energy, jobs and technology to foreign investment, rural development, and community benefits and working relations between government and business,” said the department’s acting director-general, Dr Wolsey Barnard. “The scope and scale of renewable energy development in South Africa demonstrates what is possible when government and business share a commitment to success.”The report cites an independent study by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, which found energy generated from solar and wind during the first six months of 2015 created R4-billion in financial benefits.The renewable energy sector, the report states, has the potential to create up to 462 000 jobs, with more than 25 000 jobs already created. Renewables have also given a boost to the manufacturing sector. In 2012, for instance, a solar PV manufacturing plant was built in Pinetown near Durban, employing 160 people and able to produce 250 000 solar panels annually.A Department of Energy solar energy technology roadmap estimates that by 2050, about 70GW of power could be generated from solar photovoltaic and concentrated solar power sources. According to Green Peace, South Africa has one of the highest and most stable solar radiations in the world. (Image: Green Peace) In addition to solar and wind power, up to 247MW of small-scale hydro power could be developed in rural Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. Work has also started on a national biomass action plan.The Southern African Biogas Industry Association estimates that biogas could contribute 2.5GW of generation capacity in the country, using wastewater, food waste, manure, agricultural residues and commercial processes, including abattoirs, breweries and cheese factories.In 2014, the United Nations Environment Programme put South Africa in the global top 10 for renewable energy investments. The country is already the world’s 10th biggest solar market for installations above 5MW.DeclarationDelegates attending the SAIREC rounded off discussions by agreeing to upscale and mainstream renewables to achieve a global energy transition.“As of today, 2.9 billion people lack access to clean forms of cooking, which needs to be addressed in order to achieve the universal access target,” stated the declaration. “We note that to make universal access a reality by 2030, 1.3 billion people, out of which 621 million live in the sub-Saharan region, should be provided access to electricity.“The scale of the challenge requires that all approaches, including grid and off-grid solutions are taken into account and adopted based on an efficiency principle. Rural and urban demands can best be met with a diverse technology mix that takes full advantage of sub-Saharan Africa’s exceptional and sustainable solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and hydropower resources.”• Read the full declaration herelast_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mary KennedyDTN Cash Grains AnalystOMAHA (DTN) — The domestic distillers dried grains (DDG) weekly average spot price from the 40 locations DTN contacted was down $1, to $141 per ton for the week ended Oct. 16. Prices were mixed from various sellers, but overall, the DDG price this week came under some pressure from the weaker cash corn price.Based on the average of prices collected by DTN, the value of DDG relative to corn for the week ended Oct. 16 was at 100.78%. The value of DDG relative to soybean meal was at 46.26%. The cost per unit of protein for DDG was $5.22, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal at $6.42.Various closures on the Mississippi River are likely stalling transport of some export containers to the Gulf this week. In the Upper Mississippi River, Locks 16 and 17 have been closed to northbound and southbound traffic since Oct. 13. American Commercial Barge Line noted that the latest forecasts reflect Lock 17 will reopen the evening of Oct. 17 and Lock 16 will reopen the morning of Oct. 18. Twenty-four hours of transit delays are expected for the cleanup of both locks.In the Lower Mississippi there is a closure at Mile 249 as of Oct. 16 through Oct. 18 from 07:00-17:00 to southbound tows with four or more barges. At the Gulf, weather fronts moving through the Gulf and Canal areas this week through Oct. 18 will cause intermittent delays there from wind and fog, added ACBL.ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATIONCURRENTPREVIOUSCHANGECOMPANYSTATE10/16/201910/11/2019Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816-753-6300)MissouriDry$150$150$0Wet$75$75$0Show Me Ethanol LLC, Carrollton, MO (660-542-6493)Missouri SubjectDry$147$147$0Wet$75$75$0CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066)SubjectIllinoisDry$140$140$0SubjectIndianaDry$140$140$0SubjectIowaDry$135$135$0SubjectMichiganDry$150$150$0SubjectMinnesotaDry$135$135$0SubjectNorth DakotaDry$130$130$0SubjectNew YorkDry$150$150$0SubjectSouth DakotaDry$125$125$0MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS (800-255-0302 Ext. 5253)KansasDry$145$145$0POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799)IndianaDry$140$150-$10IowaDry$140$145-$5MichiganDry$135$135$0MinnesotaDry$138$140-$2MissouriDry$143$145-$2OhioDry$145$155-$10South DakotaDry$150$150$0United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521)KansasDry$145$140$5Wet$55$45$10IllinoisDry$147$147$0NebraskaDry$135$145-$10Wet$45$45$0U.S. Commodities, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640)IllinoisDry$145$145$0IndianaDry$155$155$0IowaDry$140$140$0MichiganDry$150$150$0MinnesotaDry$135$135$0NebraskaDry$140$140$0New YorkDry$165$165$0North DakotaDry$140$140$0OhioDry$155$155$0South DakotaDry$135$135$0WisconsinDry$135$135$0Valero Energy Corp, San Antonio Texas(210-345-3362)(210-345-3362)IndianaDry$136$136$0IowaDry$145$135$10MinnesotaDry$140$140$0NebraskaDry$135$135$0OhioDry$145$145$0South DakotaDry$135$135$0CaliforniaDry$205$200$5Western Milling, Goshen, California (559-302-1074)CaliforniaDry$203$206-$3*Prices listed per ton.Weekly Average$141$142-$1The weekly average prices above reflect only those companies DTNcollects spot prices from. States include: Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska,Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan,Wisconsin and Indiana. Prices for Pennsylvania, New York andCalifornia are not included in the averages.VALUE OF DDG VS. CORN & SOYBEAN MEALSettlement Price:Quote DateBushelShort TonCorn10/16/2019$3.9175$139.91Soybean Meal10/16/2019$304.80DDG Weekly Average Spot Price$141.00DDG Value Relative to:10/1610/10Corn100.78%104.56%Soybean Meal46.26%46.69%Cost Per Unit of Protein:DDG$5.22$5.26Soybean Meal$6.42$6.40Notes:Corn and soybean prices take from DTN Market Quotes. DDG pricerepresents the average spot price from Midwest companiescollected on Thursday afternoons. Soybean meal cost per unitof protein is cost per ton divided by 47.5. DDG cost per unitof protein is cost per ton divided by 27.Mary Kennedy can be reached at [email protected] her on Twitter @MaryCKenn(BAS/SK )Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.FD Source:FD Page :Page Member(s): 08052430, , , ,Slash Commands: Summary Page Member:(AGSK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Dyyno Launches Free 1080p Live Streaming Solution

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Dyyno, which allows its users to stream and record live video from any application on their desktops, is launching a major upgrade of its service today. The company’s service will now allow users to stream live and recorded video streams in full 1080p HD resolution. Dyyno has also dropped the price for personal accounts – which can stream HD video – to zero. These personal account support up to 100,000 concurrent viewers. Previously, these accounts started at $10 per month.For the time being, Dyyno can only stream videos from Windows PCs. The company does offer a browser plugin for watching these videos on the Mac and Windows. The company’s CEO Raj Jaswa told us that a Mac client is on the company’s roadmap. We took a closer look at the service’s features when the company launched in August. While the desktop client has evolved since then, the basic features remain the same.In our tests, the service worked just as advertised and the image quality of the 1080p streams was very high. It takes a decent broadband connection to work well, however – the HD video streams take up about 3Mbps. Dyyno supports up to 30 frames per second and encodes its videos in H.264. The company does not automatically scale the video streams down for users with slower connections, though for on-demand video, content owners can choose different bitrates for their videos. Running Dyyno’s desktop client is very easy. After installing the application, you just have to drag the Dyyno logo from the client to any window on your computer and it will automatically start to stream this video on your personal Dyyno page. In addition to live streaming, users can also create a “WebTV” channels that plays videos at a set time. Requires a PluginThe fact that it takes a browser plugin to run the service could be a roadblock for some potential users, however. On the other hand, no other service that we are aware of offers free 1080p live streaming. PricingAs Dyyno’s platform is based on a P2P architecture, it only makes sense for the company to offer the live streams for free. After all, the more users watch the stream, the easier it will be for Dyyno to deliver the video. The company does charge users who want to store more than 1GB of video for on-demand streaming on Dyyno’s servers $10 per month. Dyyno does not charge for bandwidth. The P2P architecture doesn’t lend itself for on-demand streaming, so Dyyno chose to charge for this aspect of its service. The company also offers business channels for $100 month, which include a total of 10 video channels and up to 100GB of storage. The company’s high-end account, the Dyyno Broadcast station, costs $1,000 per month, and allows users to store an archive of up to 1,000GB of video and broadcast more than 100 concurrent video streams. Both the business and the broadcast accounts are stripped of all Dyyno’s branding. Dyyno plans to offer an ad revenue share model to companies that subscribe to these higher-end accounts and who want to make use of Dyyno’s on-demand streaming solutions. frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Suburban Sprawl Costs a Bundle

first_imgHigher transportation expenses, less mobilityLiving in the suburbs inevitably means a lot more driving, and less walking, and that exacts a surprisingly high price.Vehicle costs alone approach $3,000 a year, before adding costs associated with travel time, vehicle operation, parking, air pollution, water pollution, and traffic accidents.Traffic death rates are two to five times as high in sprawled urban areas as they are in “smart growth communities.”And because suburban development discourages walking, cycling, and public transportation, the authors said, it tends to impose “particularly large burdens on physically, economically and socially disadvantaged people.”“To the degree that sprawl concentrates poverty in urban neighborhoods, it tends to exacerbate social problems such as crime and dysfunctional families,” it continues.The authors said costs cited in the report reflect conditions in North America, but were transferable to developing countries.“Although many of these costs are lower in absolute value in developing countries, due to lower wages and property values, they are probably similar relative to incomes and regional economies,” the report says. “As a result, smart growth policies that create more compact communities can provide substantial economic, social and environmental benefits in both developed and developing countries.” Suburban sprawl means less farmland and reduced agricultural productivity, dirtier air and water, and more traffic congestion, a new study says, and it all adds up to increased costs of about $1 trillion a year in the U.S. The study by The New Climate Economy is an attempt to quantify the economic costs of sprawl (“dispersed, automobile-oriented, urban-fringe development”) while pointing out the benefits of compact, mixed-use building (“smart growth”).“Sprawl provides various benefits, but these are mostly direct benefits to sprawled community residents, while many costs are external, imposed on non-residents,” the report says. “This analysis indicates that sprawl imposes more than $400 billion dollars in external costs and $625 billion in internal costs annually in the U.S., indicating that smart growth policies which encourage more efficient development can provide large economic, social and environmental benefits.”In other words, sprawl can be great, if expensive, for people who live there, but not so great for people who don’t.last_img read more

With New Photos, Search, and Maps, Google’s Cloud Gets Smart

first_imgA few years ago, Google’s cloud services focused on simply storing and managing objects: email, documents, music, and movies. The 2013 version of Google is now using the cloud to connect and build relationships between them, responding to and anticipating the desires of its users.Google used its I/O keynote to describe how its vast array of servers is now applying intelligence from everything from music to maps. Google drew cheers when it launched a suite of photo-enhancement apps, including tools to automatically pull put the best pictures from a camera roll, enhance them, and feature them in a selected list of photos.Google Maps will now automatically generate recommendations to preferred restaurants and destinations, and dynamically reroute users aroudn traffic. Google will even read your Google+ posts — if you allow it — and analyze their content, providing a hashtag for your readers to go deeper and explore the topic of your post even further.Wow. All this makes Apple’s Genius music recommendation engine look positively ancient.The Next Step: Putting Your Data To Work For YouGoogle’s currency has always been user data, and the transaction has always been a simple one: users contribute data, Google sells ads against it, and both sides prosper. Recent Google I/O conferences have placed a strong emphasis on devices as entry points for that data, especially photos and location.This year, Google executives appeared to be ready to take the next step.“We have almost every sensor we’ve every come up with” right in your smartphone, CEO Larry Page told attendees. Devices are used interchangeably, Page said, implying that data and how it’s interpreted should do the same. “Technology should do the hard work, so people can get on with doing things that make them happiest in life,” Page said.PhotosVic Gundotra, the senior vice president responsible for engineering at Google, introduced the new Photos experience. Google said earlier this week that it will now spread 15 GB of data among a user’s Photos, Drive, and Gmail storage.  But the new Photos experience will make “Google’s servers your new darkroom,” Gundotra said.Specifically, Photos will now intelligently scan your photos and pull out the best ones, supposedly eliminating blurry and duplicate images. Enhancements like skin softening aim to smooth out wrinkles, and red eye reduction and noise filters will help sharpen photos automatically. Google will hunt for and display images that include smiles, not frowns. And an “auto awesome” feature wil automatically pull out a few photos and stitch them together, essentially making them an animated GIF.For years, Google’s servers have only been used for storage. Now, the computing elements within them are being applied to the digital objects within them. Artists may dispute the results – shouldn’t I be able to take pictures of scowling children? – but enhancing user photos boosts Google+ and gives users another reason to upload their photos to Google.Search Google, Microsoft, and Wolfram Alpha have engaged in an ongoing war in search for years, with Google jumping out to an early, enormous lead. Wolfram shifted the struggle away from results to answers. Microsoft’s point of attack is social. On Wednesday, Google called anticipatory search as the next frontier.What is anticipatory search? It’s the sort of back-end data processing that would allow Google to answer the question “What time does my flight leave?” because it knows what flight you’re on based on your email, when the flight leaves thanks to the airline’s flight-status API, and how long you’ll need to get to the airport based on your location, traffic, real-time transit schedules and the like.Google first introduced that capability with Google Now, the “cards” feature that shipped with Android 4.0. But the new Cards feature significantly broadens the scope of Google’s vision, adding elements like music, games, and public transportation, but also drawing further connections between the two. Being able to command Google to “show mew all my photos from New York” also takes Facebook Graph Search and adds a personal, Google-esque twist. Pulling out a feature from Google Glass – voice-triggered actions – Google also announced that a future version of search will “listen” for you to say “OK, Google” and then automatically trigger a search. MusicGoogle’s least important announcement of the day involved its new All Access subscriptions, where users will be able to stream milions of tracks from the Google Play library for $9.99 per month. Quite frankly, most of what Google announced has been done already by companies like Pandora, which auto-generates a stream of music based on a seed of a song or artist.But Google Play’s new Listen Now capability will auto-suggest music based on tracks the user already owns, and what it knows about the genre, artist, tempo, and other components. Yes, it seems like an afterthought – and that’s sort of the point. MapsGoogle also unveiled a rethinking of its Maps application, where Google now doesn’t provide directions, it directs: to places that the user frequently visits, to restaurants and other destinations that other users or reviewers recommend, and to locations that Google attempts to personalize in other ways.You might argue that offering directions itself applies intelligence, sorting through numerous routes to the best destination. But the new Maps experience takes it to another level. Basically, here’s what it all means: data isn’t necessarily being devalued in the new computing landscape, but drawing relationships between the disparate elements have become increasingly important. From a consumer perspective, users should expect Google to ask for more and more data, fusing it together and increasingly adding context to it all.That, increasingly, is becoming the business model of today’s Web. 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