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  • Eclipse: Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How?

    first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here TAGSEclipse 2017 Previous articleThere is still good in the worldNext articleIconic comedian Jerry Lewis dies at 91 Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR From eclipse2017.nasa.govOn Monday, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totalitycan see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.Image Credit: Rick Fienberg, TravelQuest International and Wilderness TravelFigure 1- In this series of still from 2013, the eclipse sequence runs from right to left. The center image shows totality; on either side are the 2nd contact (right) and 3rd contact (left diamond rings that mark the beginning and end of totality respectively).Who Can See It?Lots of people! Everyone in the contiguous United States, in fact, everyone in North America plus parts of South America, Africa, and Europe will see at least a partial solar eclipse, while the thin path of totality will pass through portions of 14 states.Image Credit: NASA’s Scientific Visualization StudioFigure 2- This map shows the globe view of  the path of totality for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. You can find more information at: https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/4518(link is external) (link is external)What is It?This celestial event is a solar eclipse in which the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, from beginning to end, as viewed from a given location.  For this eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds.  The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979.Figure 3 – Diagram showing the Earth-sun-moon geometry of a total solar eclipse. Not to scale: If drawn to scale, the Moon would be 30 Earth diameters away. The sun would be 400 times that distance.Where Can You See It?You can see a partial eclipse, where the moon covers only a part of the sun, anywhere in North America (see “Who can see it?”). To see a total eclipse, where the moon fully covers the sun for a short few minutes, you must be in the path of totality. The path of totality is a relatively thin ribbon, around 70 miles wide, that will cross the U.S. from West to East.  The first point of contact will be at Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 a.m. PDT. Totality begins there at 10:16 a.m. PDT.  Over the next hour and a half, it will cross through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina.  The total eclipse will end near Charleston, South Carolina at 2:48 p.m. EDT.  From there the lunar shadow leaves the United States at 4:09 EDT.  Its longest duration will be near Carbondale, Illinois, where the sun will be completely covered for two minutes and 40 seconds.Figure 4 – A map of the United States showing the path of totality for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse.When Can You See It?Times for partial and total phases of the eclipse vary depending on your location. This interactive eclipse map(link is external) will show you times for the partial and total eclipse anywhere in the world.Table 1 – Example of eclipse times for cities in the path of totality.How Can You See It?You never want to look directly at the sun without appropriate protection except during totality.  That could severely hurt your eyes.  However, there are many ways to safely view an eclipse of the sun including direct viewing – which requires some type of filtering device and indirect viewing where you project an image of the sun onto a screen. Both methods should produce clear images of the partial phase of an eclipse.  Click here for eclipse viewing techniques and safety.Figure 5 – Check with local science museums, schools and astronomy clubs for eclipse glasses—or purchase an ISO 12312-2 compliant pair of these special shades!Figure 6 – This list describes when to wear your glasses and when you can safely look at the eclipse, only during totality!Sun watchers gather around telescopes fitted with white light solar filters.Image Credit: NASA Kepler MissionUsing a projection method to view the sun.Image Credit: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.center_img Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Eclipse 2017 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 last_img read more

  • John Kirwan’s great solo try vs Italy – RWC 1987

    first_imgSunday Aug 5, 2007 John Kirwan’s great solo try vs Italy – RWC 1987 At the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987, John Kirwan completely carved up the opposition with some breathtaking displays of speed and agility. ADVERTISEMENTGreat balance, strength, and speed make him one of the legendary wingers of the game.This highlights clip includes possibly the greatest ever solo try, scored against Italy. Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Great Tries Related Articles 26 WEEKS AGO Incredible athleticism for sensational try… 26 WEEKS AGO ARCHIVE: Suntory score amazing try to upset… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: All 12 tries from EPIC Bristol-Clermont… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life Reports10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueey30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyMen, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill If You Do This (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

  • New U.S. nuclear bomb is authorized

    first_imgA flight test body for a B61-12 nuclear weapon.Though the following article by Italian anti-militarist Manlio Dinucci takes up the question of deployment of new U.S. nuclear weapons from the point of view of the deployment’s impact on Italy, it remains a condemnation of U.S. imperialist aggression and its dangers for the world. The article was published in the Italian web newspaper Manifesto on Sept. 13 and was translated by Workers World managing editor John Catalinotto.The B61-12, the new U.S. nuclear bomb intended to replace the B-61 deployed in Italy and other European countries, was “officially authorized” by the National Nuclear Security Administration. The NNSA is the agency of the U.S. Department of Energy that is “responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science.” (nnsa.energy.gov)After four years of design and testing, the NNSA gave a green light to the engineering phase that prepares mass production of the weapons.The many components of the B61-12 are designed and tested in national laboratories at Los Alamos and Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., and produced (using parts of the B-61) in a series of plants in Missouri, Texas, South Carolina and Tennessee. Added to these is the tail section for precision guidance, provided by Boeing.The B61-12, the cost of which is expected to run about $8 billion to $12 billion for 400 to 500 bombs, will begin to be mass-produced in fiscal 2020, starting on Oct. 1, 2019. Starting in 2020, it will begin to replace the B-61.According to Federation of American Scientists estimates, the U.S. today maintains 70 B-61 nuclear bombs in Italy, 50 at Aviano Air Force Base [in the Friuli region north of Venice] and 20 at Ghedi-Torre AFB, [near Brescia, west of Venice]; 50 in Turkey; 20 each in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands — for a total of 180.But no one knows exactly how many there are. At Aviano there are 18 bunkers capable of holding over 70. On this base and in Ghedi, changes have already been made, as shown in satellite pictures FAS published. Similar preparations are under way in other bases in Europe and Turkey.The NNSA confirmed officially that the B61-12, called a “fundamental element of the U.S nuclear triad” (land, sea and air), will replace the current B61-3, B61-4, B61-7 and B61-10. This confirms what we have already documented.The B61-12 is not simply a modernized version of the previous weapons, but actually a new weapon: It has a nuclear warhead allowing selection of four power options, with an average blast power equal to that of four Hiroshima bombs.  It has a guidance system that allows it to be launched a long distance from the target, and it has the ability to penetrate into the earth to destroy the bunkers of control centers in a surprise nuclear attack.The new bombs, which the U.S. is preparing to install in Italy and other European countries as part of its threat escalation against Russia, are weapons that lower the nuclear threshold or make the launching of a nuclear attack more likely.The 31st Fighter Wing, the squadron of U.S. F-16 fighter-bombers stationed in Aviano, is ready for a nuclear attack around the clock.Even Italian pilots, as FAS showed, are being trained to carry out nuclear attacks under U.S. command with Tornado fighter-bombers deployed in Ghedi, while they await the arrival of F-35 fighter planes. The U.S. Air Force plans to equip all F-35s in Europe with nuclear capability. The first squadron of F-35s, stationed at Hill AFB in Utah, was officially declared “combat ready.” (defensenews.com, Aug. 2)The U.S. Air Force says it does not predict when the squadron of F-35s will be combat-proven, but that it is probably during one of its overseas deployments at the beginning of 2017.Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti is hoping that Italy, which has already been “chosen” by the U.S. to install the Muos [a satellite military communications system] that “other nations wanted,” will again be chosen.With the B61-12, the F-35 and Muos on its territory, Italy will also be chosen, by the country under attack, as a priority target of nuclear retaliation.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

  • Faith Festival celebrates community and religion

    first_imgprintThe first TCU Faith Festival brought together religious organizations across campus to celebrate their faith communities.More than 20 religious organizations came together for the event, which was held Tuesday night on the Jarvis Hall lawn.Each group had their own table where they engaged with students who wanted to learn more about their organizations.The festival offered food, games and live music by the TCU Worship Team.The festival was organized as the Chancellor’s Leadership Program project of Nikki Howard, TCU senior and president of the Catholic community.Nikki Howard (far right) and her team that helped her organize the Faith Festival.Howard was inspired to do this project so students could learn and reach out to many organizations at once and form a community amongst otherwise separate groups.“It is important for TCU students to know and understand that there are so many religious organizations on our campus and so many people we can share our faith with,” Howard said.Rev. Todd Boling, who oversees student religious organizations and serves as TCU’s associate chaplain, assisted Howard on the project.“I think it’s really important for students in general when they come to college to find a place to connect,” Boling said. “They want to find community, they want to find an organization that allows them to grow spiritually and support them on a spiritual journey.”Ebony Rose, CLP advisor and director of TCU Student Organizations, said she enjoyed being part of Howard’s process.“It’s been fun seeing her come up with the idea and seeing her get the community involved and excited and staying on track to make sure it was a really successful event,” Rose said.Director of TCU Student Organizations Ebony Rose and Reverend Todd BolingHoward and Boling, as well as many members of organizations at the event, agreed that these groups help provide a community for students.Senior Brenda Maple, co-president of the TCU Worship Team, said that the organizations she’s participated in have been her “home away from home.”The communities that I have been in through campus ministry have been like my family,” Maple said.Shawn Williamson, a member of the Word of Truth Gospel choir, said the organizations give students a way to reconnect with themselves in addition to community.“It’s a way to allow yourself to grow and bring yourself back down to earth and think about yourself spiritually,” Williamson said.Howard said she was proud of how the event turned out and hopes it is an event that will continue on after she graduates. Linkedin Etiquette Dinner teaches valuable skills to Chancellor’s Scholars ReddIt + posts Makenzie Stallo Linkedin Final Frogs for the Cure celebration honors 12 years with Ann Louden Makenzie Stallohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/makenzie-stallo/ Facebook Previous articleMen’s tennis team begins journey back to Final FourNext articleClassic Film Series offers community screenings Makenzie Stallo RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Frog Aides helps supports local businesses with on-campus ‘state fair’ event Facebook Makenzie Stallohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/makenzie-stallo/ Twitter ReddIt Ann Louden’s Legacy Makenzie Stallohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/makenzie-stallo/ Twitter Members of TCU Wesley engaging with students at the Faith Festival. TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Students help elders “Cycle Without Age” Makenzie Stallo is a senior journalism major and French minor from Denton, Texas. She currently serves as a line editor. Students debut performances of drag personas as part of unique new course Makenzie Stallohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/makenzie-stallo/last_img read more

  • “Right To Protest Cannot Be Any Time And Everywhere”; Supreme Court Dismisses Review Petition Against ‘Shaheen Bagh’ Judgment

    first_imgTop Stories”Right To Protest Cannot Be Any Time And Everywhere”; Supreme Court Dismisses Review Petition Against ‘Shaheen Bagh’ Judgment LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK12 Feb 2021 9:10 PMShare This – xSupreme Court has dismissed the review petition filed against the Shaheen Bagh Judgment in which it is held that the demonstrations expressing dissent have to be in designated places alone.Dismissing the review petition Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Aniruddha Bose and Krishna Murari held that the right to protest cannot be anytime and everywhere.”We have considered the earlier…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginSupreme Court has dismissed the review petition filed against the Shaheen Bagh Judgment in which it is held that the demonstrations expressing dissent have to be in designated places alone.Dismissing the review petition Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Aniruddha Bose and Krishna Murari held that the right to protest cannot be anytime and everywhere.”We have considered the earlier judicial pronouncements and recorded our opinion that the Constitutional scheme comes with a right to protest and express dissent but with an obligation to have certain duties. The right to protest cannot be anytime and everywhere. There may be some spontaneous protests but in case of prolonged dissent or protest, there cannot be continued occupation of public place affecting rights of others”The women protestors of Shaheen Bagh approached the Supreme Court seeking a joint hearing of the pending review petition filed against the Shaheen Bagh judgment with the farm laws petition in the view of recent developments and subsequent observations made during the farm laws challenge hearings on the right to protest.The petitioner submitted in the petition that the judgment in review is essentially in relation to the right of citizens to protest against the policies of the government. While dealing with the said issue, the judgment in review, this  Court has made certain observations and given some findings in relation to the said right to protest and as per the present petitioner/applicant, the observations so made, take away the fundamental right to protest and upset the very concept of dissent which is one of foundations on which our democracy stands.” In the Amit Sahani judgment, the bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Aniruddha Bose and Krishna Murari observed that:”We have, thus, no hesitation in concluding that such kind of occupation of public ways, whether at the site in question or anywhere else for protests is not acceptable and the administration ought to take action to keep the areas clear of encroachments or obstructions.”According to the petitioner, there is a contrasting view on the legality and extent of right to protest at public places during the ongoing farmers protest in pursuant to the observation made by a CJI led bench vide order dated 17.12.2020.In the said order, the Supreme Court observed that:”We are of the view at this stage that the farmers’ protest should be allowed to continue without impediment and without any breach of peace either by the protesters or the police”.The review petitioners submitted that the Constitutional guarantee of fundamental rights available for the benefit of all the citizens is same and cannot be segregated.Therefore, it is the prayer of the petitioner to club the aforesaid review petition along with the farm laws petitions so as to enable the petitioner a chance of oral hearing for making submissions.”Take up the accompanying Review Petition (C) Diary No. 24552 of 2020 along with other Applications with W.P. (C) No. 1118 of 2020 (Rakesh Vaishnav & Ors. vs. Union of India & Ors.) and other connected petitions.” The Prayer reads.Click Here To Download The OrderNext Storylast_img read more

  • Brundidge Rotarians learn more about ‘The Land of Smiles’

    first_img By The Penny Hoarder Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Email the author If not a familiar face to the Brundidge Rotarians, Grace LaSuwaratana is a familiar voice.She co-hosts WTBF’s Morning Show with Ralph Black and was among friends at the Rotary Club’s Wednesday meeting where she was the program guest of Rotarian Cot Wallace.LaSuwaratana, a senior special education major at Troy University, is from Thailand where her parents are missionaries and also own a radio station. She started working at WTBF under the “care” of her brother, Beaver, who hosted The Beaver Show at that time.LaSuwaratana presented an overview of the country she calls home and exposed the Rotarians to the Thai language, which she said is “like a song.”“Like a song we can’t sing,” the Rotarians laughed.The Thai language has 40 consonants, 30 vowels and five tones.  Although seemingly difficult, the language does have a sign-song quality with which the Rotarians kept time.LaSuwaratana said, at 95 percent, Buddhism is the primary religion of Thailand with Christianity making up only 1 to 2 percent. There are about 41,000 active Buddhist temples in Thailand.“Buddhism plays a large part in the lives of the people of Thailand,” she said. “Every day, they make merit so they will go to heaven.”Making merit includes giving food to the Buddhist monks who live simple lives.“In return for food, the monks giving blessings,” LaSuwaratana said.Tourism plays a major role in the economy of Thailand along with exports and agriculture.“Thailand has many beautiful beaches and mountains,” LaSuwaratana said. “Tourists like to ride the elephants and visit the floating markets and the street markets. At the street markets, you can find anything from food, to shoes and to car parts.”LaSuwaratana’s parents own about 70 acres of inland property that features a large pond and a rice field.“My dad spent about 20 years in America but the Lord called him back to Thailand to help our people,” LaSuwaratana said. “My mom has been a missionary all over the world.“On our land, my parents have a free Bible school for the mountain people who have no theological or educational training. They also have camps for children at the place we call Camp Moriah. My mother has a ladies’ ministries where they learn many things.”LaSuwaratana said Thailand is a beautiful and interesting place and it has changed to the modern western ways.“Thailand means ‘land of the free’ and it also means ‘Land of Smiles’ and a smile can mean many things,” said LaSuwaratana, whose smile is obviously contagious, for all the Brundidge Rotarians left the meeting smiling.“It was a great program and we enjoyed having Grace,” Wallace said. “It was an informative and happy time.” Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Brundidge Rotarians learn more about ‘The Land of Smiles’ You Might Like ‘Tiaras Ball’ slated for Saturday A unique evening of music and royal splendor is planned for girls ages 12 through 18 at Bush Memorial Baptist… read more Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Jaine Treadwellcenter_img Skip Latest Stories Book Nook to reopen Published 11:34 pm Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

  • California winemakers are making big changes to your Thanksgiving libations

    first_imgAlex Stone/ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — For many people this Thanksgiving weekend, there will be a bottle of wine on their dinner tables. Maybe they’ll even have two or three. Inside each glass of wine, there is years of hard work by experts who have devoted their lives to creating an exceptional wine.Some of those experts living in California’s Santa Maria Valley — a wine lover’s paradise — have just wrapped up a busy few months as the harvest season, also called the “crush” season, just came to an end.Until a few weeks ago, truckloads of grapes, one after another, would arrive at wineries, to be turned into liquid gold. Santa Maria’s crush lasts a bit longer than other wine-making areas of California.“We just got a load of our handpicked Chardonnay grapes. They’re sweet but there’s still a lot of acid,” Jill Russell, a winemaker at Cambria Estate Winery, told ABC Audio for its Thanksgiving special, “America’s Bounty.”Russell said that people often ask her how the grapes can still be acidic. “[I say] it’s the Santa Maria Valley. Our soils, our coastal influence,” she said.With the crush over, wineries up and down California are now making their wines. Cambria is one of the bigger wineries in Santa Maria. It’s part of the Jackson family of wineries dotting the globe from Napa to Sonoma Counties in California, in Oregon and even in France, Australia and Italy.“These are old vines. They’re trellising like the old school way. Very wide rows, really great canopies,” Russell said.Those lush canopies can protect the grapes from getting too much sun and their orientation allows the wind coming off of the Pacific Ocean to cool them down, according to Russell, who said this gives the grapes more time on the vine without spiking their sugar content.Increasingly, winemakers are putting more money and resources into ensuring that the grapes they harvest and the practices they employ are sustainable not just for the land, but for the people working on the land, and ultimately, the consumer too.“It’s not just plant [the] vines and throw [the grapes] into a bottle,” said Russell. “It’s what’s going to make the best wine and be best for the future.”Wineries in the region that can prove they’re creating sustainable products can be awarded with SIP certification, which stands for “sustainability in practice,” which connotes that they’ve upheld certain standards related to the health of their workers and their land.Both Cambria and nearby Foxen Winery are among the many wineries in Santa Barbara County that have put a premium on sustainable winemaking and become SIP-certified.Billy Wathen, founder of Foxen, says there’s a new demand for sustainable wine.“People are a little more in tune now,” said Wathen. “And it’s not just from the farming end but it’s what people are drinking too. They want to be sure that the wine they’re drinking is environmentally reliable.”To make his syrah, chardonnay, and cabernet franc, Wathen said he’s put great effort into changing practices in the field and in production.For a long time now, winemakers have added a variety of additives to their wine — often without labeling it — to enhance color, taste or shelf life. At sustainable wineries, these practices have been or are currently being phased out.“We’ve used fish bladder. We’ve used sulfites. Eggs in the process,” said Wathen.Foxen became well known after the release of the 2004 comedy “Sideways,” starring Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church. The story of two friends who take a pre-wedding trip to Santa Barbara County to chug some wine at Foxen still draws crowds to the winery today.SIP certification also requires certain standards for worker’s welfare. For example, wineries have to show that they are not using harmful chemicals on the grapes, which could harm workers touching them all day long.“It’s what we’re actually doing out in the vineyard now,” explained Wathen. “We’re not doing anything that’s going to harm my crew that is working out there. I’ve got the best crew in the world and there’s no way in the world I’m going to do anything to harm those guys.”Down the road from Cambria and Foxen, at Riverbench Vineyard and Winery, they are making chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier under SIP-certified rules, too.“Every year we’re supposed to get a little bit better through the program. We all have to show improvement year over year,” according to Laura Booras, CEO and general manager at Riverbench.The SIP program participants go far beyond what wineries are doing in many other areas of the world. Certification requires reduced water usage in the wine making process, energy conservation at wineries and more environmentally friendly packaging. These efforts often show in the price of the wine; Booras said that cheap wines are probably not made in a sustainable fashion.“Most of the [grapes] for cheaper wines are going to be picked by machines,” said Booras. “So that means anything that’s on that vine is going to go in a bucket instead of a handpicked cluster that’s been sorted out. I’ve seen snakes and frogs go in those bins beyond the chemicals we’re talking about.”She said what goes in those bins often gets turned into the wine.Up the road at Presqu’ile Winery, another SIP-certified estate on rolling green hills, winemaker Dieter Cronje prides himself on sustainable farming. He believes that wineries that don’t think about the earth and what is in their wines are getting the whole process wrong.“I think it starts with customers being interested in where the product comes from,” explained Cronje. “It’s happened with food, it’s happened with everything people consume. We’re more than happy to spread the word and let people see how we do things because we’re extremely proud of it and we’re pretty sure it’s as sustainable as you can possibly do it.”Wineries that are SIP Certified, or have some other type of sustainable certification, make it known on their wine labels. They proudly show off their ability to make environmentally and customer friendly wines.“We’re just trying,” Russell said, “to make the best product we can and make it in a responsible way.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Goodbye, LA: Barrack’s Colony packs bags for Florida

    first_imgTagscolony capitalCommercial Real EstateHotels Share via Shortlink Colony Capital chairman Tom Barrack (Getty, iStock)Tom Barrack has relocated Colony Capital’s corporate headquarters to Florida from Los Angeles.The real estate investment trust moved to Boca Raton Jan. 1, according to Bloomberg. The decision brings the main office to the home turf of its CEO, Marc Ganzi.Still, the company plans to keep its L.A. location to “support its investment and corporate operations,” according to a statement to the news site. Colony’s digital infrastructure operation has been based in Boca for more than 10 years.Read moreHewlett Packard Enterprise leaves Silicon Valley for TexasGoldman Sachs plans move to South Florida“Sad day” in LA: CBRE’s corporate exit latest blow to dented office market Companies seem to have increasingly been eyeing Florida and certain other parts of the country since the pandemic struck.Goldman Sachs Group is considering moving its asset management division to South Florida, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise has abandoned Silicon Valley for Texas. CBRE has shifted its headquarters from LA to Dallas, and Oracle last month announced it would move from Silicon Valley to Austin, Texas.Colony Capital has had a rough time since the coronavirus crushed the travel and hospitality industries in the early spring.[Bloomberg] — Sasha Jones Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

  • Liquidator of old Emoov says ‘pay up front’ customers are owed £1.5m

    first_imgThe liquidator of the company behind the former Emoov business has revealed that the thousands of estate agency customers who had paid the company in advance for its sales service prior to tist demise are collectively owed £1.5 million.Liquidator James Cowper Kreston says it has received claims from these customers for payment but, because they are deemed to be unsecured creditors, it is unlikely they will receive much or any of the funds they lost when Emoov Ltd when into administration two years ago.The company went down owing nearly £15 million in total and its ‘secured’ and ‘preferential’ creditors are ahead of unsecured creditor as the liquidator attempts to redistribute the cash left over.FundsThis totals some £456,000 approximately half of which has come from the money paid by Mashroom Ltd for the former Emoov’s website, IT and goodwill.Mashroom has since relaunched the business with a newly-designed website, business model and management team.It has also been revealed that the purchase of the old Emoov’s database agreed to pay additional fees to the liquidator although so far this has only generated £500.James Cowper Kreston also says it has enough funds to pay preferential creditors, who include the many staff made redundant. These are to be paid £800 each plus any outstanding holiday pay, later this year.But the true amount owed in pay, bonuses and other payments to former staff totals some £373,000, which has been covered by the government’s Redundancy Payments Service.James Cowper Kreston Emoov January 14, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 14th January 2020 at 9:02 amAs many will know the Advertising standards and Emoov have reneged on an agreement that false Trust Pilot reviews will be taken off the current Emoov website.What the property community and vendors may not be aware of, is that at present Emoov (2) on their website are advertising the fact that they can save potential vendors thousands of pounds in commission as it did (?) in 2018. Which I have also asked the ASA to be removed.Specifically, the current wording on the official Emoov (2) website as of today 14/01/2020 states that on average a vendor can save £3,050 by using their services.The exact wording is …‘* emoov charges a fixed fee of £895 (inclusive of VAT), instead of a % of your sale price. According to HomeOwners’ Alliance website, high street estate agents usually charge between 1-2.5% for a sole agency and 2.5-3% for a joint agency (plus VAT in both cases) of your sale price.Our savings calculations are based on our £895 (inclusive of VAT) flat fee. Our 2018 figure is based on an estimated traditional estate agent charge of 1.5% plus VAT based on sales values facilitated by emoov in comparison with our flat fee of £895 inclusive of VAT. Please note that these numbers predate our acquisition of emoov, but the price range differentials remain as stated.’Given the stark reality that over 5,000 vendors lost all their money in 2018, I am at a loss how the new Mashroom/Emoov company headed by Naveen Jaspal can have a website displaying what it does.A more accurate wording would be – in 2018, the original Emoov ceased trading with losses in excess of £5.6M and all vendors at the time of the company closing, some of whom were migrated from Tepilo, lost all monies they had paid in good faith upfront to Emoov.Whilst the current company Emoov is in no way connected in any financial way with the former company Emoov, please be aware that paying an upfront fee may lead to financial loss, should the present company cease trading.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Liquidator of old Emoov says ‘pay up front’ customers are owed £1.5m previous nextAgencies & PeopleLiquidator of old Emoov says ‘pay up front’ customers are owed £1.5mLegal firm James Cowper Kreston also says former staff are to be paid £800 each, although this is much less than many are owed in back pay and bonuses.Nigel Lewis14th January 20201 Comment1,067 Viewslast_img read more

  • Royal Navy’s Minehunters Join American Counterparts in Major Minehunting Exercise

    first_img View post tag: American View post tag: major View post tag: News by topic October 8, 2013 Six Royal Navy and RFA ships, plus specialist dive teams and Fleet Air Arm squadrons joined their American counterparts in a major minehunting exercise in the Gulf. The joint workout – billed as the most extensive of its kind in several years – saw the two allies work together to clear a path through a practice minefield for a large cargo ship, fending off any surface threats as they went.Royal Navy minehunters cleared a 1,000-yard-wide ‘path’ through the Gulf for a cargo ship in one of the largest Anglo-American exercises of its kind.Eleven ships, plus specialist dive teams, miniature robot submarines, fast patrol boats and helicopter squadrons joined forces for several days. US and UK naval forces work side-by-side in the Gulf region on a daily basis, and combined minehunting exercises are reasonably commonplace.But the scale of the latest joint link-up and the variety of ships, aircraft and other assets available took things to the next level.Three of the Royal Navy’s four minehunters based in the region – HMS Ramsey, Shoreham (which specialise in finding mines in shallower waters) and HMS Atherstone (designed to hunt mines in deeper seas) – joined three of their American counterparts, plus support ships (RFA Cardigan Bay and Diligence from the UK, the USS Ponce from the USA), Fleet Air Arm surveillance Sea Kings and Lynx, American Sea Dragon minehunting helicopters, clearance divers, and British and American teams operating Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (small remote-controlled submarines equipped with sonar to scan the seabed).For added realism, the threat of surface ships attacking the slow-moving mine force was thrown into the fix.On hand to fend off this threat were frigate HMS Montrose, destroyer USS Bulkeley and fast US Navy riverine combat boats, plus helicopters directed from the operations rooms of the Bulkeley and Montrose.Rather than clear an entire minefield, the principal aim of the exercise was to clear a route through a stretch of sea sown with mines sufficiently wide – about 1,000 yards – for a very large cargo ship to pass safely with her escorts.“This is the largest scale UK-US MCM exercise in recent memory – partly for its sizeable inventory and partly for its complexity,”explained Capt Richard Hayes USN, directing the exercise with his Anglo-American staff aboard the command ship USS Ponce.“It is a very busy picture.”The Royal Navy minehunters used their sonars to scour the seabed and water column for any suspicious items – and once a ‘contact of interest’ was located, the ships launched their disposal system Seafox to identify it, courtesy of the live TV feed the small robot submersible sent back to the mother ship.In the operations room mine warfare ratings such as Able Seaman Josh Batty monitored the contacts.“The exercise has been a really good experience.“This is my first ship and I only arrived on the Wednesday, we sailed on Friday and so it has been a real baptism of fire.”If the contact turned out to be a mine, a Seafox armed with an explosive charge is sent in – or the ship’s clearance divers – to neutralise the threat. In the case of practice mines, it fell to the divers to recover them and bring them back to the ships.“We identified and recovered several suspicious contacts,”said HMS Shoreham’s Leading Diver Ian Rowe.“When you see the mine coming up – even when it is a dummy, designed for training use only – it makes the job worthwhile.”As well as conducting mine clearance, one of the key tests was the ability to sustain the minehuntings for sustained periods by berthing next to larger ships – such as Cardigan Bay – for fuel, water, ammunition, supplies and food, a process known as ‘rafting’.“It has been a good learning experience, with plenty of training benefits as we continue to practice our routines with the UK mine counter-measures vessels – and refreshing similar procedures with the US ships,”aid Cardigan Bay’s navigator 1st Officer Gordon Peebles from Falkirk.“Rafting with the Americans was a real highlight.”Built as an amphibious ship to support Royal Marines’ operations, Cardigan Bay is acting as the mother/command ship for the Royal Navy’s Gulf minehunters.She’s home to the UK Mine Warfare Battle Staff, led by Commander Neil Marriott, which directed activities on the surface of the Gulf for this exercise, including dictating the search patterns for the minehunters.Also using the Bay-class ship as a base were the US riverine boats and a Lynx of 815 Naval Air Squadron which carried out security patrols, while Airborne Surveillance and Control Sea Kings looked down on the waters of the Gulf and monitored traffic with their radar.Completing the British presence on the exercise was floating repair ship RFA Diligence was on hand to meet the day-to-day engineering requirements of the mine force, bolstered by a specialist team of minehunter engineers: Fleet Support Unit 2, which is normally based in Bahrain, the hub of Royal Navy operations in the Gulf.“We work closely with the marine and weapon engineer officers on the ships to identify any issues,”explained PO Matt ‘Waggy’ Wagstaff, support unit team leader.“Our primary role is to ensure the ships are at their full capability, be it through maintenance support or defect repair.”Lieutenant Commander Simon Rogers, HMS Atherstone’s Commanding Officer said,“Overall the Anglo-American workout had been challenging for my ship’s company and offered a chance to develop our skills with the US.”He continued,“The exercise has been extremely valuable – long periods of mine hunting to test the equipment and my personnel.“This allows us to improve continuously our skills, to ensure the Royal Navy remains at the forefront of global mine counter measure performance.”[mappress]Press Release, October 08, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Minehunting View post tag: Defence Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy’s Minehunters Join American Counterparts in Major Minehunting Exercise View post tag: Royal View post tag: Minehunters View post tag: join View post tag: Naval Training & Education Royal Navy’s Minehunters Join American Counterparts in Major Minehunting Exercise View post tag: Counterparts View post tag: Navy View post tag: Exercise View post tag: Defense Share this articlelast_img read more