Tales Of Our Times: Any Big, New Works Nearby Looms Large

first_imgTales of Our TimesBy JOHN BARTLITNew Mexico Citizensfor Clean Air & WaterAny Big, New Works Nearby Looms LargeList every environmental fear that people have. Now imagine a miracle occurs, so the order of concerns listed is exactly accurate. No doubt the worry that tops the list is having a big plant built within a straight shot of our own house. Being a boon for the environment makes no difference.The plant will change the surroundings, even if the air and water stay exactly as they were, which is not likely. The bald truth of a big new plant is easy to see, and everyone sees it.From there the story grows muddled. Threads of complexity tangle with each other. Water use can add worries. Troubling sounds and smells are hard to figure out and easy to wonder about. Plants may run at night. Traffic is knotty.There are air emissions to assess. The assessments specified by federal rules say the emissions, with required controls, are within legal limits. Thus, laws require the proper air quality bureau to grant permits to build and operate the plant. Still … there are air emissions, beginning with dust, many tens of tons a year. Everyone would be happier if there weren’t any. One can never be sure about all aspects of emissions, their effects, how they interact with other emissions, or how they affect varied people.Our knowledge of what is safe fills volumes. The law requires that margins of safety be added in. Yet undoubted safety is never possible. Double the margins of safety, and certainty is still beyond our reach. The mixtures of pollutants are endless.The variations in people complicate matters. Some suffer ill effects from walking down the detergent aisle at the grocery store. These people are simply people. Their physical systems merely work in that way differently from most. Still, we need detergent aisles.Studies, judgments, and emission limits are forever a work-in-progress, thus are forever partly unfinished. New understanding keeps coming, though never as fast as questions come. Oddly enough, the probing course of science can seem like an evil intent. The channels that run in institutions make the news. Motives are suspect. The thread ends of suspicion “confirm” that a finely woven tapestry of conspiracy has spread across the land.Once motives are the issue, they suck the air out of the hard details. Cynicism burns up more time and energy than emissions and safety combined. Suspicious plots get more play in the news than the environment itself.This story line occurs in so many places that it has its own name. We know it as “Not-In-My-Backyard,” or “NIMBY” for short. On one hand, NIMBY can be seen as the most selfish and antisocial of behaviors. On the other hand, it can be seen as the most normal and sincere of behaviors. Since we are all human, it is both at once.The pursuit of a wholesome environment is central to NIMBY conflicts. Yet, how much “greenness” a large new project has, or supplies does not alter NIMBY feelings. A new plant for turning biowastes into biofuel will spark the same local concerns as an oil-handling facility of equal size. Perhaps more. The response is not a sign of duplicity, but natural realities.All plants have permitted effects we would rather not have. Emissions or no, a large plant spoils the old neighborhood. Seen from our home, a “green” plant is seldom green. As a rule, “green” plants have the old ash gray on charcoal look of a factory.I describe a large public problem that grows. I observe its roots and how it evolves. You, the jury, will decide how the same scene looks to you.Seeing the nature of a problem does not solve the problem nor change viewpoints. Yet, I believe delving into details is better than hiding them underneath the feelings called NIMBY.last_img read more

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RF SoC Enables Users to Develop Complex Wireless Applications

first_imgNordic Semiconductor has announced that Mumbai-based technology company, CWD Innovations, Nordic’s first official module partner in India, has selected the Nordic Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) nRF52832 System-on-Chip (SoC) for its ‘CBTMN32’ module.The CBTMN32 module is a cost-efficient integrated development platform designed for a range of Bluetooth LE applications including connectivity for Internet of Things (IoT) products, beacons, and Bluetooth LE mesh implementations across a range of sectors including lighting, transport and logistics, smart metering, as well as consumer products.The module is powered by Nordic’s nRF52832 multiprotocol SoC, which features a powerful 64MHz, 32-bit Arm Cortex M4F processor, 2.4GHz radio featuring -96-dBm RX sensitivity and offering a total link budget of >100dBm, and generous 512kB Flash memory and 64kB RAM, making the SoC an ideal choice for applications that are complex, processor-intensive, and/or require long range. The module offers the developer the flexibility to choose between an integrated PCB antenna and a u.fl connector for an external antenna.The CBTMN32 is accompanied by CWD’s proprietary development kit, which enables users with limited RF design experience to configure and evaluate the module. Development is further simplified by Nordic’s unique software architecture, which cleanly separates the RF software protocol stack from the developer’s application code, eliminating the risk of the stack being corrupted when developing, compiling, testing, and verifying application code.Nordic’s nRF52832 multiprotocol SoC combines the Arm processor with a 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio (supporting Bluetooth 5, ANT, and proprietary 2.4GHz RF protocol software). The SoC is supplied with Nordic’s S132 SoftDevice, a Bluetooth 5-certified RF software protocol stack for building advanced Bluetooth LE applications. The S132 SoftDevice features Central, Peripheral, Broadcaster and Observer Bluetooth LE roles, supports up to twenty connections, and enables concurrent role operation.last_img read more

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Brazilian artist Muniz examines the soccer ball

first_imgMuniz, who starred in the Oscar-nominated 2010 documentary “Waste Land,” about re-creating masterpiece paintings out of garbage in a Rio de Janeiro landfill, is making his directorial debut with “This Is Not a Ball,” a documentary that chronicles his quest to “draw” with soccer balls.Shot in nine countries over nine months, the film is a meditation on the creative process and an intellectual inquiry into the history of the ball and the role it plays in societies across the globe.“I am not an athlete — I’m terribly inept at sport, which is probably why I became an artist,” Muniz said at his Rio de Janeiro studio.The idea behind the project was to place 10,000 soccer balls on the pitch of Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium in such a way that when photographed from air they’d form a recognizable image. Muniz has used a similar technique throughout his career, “drawing” portraits of sugar cane workers out of sugar, reproducing an image of action painter Jackson Pollack out of chocolate syrup and recreating Caravaggio’s Medusa in spaghetti and tomato sauce. But soccer balls presented their own challenges, he said.First, the 52-year-old Muniz had to create his own ball, bone white on one side and pitch black on the other, to act as a sort of pixel. But the real difficulty was to decide what to draw with the balls, and the movie chronicles Muniz’s struggle to find a soccer-related image that didn’t feel like the logo of a sportswear label.Although soccer has a global following, Muniz said, it’s all but absent in fine art — begging the question, “Why are we artists missing out on a subject that’s so rich and complex?”In a bid to answer the question, Muniz delves into the history of not only the ball, but the sphere itself, interviewing astronomers from Harvard University and New York City’s Hayden Planetarium about the great round clouds of gas that formed after the Big Bang. He also talks to the head of M.I.T.’s self-assembly lab about the spherical shapes of viruses, bacteria and carbon atoms.Muniz also visits locations with ball game traditions, from Mexico, home of the Aztecs’ “juego de la pelota,” where the player who managed to bump the rubber ball through a stone hoop with his hip was sacrificed, to Japan, where men in elaborate kimonos still play “kemori,” a dribbling game dating back to the 9th century.“It’s not a traditional documentary . It’s more a movie about curiosity,” said Muniz, who co-directed the film with Juan Rendon and compared his own role to that of Jerry Seinfeld. “It’s just a guy there, so things sort of like happen around him but if he wasn’t there, none of that would be happening.”The movie also explores sport as a vehicle for social change, examining the role of organized soccer fan clubs in Egypt’s revolution and the massive street protests that swept Brazil during last year’s World Cup dry-run, the Confederations Cup.Muniz said he understood the reasons, like corruption and misuse of public funds that pushed the demonstrators onto the street, adding that he expected more protests during the tournament starting Thursday.“They will take advantage of the limelight that the World Cup will provide and will come to the streets to manifest – pacifically or violently, I don’t know,” said Muniz.“But within these protests,” he added, “there will be the sad voice that they (the protesters) are going against something that is so dear to them and such a subject of pride — football — something that normally unites Brazilians and has united them against a government that’s not doing its job.”Asked which team he was betting to win, Muniz responded with a laugh, “Brazil, of course. Any Brazilian would tell you that.”“This Is Not a Ball” premieres on Brazilian, Latin American, British and U.S. Netflix on Friday, the day after the monthlong World Cup kicks off in Sao Paulo.___Follow Jenny Barchfield on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jennybarchfieldlast_img read more

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US 36 Raceway postpones Missouri IMCA Nationals to Oct. 25 and 26

first_imgMany contingency plans were discussed, and US 36 Raceway officials decided this to be the best possible option to complete a successful first ever event.  Drivers from all across the region have planned to make the trip for the first ever event, and US 36 officials wanted to make the decision early to allow those drivers time to adjust their plans. OSBORN, Mo. – Due to the weekend forecast of thunderstorms and cold temperatures, US 36 Raceway officials have postponed the Missouri IMCA Nationals to Oct. 25 and 26.  Friday, Oct. 25 will be a practice night for all divisions. Saturday, Oct. 26 will include heats, “B” features and main events to crown the first-ever Missouri IMCA Nationals champions. Racing will start at 2 p.m. Pre-entry to the event will re-open and is available at https://www.myracepass.com/register/?n=17636.  More information regarding the postponement of the Missouri IMCA Nationals will be made available soon.last_img read more

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Enemies unite in “Power” season five trailer

first_img Related L-R: Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Omari Hardwick; ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) — While the Power season four finale is still fresh in viewers’ minds, a trailer for season five was just released showing three enemies uniting to take down a surprise nemesis.With the caption, “The enemy of my enemy is my old friend,” the 25-second clip ends with Omari Hardwick’s Ghost, Joseph Sikora’s Tommy and 50 Cent’s Kanan riding in the same car. As Tommy says, “Lets go get ‘em,” they’re ready to take down Rotimi’s Dre.Earlier in the trailer, Dre comments, “There are advantages to being underestimated.” In the season-four finale, Ghost and Kanan discover that Dre, their former disciple, has turned on them, and was connected to the death of Ghost’s daughter, Raina.Season five of Power will debut in 2018.  Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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Southland Conference Softball Tournament Tickets Now on Sale

first_img The entire tournament will be streamed on the Southland Digital Network with the exception of the championship game, which will be available exclusively on ESPN3. There will be a minimum of 10 games played during the three-day tournament. Game times the first two days of the tournament are 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Up to three games could be played Saturday, with the first game set for 10:30 a.m. and championship game is scheduled for 2 p.m. An 11th game will be played between the teams in Game 10 to determine the champion if it is the first loss for the losing team. Game 11 start time is TBA. An all-tournament pass, which allows entry into all 11 possible games of the tournament, is $20 for adults or $15 for youth. An all-day pass, which will include four games on Thursday and Friday with the maximum of three games on Saturday, is $10 for adults and $8 for youth. For ticket purposes, a youth is any child ages 3-17. FRISCO, Texas – Tickets are now on sale for the 2014 Southland Conference Softball Tournament, which will be held May 8-10 and will be hosted by Southeastern Louisiana at North Oak Park in Hammond, La. To purchase tickets, contact the Southeastern Louisiana Athletics Ticket Office at 985-549-5466 or visit www.LionSports.net.center_img All students at Southland Conference institutions will be admitted free with a valid student ID, and all children ages 2 and younger will also be admitted free. The double-elimination tournament will include the conference’s top six teams. The winner of the tournament will receive the Southland’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Tournament Ticket Options:·         All Tournament Pass – $20 Adults/$15 Youth·         Single Day Pass – $10 Adults/$8 Youth2014 Southland Conference Softball Tournament ScheduleThursday, May 8Game 1:  No. 4 Seed vs. No. 5 Seed, 11 a.m.Game 2:  No. 3 Seed vs. No. 6 Seed, 1:30 p.m.Game 3:  No. 1 Seed vs. Winner Game 1, 4 p.m.Game 4:  No. 2 Seed vs. Winner Game 2, 6:30 p.m.Friday, May 9Game 5:  Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 3, 11 a.m.Game 6:  Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 4, 1:30 p.m.Game 7:  Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 4 p.m.Game 8:  Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 6:30 p.m.Saturday, May 10Game 9:  Loser Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 10:30 a.m.Game 10: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9, 2:05 p.m.Game 11: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9, if necessary**A second game will be played between the teams in Game 10 to determine the champion if it is the first loss for the losing team. Game 11 start time is TBA.last_img read more

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Liverpool 2019/20 kit: Reds launch classy training range with new sponsor

first_img huge blow Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The pre-match shirt is similar to Liverpools new match kit REVEALED Liverpool FC Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City no dice Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Liverpool FC There are also leisure shirts, jackets, hoodies and sweatshirts available as part of the range Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 6 The entire collection will be released on May 9 Liverpool have unveiled their brand new training kit for next season which shows off a new sponsor for their pre-match and training wear.Insurance company AXA, a sponsor of the FA Cup between 1998 and 2002, take over from BetVictor and will become a principal partner from the 2019/20 campaign.The pre-match shirt, as shown on Footy Headlines, will be a plain design complete in dark red, with the New Balance sponsor and Liverpool badge finished off in yellow, with white trim on the sleeves. 6 Liverpool FC Jurgen Klopp’s side recently released their official matchday shirt for next season, taking inspiration from their 1982/83 kit. deals 6 Liverpool FC With a design to celebrate 100 years of one of the Reds’ most successful ever managers, Bob Paisley, the strip sees the return of pinstripes to the home shirt.center_img The training kit is available in three colours: red, grey and black Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Each kit is inscribed with Bob Paisley’s signature as a tribute to Liverpool’s most successful ever manager gameday cracker tense 6 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS ​​@NBFootballOfficial REVEALED 6 Billy Hogan, Liverpool’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We’re delighted to be expanding our partnership with AXA to see them become a Principal Partner and new Official Training Kit Partner.“As a world-leader in its industry, AXA shares our ambitions and values, and we’ve already shared a lot of success since our partnership began in 2018. We look forward to building on our special relationship and continuing to bring to life fantastic experiences for our fans around the world.” shining 6 The training kit, meanwhile, has been designed in red, black and grey, and can be pre-ordered from Liverpool’s online store. Fans have praised Liverpool’s 2019/20 home shirt With two matches of the Premier League season remaining, Liverpool are a point behind Manchester City in the race for the title.Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Newcastle on Saturday in their penultimate game and know they can not afford to slip up, with leaders City hosting Leicester on Monday.The Reds’ domestic campaign comes to an end next weekend with the visit of Wolves to Anfield.last_img read more

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Pioli stands up for Suso

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Stefano Pioli was cagey on his Milan choices against Roma, but defended Suso and Hakan Calhanoglu from criticism. “You hit one, you hit us all.” It kicks off on Sunday at 17.00 GMT, click here for a match preview. This is his second game in charge after the disappointing 2-2 draw with Lecce, a performance that saw several players including Suso bitterly criticised. “We won’t be part of any social or media pillory of our players. We are united, the objective is to be a team and fight for the results together,” said Pioli in his press conference. “If you hit one player, you hit us all, you hit me and you hit Milan. We have to be positive and not let ourselves get caught up in hysteria. “We’ve got to prove ourselves in every match and learn from the Lecce game where we should’ve been more concentrated. It’s not just about players being young or inexperienced, but the way we interpret the matches. “Tomorrow we are up against a Roma side that has lost only one game this season. I expect them to be determined and we need to match them on that level.” Pioli left Krzysztof Piatek on the bench in favour of Rafael Leao against Lecce, so will he use the same trident with Suso and Hakan Calhanoglu or draft in Ante Rebic? “I will choose the best line-up available, just as I did against Lecce. Leao and Piatek have different characteristics, so they can alternate, but also play together if we are able to find the right balance elsewhere. “I expect Lucas Paqueta to be more enterprising on the ball and create more danger going forward. He remains a midfielder, which means he needs to keep the intensity up throughout the match. “I liked the way Calhanoglu approached the game overall and not just the goal he scored. If we were to play Lucas Biglia and Ismael Bennacer together, we’d have to change other positions, which at the moment I do not want to change. We need some consistency at the moment. “The best possible team for the game will play tomorrow. That is all I can tell you, then you can read the XI when the time comes.” The new coach also tried to keep the expectations down, even though the club directors seem to believe in a top four finish. “We have to roll our sleeves up. We’ll try to win them all and then see where we are, that’s all we can do. I made no promises to anyone. All the players start with me on the same level and I’ll play those who can give me the most guarantees for that game.”last_img read more

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St. James Custos Calls for Greater Focus on Entrepreneurial Studies

first_imgCustos of St. James, Bishop the Hon. Conrad Pitkin, is urging schools to place greater focus on entrepreneurial studies.“If students are to succeed in the global market, there needs to be a stronger focus on entrepreneurial education. It focuses on soft and core skills, including problem-solving, team-building, and transversal competences such as learning social and civic competences, initiative taking and cultural awareness,” he noted.Custos Pitkin was speaking at the HEART Trust/NTA’s Career Youth and Information Forum and Exposition held at Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, on Tuesday (February 12).He commended the HEART Trust for staging the event, and its commitment “to educating our nation in the different spheres of our job market”.“Persons want an education that will set them on a path to success, they want an ideal future… and they want an education that will help them thrive, support families, shape the world and contribute to their communities,” he noted.Custos Rotulorum of St. James, Bishop the Hon. Conrad Pitkin, addresses patrons at the HEART Trust/NTA’s Career Youth and Information Forum and Exposition held at Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, on Tuesday (February 12).He encouraged the young people in attendance to set career goals, noting that this helps to “give a person’s life direction and (aid in) the process of thinking about the ideal future”.For her part, Senior Director, Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Development and Support Systems at the HEART Trust/NTA, Dr. Marcia Rowe Amonde, said that the agency is on a “strong drive” to train and certify more Jamaicans. “You can come to the HEART Trust and be trained and be empowered as well as get the skills you need to go into jobs,” she pointed out.The exposition, held in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and the Junior Achievement Programme, was part of activities for Careers’ Week from February 9 to February 15 under the theme ‘Paving the way through education’.The day’s activities included registering persons for skills training at HEART institutions, and recruiting of potential employees by business process outsourcing company (BPO), Advanced Call Centre Technologies.Organisations that participated in the event were the Social Development Commission (SDC), Citizens Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), Peace Management Initiative (PMI) Western, and Western Regional Health Authority (WHRA).last_img read more

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EC disqualifies 493 candidates for failing to submit poll expense in UP

first_imgMuzaffarnagar: The Election Commission has disqualified 493 losing candidates in 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls from contesting elections for the next three years for failing to submit their poll-related expenditure accounts. The list includes six candidates from Muzaffarnagar district of the state. Chief Electoral Officer Ramesh Chand Rai said the disqualification comes after the failure of these candidates to submit their final returns on election expenditure in the previous Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. The candidates have been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act, he said.last_img read more

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