You may have noticed a theme running through the various Frank Robinson appreciations populating the great wide ether: You had to give as well as you got when interacting with him.Even if I had been aware of this axiom, I doubt I would have acted on it. I first starting covering baseball in 1981, Robinson’s first season as manager of the Giants. I wasn’t quite 25 years old. Robinson scared the life out me.Duane Kuiper? Different story.Kuiper was in his second season with the Cleveland …
1 July 2011 The late Kader Asmal, South African liberation struggle veteran, human rights activist, academic and politician, was “a great African patriot who devoted his life to the fight against human oppression,” Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said at a memorial service on Thursday. “The agony that enveloped our country immediately after Professor Kader Asmal’s demise told of a grief-stricken nation,” Motlanthe said during a moving memorial service at City Hall in Cape Town. He said that Asmal had embraced a vision “that said a better human society based on human rights, equality, respect and celebration of our common humanity is possible and indeed desirable.” The Deputy President described the late African National Congress (ANC) veteran as an “an erudite professor” and an “organic intellectual in the truest sense of the word.” “His outlook was grounded in concrete, daily realities of the people he led,” he said. To Asmal’s wife, Louise, Motlanthe said: “We know you have not only lost a husband but also, you have lost a companion, a fried and a comrade.” During the ceremony, many people ranging from family, friends and comrades to politicians and academics gave testimonies on how they knew Asmal. Many described him as a “brilliant professor” and a “maverick of all sorts”, as well as a man with a sense of humour who also loved things like whisky and cricket. Poems and songs were performed in his honour as speaker after speaker quoted some of the poems which the late Cabinet minister loved. His Irish close friend of 47 years, Garry Kilgallen, said that he had met Asmal in 1964 in Ireland when he formed the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement. He said that Asmal’s work in both Ireland and South Africa had left “living footprints on the sands of time.” He said that back home, people loved Asmal as he was loved in this country. He described him as a great source of advice as well as a great human rights activist, patriot and “a fighter for liberty.” Louise Asmal thanked everyone for the support she had received during this time of pain and urged the government to carry on with the work of uplifting the poor. Her speech received a standing ovation. Grandchildren Zoe and Oisin said that they would remember their grandpa as a man who was involved in their lives. They said he used to take them to school, walk them to the shops as well as mentoring them to be well cultured beings. Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180416_RyanMartinHeavy rain is done in the west and central part of Ohio this morning, but we have rain holding on over the eastern third to quarter of the state. This rain will likely linger into midday before pushing east into PA. Cold air is rushing in on the backside of the moisture, driven by strong NW flow across the great lakes. Temps are shifting to well below normal levels, but honestly look to be a little bit better here than farther west in Indiana today. The northern half of Ohio will see temps in the 30s to low 40s, while the southern half of the state will push into the mid and upper 40s still. We likely see our coldest air overnight tonight. Adding insult will be strong NW winds, making it feel even colder. Light moisture holds over the state through the entire day, but there will be significant holes in the precipitation coverage. We are not looking at liquid equivalent being any more than a few hundredths to perhaps a tenth of an inch, but with temps being where they are, we have to allow for wet snow to fly over northern areas pretty much at will. And, we can see rain mix in too.Tomorrow seems colder over a larger part of the state and looks to have more moisture around, particularly up north. The map shows temps tomorrow afternoon as compared to normal. From I-70 northward, we would not be surprised to see a coating to an inch of wet snow from midnight tonight through tomorrow. There likely is nothing developing farther south tomorrow. But, the chilly air is not leaving anytime soon, and we see clouds reluctant to break up in the south.Dry weather is in for overnight tomorrow night through the bulk of Wednesday.Our first tweak of the forecast (from last week’s thoughts) is to push our midweek action back slightly. While we now see most of Wednesday dry, clouds build late in the afternoon. Scattered light rain showers then break out closer to overnight Wednesday night and then linger though most of Thursday. Rain totals still look to be from a few hundredths to .25”, but we are increasing coverage to 80% of the state. The best rains will be from US 30 northward.Dry Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This is our next slight change in the forecast – the dry weekend. Temps stay cool for the end of the week and start of the weekend, as we continue to see mostly NW flow dominate the eastern Corn Belt. However, on Sunday, winds turn more S and SW ahead of our next system for early next week. This should allow temps to moderate back closer to normal. WE do not expect a big push above normal, but still, Sunday will likely end up bringing the warmest temps of the next 7 days.Clouds will slowly increase through the day Monday, but we should stay dry, while action develops off to the west. Our next system pushes into Ohio overnight Monday night into Tuesday morning. This low pressure circulation will be coming up from the SW. Scattered showers fall statewide through Tuesday and into early next Wednesday. Rain totals are expected to be around .25”-1” over 70% of the state. The heaviest action seems to set up through central Ohio, but this projection is nearly 10 days out…so a lot can happen between now and then.We should be dry for the start of by Wednesday evening, and strong Canadian high pressure slowly sinks off to the southeast. That keeps the region dry for the night of the 25th along with the 26th and 27th, which is another forecast change, also in our favor. This should bring impressive southwest flow up on the backside of the high for the 27th. That southwest flow will warm us to near normal temperature levels. A cold front works in from the northwest for the 28th and 29th. Rains with that front remain in the half to 1” range with coverage at 80% of the state. Behind that we look dry for the remainder of the month into early may. However, that dry forecast is rooted in yet another Canadian high, so that means we likely see a cold finish to April and start to May, with temps a good 5-15 degrees below normal.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — The EPA broke away from Renewable Fuel Standard requirements for granting small-refinery waivers starting in May 2017 and continued to deny a congressional order regarding which refiners qualify, according to a 97-page brief filed in a federal court in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.The brief was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by attorneys on behalf of the Advanced Biofuels Association. The group sued the EPA in response to it granting 48 small-refinery waivers in 2016 and 2017.In all, agency waivers reduced biofuel blending requirements for refiners by about 2.25 billion gallons in 2016 and 2017. Biodiesel industry officials estimate producers lost about 300 million gallons from waivers.The partially redacted document shows the agency originally was allowed to grant temporary, two-year exemptions starting in 2005. In recent years, however, the agency granted exemption extensions beyond two years — including a refiner that never received a prior exemption.The EPA approved waivers for small refiners that didn’t have the minimum U.S. Department of Energy score to qualify, the brief said, and improperly considered the debts of small-refiners’ parent companies when examining waiver requests.In addition, the brief showed evidence the agency considered small-refiners’ operating losses whether or not they were related to RFS compliance. The agency also considered what small refiners might spend on biofuel credits, without looking at revenue they would later generate from sales of Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs.The Advanced Biofuels Association asked the court to declare the agency’s methodology for determining disproportionate economic hardship as “unlawful.”The group asked the court to strike down the agency’s disproportionate economic hardship policy, based on a small-refinery’s operating losses or debts held on behalf of parent companies.Attorneys for the group also asked the court to declare “unlawful” the agency’s action to grant extensions of temporary exemptions that “were not continuously subject to a temporary exemption in all preceding years or that never received a temporary exemption.”When contacted by DTN, EPA spokesman Michael Abboud said, “We don’t comment on pending litigation.”PRUITT ACTIONSAfter former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt took control of the agency, EPA said in a note on a May 4, 2017, final agency decision on a small-refinery request, that it had changed its approach, although it was not made public.“In prior decisions, EPA considered that a small refinery could not show disproportionate economic hardship without showing an effect on ‘viability,’ but we are changing our approach,” the brief said.“While a showing of significant impairment of refinery operations may help establish disproportionate economic hardship, compliance with RFS obligations may impose a disproportionate economic hardship when it is disproportionately difficult for a refinery to comply with its RFS obligations — even if the refinery’s operations are not significantly impaired.”BLANKET EXEMPTIONSTemporary blanket exemptions were recognized by Congress as possibly necessary for refiners that produce 75,000 or fewer barrels of crude oil per day and would face difficulty in complying with the RFS.“Many small refineries did not have infrastructure to be able to blend renewable fuels into conventional fuels and would therefore need to rely on the purchase of RINs to meet their RFS obligations,” the brief said.As a result, Congress granted all small refineries in operation at the start of the RFS program a temporary blanket exemption from compliance with the RFS program through compliance year 2010.“At the end of the temporary blanket exemption, however, small refineries would be required to meet the same renewable fuel obligations as all other refineries, unless their exemption is extended,” the brief said.Congress ordered the Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct a study on whether RFS compliance would “impose a disproportionate economic hardship on small refineries,” the brief said. The temporary exemption period came about as a result of the study.The initial temporary blanket exemption covering all 59 small refineries through 2010 then gave way to a two-year extension of the temporary exemptions to only 24 small refineries identified by the DOE, the brief said.During compliance years 2013 to 2015, on average, just 14 small refineries asked for extensions of the temporary exemptions. During that three-year period, EPA granted 23 of the 43 petitions the agency received.In 2017, the number of small refineries filing for exemptions retroactively for 2016 jumped from 14 the previous year to 20. The rate in which EPA granted these petitions also increased dramatically from 53% to 95%.“While EPA at this time did not publish any information about the number of small-refinery petitions received or granted, the small-refining industry clearly got the message that the odds of receiving an exemption had dramatically increased.”To read the full brief, visit http://www.dtn.com/….Todd Neeley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.orgFollow him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(CC/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
Location is part of what experts call “contextual search,” which becomes even more important with the rise of mobile computing. Where we are and who we are makes a big difference in the search results we want, and contextually aware search engines are working to use that information to decide what results to return to us.According to J Schwan, CEO of Solstice Mobile, there are four aspects of contextual searching that all have to work together:WhereRelevancePushSecurity and privacyFirst, there’s the where – what Schwan refers to as geo-fencing. Where you are, as noted above, makes a difference in what search results are most appropriate.Then there’s relevance, which dictates results through explicit preferences that you have set, the results delivered to other users in a similar context and what is going on around you at that particular time (traffic, weather, business hours, etc.).The third aspect Schwan highlighted is relatively new, but fast-becoming more important to contextual search: push. Rather than waiting for users to search and then reacting to that query, data providers and search engines are working on how to push data to users based on their context. Google Now does this now on Android and its Chrome browser extension: cards based on your search results, location and even email messages will appear that give you the traffic report to get home or inform you of the latest sports score.The final aspect is the wrapper of security and privacy that has to work with all of this to ensure a user’s data doesn’t go where it’s not supposed to.Squinting For SEOContextual searching is perfect for mobile, because, well, mobile users are by definition moving around. But the mobile form factor also makes contextual search more important.Many people may have honking big 27-inch monitors on their home PCs, but relatively tiny smartphone screens inherently limit the amount of information we can access. In that context, it’s even more important for mobile users to get the right results near the top of the results screen.This is even more true when adding natural interfaces to search, such as voice-activated searching using systems like Apple’s Siri. Forget search strings, Siri has to process natural-language queries and either speak or display usable results on a small screen. For search-engine optimization (SEO), this is a huge challenge: With contextual search, it’s no longer enough to get your business or product listed on the first Web page of results. On a mobile device, as well as in push situations, SEO is really effective only if you can push your results into the top position, or at least into the first few lines.Wearable devices like Google Glass and the rumored iWatch could put even more pressure on search results. We don’t yet know what their interfaces will look like, but it seems safe to assume that there may be even less real estate available to display search results. Tags:#Apple#Bing#Google#Google Glass#Internet of Things#mobile#search brian proffitt Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting This is one reason why the search engines are working so hard to deliver knowledge rather than just Web page links in their results. Google and Bing both now feature “knowledge boxes” that try to encapsulate the pertinent information about a topic in one glance. This “knowledgization” of search results is conducive to mobile search because it parses data into easily displayed and digestible chunks – essential for the smaller screen.We may already be seeing the early effects of this trend. Last Fall, Google reported its first-ever drop in search volume. Some of this decline is no doubt attributable to competition – such as Bing, Yahoo or even local searches through services like Yelp. But how much of it is due to pushed content and knowledge replacing what might have otherwise been searched for? If the information being received is of better quality, then perhaps we won’t have to search as much in the future.By incorporating context and working towards knowledge – useful information instead of just plain data – the next evolution of search will take advantage of new opportunities and cope with new demands and challenges.Will that help us make better decisions? We can hope.Lead image and Notre Dame images courtesy of Shutterstock. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud The world of search is about to be flipped completely on its head. As part of that sea change, today’s reactive Web-based searches are about to give way to proactive, geo-fenced answers that will pop up before you even frame the question.In many cases, you won’t be searching for content – content will be searching for you.Putting The New Search In ContextSearch, to date, has mostly worked something like this: You type a word or phrase into a search bar in a browser or mobile app and a search engine with a funny name returns a list of Web pages it deems related to your query.In recent years, search has gotten a lot better in a number of ways. One key improvement takes location into account. If I type “Notre Dame” while I’m in my hometown, then it’s very likely I will get results about the University. If I were located near Cleveland, though, I might get results about Notre Dame College. And if I were in France, surely my results would focus on this beautiful edifice. 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The police in Manipur have said that Rohingya refugees, displaced from Myanmar’s Rakhine region, are increasingly entering India through human trafficking corridors along the West Bengal-Bangladesh border.More than 300,000 Rohingya have fled from Myanmar and taken refuge in Bangladesh.The Manipur police came to know about the trafficking routes after the arrest of eight Rohingya in Imphal on Monday. The eight had fake Aadhaar cards in their possession.Of the eight, Md. Younus and Md. Anwar had arrived in Manipur last week. Md. Ismail followed them with five minors, travelling from West Bengal to Guwahati by train and to Imphal by road.While Younus and Anwar took refuge in Bangladesh three years ago, Ismail fled Rakhine last year. A Bangladeshi agent helped them to enter India.“A series of drives against illegal immigrants led to the arrest of several Rohingya from the (India-Myanmar) border town of Moreh, Tengnoupal and Imphal during the past few months,” Manipur DGP L.M. Khaute said.The police are also examining the involvement of local agents after the arrested Rohingya said a Bangladeshi agent, Md. Ayub, had helped them cross over to Bengal. Ayub’s wife Sultana is a resident of Imphal, and the police said she arranged the stay of the immigrants. The Manipur police had arrested nine Rohingya last week. They had fake Aaadhaar cards prepared by two Moreh-based locals who were later arrested.
Few Goa-based NGOs, political parties, including Congress, civil society groups and individuals will join a ‘people’s march’ led by social activist Rajan Ghate to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s private residence on Tuesday, to demand his resignation. “The march will be held on Tuesday, November 20,” activist lawyer Aires Rodrigues told the press at Azad Maidan, venue of the on-going hunger strike by Mr. Ghate. Mr. Ghate’s indefinite hunger strike to demand the resignation of of ailing Chief Minister to “improve collapsed governance in the State” entered fourth day on Monday.“Mr. Ghate will lead the march to the Dona Paula residence of CM Manohar Parrikar. The march will be attended by Goa’s NGOs, leading individuals and some political parties, including the Congress,” Mr. Rodridgues said. Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar confirmed his party’s participation in the march.Mr. Ghate has been on fast-unto-death for the last four days at the city square demanding that Mr. Parrikar, who is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer and has been unable to attend office for several months now, either resign or handover the charge of the government in public interest.Apart from the Opposition, which has been demanding his resignation for several months now, on Saturday some Cabinet Ministers from the ruling alliance also conceded while interacting with media that Mr. Parrikar’s prolonged absence from office had brought administration to a standstill.