first_imgAs if further proof was needed that Trump and many administration officials  are pro-white supremacy, White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly, helped seal the deal on this issue with his comments during a Fox TV News interview on Oct. 30.When host Laura Ingraham asked Kelly about the recent struggle to bring down Confederate statues which honor slavery, Kelly defended them: “I would tell you that Robert E. Lee was an honorable man. He was a man that gave up his country to fight for his state, which, 150 years ago, was more important than country. It was always loyalty to state first back in those days. Now it’s different today. But the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War. And men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had to make their stand.”When Kelly’s views were widely criticized, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary, defended Kelly: “[A]ll of our leaders have flaws,” mentioning presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John F. Kennedy. (Huff Post, Oct. 31)Sanders went on to say: “That doesn’t diminish their contributions to our country, and it certainly can’t erase them from our history.  And General Kelly was simply making the point that just because history isn’t perfect doesn’t mean that it’s not our history.”Lee, Jefferson and Washington were slave owners.  Lee was a commander of the Confederate States Army during the Civil War.Kelly is the former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and is a retired four-star general in the U.S. Marine Corps.To put Kelly’s views into political context, it was Trump who stated that “both sides” were to blame for what happened in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, when armed neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan and other alt-right forces  viciously attacked anti-racist activists. Their actions resulted in the murder of anti-fascist Heather Heyer by a neo-Nazi who drove his car into a crowd.  Neo-Nazis at the same rally nearly beat to death DeAndre Harris, an African-American youth.Bring them down!These white supremacists had gathered in Charlottesville to defend a statue of Lee and prevent it from being taken down. Courageous actions by anti-racist protesters have removed Confederate monuments around the country in Durham, N.C., New Orleans and other cities.The U.S. Civil War was a struggle between two social systems — chattel slavery and wage slavery (capitalism), which could no longer co-exist side by side. Although the Union army defeated the Confederate army on the battlefield, surviving members of the slavocracy were allowed to regroup into extra-legal terrorist organizations like the KKK — thanks to pro-slavery sympathizers in the White House, led by President Andrew Johnson.Because Lee and other Confederate leaders called for Southern states to secede from the Union — which was deemed treasonous — shouldn’t Kelly’s and other Trump officials’ defense of the Confederacy also be viewed as treasonous?Some members of the Black Congressional Caucus state that Kelly needs a “history lesson” on what the Civil War was about.  However, in reality,  Kelly, Trump and their ilk are more than aware of whose side they are on.  And it is not the side of the workers and oppressed peoples.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgIf the Seahawks beat the 49ers to win the NFC West, then the Saints would be behind the Packers but a full game ahead of the Seahawks, whom they also beat. Then they would get a first-round bye and face the highest remaining seed in the divisiional playoffs.How Saints get No. 3 seed in NFCIf the 49ers beat the Seahawks to win the NFC West to also get to 13-3, they would be the No. 1 seed over the Packers and Saints because they beat both teams.The Saints would still lose the tiebreaker to the Packers and remain where they were after the 1 p.m. ET games Sunday. The Saints would host the Vikings in the wild-card round next weekend. The Saints (13-3) are going to the NFC playoffs for a third consecutive NFL season as NFC South champions. Their seed for the conference tournament, however, is very much in flux going into the final games of 2019.Here’s breaking down where they could end up after they beat the Panthers in Week 17 NFL PLAYOFF PICTURE:All clinching scenarios for Week 17How Saints get No. 2 seed in NFCThe Saints can’t finish higher than the No. 2 seed because the Packers, who also finished 13-3, hold the conference-record tiebreaker over them.last_img read more

first_imgAction on Tuesday’s second semifinal that ended goalless. PHOTO KCCAFC MEDIAKampala, Uganda| KCCAFC.COM| A stalemate was all Kampala Capital City Authority Football Club (KCCA FC) needed against Express in Wankulukuku to qualify for a record 16th Uganda Cup final.KCCA FC came into the second leg semifinal of the Uganda Cup Tuesday with a 3-2 advantage against Express from the first leg played last Friday at Lugogo.Tuesday’s matched ended goalless and KCCA FC qualify to play FUFA Big League side Paidha Black Angels in the final June 10th 2017 at the Betway Greenlight Stadium in Arua.KCCA last played in the Uganda Cup final in 2014, then falling to eventual winners SC Villa 3-0 at Namboole Stadium. The reigning league champions last won the Uganda Cup 13 years after they defeated Express 3-2 on spotlicks after normal time ended 1-1. Share on: WhatsApp READ FULL STORY HERE (click)last_img read more

first_imgLocal artist, Norman Gitzen, has been sculpting a “Vanishing Species Series” for nearly two decades to draw attention to the decline in marine life.Norman crafts sea turtles, sailfish, dolphin, coral reefs and other marine life out of metal, leaving holes in the bodies to simulate their disappearance from the environment due to chemicals, rising temperatures and over fishing in our area. Gitzen recently was commissioned by TD Bank’s lead architect who researched his art to sculpt a vanishing sea turtle for their Miami Beach bank branch. The sculptures are forged out of bronze or steel and feature the characteristics of the sea animal…with parts of the interior missing. The absence of the metal is a metaphor for the vanishing marine life in South Florida.Artist, Norman GitzenWith “Vanishing Species Turtle” commissioned by TD Bank on Miami Beach. Baby sea turtle with matching turtle jewelry by Norman GitzenGitzen explains what is causing the decline in sea life in our waters here in South Florida and what can be done to prevent it.Listen to the full interview here.SFS Vanishing Species ArtFor more information on Norman Gitzen’s artwork click here.last_img read more

first_imgStaff at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to honour the riders with Team of the Week accolades.The team includes from Penticton, Brenda Kotzian, Penticton, Brian Burke and Scott McGillivray; Kelowna, Gail Harrison, Jaime Moffat, John Bauer, Julio Krenz, Marni Finlay and Shirley Hogan; Kamloops, Christine Banford, Les Blain and Roy Davidson; Castlegar, Wally Bursey and Rob Gardner; Fort St John, Dirk Finkensiep; Salmon Arm, Gwen McLennan; Vernon, Kevin Lane; Golden, Michael Hull; Lake County, Stephen James; Sparwood, Kathryn Morrison; and from Nelson, Mike Kosoff and Colleen Lowing. A large contingent of cyclists glided through the Heritage City last week during the annual Cops For Kids Ride. The ride is the main fundraising event throughout the year and is extremely successful in raising awareness and funds to help the little hearts in our community!This grueling ten-day ride started in Osoyoos before concluding Sunday in Kelowna.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s a proven fact to always have a backup plan just in case that original idea goes south.Dryden Hunt knows all too well things do not always go as planned as the Nelson Minor Hockey product prepares to enter the world of professional hockey.After not hearing his name called out for the second consecutive year last week at the 2015 National Hockey League entry draft  in Sunrise, Florida, the 6-foot, 200-pound forward already has a direction in place.Hunt, 19, is off to the La Belle Province Friday to attend the Montreal Canadiens Development Camp, which begins Sunday in Brossard, Quebec.“Montreal contacted me before the draft to say if I didn’t go in the draft they’d like to offer me a tryout,” Hunt told The Nelson Daily from Kelowna where he’s training for the upcoming season.“I was hoping I would get drafted but now I’m heading to Montreal and I couldn’t be happier.”Hunt was optimistic his name would be called after a stellar season in the Western Hockey League with Regina Pats and Medicine Hat Tigers.Hunt put up 83 points during the regular season before adding five goals in 10 playoff games for the Tigers.“Ya, I am a little disappointed,” Hunt lamented. “I mean with all those rankings before (draft) it kind of puts into your head that there’s always a possibility.“I thought I had a pretty good year but unfortunately it didn’t happen.”It’s tough,” he added, “but I’m now heading to Montreal with guys who got drafted so this is an exciting opportunity to show what I’ve got.”Hunt leaves Friday for the Habs Development Camp. He is part of a list of tryout-invitees the Montreal Scouting Department has put together.There is also more than 20 Montreal draft prospects from the past three seasons, including Hunt’s teammate at Medicine Hat, Matthew Bradley.Hunt also said former Nelson Minor Hockey graduate Tim McGauley is also attending the camp.McGauley played the last three seasons in Brandon, where he registered 105 points last season scoring 42 goals playing center.“It’s every kids dream to get drafted but some players take a little tougher road toward their dream,” Hunt explained.“For me I didn’t get drafted two years in a row, but I’ll just go to Montreal and try to prove people wrong and try to make the most of my opportunity.”The Habs also invited Hunt to their Prospects Camp in September.So the son of Carla DeBiasio and Jeff Hunt has two chances to impress the coaching staff.Smart man that Dryden Hunt.Smart man.last_img read more

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2016)–Ridden with the biblical patience of Job, All Star Bub rallied late to take Thursday’s $60,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by one length under Rafael Bejarano, while covering a mile and one sixteenth in 1:45.12.Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the 4-year-old Midshipman filly was a restrained fifth at the rail heading to the half mile pole and Bejarano had to bide his time at the fence before switching out to the three-path inside the sixteenth pole.“I had a bad position at the rail,” said Bejarano, who registered his third win of the day. “I knew that (favored) Divina Comedia and Tiz Ladys Legs would take off, so I just tried to hold my position and I stayed right behind the speed.“In the stretch, I didn’t have anywhere to go but finally Divina Comedia (on the lead at the rail) and Show Stealer (second, just outside of “Divina”) took off a little, so it gave me a chance to get out and in the clear.”The second choice in a field of six older fillies and mares at 9-5, All Star Bub paid $5.80, $3.20 and $2.80. Owned by Gatto Racing, LLC, Campbell and Hollendorfer, All Star Bub got her third win from 15 starts. With the winner’s share of $36,000, she increased her earnings to $147,360.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Show Stealer, who finished a half length in front of Backintheacademy, was off at 5-1 and paid $4.40 and $3.00.Backintheacademy, who split horses turning for home under apprentice Brayan Pena, rallied strongly for third, finishing a nose in front of Divina Comedia. Off at 17-1, Backintheacademy paid $5.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.31, 48.52, 1:12.99 and 1:38.68.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita is 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

first_imgOver €104,000 has been awarded to over 55 Donegal groups by SSE Airtricity as the Community Fund tops €1.1million since 2007.SSE Airtricity presented the money to community groups located close to Meentycat Wind Farm this week.In September, 45 community groups and bodies took part in Meentycat’s Community Fund Sponsored Walk. A record-breaking 1,200 community members walked through Meenycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Ballybofey.With the sponsored walk now in its 12th year, community groups have benefitted from almost €781,000 to date.On Monday, the company presented €52,249 to local groups, topping-up the €80,000 raised by community members from this year’s Sponsored Walk.The following day, Tuesday, the firm awarded a further €53,000 for 11 local projects through its Community Fund. Both presentations took place in the Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey. Pictured are representative from the community groups who collected their cheques on Monday last in the Villa Rose Ballybofey front from left are Eugene Gallagher, Sean MacCumhaills, Seamus Herron, Service Manger SSE Airtricity, Anne Reynolds, SSE Airtricity Community Development Officer and Cora Harvey, Cappry Rovers. Back from left Brian Anderson, Twin Towns Boxing Club, Coulter Blackburn, Raphoe Congregational Church, Stephen Hasson, Illistrin Football Club, Sean Bonner, Glenfinn GAA, Ciaran Mac Ruaidhrí, Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, John Willie McNulty, Cappry Rovers, Ruth Blackburn, Raphoe Congregational, Sammy Devenney, St Ninians Convoy and Roy Kennedy, St. Ninians Convoy. Photo Clive WassonThis presentation will bring the total funds awarded to over €1.1 million between the Community Fund and Sponsored Walk.A large number of this year’s Community Fund recipients are putting the funding towards improving their energy efficiency measures, which SSE Airtricity strongly supports. Letterkenny Rugby Club and St. Ninians’s Convoy Parish Church will improve the insulation of their buildings, while Raphoe Congregational Church, Illistrin Football Club and Sean MacCumhaill CLG will upgrade the lighting for their premises. Twin Towns Boxing Club will upgrade their electric showers in the club. Gairmscoil Chu Uladh will upgrade their heating system for the school. CLG Ghleann Fhinne will undertake roof repairs and insulation for the clubhouse. Cappry Rovers will improve their astroturf facilities at the club. Elsewhere the Green Residents Group and Green Residents Admiran Group have received funding towards landscaping in their area.€104,000 awarded to over 55 Donegal groups near wind farm was last modified: December 11th, 2019 by Dionne MeehanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AirtricityBallybofeyCommunity FunddonegalMeentycat and Culliagh Wind FarmSponsored walklast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There was recently an article in The Columbus Dispatch about concerns that cutting farmers’ property taxes in Ohio could cost homeowners and schools millions of dollars.The topic at hand is CAUV, or Current Agricultural Use Value, that lawmakers in Columbus are once again debating.From 2008 to 2014, farmers were burdened with a 307% increase in taxes due to higher crop prices. In comparison, the jump in crop prices was a mere 100% increase within the same time period.Using more updated data just last year, CAUV was adjusted lower to an average of $1,279 an acre.The argument has been made for decades that when taxes are lowered on one aspect of the economy, that another segment will have to pick up the tab. That is the argument being made by advocates for public education groups in Ohio, who fear that the drop in farmland taxes will become a problem in the form of higher taxes for homeowners and less money divvied out in school funding from the state.It just so happens that this article used my home county, Delaware, as an example, noting that the Ohio Department of Taxation estimates that farmland value in Delaware County would drop nearly 25% from $189 million to $143 million. The department estimates an average residential property tax increase of 0.8%, topping 2.2% in some areas.Let me tell you that I am proud to live in Delaware County and that I am well aware that my kids are getting one of the best public educations in Ohio in the much deservedly touted Olentangy Local School District. I will also tell you that I pay a hefty tax bill for that fine education.Am I seeing my tax dollars rising? Absolutely. Is it because farmers are paying less on their CAUV taxes or because we just passed another levy that has given the thumbs up to gobble up more once-farmed land to build a fourth high school? Perhaps the fastest growing school system in the state within the fastest growing county in the state was not the best example.In some of the newly developed parts of Delaware County, taxes will run a homeowner about $7,000 a year for a quarter-acre postage stamp-sized property. Now I am no math whiz. I have to Google how to help my 6th Grade daughter with her homework. But that means an acre of residential developed land would bring in about $28,000 a year!At first glance, it is no wonder that someone would question why a farmer would only have to pay a fraction of that for the land they grow their corn and soybeans on, but have those same people added the true value a farmer brings to the local economy?I see a lot of nice vehicles in the driveways of the new homes popping up all over my neck of the woods, but nothing remotely close to a half-million dollar combine, bought locally, that sits in a tool shed just down the road. An expensive piece of machinery that may not have been purchased if not for CAUV.Major purchases on the farm, like equipment, seed, fertilizer, and numerous other inputs, generate tax dollars and local economic benefits every single year. On the whole, the tax dollars the farmer pays well surpasses the annual taxes generated by a single homeowner.What I hope I am not seeing is a stance on CAUV that is not only about asking the farmer to pay more than the current calculations mandate, but forcing the farmer to sell the land he can no longer afford to work on due to a higher tax rate. I hope I am not seeing a call for unfair CAUV calculations that will cause that land to go from growing commodities to growing 2 by 4s and vinyl siding, eventually equaling out to much higher tax dollars being collected for those very same acres.I hope that as the conversation about CAUV continues at the Statehouse, members of our legislature will use common sense math to see what farmers contribute to our state above and beyond the taxes they pay on the land they work so hard to farm on year after year.last_img read more

first_imgUPDATED 8/31/2011 with a new blog linkDr. Wolfgang Feist, the founder of the Passivhaus Institut (PHI) in Darmstadt, Germany, has released a new letter explaining the reasons why PHI decided to sever all relations with the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS). The International Passive House Association refers to Feist’s latest letter as a “statement of reassurance.” RELATED ARTICLES The Passivhaus Institut in Germany Disowns Its U.S. Satellite The American Passive House Institute Responds to Dr. FeistPassivhaus Combatants Continue To Speak Out“Passive house” is not a trademarkOn August 24, 2011, the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt issued a new document, Passive House and the United States. The document states:“Course providers worldwide may choose to use any materials they like in preparing their students for the international Passive House Designer exam and indeed, those wishing to take the exam may prepare themselves through self-study. For interested course providers, however, PHI offers its Passive House Designer course materials, available in a variety of languages. This material is based on the CEPH course materials, which resulted from an EU-funded project by the same name involving several partners. … Interested parties may sign a licensing agreement allowing use of the Passive House Designer course materials as a complete course for the purposes of preparing students to take the international Passive House Designer exam. Due to the material’s roots as an EU Project, course providers must provide the complete course and the slides may not be adapted. Course providers are encouraged, however, to add their own slides to the course so as to cover regional specifics.”“PHI is currently working with a local US developer to include a metric-imperial conversion tool in the updated PHPP which should be available early next year. With this newly updated software, no conversion of PHPP files will be required as both the metric and imperial units will be simultaneously visible.”“The PHPP is available for sale by multiple resellers worldwide. New contracts for qualified US resellers are currently being negotiated. Resellers must have an intimate knowledge of the PHPP and be able to support users. Organizations fulfilling these criteria that are interested in becoming distributors of the PHPP software may contract directly with the PHI to discuss becoming licensed resellers.”“The PHI has always encouraged an open market, having never trademarked ‘Passive House’ nor granted regional monopolies or territories.” (For more information on the trademark issue, see Can ‘Passive House’ Be Trademarked?) Craziness and illegal salesIn his latest letter, Feist makes the following points:“Although provoked – I’m only human, after all – I’ll refrain from responding to all the craziness that currently abounds, as I believe a deeper look at the recent communications from both organizations speaks for itself.”“The fact is that our relationship to PHIUS was based on two contracts … These contracts, eagerly demanded by PHIUS some time ago, were both signed and standing.”“At no time did PHIUS have a contract to even sell PHPP, let alone to adapt it (no, this is not merely about imperial versus metric – PHI fully understands and supports the needs of American designers to use numbers with which they are familiar, and is currently working on a solution). Nothing has changed except for the fact that PHI has now demanded PHIUS discontinue the illegal sale and adaptation of PHI’s property.”“PHIUS would like far further reaching control of what is happening in the North American Passive House scene than it currently has. These ambitions conflict with the open approach chosen by the Passive House Institute, which makes a point of publishing all its research and offers assistance to all organizations wanting to collaborate in a decent and honest way. I am convinced that geographical monopolies are neither expedient nor possible.” More commentary from the blogosphereThe latest blog post on the issue is this one from Roger at the EdgewaterHaus blog.last_img read more