Subsidy only for commercial EVs not personal use Govt

first_imgNew Delhi: The government Friday asserted that subsidies for promotion of electric mobility in India will be only for commercial vehicles, and automobiles for personal usage will not be included. Speaking at an event here, Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Arjun Ram Meghwal said the government expects India to adopt electric vehicles (EV) in “all natural course” – be it for bikes, cars, trucks, buses and e-rickshaws, while emphasising that the transition was necessary in order to reduce carbon emissions as per the Paris Agreement. “The government has made clear its intention to promote electric mobility through commercial fleet owners and incentives will be only offered to them,” Meghwal said here at India UK Electric Mobility Forum 2019. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsUnder the Rs 10,000-crore FAME scheme, subsidy on EVs are given to three- and four-wheelers for commercial and fleet applications. However, in two-wheelers it is also extended for personal usage. Various industry players have been asking the government to also provide support to EVs for personal usage four-wheelers in order to make them affordable and popularise the eco-friendly technology. Reiterating the significance of EVs, the minister said this was the only way to provide smoke-free environment to the future generations. Also Read – Coking coal shipments rise 15 pc to 29 MT at 12 state-run ports in Apr-Sep”We will have to move towards the EVs to reduce carbon emissions as per the Paris Agreement… It is the right of future generations to have a smokeless environment… It is our goal,” Meghwal said. Elaborating on the plans to promote EVs, Meghwal said that his ministry has invited proposals from entities to develop charging infrastructure in big and smart cities. “Proposals are invited from cities that intend to develop charging infrastructure in million-plus cities as per 2011 census. Initially, 1,000 EV charging stations are earmarked for development through the EOI (expressions of interest),” he added. These charging stations will be sanctioned in different cities after evaluation of the proposals received under the EOI, the minister said. “We also plan to connect all charging stations with grid-connected solar power plant of required capacity as per new renewable energy guidelines so as to ensure grid stability and green energy for EVs,” he added. “The government also wants to have an electric highway. We are working on that front. The shift towards EVs will not only tackle air pollution, but also reduce import bill,” Meghwal said. He added that the Niti Aayog has recommended making electric two- and three-wheelers mandatory from 2025 and all new four-wheelers for commercial use within city limit by April 2026. The government think tank has also recommended even phase-wise introduction of commercial four-wheelers by fleet owners including taxi aggregators from 2.5 per cent in 2020-21 to 40 per cent usage in 2025-26, he said. “Moreover, it was recommended that 30 per cent of new intra-city buses should be electric by April 2026,” Meghwal said. He said the government has put in statutory safeguards to promote green mobility in the country.last_img read more

The feuding feral cats of HMC Dockyard – and the exsailor who

first_imgHALIFAX – Pierre Filiatreault looked out his office window at Halifax’s naval base 12 years ago and saw two tiny kittens playing together in a narrow alleyway.The kittens — one with fluffy orange and white fur and one all black — appeared malnourished and without a mother, so Filiatreault began feeding them.He fashioned a small makeshift shelter out of Plexiglas and other scrap materials. The pair could often be seen cuddled together inside the enclosure, resting their heads on each other’s back paws, their bellies touching.Eventually the naval officer took them to the SPCA, where they were adopted. But the two kittens were not the only felines roaming the base in search of food and shelter.Feral cats are a common sight at HMC Dockyard — home to Canada’s East Coast navy, including frigates and the submarine HMCS Windsor.Filiatreault retired in 2009 as a petty officer first class after serving 31 years in the navy, but he still visits the base near downtown Halifax every day to feed the roughly 20 stray cats that call it home.“The cats are part of my life now. As you feed animals, you get attached to them,” said Filiatreault in front of a cat shelter dubbed “Saraphyna” that’s nestled into a ledge that overlooks the Halifax harbour.“It’s not work anymore. They’re part of the family.”Filiatreault, also known as the Catman, has special permission from the Defence Department to maintain several cat shelters at the yard and enter the base each day to feed what have become known locally as the “dockyard cats.”In 2005 he started to trap, neuter and return the cats to help control the population. Kittens have not been born at the base in roughly nine years, and the oldest cat is now around 14. Feral cats usually only live two or three years.Each has a name — like Binoo and Black Chin — and will come to Filiatreault when called. They respond to three languages, given Filiatreault is French and his wife Paola — who helps with the feeding — is Italian, and both speak English.There are two cat colonies at the dockyard, referred to as the “city” and “country” cats.On the south end, a contingent of black and white cats roam a concrete jungle-of-sorts amidst the bustle of Canada’s Atlantic naval fleet.They can be seen scampering up wooden planks Filiatreault has attached to the side of buildings, allowing them to navigate from an upper roadway to an oceanside docking and loading area.The four-legged furballs sometimes trot along the wharf alongside uniformed officers and snooze in the shade under row boats stored on racks.The city cats eat inside the “Catty Shack” shelter — a white barn-style shed with a cat door that sits in the shadow of the Macdonald Bridge and is nestled among shipping containers and the base’s post office. Around back is one of Filiatreault’s first shelters he built in 2005 from an old fridge.The Catty Shack is heated with light bulbs, keeping it at about 10 C, and inside are cubbies equipped with cat beds and an endless supply of dry food.It’s the first stop on the daily run — when Filiatreault or his wife check on their feline friends, give them deworming and anti-flea medications and bring more desirable edibles.“They love treats. My wife spoils them — chicken, ground beef, steak or ham, depending on the season,” said Filiatreault, scooping out wet cat food onto a dish and mixing it with vitamins.“They’re friendly, but they are feral cats so you cannot touch them.”Meanwhile, the north end cats are happy trotting through tall grass or napping inside an old boat — dubbed “the Ark” — which sits in a small green space and is covered by wood framing and Plexiglas for added protection from the elements. Cina, who has long orange fur, can often be found sleeping inside.Placid, a short-haired white cat that has undergone three knee surgeries, is the local boss. He often perches on a retaining wall that overlooks the Saraphyna Shelter and Ark below.Multi-coloured Cleo has also proven to be somewhat of a chieftain of her clan. She recently defended their territory when another cat — Benny from the city colony — wandered in.“She was quite adamant that they did not want him there,” he said. “It’s like street gangs. It works the same way with feral cats. They all have their own section of the dockyard.”Navy officers will sometimes come visit the country colony on their lunch break, bringing treats.There are only a couple dozen cats now living at the dockyard, but that number was once closer to 100 in the 1990s, before Filiatreault took an interest.He raises money to keep the dockyard program running under Pierre’s Alley Cat Society, which is in its 10th year. Cats can be sponsored on a monthly or yearly basis, which pays for their food and any vet visits.Filiatreault said the Defence Department has always been supportive of his initiative and has even provided funding and manpower when the shelters were first constructed. There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the Catty Shack.He said he will continue the dockyard program until its natural conclusion — when the remaining residents live out their lives.“All animals deserve a chance to live,” said Filiatreault. “It could be another two years or it could be five years, but I’m in it for the long haul.”Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

Alaska city council postpones onsite marijuana use ordinance

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Officials in an Alaska city have postponed an ordinance that would allow onsite consumption at retail marijuana stores.The Daily News-Miner reported Tuesday that the Fairbanks City Council voted 4-2 Monday to postpone passage of the regulation permitting use at approved locations within the city limits.The newspaper reports the current Fairbanks ordinance prohibits onsite consumption at stores “even if authorized by state law.”The newspaper reports that councillors intend the postponement to allow time to draft a substitute ordinance creating a ballot measure for October’s general election that would leave the question of onsite consumption to voters.The newspaper says the council is scheduled to revisit the subject at its April 22 meeting.___Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.comThe Associated Press read more

UN ramping up aid efforts amid deepening Libyan crisis

According to the Libya country team of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), more than 331,000 people are in need of assistance, including an estimated 287,000 people who are internally displaced within and around the capital, Tripoli, as well as Benghazi. In addition, another 100,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries amid the continuing violence between rival armed factions in the country. In a press statement released today, OCHA said the main humanitarian priorities outlined in its new appeal are health and food assistance, provision of non-food items and hygiene kits, and mine action activities which would target the internally displaced, migrants, refugees, other vulnerable groups and affected host communities. “Whilst the conflict has obliged the vast majority of the international community present in Libya, including the United Nations, to temporarily withdraw from the country, access is being sought through national and international partners who have presence in the country and through UN agency national staff,” the statement said. It added that humanitarian needs assessments were ongoing “in order to take into account the fluid security situation in the country and identify and target the most vulnerable affected populations and guide the humanitarian response.” Civilian casualties, injuries and large-scale displacement continue to increase in Libya as a result of recent clashes in Tripoli and several other areas of the country. The North African nation has been embroiled in some of the worst fighting since the 2011 uprising that ousted former leader Muammar al-Qadhafi and set the country on a transition to democracy. read more

Big win honors for Ohio State womens soccer

Ohio State women’s soccer’s season will continue after a big day on and off the pitch. On the field, the No. 21-ranked Buckeyes beat Nebraska, 1-0, in a Big Ten Tournament opening-round match Wednesday to advance to the next round of competition. Off the field, five OSU players received conference honors, the Big Ten announced. OSU, the Big Ten Tournament’s No. 2-seed, got the eventual game-winner from sophomore midfielder Ellyn Gruber just before halftime. Buckeyes freshman goalkeeper Jillian McVicker made one save in the game to help OSU advance. Prior to the game, the Big Ten Conference announced that five OSU players had received honors, including record-setting senior forward Tiffany Cameron. Cameron, along with junior midfielder Danica Wu, was named a first-team All-Big Ten selection to add to her recent success. On Monday, Cameron was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the second consecutive week after scoring twice in a 5-0 win against Indiana to become OSU’s all-time leading goal scorer. After entering the match against the Hoosiers tied with former Buckeyes Lisa Collison and Lara Dickenmann for the all-time goals lead with 35, Cameron grabbed the record herself with two goals in the team’s regular season finale. Wu was a second team All-Big Ten selection last season and earned the first-team honor despite missing four games on international duty with Canada’s U-20 team. OSU senior midfielder/forward Kendyl Reed, McVicker and junior goalkeeper Rachel Middleman were also honored by the conference, according to a Wednesday OSU release. Reed was tabbed a second team All-Big Ten selection after posting one assist in 18 starts for the Buckeyes while McVicker was named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman Team after allowing just four goals in almost 734 minutes in goal this season. Middleman was the Buckeyes’ sportsmanship honoree. Members of OSU women’s soccer were not immediately made available for The Lantern’s Wednesday request for comment. OSU (14-4-1) will continue Big Ten Conference play Friday against either No. 3-seeded Michigan or No. 6-seeded Wisconsin. Kickoff for the tournament’s semifinal-round game is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in Bloomington, Ind. read more

Angela Rippon tested positive for opiates after eating poppy seed bread

first_img“In fact when tests have been done there’s about a six-hundred fold variation in the amount of morphine in poppy seeds.”The popular advice programme has gained popularity through a number of series as it exposes real-life rip-offs and consumer issues that have caught out viewers.The fourth series of Rip Off Britain: Food, with Angela Rippon, Gloria Hunniford and Julia Somerville, begins at 10.45am on BBC One on Monday. Dumbfounded at first, he claimed he then realised that the answer must be the poppy seed bread he had eaten for his breakfast toast.Rippon said: “In more than 50 years of broadcasting I’ve found myself in a number of extraordinary situations.”But I must say I never thought I’d find myself taking a drugs test, let alone have it come back positive.”Rippon had a go at a urine screening test herself as the show explained how drugs tests are becoming more common in work environments where employees drive, operate heavy machinery or where the job is a matter of public safety. Poppy seeds Presenter Angela Rippon has tested positive for opiates after eating poppy seeds in a loaf of bread.The 72-year-old’s unlikely test result picked up the presence of morphine, derived from opium, after she ate a loaf of poppy seed bread and a poppy seed bagel over the course of three days.The poppy seed experiment came after a contributor to the fourth series of Rip Off Britain: Food told how he was sacked from his job at a power station after a routine drug test showed opiates in his system. Poppy seeds Prof Johnston explained: “The amount of morphine in a poppy seed will vary quite considerably depending on when and where it was harvested. Consulting Queen Mary University toxicology expert, Professor Atholl Johnston, about her own result, Rippon said: “Does that mean that if I was taking a test as an employee, that my employers could say there’s a possibility, Rippon, that you’re a drug taker?”center_img Angela Rippon took part in the TV experiment for Rip Off Britain Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The culprit: poppy seed bread The culprit: poppy seed bread Angela Rippon took part in the TV experiment for Rip Off Britainlast_img read more

AEP construction program largest in the industry second largest in the USA

first_imgNew emissions-reduction equipment and power generation brought on line in 2007 by AEP will extend the environmental life of low-cost, coal-fuelled generation and boost local economies.American Electric Power ( AEP) has an aggressive program to install emissions-reduction equipment on its existing plants and build new generation facilities. The company’s construction program was ranked the second largest in the USA and the largest in the utility industry, based on capital invested, in a November 2007 report from Engineering News-Record. Only Alcoa had a larger construction program during the same period. In 2007 alone, AEP completed installation of advanced emissions-control equipment on 3,500 MW of coal-fired generation and started and finished construction of a 340-MW gas power plant. “By the end of 2007, we’d completed more than two-thirds of the massive $5.1 billion program that we began in 2004 to reduce emissions from our existing coal-fuelled generating fleet. It’s a testament to the diligence of our employees and the skills of the thousands of contractors who’ve worked with us that we’ve successfully managed one of the largest construction programs in the country and completed all of the work on time, or ahead of schedule, and on budget,” said Michael G. Morris, AEP chairman, president and chief executive officer.“These investments not only provide long-term environmental benefits by significantly reducing emissions from our coal-fuelled plants, they also extend the environmental life of these low-cost facilities and prevent the need to build thousands of megawatts of new power plants that would exponentially increase electricity prices for our customers. We still need new plants to meet growing electricity demand, but equipping our current coal-fuelled plants with the latest environmental controls prevents the premature retirement of these efficient facilities by significantly reducing their environmental impact.“These projects also support local economies through the addition of thousands of temporary and permanent jobs and the development of new businesses, including the opening of local mines and, in the case of Moundsville, West Virginia, the development of a new wallboard plant,” Morris said.AEP’s capital investments for generation and environmental retrofits in 2006 and 2007 totaled more than $3.8 billion, with a significant portion committed to installing emissions reduction equipment on AEP’s generating fleet in West Virginia and Ohio. In West Virginia, AEP completed installation of flue gas desulfurisation systems, or scrubbers, to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions and a selective catalytic reduction system (SCR) to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions on 1,600 MW of generation at the company’s Mitchell Plant in Moundsville. AEP also installed a scrubber on its 1,300-MW Mountaineer Plant in New Haven. This work totalled more than $1.5 billion and provided in excess of 4,800 temporary construction jobs over the two-year timeline of the projects. Additionally, 121 permanent jobs were added at the two plants, 55 at Mitchell and 66 at Mountaineer.In Ohio, AEP completed installation of a scrubber on a 600-MW generating unit at the Cardinal Plant in Brilliant. The Cardinal Unit 2 scrubber and associated projects totaled approximately $285 million and provided approximately 1,000 temporary and 56 permanent jobs in the area. Cardinal Unit 2 is owned by Buckeye Power but operated by AEP. AEP is finishing a second scrubber on Cardinal’s Unit 1 that will be operational this spring. Cardinal Unit 1 is owned and operated by AEP.AEP’s construction program will continue in 2008 as the company moves forward with work already in progress to install emissions reduction equipment at three additional plants. AEP is installing scrubbers on three generating units at Amos Plant in St. Albans, West Virginia, has begun work on a third scrubber at Cardinal Plant, and is installing a new scrubber, upgrading an existing scrubber and installing an SCR at Conesville Plant in Conesville, Ohio. The Conesville Unit 6 scrubber upgrade will be completed in 2008. The new Conesville Unit 4 scrubber and SCR should be on line in 2009. The Amos scrubbers will be completed in 2009 and 2010, and the third Cardinal scrubber (owned by Buckeye Power) will be operational in 2010.AEP also anticipates finalising approvals and beginning work on its proposed 600-MW baseload coal-fuelled plant in Hempstead County near Texarkana, Arkansas, in 2008. The company recently received construction approval from the Arkansas Public Service Commission for the plant. Other regulatory approvals are pending. AEP continues to work to obtain approval to build two 630-MW Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) clean-coal plants, one in New Haven, West Virginia, and another in Great Bend, Ohio.“Our vast construction program and associated capital investment will continue well into the next decade. We’ve planned capital expenditures in excess of $3 billion each year through 2010, and as we wind down significant investment in our environmental retrofit program in 2010, we will be ramping up investment in new transmission and in our gridSMART program to modernise our distribution grid and give our customers the ability to actively manage their electricity usage and costs. We also expect to be moving forward with additional new generation construction and retrofit of carbon capture and storage technologies post-2010 to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and preserve our ability to use domestic coal to generate electricity and keep prices as low as possible,” Morris said.AEP is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning more than 38,000 MW of generating capacity in the USA.last_img read more

New 14M3 motor grader has larger engine better fuel efficiency

first_imgThe new Cat® 14M3 motor grader builds on the solid design of predecessor models with a larger engine, increased fuel efficiency, improved machine balance, enhanced transmission performance, advanced electro-hydraulic steering, more powerful telematics and added operator-safety/convenience features. An easily maintained drawbar-circle-moldboard assembly is designed for productive performance in a range of applications, and long-term durability of major structures combines with low operating costs and serviceability to provide optimum value.The new model is sized to work effectively in mine construction projects and in haul road maintenance for smaller trucks.The 14M3 front frame is a single, heavy-duty steel casting designed to dissipate working forces, and the rear frame features two bumper castings and thick hitch plates. A series of patented, easily installed “top-adjust” metallic or nonmetallic wear strips and wear inserts ensure that drawbar-circle-moldboard components maintain a ‘factory-tight’ condition that promotes high-quality work and significantly reduces operating costs. An adjustable circle drive also assists in maintaining assembly tightness and further reduces service time and costs.The Cat C13 ACERT™ engine replaces the C11 engine in predecessor models and features an ECO mode that boosts fuel economy by limiting the engine’s high-idle speed to 1,750 rpm in working gears, while maintaining machine power. ECO-mode savings are especially significant when working at high idle in light to moderate applications in gears 3R to 5F.The standard Optimized Variable Horsepower system is designed to closely match power requirements in all gears, and the Consistent-Power-To-Ground feature automatically changes engine power levels to compensate for cooling fan losses, resulting in consistent power delivery in all ambient temperatures and working conditions. The C13 engine is available in three versions to suit emissions standards in the area of use. All emissions solutions are transparent to the operator and do not interrupt working cycles.The 8F/6R power-shift transmission has a wide operating range for application flexibility and maximum productivity. The Cat Advanced Productivity Electronic Control System (APECS) enhances range-to-range shifting by maintaining consistent torque flow and smoothing shift points. The Shuttle-Shift feature enables directional shifts without slowing engine speed or using the inching pedal, and an available Autoshift system allows programming shift points to best match requirements of specific applications.An engine over-speed protection system prevents downshifting at excessive ground speeds, and the standard automatic differential lock disengages during turns and re-engages during straight travel, simplifying operation and protecting the power train.For added braking capability, hydraulically actuated oil-cooled disc brakes at each tandem wheel feature larger brake discs and piston areas, compared with predecessor models. Also, separate oil supplies for braking and implement systems eliminate cross-contamination, reduce heat and extend component life. An available compression brake enhances stopping power.The load-sensing hydraulic system incorporates advanced electro-hydraulic operation for precise, responsive implement control. Proportional Priority Pressure-Compensating valves provide different flow rates for the head and rod ends of the cylinders, further ensuring consistent, predictable control. Balanced, proportional hydraulic flow enables all implements to operate simultaneously with consistent speed at consistent engine speeds.Blade-float features allow the entire blade to follow ground contour, or the toe of the blade can follow a hard surface, while the remaining cylinder is controlled manually. A 4.3-m moldboard is standard; a 4.9-m version is optional. A range of cutting edges and bits are available, as are a three-shank ripper, scarifier, and snow plow and snow-wing options.A fully scalable, factory integrated Cat GRADE with Cross Slope system allows operators to easily maintain desired cross slope by automatically controlling one side of the blade. In addition, newly patented Stable Grade and Auto Articulation technologies improve operator performance and productivity. Stable Grade detects and reduces machine bounce during operation while Auto Articulation improves manoeuvrability and performance in tight working spaces and enhances operator comfort. Cat Advanced Control Joysticks are optional with Cat GRADE with Cross Slope, and they also allow precise operation with AccuGrade™ and when using snow wings. The Advanced Control Joysticks allow the operator to configure auxiliary hydraulic functions safely and effectively without removing either hand from the controls, which results in decreased operator fatigue and increased productivity.More effective fleet management is placed in the machine owner’s hands with the Cat Product Link™ telematics system. The system allows remote monitoring of machine location, fuel usage, machine performance and fault codes via the secure VisionLink® user interface.Steering is speed-sensitive, becoming less sensitive at higher speeds, and a secondary steering system engages automatically if required. Selectable blade-lift modes—fine, normal, and coarse—match blade control to the application, and the ‘Return-to-Center’ system automatically restores straight-frame travel from any angle.last_img read more

Budget likely to top agenda as Fine Gael Labour and Fianna Fáil

first_imgTHE THREE MAIN political parties are holding their annual ‘think-ins’ in various locations across the country today ahead of the start of the new Dáil term on Wednesday.Fine Gael holds its two-day meeting in Portlaoise, Co Laois while Labour is meeting in Enfield, Co Meath and Fianna Fáil is holding its annual think-in in Waterford.Fine Gael and Labour’s annual parliamentary party meetings are likely to hear diverging views on the Budget taking place next month as the coalition parties appear at odds over the scale of the adjustment.Various TDs and Ministers within Fine Gael want €3.1 billion in cuts in order to reach the deficit target of under 5.1 per cent.However those in Labour including senior ministers such as Ruairi Quinn have explicitly called for the Budget adjustment to be less than €3.1 billion while leader and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has hit out at ‘austerity hawks’.Labour’s meeting comes in the wake of a Red C poll at the weekend which showed support for the party at a five-year low.With the two government parties talking about the Budget that is also likely to dominate the agenda at Fianna Fáil’s gathering.The party has called for a softer Budget than the €3.1 billion demanded by Ireland’s international lenders. However it has not yet been specific on the figure.Discussions on the forthcoming Seanad referendum – now just over two weeks away – the new Dáil term, political reform and briefings on next May’s local and European elections are also likely to take place.Joan Burton: ‘Eamon Gilmore has always been supportive of me and I am for him’Read: Labour support hits five-year low in opinion pollslast_img read more

Samsung is mass producing 128GB NAND storage for phones tablets

first_imgWhen Apple introduced the iPhone 5 last week it decided to stick with the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB storage options. That may be due to consumers not needing that much portable storage in a phone yet, or because of a lack of 128GB NAND chips being available in a package small enough to fit in a phone. However, that won’t be the case for much longer.Samsung has announced it is now mass producing 128GB NAND eMMC (embedded multimedia card) storage aimed at smartphones and tablet devices. Using its latest 20nm class manufacturing process Samsung has developed a 128GB eMMC Pro Class 1500 chip measuring just 12 x 16mm and using Samung’s 64Gb NAND memory with a toggle DDR 2.0 interface.Data transfer speeds for the new eMMC aren’t bad either, with read speeds reaching 140MB/s and write speed 50MB/s. Random reads and writes are pegged at 3500/1500 IOPS respectively, and as these are 20nm chips they aren’t going to draw much power.With the new chips becoming widely available it wont be long before smartphone and tablet manufacturers pick them up. That means we’ll soon have the option to buy a new devices with a 128GB storage option. It may even be the case that Apple introduces a new 128GB iPhone 5 in a few months if it sees a need, or as a reaction to Samsung deciding to use its own 128GB chips in a Galaxy S4 smartphone or new Galaxy Tab tablet.Read more at Samsunglast_img read more

The 2nd Sega Pluto console has been found and it only cost

first_imgYesterday, we shared with you several pictures of a prototype Sega console known as Pluto. It is a console that was considered for release after the Saturn, and looks to just be modified Saturn hardware with a dial-up NetLink modem included as standard.What you may have noticed in the images is the base of the Pluto has a sticker that said “PLUTO 02.” In fact, only two of these prototypes were ever produced, and we thought we were lucky just to be seeing one of them after it had been sat forgotten in a box for 14 years. But the other prototype has turned up a day later, and only cost the owner a dollar.The prototype we saw yesterday is owned by a former Sega employee who took it with him when Sega laid him off. This other prototype, PLUTO 01, was bought by its owner for $1 at a flea market. That’s incredible value considering how much it is potentially worth.The video below shows the console is in working order, but the optical drive lid won’t stay down on its own. That’s got to be an easy fix, but the owner hasn’t been inclined to have the work done in the 5 years he’s owned it.Based on the comments on YouTube, it looks likely he’s going to try and sell it on eBay now he knows it’s worth quite a bit of money. How much? $1,000 was suggested on the ASSEMbler forums and got shot down as too cheap, so it is certainly an item reserved for wealthy collectors.What the retro gaming community really wants to see is the insides of the Pluto so we can get a better idea of what Sega was planning. Is it just a standard Saturn inside? Or was this a bigger upgrade? Now we have two consoles identified, there’s more chance one of them will have the case taken off and some shots taken.last_img read more

All at sea

first_imgIn a week that saw Immigration Department officials in Canberra ratchet up the argument for the offshore processing of asylum seekers, warning that more than 600 people could wash up on Australia’s shores every month if there was a return to onshore processing, the tensions around the issue, and the politcal manoueverings in their wake, suggest Australia is anything but close to resolving the matter. The message from Canberra, irrespective of the High Court’s recent torpedoing of the Gillard government’s deal with Kuala Lumpur, is that only the “Malaysian solution” can be the “game-changer” in stopping the people-smugglers and the desperate men, women and children they persuade, to make the hazardous voyage to Australia. The assessment, running against a vocal tide of opinion which backs the dumping of offshore processing, was made during a briefing to Opposition Leader Tony Abbott last Wednesday. Despite the department’s advice, Mr Abbott still refuses to back the government’s efforts to circumvent the High Court by introducing new legislation to bring Malaysia back into the equation, and says he will only support offshore processing on Nauru and PNG’s Manus Island. Ten years after the ‘Children Overboard affair’, the political football that is the emotively charged notion of ‘border protection’ has not been kicked higher or more often. Efforts to prevent a repeat of the Christmas Island tragedy in December 2010, ensured that the mechanics of dissuading asylum seekers from ever setting out on a sea journey to Australia, would become central to the debate. What’s clear since the High Court’s ruling, is that many voices are being raised, beyond ‘the usual suspects’ in opposition to offshore processing. Steve Georganas MP told Neos Kosmos that while he believes the ‘Malaysia solution’ was “a good regional solution,” and that he was “disappointed” with the High Court’s ruling but added: “I’d personally be more comfortable if these things were handled onshore. I’ve always been of that opinion, we’re dealing with human lives.” Georganas shares a commonly held view that the most crucial issues now, is to look at the perceived problem in perspective: “We’ve got 40 million people displaced in the world, last year there was something like 3000 people arriving by boat on our shores, [it’s] absoluteley minute. Look at Italy and Greece and look at what is happening over there. What does it mean for ordinary australians? How does it affect their individual life? The answer is zilch. Let’s get some level-headed discussion so we can get a proper solution, a long-lasting solution.”The Labor Member for Hindmarsh added, that from the government’s position “everything’s on the table at the moment. We’re going to be having discussions through caucus, and we need to get it into perspective. If you have a look at the Nauru option and the former government’s off-shore processing, over ninety per cent ended up in Australia.What did we acheive? We acheived big expenses, millions of dollars. It was all about the image [the Howard government] created, that they were tough on refugees. In the end ninety per cent were deemed to be genuine refugees.” The South Australian MP believes there are certainly lessons from history which his government would be wise to remember “No one played politics with this issue up to the Howard government, previously both sides knew there was a lot of volatility to the issue, and the last thing governments need to do is incite that volatility.” Fellow Senator, Nick Xenophon, believes the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on offshore processing would be better spent on hospitals and schools, and that a more effective use of tax payers money in stopping the boats, would be to spend the money on hunting people smugglers in tandem with regional authorities. “Let common sense prevail,” says the Independent Member for South Australia. “91 per cent of people who have been processed offshore got to stay in Australia anyway. This is an issue where politics has got in the way of reason. We need to look at onshore processing. It’s quicker and more efficient. If people qualify as refugees, they stay. If they don’t, they they go back. we need to be tough but fair and the best way of dealing with it is onshore.” A tireless advocate for Asylum Seekers’ rights, Kon Karapanagiotidis feels vindicated by the decision to prevent the ‘Malaysia solution’ being implemented, and with it, the fundamental questioning of offshore ‘solutions’. “It’s affirming,” said the CEO and founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) in Melbourne, “we’ve spent ten years as an organisation in the minority, it was nice to have a win for once.” Karapanagiotidis echoes the view that it is the absence of a sense of proportion, that has hampered successive governments in achieving humane and sustainable policies in relation to asylum seekers. “23,024 people have come by boat to Australia since 1975. That’s 677 people a year. Based on that average, it would take 149 years the fill the MCG once, with people coming by boat. Why the hysteria? What’s all this fear-mongering about? It’s a joke. We’re in a crisis that doesn’t actually exist, the insanity is that we find ourselves in a political crisis manufacturing a boat people problem, when there isn’t one.”A graduate with a Bachelor of Law from La Trobe University, Karapanagiotidis feels that the Greek Australian community’s response to the asylum seekers issue also needs to be reconfigured. “Greeks understand the experience of migration almost better than anyone else, what I find often is that Greeks themselves here are the most anti-refugee. They say ‘we came the right way, we’re the right sort of immigrants. It’s time for a new conversation about what are we afraid of.” Above all, the La Trobe Uni alumni believes that now, more than ever, an opportunity exists that Australia must grasp.“We’re strong enough a country to learn from our mistakes. There’s another way forward: the humane processing of asylum seekers in the community. It would cost one per cent of what it costs to keep them in a detention centre. Nine out of ten people on these boats are found to be genuine refugees. You have two choices: you can save millions of dollars, let them work, be part of the community, and those people will pay back ten fold, or continue down this path, where we’re all diminished as Australians, Which way do we want to go as a country?” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Did actress Namitha behave rudely with cops and EC officials Her husband

first_imgNamitha.PR HandoutNamitha was recently in the news when reports of the actress behaving rudely with the cops and election commission officials had surfaced on TV channels. Her husband Veerendra Chowdhary has now given a detailed account of the incident.According to Veerendra Chowdhary, they were on their way to Yercaud when their car was stopped by cops in three junctions and they co-operated with them. But the couple had tought times after an official from the election commission stopped their vehicle at Salem-Yercaud junction.He tells that Namitha raised objection when the official tried to check her bag, demanding that a woman cop should inspect her bag. Some media had claimed that she behaved rudely with the official and the cops and displayed tantrum.The complete explanation from Namitha’s hubby can be read below:Let me start by saying that I am utterly sorry! Sorry that you were misguided by all the news that have been in the circulation past few days. On my and my wife Namitha’s defense I’d like to say this. We were travelling to Yercud for shoot and were on road since past 8 hrs. My wife Namitha was sleeping in the back seat as it was 2.30 at night.Before this unfortunate incident we were stopped 3 times at different junctions, and we co-operated with everyone as they all were respectful to us. But when we reached the junction of Salem- Yercud , the gentleman from the Election Commission stopped the car and very rudely spoke to everyone in the car. He was showing his authority to everyone and behaving as if we were CRIMINALS!!He even opened the door of the back of the car despite of my pleas that sir My wife is tired and she’s slepping if you want I’ll wake her up , he still went and open the door and Namitha who was sleeping with her back resting on the door, almost fell out of the car !!! He said sorry but he still went on searching the car as if we were trafficking some illegal substances.Then he started checking everyone’s bags, and when he reached Namitha’s bags she refused to open her bag…. TO HIM! She said if you want to check my bag Kindly arrnage for a FEMALE COP. As its her bag and since it carries some intimate items, she would be comfortable to have a FEMALE COP who checks it. Thats all! That was the only matter!! Its Every Woman’s right to ask for a FEMALE COP if she’s uncomfortable.According to me, this whole matter has been blown out of proportion. If it was a noraml citizen nobody would’ve made a peep about it. But since its asked by a celebrity everyone is taking an advantage and making a mountain out of mole. That’s all. Instead of taking it wrongly , I hope the women of our country learn from this incident And raise their voices and ask for a FEMALE COP’S PRESENCE if she feels she’s uncomfortable. Thank youlast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday October 14

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: 5-7 P.M.AFRO LogoA review of some of the top news stories of the week, directly from the pages of the AFRO, with managing editor Kamau High. Plus, The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network report on law enforcement and politics, including thoughts on First Lady Michelle Obama’s impassioned speech yesterday condemning Donald Trump and sexism. And we are in Day Two of WEAA’s Fall Membership drive, so please make your pledge of support to AFRO’s First Edition…410.319.8888!These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes .last_img read more

Cardinals Will Face Seton Hall in First True Road Game

first_imgThe Cardinals are very balanced on the offensive end, with four players averaging over nine points.  Sophomore Jordan Nwora leads the Cardinals in in scoring and rebounding with 17.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.  Ryan McMahon averages 10 points a game after scoring a career-high 24 points on Tuesday night.  Darius Perry ranks third on the team with 9.7 points per game, while shooting 50 percent from behind the line.  Steven Enoch rounds out the top scorers, averaging 9.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.  Louisville Game Notes Seton Hall Game Notes Live Stats Seton Hall, coached by former UofL assistant coach Kevin Willard, has had nearly a week off after winning the 2018 Wooden Legacy Championship, beating Miami 83-81 in the title game on Nov. 25 in Fullerton, Ca. Junior guard Myles Powell, the Pirates top scorer this season averaging 24.3 points per game (15th in the nation in scoring; 20-of-50 three-pointers), was named the Wooden Legacy’s Most Outstanding Player after averaging 25.3 points in three games in the event. All-tournament selection senior forwardMichael Nzei scored a career-high 21 points against Miami and averages 11.2 points while shooting 77.1 percent from the field (27-of-35). GAME 7Date: Dec. 1, 2018Time: NoonSite: Prudential Center (10,862), Newark, N.J.Television: FOX – Tim Brando, play-by-play; Jim Jackson, analyst; Andy Katz, reporter.Radio: WKRD (790 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Bob Valvano, analyst (XM channel 193, Internet 955)Series History: Louisville leads 13-6 (6-2 in Louisville, 6-4 at Seton Hall, 1-0 neutral)Last Meeting: Seton Hall 79, UofL 77 (Dec. 3, 2017 at KFC Yum! Center)Officials: Mike Roberts, Brent Hampton, Ron GrooverNext UofL Game: Dec. 5 vs. Central Arkansas, KFC Yum! Center, 7:00 p.m. ET (WAVE-TV in Louisville/Raycom Sports) Louisville plays its first true road game of the season as the Cardinals visit the Seton Hall Pirates on Saturday. Louisville posted its first victory over a Top 10 team in two years in beating No. 9/8 Michigan State 82-78 in overtime in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge at the KFC Yum! Center on Tuesday. Ryan McMahon scored a career-high 24 points off the bench, connecting on 4-of-7 three-pointers and 12-of-13 free throws as the Cardinals overcame a 17-rebound deficit. The Cardinals made 10 threes, their fourth game with eight or more. UofL has won 50 straight home games in the month of November spanning the last 28 years, including a perfect 37-0 record in the KFC Yum! Center. CARD FILES Louisville’s 2019 signing class is ranked as the best in the nation by, third by and fourth by All six individuals are ranked highly among the nation’s prospects, including five of the six among ESPN’s top 100. The impressive signing class includes Aidan Igiehon, David Johnson, Josh Nickelberry, Quinn Slazinski, Samuell Williamson and Jae’Lyn Withers.Print Friendly Version Story Links Louisville has made 36 more free throws (163-of-213, .765) than its opponents have attempted (94-of-130, .723). Louisville leads the nation in free throw attempts per field goal attempts (213/325, 65.5 percent) and leads the nation with 31.8 percent of its points coming from free throws. The Cardinals made 30-of-41 free throws against Michigan State. UofL is 31st in the nation in free throw percentage. Nearly half of Louisville’s points this year have come from its bench (40.0 points per game). The Cardinals’ bench produced a school record 63 bench points against Southern and contributed 37 points against Michigan State. Jordan Nwora has scored in double digits in all six games this season, averaging 17.7 points per game (7th in the ACC). He produced 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds against Michigan State on Tuesday, his fifth game with seven or more rebounds. Louisville has scored over 80 points in five of its six games and the Cardinals are 30th in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 85.3 points per game. Louisville has a 37-7 record during the month of December over the last six years (6-2 in 2017-18). Louisville has a 13-6 series advantage over Seton Hall, winning five of the last six and 10 of the last 13 meetings. Seton Hall won the last matchup 79-77 over the Cardinals in the KFC Yum! Center last year (12-3-17) as Desi Rodriguez scored 29 points for the Pirates, including the winning basket with eight seconds remaining.last_img read more

IABs NewFronts LA Edition to Feature Streamy Brand Awards for Advertising

first_imgWhen the Digital Content NewFronts West makes its debut this fall in L.A., it will include an additional element the content-pitchfest organizers hope will lure more attendees: the Streamy Brand Awards, recognizing branded content and digital-video advertising.The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), the trade group that runs the NewFronts, has entered into a pact with Streamy Awards organizer Tubefilter to present the awards for digital brand advertising innovation at the L.A. NewFronts separately from the main Streamys event.The Streamy Brand Awards are scheduled to be given out at the end of the first day of NewFronts West, slated to run Oct. 9-10, 2018 at NeueHouse Hollywood. IAB announced plans for an L.A. version of the NewFronts after cutting the original New York series from two weeks to one this year. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Submissions for the Streamy Brand Awards (and the main Streamy Awards) are due by July 27. The fee for Streamy Brand Awards entries is $395 per submission through July 20, while the “last-chance deadline” fee is $495 per submission.The winners of the Streamys Brand Awards will be picked by a panel of industry execs (selected by the IAB and the Streamys) for six categories: branded content – video; branded content – series; emerging platform (e.g., advertising on new and emerging platforms like VR, voice and AI, podcasts, and social video platforms); influencer campaign; native video ad; and 6-second video ad.“We are doing this because we think it’s really important to showcase and recognize best-in-class marketing in video and other emerging arenas,” said Anna Bager, IAB’s EVP of industry initiatives. “We’re going to celebrate brands on stage.”NewFronts West is slated to include presentations by up to 16 digital-video content companies. IAB hasn’t announced any presenting partners yet, but Jukin Media (which backed out of this year’s NewFronts in NYC) has said it plans to be at the L.A. event.IAB created NewFronts West after getting feedback from members and agencies that they wanted more than a once-per-year confab, according to Bager. “We wanted to create a narrative that runs throughout the year,” she said. Plus, she added, “L.A. is the epicenter of content.”More info on the NewFronts West is at Submissions for all Streamy Awards categories, including the Streamy Brand Awards, are being accepted at Popular on Variety last_img read more

What is Amazon Chime

first_imgWhat is Amazon Chime? by Martin Brinkmann on February 14, 2017 in Companies, Internet – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 8 commentsAmazon Chime is a new communication service by Amazon that supports video conferencing, calls, chat, and the sharing of content.The product is available for devices running Windows and Mac OS X, and for the mobile operating systems Android and iOS, and as an online version that you can use device-independent.Data is automatically synced regardless of device that you are using to access Amazon Chime.Amazon users may sign in to the application using their account, or separate their Amazon shopping account from Amazon Chime if they prefer to do so.It is furthermore possible to join meetings without an account by entering the meeting ID in the Amazon Chime application.Amazon Chime is on AWS. Amazon notes that content — messages, voice, video and other data — is encrypted using AES 256-bit encryption.Amazon Chime FeaturesAs far as features are concerned, there are plenty available right now:Online Meetings — Create or join online meetings from any supported device or the online version. The interface highlights the participants, and anyone has options to mute noise. Meetings can be locked so that only authenticated users may join.Video Conferencing — You may join video conferences with up to 16 people on the desktop, and up to 8 people on mobile devices. High quality audio and high definition video is supported.Chat — Message people inside and outside your organization. Chime displays notifications when you receive new chat messages, and you may chat with individuals or with groups. The chat history is searchable, and synced across devices automatically.Chat Rooms — You may create chat rooms in Amazon Chime to bring people together. This may be a chat room for a project group for instance. File sharing is supported, and the chat history is searchable and available on all devices as well.File Sharing — You may use Chime to attach files to meetings, chats, or chat rooms.Microsoft Active Directory — Chime supports Microsoft Active Directory to authenticate users. This means that employees may sign in using company usernames and passwords, and that policies for user credentials apply to Amazon Chime as well.Administration — Chime offers an administration console that reveals usage reports, allows admins to add or remove users from subscriptions, and run support related tasks such as assigning meeting Pins.Chime apps are supported on the following operating systems officially:Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10Apple Mac OS X, version 10.10 and aboveApple iOS, version 8.0 and aboveAndroid, version 5.0 and aboveCheck out the getting started help page for information on making your first steps in Chime.Amazon Chime PricingAmazon Chime offers three different plans. The Basic plan is free, while Plus and Pro are both subscription based.EditionBasicPlusProCalls & meetings1:1 Video callsXXX1:1 Voice callsXXXOutlook pluginXXXScreen sharingXXRemote Desktop ControlXXSchedule and host meetings (attendees are always free)XRecord meetingsXPersonalized meeting URLsXConference room video systemsXJoin meetings using a standard phone line*Maximum attendees22100Chat1:1 Chat X X XChat rooms X X XIT AdministrationUser management X XUsage reports X XActive Directory integration X XMessage history30 daysUp to 1GB/userUp to 1GB/userThe free plan is limited to one on one chats, voice calls and video calls, and the message history is only kept for a maximum of 30 days.Amazon Chime Plus is available for $2.50 per month per user. It adds screen sharing and remote desktop control to Chime, IT administrative features, and up to 1 Gigabyte of storage for a user’s message history.Amazon Chime Pro can be tried for free for 30 days. Chime users may then subscribe to Plus or Pro plans, or use the free Basic plan instead.Closing WordsIs Amazon Chime a Skype competitor? It surely looks like it is. There is a free version that should be sufficient for many home use scenarios, and two subscription versions for corporations who require more functionality.Now You: What is your initial opinion of Amazon Chime?SummaryArticle NameWhat is Amazon Chime?DescriptionAmazon Chime is a new communication service by Amazon that supports video conferencing, calls, chat, and the sharing of content.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Lawmakers debate bill to extend the right to strike to most sectors

first_imgLegislators from the ruling Citizen Action Party, Broad Front Party and Social Christian Unity Party last week presented a bill at the Legislative Assembly to reform the country’s Labor Law to include language that would eliminate a ban on strikes in some public services sectors. That ban was approved by the previous administration of President Laura Chinchilla in October 2012.The essential public services included in the current ban are health care, public security and foreign trade.Labor Minister Víctor Morales said he would support a bill that legalizes strikes in both public and private sectors, despite criticism by opposition lawmakers and members of the business sector.If passed, the legislation would grant all public agencies the right to strike as long as workers provide a plan to offer reduced services for citizens. The bill also would allow strikes by private company workers and public agencies that currently have no employee unions, as long as 30 percent or more of employees support demonstrating.Morales denied that the reforms seek only to promote more protests, saying the “strikes would be a last option after exhausting dialogue and negotiations.”Lawmakers opposed to the bill say that while the proposal would allow strikes in essential services, it fails to clearly define what those services would be. It also fails to define minimum services, critics argue.Union of Private-Sector Chambers and Associations (UCCAEP) President Ronald Jiménez called the bill “disastrous” and a “step backwards on labor legislation.” Jiménez also said the minimum 30 percent of private company employees needed to call a strike is “disproportionate.”Morales said he expects the bill to pass the Assembly, despite two similar pieces of legislation that were filed in response.Lawmakers from the Libertarian Movement Party and Evangelical parties filed a single bill that would prohibit strikes in essential services, including health care, education, public transportation, public security and docks. It also seeks to set a 50 percent minimum plus one for support among workers from the public sector before a strike is legal.National Liberation Party (PLN) lawmaker Sandra Pisk presented a similar bill. Pisk, a former ombudswoman and labor minister, also proposed that the Ombudsman’s Office be tasked with representing the public interest during negotiations to end a protest.“We believe that the differences between the three bills are negotiable. We hope to promote dialogue and approve reform,” the PLN’s top lawmaker, Juan Luis Jiménez Succar, said last week. Business chambers, however, are skeptical, saying the proposed legislation could further weaken the country’s competitiveness and cause a drop in foreign direct investment. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s month-long teachers’ strike comes to an end As teacher strike continues, government announces plan to distribute back pay Somber mood as Solís delivers 1st televised address on teachers’ strike Teachers divided over resuming strike negotiationslast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires ‘Tis better to have played in a Super Bowl and lost than never to have played in a Super Bowl at all. Probably. The Cardinals’ tale of woe is similar to that of Carolina above—underdog gives the favorite all it can handle, only to come up short. Arizona overcame a 100-yard James Harrison interception return and a 13-point deficit to take a 23-20 lead late in the fourth quarter, thanks to Larry Fitzgerald’s 64-yard score.The NFC champs had no answers for Santonio Holmes down the stretch, though. Holmes caught four passes from Ben Roethlisberger for 73 yards on the Steelers’ decisive drive, including a tip-toeing touchdown grab at the 42-second mark. Sounds about right.Thinking back, other options could include the Monday Night Meltdown against the Chicago Bears in 2006 or maybe even last season’s Sunday Night Football defeat to the Seattle Seahawks, a game that had the Cardinals won, would have led to them winning the NFC West. But really, it’s difficult for any game to top a championship affair that, for at least a little while late, seemed to be going in Arizona’s favor. The Arizona Cardinals have lost a lot of games over the course of their history.A lot.But as any sports fan can tell you, not all losses are created equal.’s Chris Burke sought out to identify the most “gut-punch loss” in every team’s Super Bowl-era history, and his choice for the Arizona Cardinals really comes as no surprise and with no argument.It came on Feb. 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Cardinals 23. Super Bowl XLIII. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) catches a fourth quarter touchdown pass in front of Arizona Cardinals safety Aaron Francisco (47) during the NFL Super Bowl XLIII football game, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Parton stepping aside as parade grand marshal afte

first_imgParton stepping aside as parade grand marshal after 32 years by The Associated Press Posted Jan 26, 2018 1:14 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 26, 2018 at 1:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – Dolly Parton says her Tennessee amusement park “has hogged the spotlight long enough” and she’s stepping aside as grand marshal of the Pigeon Forge spring parade after 32 years.A news release from Dollywood and the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism says the grand marshal this year will be baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.Ripken is chairman and co-founder of Ripken Baseball. The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge, a $22.5 million youth baseball facility, opened in 2016.Parton, who grew up in the area, started a fund after deadly wildfires tore through the area in 2016. The Dollywood Foundation has said its My People Fund helped 900 families with roughly $9 million in the first six months after the fires.The May 4 parade will be called the Music in the Mountains Spring Parade.last_img read more