Wind Farms Are a Good Deal for Local Communities—Moody’s

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Wind farms have boosted local tax bases and generated new revenue as they expand across the United States, especially for rural areas, Moody’s Investors Service said in a report on Monday.“What we’re seeing is wind farms generate new operating revenues, lower the tax burden for local residents,” Moody’s analyst Frank Mamo told Reuters. “In many cases, local governments are using this new money to address what was a growing backlog of deferred capital expenditures.”In Adair County, Iowa, construction of 10 new wind farms has grown the tax base nearly 30 percent over the last decade, giving it money to fix bridges and streets. Wind farm taxes are also paying over 40 percent of debt service for Webb Consolidated Independent School District in Texas, Moody’s noted.Nearly half of the country’s installed wind power capacity is located in Texas, Iowa, Oklahoma and California, the report showed. Yet wind power is growing elsewhere. At least 400 counties in 41 states had wind farms as of January, more than double the number that had them 10 years ago, Moody’s found.Iowa’s booming wind energy sector also prompted tech companies, including Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft and Facebook, to invest a total of nearly $10 billion on data centers, Moody’s said.More: Wind Farms Boost Tax Base For Local U.S. Governments -Moody’s Wind Farms Are a Good Deal for Local Communities—Moody’slast_img read more

CattleWomen’s Corner: Beef tenderloin with blue cheese topping

first_img2 teaspoons minced onionDash ground white pepperCombine topping ingredients in small bowl. Rub beef steaks with garlicPlace … This recipe for beef tenderloin with blue cheese topping is from the Beefitswhatsfordinner.com recipe collection.4 beef tenderloin steaks, cut 1 inch thick, about 1 pound1 large clove garlic, halved1/2 teasoon salt 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsleyTopping:2 tablespoons cream cheese4 teaspoons crumbled blue cheese4 teaspoons plain yogurtlast_img

Secular Science’s Meat Market: Abortion and Embryos

first_imgWhen it comes to killing the unborn, science journals and secular reporters are all for it.It would seem odd for an evolutionist to inhibit reproduction, the raw material for natural selection. But that’s because Big Science and Big Media lean to the left, where there is no need to be consistent. Whenever abortion or its products come up in the media—baby body parts and embryos—reporters only think it is odd if you oppose free access to killing the unborn.Justice Antonin Scalia had not even been buried before reporters wondered if abortion rights will be expanded with his passing. (To see the leftist slant, notice also that Live Science immediately wondered what a Scalia-free court would mean for climate change: “Scalia’s passing means the pact [Obama’s climate program] seems safer now than was the case just several days ago,” stated as a positive outcome.) In the following news items on abortion from science media sites, notice the slant in favor of abortion:“Women considering abortions in many U.S. states get medically inaccurate information” (Medical Xpress). Everyone is for accurate information, but the bias in the article is to make informed consent laws look bad. The article also opposes the Texas law requiring higher standards for abortionists, worrying that it will reduce “abortion services.”“Study measures impact of removing Planned Parenthood from Texas women’s health program” (Science Daily). This article is highly biased in favor of Planned Parenthood, completely ignoring the scandals of its sale of baby body parts. “The public defunding of Planned Parenthood in Texas may have led to a decrease in highly effective forms of contraceptive services and an increase in Medicaid-paid childbirths,” the article gasps. How can the US be so different from other enlightened nations?“The U.S. continues to have higher rates of unintended pregnancies than most rich nations, and we know that U.S. and Texas women face barriers as they try to access preventative services,” Stevenson said. “It’s a public health issue that Texas women struggle to achieve their reproductive goals.“Nowhere are the rights of the unborn child considered. Does the baby have a goal of being given a chance at life?“Brazil’s Zika-related abortion debate sparks backlash” (Medical Xpress). This article has a subtext of questioning whether Brazilian mothers are doing the right thing by opposing abortion when the Zika virus might give their children microcephaly or other diseases. The mothers who believe in the right to life look foolish, while the lawyer has sense: “If tests confirm the virus (in a pregnant woman), she should then be given the right to choose between going through a high-risk prenatal period and pregnancy and give birth to her child or abort without fear of breaking the law.”Embryos as PlaythingsAnother area where science leans left is in embryonic tinkering. Some worry that experimentation with human embryos could lean to “designer babies” and a new round of eugenics.UK scientists gain licence to edit genes in human embryos (Nature). No worries here; just celebration of scientific progress. “It’s an important first. The HFEA has been a very thoughtful, deliberative body that has provided rational oversight of sensitive research areas, and this establishes a strong precedent for allowing this type of research to go forward,” one spokesperson says. How does this reflect on those who disagree? Backward, irrational, insensitive, thoughtless.“Will gene editing create designer babies?” (Medical Xpress). Canadian Tim Caulfield gets the only microphone in this article. He downplays the slippery slope argument, and opposes legal restrictions on gene editing. “I don’t think everybody is going to agree that this technology is appropriate or should go forward,” he says, positioning himself as the adult in the room. “But at least it seems like the temperature is a little lower and we are having a quite sophisticated discussion, at various levels, about the benefits and risks of this technology.”US panel greenlights creation of male ‘three-person’ embryos (Nature). Isn’t it wonderful that scientists can now play God? All for good purposes only, of course. The article grants a slight deference to the concerns of “faith-based” groups, not that they would have any power to do anything to stop scientific progress. Strangely, the article ends with someone worried about “more concerning forms of germline editing.”Breakthrough in generating embryonic cells that are critical for human health (Medical Xpress). Experiments are on rabbit embryos so far at USC. The article states that “access to these embryonic cells in humans is very difficult” without explaining why there are ethical concerns. The difficulty “is because these protocols commonly use ingredients or components not well defined” or are hard to use, not because it requires destroying a human life. The lab can use induced pluripotent stem cells instead; why not?Selective OutrageOther moral concerns expressed in science media usually take the leftist position.Why people oppose same-sex marriage: Psychology study points to self-interest as a leading cause (Science Daily). UCLA profs psychoanalyze conservatives. “Many people who oppose same-sex marriage are uncomfortable with casual sex and feel threatened by sexual promiscuity,” one says. Well, what do you know! Note to evo-psychs: same-sex couples lose out in the Darwinian fitness race, because they cannot reproduce.How to stop the sexual harassment of women in science (PhysOrg). There’s been a lot of concern about sexual harassment of women researchers by powerful male scientists, showing that academics are fully capable of moral outrage when they want to be. Marcia McNutt wrote a lengthy article about this for Science Magazine.Mammal matters & morals: Jon Beckmann asks whether it is right to hunt grizzly bears in Yellowstone now that their numbers have rebounded, since they have become an increasing hazard to humans (Live Science). And Matthew Brown wrestles with the complex issues involved in letting hunters shoot Yellowstone bison, since they have outgrown their habitat, and some carry disease (PhysOrg).Would it be wrong to eradicate mosquitoes? (BBC News). Some worry that it would be “morally wrong to eradicate an entire species,” even when it is responsible for millions of human deaths. How about eradicating tens of millions of unborn human babies? Not asked. Meanwhile, an 81-year-old rancher was arrested and sent to jail for spraying mosquitoes after his wife nearly died from mosquito-borne West Nile virus (see WND).It’s All Evolution AnywayEvolution of moral outrage: I’ll punish your bad behavior to make me look good (PhysOrg). In this reprint from The Conversation, Jillian Jordan evolutionizes human morality again, making us just another animal subject to the forces of evolution. He ends with cognitive dissonance: “This conclusion doesn’t undermine the moral good that often results from our drive to punish, but rather sheds light on its origins and its nature.” But if it originated by evolution, on what grounds can Jordan say it’s good?Do we have free will? (Medical Xpress). The answer is, no, according to two psychologists from UC Santa Barbara. So did they choose to run their experiments on fellow human subjects, or is this all part of an evolutionary game to make academics engage in self-refuting vocalizations?Everyone has a bias. We have one. The difference is that we give the other side a clear voice and we evaluate their claims clearly and in context. Leftists rarely do. They present their views as “science,” pretending to be honest, moral researchers and reporters just describing phenomena from a neutral platform. Conservatives are portrayed as those weirdos over there who are “faith-based” and motivated by religion.Academics really need to get out more and escape their stuffy leftist make-believe worlds. Ever since Darwin, Huxley and Tyndall invaded the universities and took over, academia became a self-perpetuating society of leftists who misuse the good name of science to support abortion, eugenics, embryonic destruction and other leftist ideals. Oh, but never think they are immoral. They really care about those mosquitoes! (Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Mind Rocks today, with Arjun, Deepika and Yo Yo Honey Singh

first_imgFrom Arjun Kapoor to Deepika Padukone and Yo Yo Honey Singh to Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. The India Today Group Mind Rocks Youth Summit is back in Delhi with big Bollywood stars, the new brigade of young MPs and sports and music icons.So all through Saturday, get ready to speak and with your icons on at Siri Fort Auditorium.Like last month’s Mind Rocks Chandigarh edition, this one too promises to be as much fun and interesting. There will be music and songs and dance, along with some serious talk and some heart-to-heart chat.The day will open with a power talk by Piyush Goyal, India’s new power and coal minister.Next will be your chance to speak to Finding Fanny star Deepika Padukone, as she shares her takes on grit, glamour and guts.She will be followed by Arjun Kapoor, the new heartthrob on the block after the success of 2 States. Watch Bollywood’s Ishaqzaada speak about how he came into his own.The next session will see Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the Olympic medalist and a Lok Sabha MP from Rajasthan, share stage with AAP leader Manish Sisodia. They will speak on how the public office needs to be reinvented.Then it’s a date with India’s finest women cricketers and wrestlers. Stars of our women’s cricket team, Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj, and wrestling stars Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari will speak on making it to the big league.Also meet up close VJ Andy and actor-singer Sophie Choudry.Celebrity fashion designer Suneet Varma and Snapdeal’s young CEO Kunal Bahl will also be there, speaking about how to make the cut.advertisementAfter Chandigarh, Bhagwant Mann, the satirist who is now an Aam Aadmi Party MP, is back on popular demand. Hear him speak, in his inimitable style, why politics needs a sense of humour.Jive then to the soulful songs of Rabbi Shergill, the sardar of Sufi who regaled all at Mind Rocks in Shillong last year, and feel astounded at the courage and expertise of danseuse Shubh Kaur Ghumman.The day will wrap up with a bang, as Yo Yo Honey Singh, the new superstar rapper and the heart of all new Bollywood dance numbers, takes the stage.last_img read more

Djokovic Osaka named US Open top seeds

first_imgNew York: World number ones and defending champions Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka were named as top seeds for the US Open on Wednesday.Djokovic, who will be chasing a 17th Grand Slam singles title in New York next week, heads the men’s field with Spain’s Rafael Nadal seeded second.Former world number one Roger Federer, seeking a 21st Grand Slam crown, is seeded third for the tournament.The draw for the men’s and women’s singles takes place on Thursday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIn the women’s draw, Osaka is ranked number one while 2018 runner-up Serena Williams is seeded eight.Japanese ace Osaka won her first Grand Slam title in a controversial final victory over Williams last year and then followed it up with her second Slam at the Australian Open in January.The two other reigning Grand Slam champions are seeded in the top four, with Australia’s French Open champion Ashleigh Barty seeded second and Romania’s Wimbledon champion Simona Halep seeded four.Former world number one Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic is seeded third in the women’s draw.last_img read more

Drama and intrigue help trigger the most Quebec byelections in more than

first_imgMONTREAL – Death, palace intrigue and allegations of lies and corruption are at the centre of the highest number of Quebec byelections in more than 30 years.The Oct. 2 byelection in the Quebec City riding of Louis-Hebert will be the 15th in the province since Philippe Couillard’s Liberals formed a majority government in April 2014.Ontario, by contrast, has had seven byelections since Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals won in June that year.At roughly $500,000 a pop, byelections this legislative session will cost Quebec around $8 million, according to the province’s elections commission.And that sum doesn’t include so-called “transition” allowances given to some of the departing politicians.Before November 2015, members of the legislature who left mid-mandate were eligible to such payments to help them in their career switch.Yves Bolduc, the ex-education minister who lost Couillard’s confidence early in the Liberal mandate, pocketed $150,000. His staff — who were also put out of work when he resigned — shared another $150,000.The high number of byelections — the most in one mandate since 1981-85 — forced the government to end the practice of automatic allowances. Now, only politicians who leave early for “serious” family or health reasons are eligible.Julie Champagne, a spokeswoman for Quebec’s national assembly, said “it is up to the ethics commissioner to determine if the departing member satisfies the conditions to receive an allocation.”Despite the change, nine members resigned this session before the new rules were adopted.The most high-profile resignation came in May 2016, roughly 24 hours after a cryptic television interview involving Julie Snyder, the ex-partner of then-Parti Quebecois leader Pierre Karl Peladeau.Peladeau resigned the following day, saying he was choosing his family over politics.He’d been leader for a year.Weeks later, PQ house leader Bernard Drainville resigned and soon after began co-hosting a popular Quebec City radio show, leading pundits to speculate his political career was hitched to Peladeau’s and sank as a result of him leaving.Drainville had replaced Stephane Bedard, who quit office shortly after Peladeau demoted him during a turbulent time for the party in 2015.The Liberals haven’t had it any easier, with the Opposition strategically attacking the party on its key vulnerability: its past.The Opposition has tried to pick off Liberal cabinet ministers by accusing them of corruption and being tied to alleged wrongdoings from the Liberal era of Jean Charest, whose party lost the 2012 general election.Sam Hamad left cabinet in April 2016 after he was connected to a former Liberal fundraiser facing corruption-related criminal charges. The fundraiser, Marc-Yvan Cote, is awaiting trial along with various co-accused, including ex-deputy premier Nathalie Normandeau.Hamad was cleared by the province’s ethics commissioner of any wrongdoing but he never rejoined cabinet and quit politics last April.Former cabinet minister Jacques Daoust resigned in 2016 after perceived wrongdoing involving the controversial sale of Rona Inc. to U.S. hardware retailer Lowe’s.Daoust died last month.Additionally, a byelection was held after the death of Sylvie Roy, who was sitting as an Independent member of the legislature.Concordia University political scientist Harold Chorney said it is common for politicians to leave during a mandate.“Politics is a thankless career; you put your livelihood and that of your family at risk and in the hands of the public and you’re there to serve,” Chorney said in an interview.“People find it tiring for all sorts of personal reasons. It wears people out.”Chorney also said there appears to be a birth of a new generation of idealists.The new wave is personified by Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, who in his mid-20s won a seat in a byelection this year for Quebec solidaire, a left-wing party hoping to steal votes from the PQ and make inroads outside Montreal.October’s byelection is being held against the backdrop of good economic news for the Liberals.Quebec is a leader among the provinces in job creation, salary increases, and its unemployment rate hasn’t been as low for decades.If political donations are any indication, however, the PQ remains a popular choice for citizens, with the sovereigntist party getting $611,837 in donations between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31.The Liberals are second with $417,508 and Quebec solidaire, with only three seats in the 125-member legislature, is third at $214,879.The Coalition for Quebec’s Future, which is gaining strength in the polls and is considered a possible dark horse in the 2018 fall general election, is last among the four major parties, with $144,949.last_img read more

Kirkland Signature veggie burgers recalled due to possible metal fragments

first_imgOTTAWA — Belmont Meat Products is recalling its Kirkland Signature brand Harvest Burger – Gourmet Blend – Veggie Burgers due to the possible presence of pieces of metal in the products.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the burgers were sold in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia and possibly other provinces.The recalled products came in 1.7 kg packages with a best before date of Apr. 23, 2019.The CFIA says there have been reported injuries associated with the consumption of the burgers, however, it didn’t provide any further information.Anyone who purchased the burgers is advised to either throw them out or return them to the place of purchase.The CFIA says it’s making sure the recalled product is being removed from stores. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Stars Support Oxfam With Vanity Fair

first_imgVanity Fair and Barneys New York, along with Rooney Mara, hosted a private dinner at Chateau Marmont to benefit Oxfam, an international confederation of organizations working together to combat worldwide poverty and injustices around the globe.Emily Blunt and John KrasinskiThe event was part of Vanity Fair Campaign Hollywood.Guests were gifted MICA (“My Intelligent Communication Accessory”), a feminine communications accessory designed by Opening Ceremony and engineered by Intel.Guests included Patricia Arquette, Emily Blunt, VANITY FAIR Editor-In-Chief Graydon Carter, Lee Daniels, Kristin Davis, Mitch Glazer, Poppy Jamie, John Krasinski, Brit Marling, Moby, Elizabeth Olsen, Suki Waterhouse and more.last_img read more

Minister Asks Students to Provide Solutions to Challenges at Launch of Sustainable

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 3, 2018 – Nassau – Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell asked students to prepare themselves to serve their communities and provide solutions to challenges.  The Minister was speaking during the launch of the Sustainable Nassau Project held at the Harry C. Moore Library of the University of The Bahamas on Thursday, February 1.  The event was held under the theme, ‘Empowered People, Revitalized City.”“You have the vision, the energy and the exposure necessary to make a tremendous impact on the way we do business here in The Bahamas.  Through the IDB’s work with the Office of the Prime Minister, we have invited the world-renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to lead you through a process of solving a real challenge of your choosing.  I urge you to take advantage of this amazing opportunity,” said Mr. Campbell“Despite what my generation may tell you, your impatience can in fact serve you well as you demand action and results at a faster pace than has been traditionally accepted.  I implore you to be curious, innovative and inventive.  Take advantage of the greatest resource you have here at the University of The Bahamas: collective knowledge and creativity, to build the modern Bahamas you want to see.” The Minister said that in late 2017, the Ministry of Education and the Over-the-Hill project within the Office of the Prime Minister distributed over 100 tablets to the Willard Patton Pre-School in the Bain Town area.  The aim of the project, he said, was to use technology to improve how education is delivered.“Thus far the program is already delivering positive results.  This represents the beginning of implementing the Smart City Solutions outlined in the Sustainable Nassau Action Plan,” said Mr. Campbell.  He said that as the country moves to become a “smarter” country, it is necessary to identify the innovations that are needed to take the country there.“Perhaps an app that provides drivers with real-time information on traffic and parking availability.  Or an app that disseminates emergency alerts and critical information to mobile phones within an impacted geographic area.  How about a central command center to coordinate it all?  Think of the time you could save by having kiosks located throughout our islands that facilitated driver’s license renewals, and payment of traffic tickets.  All of these things exist and can become a reality here in The Bahamas,” said the Minister.He also spoke of the need for, and how it would assist in, the proper and equitable management of resources.“Heavily central government structures have often proven themselves too slow and too bureaucratic to adapt and take advantage of these innovations.  Therefore, if we are to be successful in making drastic improvements to the quality of life of our citizens and residents, we must empower people to be part of this process of change.  The communities that are to be most impacted must have the greatest say and greatest ownership of the prescribed solutions to their problems.  The only way to make this happen is through new, more localized, governance models.” -5310Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell listens to a panelist. Also pictured l-r: Director, Code Next, Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dr. Colin ‘Topper’ Carew; Country Representative for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Mrs. Florencia Attademo-Hirt; Minister of Education, the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd; President of the University of the Bahamas, Dr. Rodney Smith; and Chief, Housing & Urban Development Division, IDB, Ms. Tatiana Gallego Lizon.   (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson). Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp -5293Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon.Frankie Campbell greets President of the University of the Bahamas, Dr. Rodney Smith as Country Representative for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Mrs. Florencia Attademo-Hirt looks on.  (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson) Related Items:center_img Photo Captions: -5333Country Representative for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Mrs. Florencia Attademo-Hirt presents a brochure to Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell.  (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson). -5342Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell delivering the keynote address at the launch of the Sustainable Nassau Project. The event was held on February 1, 2018 at the Harry C. Moore Library of the University of The Bahamas.   (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson) He said that this new model of government administration is already taking shape with legislation currently being drafted to create an agency tasked with managing the development of the Over-the-Hill Community of Nassau.“Imagine if this model were expanded to include the entire island so as to ensure that development is managed with people at the center!” He exclaimed.He said that the introduction of true local government here in New Providence and throughout the country would provide a framework for the delivery of high quality services to residents and businesses with effective checks and balances.“It would allow neighborhoods and districts to decide how to budget scarce resources to best serve them and meet their needs.  Increased transparency regarding revenues raised and expenditures would be accompanied by a transfer of resources and responsibilities away from central government to elected and accountable district governments.  The Government of The Bahamas is committed to moving the concept of local government in New Providence from plans to reality within the next three years.  To this end, the Department of Local Government is working closely with the Office of the Prime Minister to take this initiative forward.”last_img read more

Mertesacker on Reiss Nelsons performance in Hoffenheim

first_imgArsenal’s academy manager Per Mertesacker says 19-year-old Reiss Nelson who is spending 2018-19 season on loan with Hoffenheim is setting a fine example for young prospects to follow.The teenage sensation began to impress in Hoffenheim but not to the surprise of the manager who insisted there are differences between PL and Bundesliga and claims Hoffenheim is the club for bringing up young players.“It was the best decision for him to go there,” Mertesacker told the official matchday programme via Gunners website.“When you compare the Bundesliga to the Premier League, there are similarities but there are differences.“At the moment the Bundesliga suits him, and he went to a club where they are used to bringing up young players, educating young players and giving young players a chance in their first team. He has a young coach who will educate him and give him an insight.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Reiss is getting out of the comfort zone he was in at Arsenal, so the loan system should work brilliantly for us. Some Bundesliga clubs are very interesting for us and the way he could make an impact at Hoffenheim was by starting on the bench but then scoring immediately.“Through scoring those goals, he gained trust from the coach, from the fans, by learning some German and earning the right to start and make an impact.“I think he has done a brilliant job but that all fell into place because he wanted to go. He had a great opportunity but you need to take these opportunities and make sure you learn from those moments. Instead of being a first-team player between the under-23s and the first team, this is something different.“It’s difficult to manage and I’m really pleased and glad that it’s worked right now for him. We have other prospects we really need to think about. What’s their best path towards making an impact for our first team? There are different ways, different challenges.“Those are individuals. But I feel we are in a good place right now and those situations show us how big an impact a loan can make on a player. We need to select wisely.”last_img read more