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first_imgAN effort by the DWP union to suppress the publication of employee information last week wasn’t just a win for the Daily News. It was a triumph for open and transparent government. The union representing nearly all 8,500 of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s employees, including most managers, tried to force the Daily News to remove a searchable database of employee names, titles and pay from our Web site. The information, which attracted hundreds of thousands of visits to dailynews.com, was sought after the state Supreme Court ruled such information belongs to the public. City officials turned the data over to the Daily News in response to a California Public Records Act request. The reason: The DWP’s extravagant salaries and escalating rates. Superior Court Judge Dzintra Janavs affirmed that the information is of great public interest and must be open to the public. Brian D’Arcy, head of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Unions, Local 8, is used to getting his way so he wasn’t happy with the disclosure. The transparency of government is one of the key elements of American democracy. And when political leaders try to suppress information for their own advantage they chip away at freedom. This time, they didn’t win.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre A man with more clout at City Hall than just about anyone, D’Arcy virtually runs the DWP and throws so much weight in city elections that the politicians reward his members with huge pay hikes far in excess of inflation or their value. DWP workers earn on average $76,949 a year – 20 percent higher than other city workers, and 50 percent more than private-sector workers doing many of their jobs. It’s completely understandable that these details about City Hall’s generosity to DWP employees might make the union a little worried. The utility is currently seeking a rate increase to pay for years of neglected maintenance and repair, even while it was building up its payroll. The last thing D’Arcy needed was for the public to get mad about being ripped off and to force the politicians to back down on rate increases. After all, some of the money will end up in IBEW paychecks, and other money will end up in the city treasury to pay the big raises won by other unions last money. That’s what D’Arcy didn’t want the public to know who earns what and what they do for the money. But Judge Janavs, who ruled in a similar case that the public has a right to know what goes on in public agencies, would hear none of it. last_img read more

first_imgThe sixteen finalists have been announced for the 2019 Donegal Local Enterprise Awards.Businesses from across Donegal will compete for the highly-coveted prizes in the finals the business awards, which will be held in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny, on the 6th of December.The finalists are: Siobhan Boyle of Sculpt CosmeticsMark Bolton of Bolt OnSara and Philip Moss of Filligan’s LtdCathal Sheridan of Huku BalanceJames Coyle of JC EngineeringConor McLaughlin, McMorrow & McLaughlin SolicitorsHugh Wilhare, Mulroy Bay MusselsPat Lafferty, Multi-Crete Agri ProductsDerek Walker, Nat NootAndrew McElhinney, O’Donnell’s BakeryAndrea Kelly, On the Go Coffee CoCiara Shine, Shine’s SeafoodEileen Rafferty, The BothyLynn Costello Erskine, The Pear in PaperKieran Murray & Conor McGrath of Thinstone Donegal Jessica Peoples of Zona DanceThe 16 finalists for the 2019 Local Enterprise Awards were selected following a rigorous screening process of the many applicants.“The awards have been running for over 20 years in Donegal and we have a stringent process in place to make the short-list, never mind be named as a finalist,” said Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney.He added that the 16 businesses in the final can all be justifiably proud of reaching this stage. “Having come through the screening process, the next stage will see the finalists go before the judges on December 5th and the category winners will be announced after that. There will be €10,000 up for grabs across the categories, all that remains now is to see who will win the awards,” Mr Tunney added. Awards will be presented for Best Established Business (over 18 months trading) with a runner-up in that category as well.There will also be a winner and runner-up in the Best Start Up Award, while awards will also be presented for Best Donegal Export Enterprise, Best Donegal Enterprise Innovation and also for Food Coast and Creative Coast categories.“As a county our economy is dominated by small and micro businesses. These awards help to highlight the contribution of these businesses to the economy of Donegal and the important role they play in providing employment and contributing to the sustainability of their local communities,” the Head of Enterprise added.The Donegal Business Awards are also part of the National Enterprise Awards, with one of the 16 finalists set to get an opportunity to represent Donegal on the national stage next year and Donegal’s overall winner last year, Martin McGuinness, went on to win a Regional Enterprise Award.Local Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020. Revealed: The finalists of the Donegal Local Enterprise Awards was last modified: November 27th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgYour county needs you!Donegal can get some excellent publicity by bringing Today FM here on holiday.One of the country’s leading radio stations will bring its outside broadcast unit to Donegal – but only if we vote for it. At the moment we are a few votes behind Dingle.But everybody knows our giant basking sharks are much better than Fungi the dolphin!We all also know that we have better scenery, a cooler accent and a much better GAA team!You need to vote here. Please Share this with all your friends! http://www.todayfm.com/Shows/discoverirelandvote2/kc.aspxLET’S GET VOTING TO BRING TODAY FM ON HOLIDAY TO DONEGAL! was last modified: May 28th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalTODAY FMlast_img read more

first_imgGAA bosses at Croke Park are under fire today from fans over the choice of Carrick on Shannon as the venue for the Donegal clash with Laois in the All-Ireland qualifiers.Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada has a capacity of just 12,000, a Leitrim County Board spokesman has confirmed to Donegal Daily.The official capacity is just 9,330; but an inspection tomorrow will decide if 12,000 will be allowed. With Laois expected to insist on half of those tickets, and others given to Leitrim, less than 5,000 Donegal fans will be able to see the game.The tickets went on sale on gaa.ie this afternoon.“There’s going to a huge scramble for tickets and clearly there won’t be enough,” said one County Board member today.“We don’t understand what Croke Park were thinking when they decided to go for this venue. “It’s handy enough in terms of distance especially for fans from south of the county but we believe our fans could fill it alone – with more left outside.”Laois fans are also unhappy, with many taking to social media to complain.“This is the biggest game we’ve had in years and we won’t be able to get in to see it,” moaned one fan.The decision will mean clubs in the county will receive tiny allocations for the match. DONEGAL FANS ANGER AS LEITRIM VENUE HAS CAPACITY FOR JUST 12,000 was last modified: July 22nd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:carrick on shannondonegalGAALaoisleitrimtickets rowlast_img read more

first_img tense Sarri would love to see Hazard in a Chelsea shirt next season REVEALED Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won “I would like to keep them in my squad,” he said.“But a telephone call without looking them in the eye will not give me any certainty. I want to meet them face to face, understand what the best thing is to do for everyone.”Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola, meanwhile, has returned to the club to work under Sarri. Chelsea latest shining possible xi REVEALED 2 smart causal possible standings silverware center_img 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures gameday cracker Chelsea transfer target Aleksandr Golovin could still move to a European rival, the club have been warned.The Blues have been chasing the 22-year-old, but CSKA Moscow president Evgeniy Giner says there is no ‘closed agreement’ with them for the player, who starred for Russia at the World Cup. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Golovin was one of the stars of the World Cup REAL DEAL Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? “I believe that [he] can grow into a big star,” Giner told sport24. “I’m not sure that this can happen in the Russian championship. The level of the English Premier League or the championship of Spain is much higher. In order not to ruin [him], we must let him go.“But we have no solution for today. When we receive an offer, we always try to negotiate openly. Indeed, we were visited by the vice-president of Monaco [Vadim Vasilyev] and he made a proposal for Golovin.“If we talk about Chelsea, then there is no closed agreement with them. But the question of his transition will be decided, I think, in the next couple of days.”So far Chelsea’s only bit of transfer business has come in the form of Jorginho, who joined from Napoli in a £50m deal.New manager Maurizio Sarri also explained he wants to keep Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge when asked about the pair possibly leaving. Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham starlast_img read more

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Mkhitaryan has previously missed travelling to Azerbaijan while playing for Borussia Dortmund REVEALED targets Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s could be forced to miss Arsenal’s Europa League trip to Qarabag due to tensions between Azerbaijan and the forward’s homeland of Armenia.Sporting of Portugal and Ukrainian side Vorskla join the Gunners and Qarabag in Group E, and some potentially tricky games are compounded by questions over Mkhitaryan’s availability for the trip to Azerbaijan, which is also hosting the Europa League final in the capital of Baku. silverware possible standings Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? gameday cracker LATEST REVEALED What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta smart causal Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Latest Arsenal news England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won rookie error In relation to the situation surrounding Mkhitaryan, UEFA said in a statement: “It is a standard procedure for UEFA to send letters of support to associations, clubs or embassies in order to obtain visas for players in order to be able to travel to another country and play in UEFA competition matches.” BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tensions continue between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, with a ceasefire declared in 1994 after fighting erupted several years earlier.Those issues meant Mkhitaryan did not travel with Borussia Dortmund to a Europa League game against Gabala in October 2015, with the German club’s chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke citing ‘safety concerns’ as the reason for his absence. 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 2 Mkhitaryan has performed brightly this season despite Arsenal’s poor start to the campaign Arsenal were one of four British clubs in Friday’s group stage draw at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, with Chelsea, Celtic and Rangers also finding out their opponents for this year’s edition of Europe’s secondary cup competition.last_img read more

Getting Around Without Fossil Fuels

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first_imgAlex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. He also coauthored BuildingGreen’s special report on windows that just came out. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. 1. Avoid the car and walk or bikeThe easiest and most obvious strategy for eliminating fossil fuels for transportation is to walk or ride a bike. New York City is the most pedestrian-friendly city in America. Most of my friends who live in NYC don’t even own cars. Indeed, unless you’re willing to spend the megabucks needed for a private garage, going without a car is far more convenient than having one — just ask anyone who has to move his or her car two or three times a week to provide for street cleaning. The density is high enough that walking and public transit (more on that below) allow residents to give up their private vehicles. 3. Switch to bio-based fuelSome years ago, when we had a VW Passat TDI diesel wagon, we ran it on biodiesel (a fuel that performs much like petroleum diesel but is refined from vegetable oil). I used 100% biodiesel (B100) for a while, but when a local service station in Brattleboro started carrying B20 (20% biodiesel) I decided to switch to that and avoid having to lug 55-gallon drums of the fuel down into my basement and then use a hand pump to pump it into 5-gallon cans that I would lug up to my car. I was no longer fossil-fuel-free with the Passat, but I was supporting a local company that had made a commitment to enter the biodiesel business.Friends of mine have converted diesel vehicles to run on unrefined vegetable oil — usually used cooking oil that they get from restaurants. These are often called grease-car conversions, and it’s necessary to pre-heat the fuel using standard diesel before switching over to grease, so a second fuel tank has to be installed. It’s a bit more work — more than I was willing to do — though I admire people who are that committed. Last week I laid out some arguments on why we should wean ourselves from fossil fuels, and offered some suggestions of how we could go about doing that in our homes — by superinsulating, switching to oil- and gas-free heating, and converting to renewable electricity. Those steps certainly aren’t easy or inexpensive, but there’s a pretty clear path for doing so.With transportation it’s a lot more challenging, particularly in non-urban areas where we’re more dependent on automobiles. Petroleum is uniquely suited to fueling our cars and trucks. Gasoline and diesel are highly concentrated fuels that allow a little to go a long way. They are liquid at the conditions where we use them without putting them under pressure, so we can pump them into our fuel tanks relatively easily and with (relatively) low risk.What are the options if we want to get off fossil fuels? 4. Go with an all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle and use electricity from renewable sourcesAnother option for getting off petroleum is to buy an electric vehicle or one of the plug-in hybrid vehicles that have recently entered the market, such as the Chevy Volt or Prius Plug-In. I’ve been hoping that our 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid, with about 160,000 miles on it, will hang on long enough that I can replace it with an affordable plug-in hybrid and then use excess capacity from the solar electric (photovoltaic) system that we plan to install on our barn.I did some back-of-the-envelope calculations a while ago and found that if I oversized my PV system by just 1 kW of capacity (over what I need for a net-zero-energy house) I would produce about 1,200 kWh of excess electricity, an average of 3.3 kWh per day. That would be enough to drive about 12 miles per day solely on our own site-generated electricity. This calculation assumes 275 watt-hours per mile, which is the high end of the range a friend of mine achieves with a Prius that he converted to a plug-in configuration. 2. Redesign our communities so that cars aren’t neededWalking, biking, or taking public transit isn’t just a personal decision; it also depends on infrastructure that supports it. A key to the long-term goal of getting off fossil fuels to redesign our communities with an emphasis on pedestrians, bikes, and public transit, rather than on the automobile.Strategies to create more pedestrian-friendly communities include mixed-use development (where we can work and shop closer to where we live), greater density that will support public transit, the creation of bike lanes and biking/walking pathways, and traffic calming practices to create safer streets that invite walking and biking. Bringing about these changes takes time and necessitates becoming active on planning commissions, select boards, development review boards, and other municipal bodies. Biking extends the range for getting around without a motorized vehicle. If we can walk up to a mile (in about 20 minutes) with reasonable convenience, then we could bike six or seven miles.I live in West Dummerston, and in good weather I enjoy the seven-mile ride to my office in Brattleboro, mostly along Route 30 (with one of the better shoulders in the region); sometimes I even bike in on the newly created West River Trail — though it’s a little rough for my touring bike. By walking or biking, you not only save money by avoiding the nearly $4/gallon gasoline, but you get free exercise and a chance to get lost in your own thoughts.In a few European cities, such as Amsterdam and Copenhagen, bicycling now accounts for 30-40% of all trips. In Portland, Oregon, among the most bicycle-friendly cities in America, 6-8% of all commuting is now by bike, according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation — not much by European standards, but the highest of any large U.S. city. 5. Use public transit and lobby for greener energy sourcesParticularly in less rural areas, biodiesel buses, hybrid-electric buses, and electric trolleys and light-rail systems provide another option for getting off fossil fuels with out transportation. All-electric transit options pollute far less than their diesel counterparts, but they can be even greener if the municipality invests in its own renewable energy system or commits to renewable energy credits for its power. This renewable electricity can be from wind farms, Cow Power (in Vermont), landfill methane, solar, or other renewable options.There is often an extra cost for a municipality to switch to green electricity, but I believe it’s a good investment for many reasons—including public health and supporting the local economy. With various investment options available, this can be a financially attractive option, even for a small town like Brattleboro. It can also be an attractive option for a private company operating a public transit system. RELATED ARTICLES Getting Off Fossil FuelsTransportation Energy Intensity of BuildingsHouses Versus Carslast_img read more

first_imgThe Sessions judge hearing the bail application of film actor Salman Khan was transferred late on Friday night, creating a suspense over the continuation of proceedings for which he had summoned the record of the trial court which had convicted and sentenced the 52-year-old actor to five years in prison.District and Sessions Judge (Jodhpur Rural) Ravindra Kumar Joshi was among the 87 District Judges shifted by the Rajasthan High Court in a routine process of reshuffle, usually carried out in March-April every year. He has been transferred to Sirohi.However, Mr. Joshi is likely to continue the hearing in Khan’s case on Saturday, in view of the urgency with which all applications for bail and suspension of sentence under Section 389 of Criminal Procedure Code are treated. The Judge will get seven days for getting relieved from his present posting and is empowered to handle the pending judicial work during this period.Mr. Joshi has been replaced by Chandra Kumar Songara, who was District and Sessions Judge in Bhilwara.last_img read more

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India president Jagmohan Dalmiya, who was admitted to a hospital three days ago after complaining of chest pain, died on Sunday evening, triggering shock and sorrow among the fraternity who termed it a great loss to the game.The veteran cricket administrator, 75, was admitted to the B.M. Birla Hospital on Thursday night and shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). He also underwent a coronary angiography with his condition remaining stable for close to three days.Credited with turning the gentleman’s game into a global sport of big money and a reach well beyond its traditional bastions, Dalmiya’s death was widely mourned.Heartfelt condolences on the passing away of Shri Jagmohan Dalmiya #PresidentMukherjee&; President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) September 20, 2015My thoughts are with the family of Shri Jagmohan Dalmiya in this hour of grief. May Shri Dalmiya’s soul rest in peace.&; Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 20, 2015Heartfelt condolences to the family & friends of Jagmohan Dalmiya. Had met him in June. little did I realise that it would be the last (1/3)&; sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 20, 2015Will always cherish his encouragement & support over the years. Worked hard for the game of cricket & excelled as an administrator (2/3)&; sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 20, 2015Was touched by his efforts to make my penultimate Test at Eden Gardens very special. RIP Jagmohan Dalmiya. (3/3)&; sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 20, 2015 Deeply saddened 2 hear the news of the demise of Dalmiya Ji.My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.May his soul RIP @BCCIadvertisement&; VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) September 20, 2015Dalmiya Ji’s contribution 2 Indian cricket was immense.He was an astute administrator&a visionary.His demise is a huge loss 2 Indian cricket&; VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) September 20, 2015 Sad to know about demise of Mr Jagmohan Dalmiya…heartfelt condolences to his family and friends&; zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) September 20, 2015The greatest sports administrator of India has passed away,an era ends. A personal loss to me & Indian cricket. @BCCI #RIPDalmiyaJi&; Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) September 20, 2015I knew Dalmiya Ji for over 15 years. He was a mentor to us all & a true lover of the game. His guidance & passion was immense. @BCCI&; Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) September 20, 2015 Saddened to hear the news about Dalmiya Ji’s demise. Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.&; Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 21, 2015Saddened by Mr. Dalmiya’s death. Immense contribution to Indian and world cricket. A huge loss. Always a players man! Condolences to family!&; Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) September 20, 2015#Rip Dalmiya sir. My heartfelt condolences to the family.&; Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) September 20, 2015Big loss for India cricket. Mr. Dalmiya always showed the way. Rest in Peace sir#RIP&; Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) September 20, 2015Really saddened by the news of Jagmohan Dalmiya passing away. An administrator with a cricketing heart, RIP Jagguda.&; Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) September 20, 2015JDalmiya was shrewd Crkt administrator & by far the best player-BCCI President!His concern fr Indn Crkt was http://t.co/84WYHMItmL Jaggu Da!&; Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) September 20, 2015 Respect to Mr Dalmiya for his contribution in Cricket.May his soul Rest in Peace.Strength and warmth to his loved ones !&; Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) September 21, 2015last_img read more

first_imgLeft-arm spinner Axar Patel became one of the costliest Indian players in the ongoing IPL Auction Live 2019 as he was bought for Rs 5 crore by Delhi Capitals on Tuesday. Patel matched West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite’s price, who went to Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 5 crore.Kings XI Punjab and Delhi were engaged in a bidding war for the India cricketer and the player finally went to Delhi after an intense round of auction which saw Yuvraj Singh going unsold in the first round of bidding.Axar has played five seasons for Kings XI Punjab, featuring in 68 matches for them between 2014 and 2018.Axar has picked up 61 wickets at an average of 28.93 with one four-wicket haul to his name. He also has scored 686 runs in the tournament at 19.05 with a highest score of 44.His best season with the ball came in 2014 when he picked up 17 wickets while in 2017, he not only picked up 15 wickets but also amassed 227 runs with the bat.Axar became the second high-profile Indian player to be sold in the auction after India all-rounder Hanuma Vihari. They both will play for the Delhi Capitals in the 2019 season.Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore were engaged in a bidding war for Vihari, who had a base price Rs 50 lakh and finally Delhi placed the winning bid.Vihari is currently with the Indian Test team on the tour to Australia where he featured in the second Test which the visitors lost by 146 runs on Day 5.Vihari scored 20 and 28 runs in the two innings and also picked up 2 wickets in the match.advertisementVihari has played 22 matches in the IPL so far in the 2013 and 2015 seasons. He has amassed 280 runs till now at an average of 15.55. He also has 1 wicket to his name.A total of 70 players can be bought at the auction with 20 slots available for the foreign players.last_img read more