Broome County Concerned Residents heading to state capital for Wind Turbine Project

first_imgTown of Windsor Supervisor, Carolyn Price said, “The Town of Windsor has experienced growth from energy projects. With another energy project, Bluestone Wind, growth continues. The Host Community Agreement and Payment In Lieu of Taxes will provide new revenue from property that has been tax exempt. New revenue is good news for the Town of Windsor.” The project is proposed to place 27 wind turbines in the towns of Windsor and Sanford. Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said in a press release  “Broome County supports the Bluestone Wind project. It would provide a major capital investment in Eastern Broome with hundreds of construction and operation jobs and the significant payments to host landowners will inject new momentum into our local economy. Finally, the towns, school districts and county all stand to benefit from over $45 million worth of revenue from the project over 30 years. We simply cannot afford to allow excessive red tape and regulation to hold back new investment and jobs in Broome County. To keep our children here after they graduate, we need to support local businesses in every way possible.” While many residents are against the idea of wind turbines being placed in their towns, many town officials have said that they think it will be positive for the area. (WBNG)- The group, Broome County Concerned Residents will be heading to Albany Monday to oppose the Calpine Project. center_img The town Supervisors for the towns of Windsor and Sanford also spoke out as well, saying that the wind turbines will help the tax revenue. Meanwhile, Town Supervisor for the town of Sanford Dewey Decker said on the impact of the Host Community Agreement, “The Town is trying to stay down the middle. There is a positive: anyone who is paying taxes will benefit from this, not only on the town tax, but on the school tax and the county tax. People who do not like the project will benefit also.” The New York State siting board is meeting at 10 a.m. Monday to consider Calpine’s application to build the facility.last_img read more

Milovan Rajevac in Ghana to conclude talks for Black Stars technical advisor role

first_imgSerbian trainer Milovan Rajevac will hold talks with the Ghana Football Association on Thursday for the technical advisor job.The 60-year-old arrived in Accra on Monday night and can only meet officials after Wednesday’s must-win 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Togo in Lome.Rajevac will not travel with the team which leave Accra on Tuesday morning to the Togolese capital for the match.The former Qatar coach leads the two-man shortlist but must agree terms with the Ghana Football Association.If no deal is reached, Danish trainer Flemming Serritslev will be talked to.Rajevac had a successful two-year spell with the Black Stars between 2008-2010 during which current head coach Kwesi Appiah was his assistance. Affectionately called Milo, he reached the final of the maiden CHAN tournament in 2009 and was losing finalists to Egypt at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Angola.His high performances include reaching the quarter-final at the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals.last_img read more

Stephen Curry wished his latest milestone played out differently

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – As soon as Stephen Curry reached yet another milestone, the Warriors’ star showed his wide range of emotions.First, there was excitement. Curry surpassed Chris Mullin as the Warriors’ fourth all-time leading scorer by nailing a deep 3-pointer in the third quarter of the Warriors’ eventual win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday at Oracle Arena. After …last_img read more

Partners for Possibility selected as finalist of the global WISE Awards

first_imgPartners for Possibility joins NGOs from Morocco and Nigeria on prestigious WISE listPartners for Possibility (PfP), a South African social enterprise that develops leadership capacity in under-resourced schools across the country, is a finalist in the global World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Awards.The announcement of was made this morning by the Qatar Foundation, which created the WISE Awards in 2009. Every year it evaluates hundreds of innovations in basic education before ultimately selecting six winners to be showcased at its WISE Summit in Qatar and receive $20 000 in prize money.Since its inception, the judges for the WISE Awards have evaluated over 2 400 nominations for the Awards from over 150 countries and have awarded just 54 prizes, to social innovations in countries as far afield as Finland, the USA, Spain, Morocco and India.“To be recognised by the WISE Awards is a very special achievement,” says Dr Louise van Rhyn, Founder and CEO of Partners for Possibility. “It means that our programme meets their criteria of being a creative solution to reduce inequality in South African education.”Partners for Possibility was founded in 2010 as a leadership development and principal support programme that brings together a school principal of an under-resourced school and a business leader in a year-long developmental partnership. The partnership participates in an accredited leadership development process while at the same time working together to develop solutions to the challenges faced by its specific school.Since starting at its first school in Cape Town, the programme has grown to over 720 schools across South Africa.“Our programme provides the much-needed support and leadership skills to school principals who have received little or no preparation for the challenging task of managing a complex organisation with very limited funds amidst crippling social challenges such as poverty, child-headed households, drug abuse and gangsterism.“Aside from supporting the principal and partnering him or her with a business leader who works and learns as an equal alongside them, the programme also creates fertile ground for further interventions and support from business and social change organisations,” says Van Rhyn.Partners for Possibility’s unique concept of combining leadership development with social support to principals of under-resourced schools has received wide acclaim since 2010. The global platform HR.com has selected Partners for Possibility as one of its Top International Leadership Providers in 2016 and 2017, and NGO Adviser selected PfP – the only social enterprise on its list from South Africa – as one of the top 100 NGOs in the world in 2018.“Being a WISE Finalist will also offer PfP a global platform to share its insights and solutions as well as how these could be applied to other industries and countries. We look forward to networking with other global finalists who share our passion for quality education for all children,” says Van Rhyn.It is estimated that 80% or 20 000 public schools in South Africa are “in crisis” or under-resourced and in need of support.An evaluation team from the WISE Awards will soon travel to South Africa to experience the programme first hand and to interview alumni and other key programme stakeholders. The winners are set to be announced in September 2018 during the biennial WISE Summit.“Brand South Africa is delighted to hear that Partners for Possibility have been announced as a WISE Awards Finalist.  These awards are a testament that giving back to communities does not go unrecognised”, said Brand South Africa’s GM: Stakeholder, Ms Mpumi Mabuza.last_img read more

A freedom timeline: 20 years of democracy

first_imgThe past 20 years have transformed South Africa. Once sanctioned, vilified and on the brink of civil war, the country is now a stable democracy and a respected player on the global stage.We explore the major milestones in our democratic journey.Compiled by Melissa Jane Cook and Mary Alexander27 April 1994 – The first democratic elections are held, with nearly 20-million South Africans forming now-legendary queues outside voting stations to cast their ballots. For the first time in history all South Africans over the age of 18, irrespective of race, had the right to vote. Freedom Day, 27 April, becomes a national holiday.Watch: Miracle Rising: South Africa voting:10 May 1994 – Nelson Mandela is sworn in as South Africa’s first democratically elected president.24 June 1995 – The Rugby World Cup is hosted in South Africa and won by the Springboks. In an epic battle held at Ellis Park against the All Blacks of New Zealand, Nelson Mandela gave incredible encouragement. Rugby was previously seen as a whites-only sport. Mandela presented the trophy to captain Francois Pienaar, an Afrikaner, wearing a Springbok shirt with Pienaar’s own number 6 on the back. This was widely seen as a major step in the reconciliation of white and black South Africans.Watch: Nelson Mandela at the 1995 Rugby World Cup:3 February 1996 – The Africa Cup of Nations, hosted in South Africa, is won by national soccer side Bafana Bafana, who defeat Tunisia 2-0 in the final at the FNB Stadium.15 April 1996 – The Truth and Reconciliation commission is launched by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The commission was set up to hear the truth about the apartheid-era crimes, with amnesty from prosecution granted to those who came clean.Watch: Tutu and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission:July and August 1996 – South African swimmer Penny Heyns shines at the Atlanta Olympic Games in the US, winning gold in both the 100-metre and 200-metre breaststroke.4 February 1997 – South Africa’s new Constitution takes effect, after being promulgated by President Nelson Mandela on 10 December 1996. It replaced the interim Constitution drawn up at multi-party talks in 1993 to govern the transition to democracy. The highest law in the land, the Constitution and its Bill of Rights sought to guarantee an open, transformative society in which human rights would be entrenched.18 July 1998 – On his 80th birthday Mandela marries Graça Machel (née Simbine), widow of Samora Machel, the president of Mozambique until his death in 1986.2 June 1999 – South Africa’s second national democratic elections are held. The African National Congress wins with 66.4% of the vote.14 June 1999 – Thabo Mbeki is sworn in as democratic South Africa’s second president. He had served as Mandela’s deputy and had taken over running of the day-to-day affairs of government well before the former president retired.25 April 2002 – South African IT billionaire Mark Shuttleworth gains worldwide fame as the world’s second self-funded space tourist and the first African in space. He launched aboard the Russian Soyuz TM-34 mission, paying some US$20-million for the voyage.Watch: Wearing a Madiba shirt, Mark Shuttlewoth attempts the Mandela dance aboard the International Space Station:9 July 2002 – US President George W Bush awards Nelson Mandela the Presidential Medal of Freedom, that country’s highest civilian award, in Washington.26 May 2003 – South African adventurer Sibusiso Vilane makes history when he becomes the first black African to summit Mount Everest, a climb he would repeat two years later.Watch a short documentary on Sibusiso Vilane:29 February 2004 – Charlize Theron wins the best actress Oscar at the Academy Awards for her role in the film Monster. Receiving the award, she said, “I’m going to thank everyone in my home country, South Africa.”14 April 2004 – South Africa’s third democratic national elections held. The African National Congress wins with 69.7% of the vote, and Thabo Mbeki assumes his second term as president.5 March 2006 – Tsotsi wins the best foreign language film Oscar at the Academy Awards. Directed by South African Gavin Hood, the film was an adaptation of an Athol Fugard novel set in Alexandra in Johannesburg, starring Presley Chweneyagae.Watch: Cast of Tsotsi meet Nelson Mandela:22 May 2006 – New Statesman places Nelson Mandela at number two on its list of 50 heroes of our time. At number one was Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy campaigner.18 July 2007 – On Nelson Mandela’s 89th birthday, he, Graça Machel and Desmond Tutu convene The Elders, a grouping of world leaders set up to contribute their wisdom and independent leadership to solving the world’s toughest problems. Other members include Kofi Annan, Ela Bhatt, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Jimmy Carter, Li Zhaoxing, Mary Robinson and Muhammad Yunus.20 October 2007 – The Springboks defeat England at the Stade de France in Paris to win the Rugby World Cup trophy for the second time.Watch highlights from the final of the 2007 Rugby World Cup:20 September 2008 – With nine months left in his second term, President Thabo Mbeki announces his resignation after being recalled by the African National Congress’s national executive committee.25 September 2008 – Kgalema Motlanthe sworn in as South Africa’s third president of the democratic era.22 April 2009 – South Africa’s fourth democratic national elections held. The African National Congress wins with 65.9% of the vote.9 May 2009 – Jacob Zuma is sworn in as democratic South Africa’s fourth president.11 June to 11 July 2010 – South Africa hosts the Fifa Soccer World Cup, a successful, incident-free tournament held in 10 brand new or rebuild stadiums. Despite national side Bafana Bafana being eliminated in the first round, support for all teams was phenomenal. Spain eventually defeated Netherlands in the final held at FNB Stadium.Watch: The top 10 goals of the 2010 Fifa World Cup:July and August 2012 – South African swimmers and rowers win gold at the London Olympic Games. Chad le Clos beat 18-time gold medallist Michael Phelps in the 200-metre butterfly while Cameron van der Burgh won gold in the 100-metre breaststroke. The rowing team of Sizwe Ndlovu, Matthew Brittain, John Smith and James Thompson won gold in the lightweight four race.May 2012 – South Africa and Australia are named joint hosts of the massive Square Kilometre Array radio telescope. Once complete, the telescope will be 50 times more sensitive than other radio instruments and will provide never-before-seen detail of the universe.Watch: The Square Kilometre Array:5 December 2013 – Nelson Mandela dies at home in Houghton, Johannesburg, and the world grieves. Thousands of South Africans laid flowers outside his house, and many more filled FNB Stadium for his memorial service. International leaders joined them, including US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Chinese Vice-President Li Yuanchao.Watch: Nelson Mandela’s life story:15 December 2013 – Nelson Mandela is buried at his home village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape.27 April 2014 – On Freedom Day, South Africa celebrates two decades of democracy.Watch: South Africa celebrating 20 years of democracy:last_img read more

Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – September 23, 2010

first_img SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – November 23, 2011November 23, 2011In “Community”Thank a community volunteer today!May 22, 2017In “Community”Thank a geocaching volunteer dayMay 21, 2019In “Volunteers” Please join Groundspeak in thanking the Geocaching.com Cache Reviewers, Forum Moderators and Translators for their continued generosity and dedication to Geocaching. These exceptional volunteers contribute countless hours and untold effort to serve the worldwide geocaching community. Their tireless work and selfless attitude is greatly appreciated!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Nokia Lumia 610 an affordable Windows device

first_imgNokia Lumia 610, which hit Indian shores in July, is the most affordable Windows device from the Finnish handset maker. The Lumia 610 looks and feels just like the 710 with similar dimensions.According to reports, the device has tinted chrome edges giving a metallic illusion but is plasticky. It fits comfortably in the hands, and has its power button on the right along with the volume rocker and a dedicated shutter button. The top of the phone houses the headphones jack and the Micro-USB port, while its back features a 5MP camera with LED Flash situated on the top along with the loudspeaker grill at the bottom. The Lumia 610, which is powered by an 800MHz processor hosting 256MB RAM, comes with 8GB internal storage with no option for external expansion. Among other features, Lumia 610 is equipped with a 5MP camera with LED flash, and runs on Windows Phone 7.5. It may be noted that messaging application on the Lumia 610 has some interesting options. Social network integration allows for easy swapping between messages, Facebook chat or any other chat clients on your phone.  The attraction for the Lumia 610 is its price. For an entry level Windows phone, the Nokia device is a tempting device.last_img read more