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Onuoha’s move to QPR confirmed

first_imgQPR have completed the signing of defender Nedum Onuoha from Manchester City for an initial £2.5m.The former England Under-21 international, who can play anywhere across the back four, has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract.Onuoha played under Mark Hughes at City but was Rangers’ top target long before the Welshman took over as manager at Loftus Road.AdChoices广告He was identfied as a possible signing months ago and a bid was tabled within days of the transfer window reopening.The 25-year-old had been out of favour at Eastlands for some time and spent last season on loan at Sunderland.He is expected to be in the R’s squad for Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round clash with Chelsea.Related stories: QPR set to resume Onuoha talks (25 January)QPR to open talks with Onuoha (19 January)QPR close in on Man City defender (19 January)QPR make their move for Man City defender (4 January) Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Tipp Ladies reach Minor Football All Ireland final

first_imgThe final score at McDonagh Park in Nenagh was Tipp 1-11 Offaly 0-11They now go into the national final, which is expected to take place next month.The second semi final to decide who Tipperary’s opposition will be will take place tonight.last_img

Raptors’ NBA title-winning coach Nurse takes the helm of Canada

first_imgNurse got his big chance in 2013 when he joined the Raptors to work under Dwane Casey.Nurse then replaced Casey at the helm before the 2018-19 campaign, a move that paid rich dividends for the coach and club. Under Nurse, Toronto had the second-best record in the Eastern Conference Regular Season with 58 wins and 24 defeats.Talking about the opportunity to coach Canada after Toronto’s NBA title-clinching triumph over the Golden State Warriors on June 13, Nurse said: “It’s a unique time with the World Cup and the Olympics within a short 13- to 14-month window. And it fits in OK. I’m just giving up some vacation time.”One of Nurse’s assistants in Toronto, Sergio Scariolo, is the long-time coach of Spain’s national team and will also be at the World Cup.”I’m getting ready to take another situation soon because I think it’s going to make me a better coach,” Nurse said.Toronto won Eastern Conference Play-Off series against Orlando (4-1), Philadelphia (4-3) and Milwaukee (4-2) before knocking off Golden State (4-2) in the NBA Finals. Working alongside Nurse as an associate head coach will be Gordie Herbert, who represented Canada at the 1986 World Cup and two years before that, the Los Angeles Olympics.Herbert has spent many years coaching professionally in Europe and also led Canada in a couple of victories during the Americas Qualifiers. He has also been named head coach for Canada when they compete in the qualifiers for the FIBA AmeriCup 2021.Rowan Barrett, the former Canada international who now serves as general manager for the men’s team, said of Nurse: “Nick fits our Gold Medal Profile as he is a proven leader with extensive experience coaching FIBA, NBA and other professional leagues around the world. “His coaching pedigree shows his ability to win at some of the highest levels and he has a tremendous understanding of the FIBA game and our Canadian NBA players.  We strongly believe that this unique combination gives our players the best opportunity for success at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.”“I LOVE THE INTERNATIONAL GAME.  I ALSO SEE THIS AS A REAL CHANCE FOR ME TO LEARN FROM THE WORLD’S BEST, AND FOR US TO REPRESENT CANADA WITH PRIDE AND DISTINCTION.”- NurseCanada last played at a FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2010 and lost all five of their games, although defeats to Lithuania (70-68), France (68-63) and New Zealand (71-61) came after solid performances. The national team will have much more star power in China with a host of NBA players expected to be involved.The Canadians were one of the most impressive teams in the Americas Qualifiers for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China, winning 10 of 12 games, a record only matched by the United States.Nurse, 51, hails from Iowa. He played four seasons at the University of Northern Iowa and finished his career as the school’s all-time 3-point percentage leader (.468).Much of the early part of his coaching career was in Great Britain, including stints with Birmingham Bullets, Manchester Giants, London Towers and Brighton Bears.He also coached in the D-League. As head coach of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Nurse had Mike Taylor, now coach of World Cup side Poland, on his staff. Taylor is both a friend and fan of Nurse.”Nick has a good feel for coaching and leading a team,” Taylor said to FIBA.basketball. “He is a creative thinker and is always trying something new or experimenting to find a better way. He creates clear game plans and a competitive environment. What I’ve seen that is consistent from England to the D-League and now in the NBA is Nick’s ability to help his teams click and get on good runs.” https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/2d/bf/nick-nurse_9jriigqnug9s1q3atexuzndl7.jpg?t=-1805509893&w=500&quality=80 Nick Nurse named head coach of Canada’s men’s basketball team. He says he’s humbled and honoured pic.twitter.com/eiZz1TYzXm— Meagan Fitzpatrick (@fitzpatrick_m) June 24, 2019″I’m looking forward to working with this talented group of young players, and to seeing what we can do on the competitive global basketball stage,” Nurse said on Monday. “I love the international game.  I also see this as a real chance for me to learn from the world’s best, and for us to represent Canada with pride and distinction.”A top-two finish in that Second Round group would be required for Canada to claim a spot in the Quarter-Finals. Glen Grunwald, President & CEO, Canada Basketball said of the coaching appointments: “Following an extensive search for the next head coach of our senior men’s national team, we firmly believe that Nick and Gordie are a great fit for our team moving forward.  By joining Canada Basketball as the full-time associate head coach, Gordie will provide the program with some much-needed consistency and continuity to help us achieve our goals this summer and beyond.”Nick’s dual role as Head Coach of both Team Canada and the Toronto Raptors is also another important step forward in aligning the Canadian basketball community.  Just like our recent partnership with the NBA and our provincial associations with the Jr. NBA Youth Basketball Program, our goal is that every organization involved in basketball will work together with Canada Basketball as one of our members to support each other.”In this way, we all can work together to pursue excellence, build community and provide a positive and safe experience to all basketball participants using the same values based approach.” Canada have handed the national team reins to Nick Nurse, who just led the Toronto Raptors to the club’s first NBA crown in his one and only season as a head coach in the league.An American who served as an assistant coach for Great Britain when they hosted the 2012 Olympics, Nurse is expected to have a very talented Canada squad, yet one that will have to survive a ‘group of death’ in the First Round. The Canadians will square off against Australia, Lithuania and Senegal in Group H and must finish in the top two to advance to Group L in the Second Round. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/0/46/olynyk-canada-fiba_y77nvjk5ekta1ngdmadxu0l1v.jpg?t=-1805624525&w=500&quality=80last_img read more

Can any Sharks prospect crack the roster this fall? Here are five candidates

first_imgSAN JOSE — There was a reason the Sharks moved up their development camp from its usual start in the early days of July to before the NHL’s free agency period began.The Sharks needed to see, before July 1, if any of these players were close to earning a job at the NHL level.The verdict? There are a few guys on the cusp of playing with the big club, and if some players who had standout seasons in the AHL with the Barracuda can prove that they’ve taken a step forward in their own development, …last_img read more

Stem-Cell Advocates Try to Shield Ethical Concerns

first_imgWould an embryonic stem cell by another name cease being human?  Several recent articles on embryonic stem cells are going beyond just touting the potential cures from the controversial research, which involves creating and destroying a human embryo.  Some are blurring the line between embryonic and adult stem cells (cf. 12/02/2006) and attempting to avoid ethically-charged language.  Here are some ways that reporters are trying to make ES cells more palatable to the public:ES joins the army:  An article on Science Daily claims that embryonic stem cells are being recruited in the war on terror.  A University of Georgia research claims that neural cells induced to multiply from stem cells can detect toxins in the environment, like on a battlefield.  The article fails to mention, however, why embryonic stem cells are needed, and whether adult stem cells could do the job just as well (cf. 07/19/2007).  It also begins with this misleading clause that suggests that embryonic stem cells have already produced cures: “For more than a decade, Steve Stice has dedicated his research using embryonic stem cells to improving the lives of people with degenerative diseases and debilitating injuries.”  The record shows, however, that only adult stem cells have produced therapies that can improve the lives of people, while embryonic stem cells arouse fears of a new era of eugenics (12/16/2006, 11/29/2006 08/13/2006).Get over it:  The Editorial in Nature 9/27 urged Germans to get over their ethical qualms about embryonic stem cells and get with the international stem cell gold rush (cf. 12/16/2005).  Some German ethicists have pointed to the success of adult stem cells to show that embryonic stem cells are unnecessary.  In urging a change, Nature used only bandwagon arguments (cf. 07/31/2006): “The majority of scientists agree that work on both adult and embryonic sources of stem cells should run in parallel until much more is understood about their biology,” the editorial said.  “But Germany is out of step with most European countries in permitting research only on human embryonic stem-cell lines that were created before January 2002, when regulations were first laid down.”  The article admitted that the creation of new ES cell lines “involves destroying human embryos,” but urged scientists to step up their campaigns against the opponents of the controversial research – many of whom are still smarting from the bad reputation Germany inherited from human medical research atrocities of the Nazis (04/07/2005, 02/28/2006, 12/16/2006).Kahuna:  In the same issue, Nature published an interview with Alan Trounson, newly appointed head of California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) – the $3 billion stem-cell center approved by California voters.  The differences in success between adult and embryonic cells were blurred in his statement, “Mesenchymal [multipotent] stem cells are already in clinical trials.  Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are coming of age….”  His ending statement was even more telling: “Adult stem cells are happening.  Embryonic stem cells will come into use, and they won’t be immediate cures for everything.  You need drugs and protocols as well as the cells, and you’ve got to work with the immune system.”  Yet California voters had been swayed by tear-jerking stories of invalids who would be cured by embryonic stem cells.  The problems from subjects’ immune systems rejecting embryonic stem cells have so far rendered them medically useless.  On top of that, Trounson made it clear that no cures are forthcoming any time soon (cf. 10/13/2006).Loaded words:  Because the words “embryonic” and “cloning” are touchy with the public, the US Human Embryonic Stem Cell Registry is changing its name to the Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Registry.  Monya Baker reported in Nature 9/27 that this was intended to downplay ethically-charged words.  Baker quoted a professor of rhetoric who called this “linguistic deflation of public anxiety.”  The center was reacting to an executive order from President Bush that stem cell lines be expanded “in ethically responsible ways.” The same issue of Nature pointed to a promising avenue of research that might solve the ethical problems.  “For practical and ethical reasons, researchers are on the lookout for ways to reprogramme one mature cell type into another,” said Huafeng Xie and Stuart H. Orkin in News and Views.  “In one case, this might be as easy as switching off a single gene.”  They highlighted research that showed it may be possible to turn one kind of cell into another kind through a process of “cellular reprogramming.”  They pointed to a paper in the same issue by Cobaleda et al who found that “mature B cells can be converted to functional T cells, and reprogramming is achieved by B cells taking a step backwards to assume a more immature state.”  If so, it might become possible to take adult cells from a person and convert them back into an embryonic state – no ethical qualms involved.  “Such insights will, in turn, make the alteration of cell fates using modulation of gene expression and the generation of a specific cell population possible, which is a primary goal of regenerative medicine.”  See also the 06/06/2007 and 08/25/2006 entries.As we have shown repeatedly before, ES stem-cell advocates are pushing their agenda past the ethical gatekeepers on selfish, pragmatic grounds, yet have no results to show for it.  The appeals are always for Nobel Prizes and staying ahead in the international sweepstakes.  Whenever an ethicist calls them on the questionable reasoning of taking one life to help another (07/11/2005), they hum and guffaw and dodge the issue.  Now they are trying to blur the language with euphemisms to pull the wool over our eyes.  Don’t let them get away with it (07/19/2007).(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Cape Town: most beautiful city

first_imgThe majestic tree is a favourite with visitorsto the area, and may now be viewed againafter a hiatus of 36 months.((Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Gert BamCity of Cape Town sports and recreation+27 21 400 5090 or +27 82 222 1242Janine ErasmusCape Town has made it onto Forbes magazine’s list, released earlier in 2010, of the 12 most beautiful cities in the world.According to Forbes, the Mother City is on a par with Paris, Vancouver, Sydney, Florence, Venice, San Francisco, Chicago, New York City, Cambridge, Tokyo and London as the most scenic travel picks.While the list has generated much heated online discussion, and many people have agreed or disagreed with the selections, most would concur that Cape Town is one of the most visually pleasing destinations to be found anywhere.The Forbes list is drawn up in consultation with experts from a range of relevant fields, including architecture, urban planning and sustainable development.Learned consultants included Amanda Reynolds of the UK-based Urban Design Group; architect Michael Kaufman of Goettsch Partners in Chicago; and Raymond Levitt, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University.UK urban designer and architect Tony McGuirk; J Hugh O’Donnell, CEO of engineering firm MMM International, and Ken Drucker of the New York office of architectural firm HOK also provided input.Towards the end of 2009 Cape Town was also named one of the world’s top 10 party cities by the travel guide Lonely Planet, in its 1 000 Ultimate Experiences publication. The city joined Buenos Aires, Dubai, Montreal, Thessaloniki, Belgrade, La Paz, Baku, Auckland and Tel Aviv as a desirable destination for those who love a laid-back atmosphere during the day and a festive vibe at night.Open spaces impressCape Town is the only city from a developing nation to have made the cut, and the only one on the African continent.Forbes was particularly impressed by Cape Town’s open spaces. According to environmental engineer Levitt, the city was also singled out for its small ecological footprint compared to sprawling metropolises like Tokyo and New York. This, he said, was a result of its “manageable size”.A 2010 Fifa World Cup host city, Cape Town is gearing up for the tourist influx with a host of infrastructure upgrades, such as the Integrated Rapid Transit system and the impressive new Cape Town stadium and its associated Green Point Common, which is being developed now that the stadium is fully functional. The common is expected to become an important social gathering site once complete.Cape Town also hosts a number of other popular sporting events, such as the annual Cape Argus and Cape Epic cycle tours and the Two Oceans ultramarathon. Participants from all over the world descend on the city to pit their skills and endurance against the best athletes in these taxing sporting disciplines.The city has an abundance of unspoilt beaches for those who love to soak up the sun, and it is also known for its bustling nightlife and fine restaurants. Some of the top establishments in the country are to be found here, a number of which have also won international acclaim.A little further inland, the Cape winelands offer award-winning wines from many world-renowned estates, some of them possessing an ancestry that dates right back to the early days of the Cape’s colonisation by the Dutch.The city also boasts many highly rated hotels, ranging from the brand-new One and Only – part of a growing international chain developed by South African hospitality tycoon Sol Kerzner – to the venerable Mount Nelson, which opened on 6 March 1899 and is a favourite of well-heeled travellers.No description of Cape Town would be complete without a mention of its most spectacular landmark, the flat-topped Table Mountain, part of the 30 000ha Table Mountain National Park, administered by South African National Parks. Not only is the site home to a wide range of animals and birds, it’s also popular with thrill-seekers who are able to hike, climb, cave, and base-jump from its many cliffs.last_img read more

Selling corn before harvest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC The USDA increased the export demand pace for corn. Should the U.S. produce a trend line corn yield of 174 bushels per acre this year, then carryout would drop from the current level of 2.1 billion to just below 1.6 billion by next summer. If that were to happen, then corn is undervalued.However, the nearly perfect growing conditions across 90% of the Corn Belt is keeping prices down at the moment. The corn crop is setting itself up for a 180-bushel per acre national average estimate, which would mean 500 million more bushels and a carryout over 2 billion. If that would occur then Dec corn is overvalued today.On June 29 we will learn if the U.S. farmers planted more corn acres than estimated in the spring by the USDA. Expectations are that an increase of a half million to 1 million additional acres might have been planted. That would translate into an additional 100 to 200 million bushels to the carryout. This is not something that will help those looking for something to help rally this marketIn four of the last nine years (2009, 2013, 2014 and 2016) Dec corn futures drifted lower from mid-June through harvest. Weather analog years show 2009 and 2014 having similar weather conditions to this year so far.In five of the last nine years (2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017) Dec corn had a pop in prices at some point later in the summer. Weather forecasts should be biggest driver of the corn market going forward. There is a lot of summer to go and it’s still hot in many parts of the Corn Belt, but rain makes grain.The trade war certainly isn’t helping the situation but the amount of corn exported is small in relationship to beans on a percentage basis. The U.S. produces over 30% of the world’s corn and soybeans, it’s not as simple as not buying our product. Why I want to sell corn before harvestOver the last two weeks I’ve explained why I use average yields as estimates when selling corn prior to harvest. I’ve explained that there are a lot of advantages for selling before harvest.Historically, the best futures levels tend to occur during the middle of summer. Over the last 30 years, the price for new crop corn has been higher in May than October 75% of the time. Conversely, storing corn, hoping for a rally where prices the following spring are higher than at harvest, only happened 50% of the time. When a farmer stores corn they need to also factor in either the cost of commercial storage or home storage and the interest paid on the value of the stored grain. Either way this extra cost reduces the chances for better prices from harvest to spring to less than 50%. Even in the last 10 years only 2010 and 2011 saw significantly higher prices after harvest that exceeded those of the summer before harvest. Taking advantage of market carry premium and basis flexibilityFarmers can also take advantage of market carry premium in the market. That is when future months are worth more than current months. This opportunity is only available if a farmer has sold their corn by harvest.There is also the benefit of basis increasing after harvest, which happens in most years, even if futures prices don’t rally.When considering the profit opportunity potential of market carry and basis there is a better chance to maximize profitability by selling before harvest than waiting until after, hoping for a rally while paying storage costs and interest.Despite these benefits, a lot of farmers are fearful of committing to selling their grain before harvest. Why I don’t worry about selling my grain before harvestCrop InsuranceMy crop insurance protects all sales up to 80% of my normal APH yield, so as long as I don’t sell over 80% of my APH yields, then my sales are covered against a rally. This doesn’t mean I will get to take advantage of those higher prices, only that I don’t have to worry about coming up with bushels to cover the sales I made if I don’t raise the crop. Missing out on future ralliesOften farmers fear missing out on futures rallies, so they wait. But from my perspective, every time I sell I could be potentially missing out on a future rally regardless of the time of year. Nobody knows when the highs and lows of the market will occur. Therefore, since I’m willing to presell 80% of my grain before harvest, I can still take advantage of future rallies, but they’ll just be on next year’s crop instead of this year. Pre-selling doesn’t keep me from profiting on rallies when they come, it just may change which year I use it. Breakeven uncertaintyI use averages from the last three years and assume a minor inflation increase. I make sure to include all expenses, including fair market rental value for owned land, cost of living expenses, equipment custom rates, etc. In the end, I’m usually really close every year. My biggest expense variable can be fertilizer prices. Still, even a $100 per ton price shift, which is pretty big, only adjusts my breakeven price by 11 cents or about $20 per acre. I can eliminate this risk buy purchasing in advance. Final yield uncertaintyYields actually have the biggest effect on my breakeven prices, more than any other variable. For every bushel produced above or below my average production, my breakeven price changes 2 cents or $3.50 per acre. Instead of letting this significant variable keep me from selling before harvest I use average yields for planning. I reserve the extra profits when yields are high, and pull from those reserves during dry years. This takes some discipline to do, but the extra profit potential makes it worth it for me.I think the benefits of selling before harvest outweigh the negatives. The market usually trades above my breakeven point at least once during the marketing year, so I try to take advantage when it does. 2017 might have been the first year in a very long time where that didn’t happen. So far in 2018 the market has already traded above the average farmers’ breakeven point and there is no guarantee it will happen again.Since weather is the main driver for corn prices and completely unpredictable, I need to have a grain marketing strategy in place that provides the best chances of profit potential every year. For me historically there is a lot of rationale to support selling most of my corn before harvest. Granted it takes discipline and planning, but it’s worth it for the increased chances to maximize profitability for my farm operation and minimize my risk exposure. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

Amazon Launches Its Digital Short Story Collection with Kindle Singles

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market audrey watters Tags:#Amazon#E-Books#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img Last fall, Amazon announced its plans for Kindle Singles, an attempt to make short stories and content of similar length to its e-reader. It was a call, in Amazon’s words, to “serious writers, thinkers, scientists, business leaders, historians, politicians and publishers to join Amazon in making such works available to readers around the world.”And today, the first set of Kindle Singles is available in the Kindle Store.These pieces run between 5000 and 30,000 words (around 30-50 pages) and range in price between $0.99 and $4.99. The first set of Singles includes original reporting, essays, memoirs and fiction. Specific titles are Evan Ratliff’s bank heist story “Lifted,” Brendan Koerner’s story of jazz king Teddy Weatherford “Piano Demon,” and “Leaving Home,” three short pieces by novelist Jodi Picoult. Also included, the launch of the first ever TEDBooks, including three titles based on the popular TEDTalks.Amazon says that the initial response to the announcement of the Singles was “great,” and it plans to launch more Kindle Singles in the future. Amazon touts this move, in part, as an opportunity for writers to publish content in a shorter form. But the move to publish shorter pieces – “compelling ideas expressed at their natural length” – is an interesting one for other reasons as well, particularly in light of questions about the ways in which e-readers are shaping what and how we read. As magazine and newspapers struggle to figure out new way to monetize online content and to handle subscriptions, will this shorter-length content sell on the Kindle? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Greensburg’s Recovery Saga Gets Greener

first_imgTwo years after a tornado nearly wiped it off the map, Greensburg, Kansas, continues to evolve as a showcase for green reconstructionThe second anniversary of the twister that all but erased Greensburg, Kansas, from the face of the planet prompted extensive coverage of the town’s civic, commercial, residential, and psychological reconstruction.A lengthy feature published this week in the Hutchinson News underscores the urgency of the town’s effort to attract businesses to the area.“Jobs, jobs, jobs will be the key,” Greensburg’s city administrator, Steve Hewitt, told the paper. “This is our main focus now, and it will be for the next couple of years. We need to land new jobs, new industries and new companies.”But it is the town’s decision to rebuild green – all city buildings to LEED Platinum standards, for example, and many of its residential rebuilds are being held to green standards – that continues to attract most of the attention, so much so that Greensburg is viewed as one of the nation’s most important incubators for green construction.This week, the National Association of Home Builders announced that officials from the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Kansas Building Industry Association, and town officials are launching a voluntary program they call the Greensburg GreenHome, which will train workers to build new homes that can be certified to the recently released National Green Building Standard.One of the groups tracking the town’s residential-construction odyssey is Greensburg GreenTown, a nonprofit community organization whose mission is to work with local officials, business owners, and residents to incorporate sustainable principles into the rebuilding process.A recently launched GreenTown project, The Chain of Eco-Homes, which includes plans to build as many as 12 model homes using a variety of building techniques. Collectively, the homes will serve as a “living laboratory” for green residential construction that can be brought to market in a range of prices and sizes, and with a range of energy efficiency features and green living products and services.“Each will be unique, and will be available both as an informational center and as eco-lodging where people can experience green living firsthand in homes that interest them,” GreenTown says. “The Eco-Homes will also be scientifically monitored to demonstrate how each type of construction technology performs under real-world conditions, and to determine actual energy savings.”The first such project to go up is the Silo Eco-Home, which broke ground in December. GreenTown has created a blog that will follow the project’s development and highlight the pros and cons of the materials (most notably concrete) and techniques used to build it.In a discussion of whether or not concrete is green, the blog points to sources that warn of the relatively high CO2 emissions generated during its production. But it also points to its structural efficiency, durability, and low maintenance requirements.Also, GreenTown notes, concrete was abundant in post-tornado Greensburg.“So, how green is concrete?” the blogger asks. “Well. All we can say is that after a natural disaster it’s a readily available resource. And in Greensburg, Kansas, waste hasn’t been an option since we settled in 1886.”last_img read more

Fact check: Postcard News fakes data to show more sports medals during NDA rule than UPA

first_imgCorrection: The focus of our story was on the number of medals won during the UPA and the NDA rule. Our premise for picking up a claim was based on the photographs that were published by Postcard News comparing Manmohan Singh and Narendra Modi with sportspersons. However, we were pointed out for drawing our own inference from the pictures rather than restricting ourselves to the claim made explicitly. Taking a cue from the feedback, we corrected our story. Now, the story focuses on the pose of the two prime ministers in the pictures.Is Prime Minister Narendra Modi more humble towards medal winning athletes than former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh? This is what is being claimed in a story on the website Postcard News on the basis of two photographs.Postcard News published a post showing two pictures of former PM Manmohan Singh and PM Narendra Modi posing with sportspersons who won medals in international events. The first picture shows Singh sitting with his wife Gursharan Kaur, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and the then Union minister for sports while the medal winners are standing behind them. The second picture shows Modi standing and interacting with medal winners who are seated around him in the chairs. The message along with the picture in the Postcard News reads: “Pic 1- Everyone sitting except medal winners. Pic 2- Everyone is sitting except the Prime Minister.” See the difference”.The post has tries to paint Singh in a poor light and as compared to PM Modi who kept standing while the athletes were offered chairs.advertisementIndia Today fact checked the post to verify the claim made by Postcard News. We found that the claim is misleading as it has selectively picked up pictures from two different occasions to drive home a point.By reverse searching the first picture of Singh on Google, we found that it was the picture taken on August 17, 2012. The six medal winners at London Olympic Games had met the then PM Singh at his official residence. While, the second photo of Modi with the medal winners was clicked on April 30, 2018, when India’s CWG medal winners met him at his Lok Kalyan Marg residence. Modi congratulated the medal winners and also interacted with them.But there are several other pictures of both the leaders publically available which shows them interacting with the players at different occasions. Contrary to what the report of Postcard claims, there are also pictures in which Singh is standing with the players while PM Modi is posing for a group photograph in which he is sitting in the chair while the medal winners stand behind him. This debunks the claim.The following picture was taken when Singh felicitated CWG medal winners at his residence on October 15, 2010. In another picture, Singh can be seen interacting with the medal winners of Asian Games 2010 in New Delhi on December 04, 2010. Here is a picture of PM Modi sitting while medal winners were standing behind him for a group photograph. Modi had hosted the 2014 Asian Games winners at his residence. He posed with the athletes and officials. The photo was tweeted by PM Modi himself on October 14, 2014. The picture is available in the the media coverage section on PM Modi’s website dated October 16, 2014.With our medal winning athletes. pic.twitter.com/RntpmE1v5fNarendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 14, 2014 We also found pictures in which both PM Modi as well as the athletes were standing. This one was clicked when the PM greeted Rio Olympics-bound athletes.From our fact check, we found that the claim made by Postcard News was incorrect.If you have a story that looks suspicious, please share with us at [email protected] or send us a message on the WhatsApp number 73 7000 7000last_img read more