Weekend Poll Results! Fans Want to Get Sloshed With Mrs. Wormwood on St. Paddy’s Day

first_img 1. Mrs. Wormwood (Matilda) This mean momma is always the life of the party, whether she’s drinking or not—she has the energy to dance all night, she has no kids to take care of (oh, except Matilda and Michael, but whatever) and she really knows how to stand out from the crowd. Buy her some green Jell-O shots and an evening of hilarity and hijinks is guaranteed. 3. Glinda (Wicked) Need a St. Paddy’s Day makeover? Just call your pal Glinda! This expert hair and makeup stylist will give you a new, all-green look (she has experience with this) while you both sip appletinis (what, you think Glinda would drink beer?! Yeah, right). Before you grab a pint of green beer and get completely obliterated on this lovely St. Patrick’s Day, check out the results of the Weekend Poll! (Wait, you’re already hammered? We should have known.) Broadway is full of kooky characters, and some of them would make fantastic drinking buddies. Who do our readers want to hit the bar and drink shots with? Find out below! View Comments 2. Lola (Kinky Boots) This Kinky Boots queen really knows how to make an entrance, so heads will certainly turn when you walk in with this St. Patrick’s Day date on your arm. Lola surely has some glittery green boots in her arsenal, and maybe even a pair for you, if you’re lucky!last_img read more

Storing Household Records

first_imgWhat to keep: You must keep records so you can prepare a complete and accurateincome tax return. The law doesn’t require any special form of records. But keep allreceipts, canceled checks or other proof of payment, Maddux says, and documentationto support any deductions or credits you claim. Where to keep records: “You can save yourself time and money if you gather yourimportant records, track down the ones you’re missing, throw away those you don’tneed and file what’s left in its proper place,” Maddux says. “You don’t have to do thejob in a day or a week. Tackle it a chunk at a time.” “A good time to clean your files is when you prepare your income tax return,” Madduxsays. “Keep items such as tax returns and bank statements.” The tax collector isn’t the only reason you need to keep good records. They can helpyou prove losses after fires or theft. They save you time and money in processinginsurance claims or proving transactions or ownership. They give you a summary ofyour financial situation to help in financial planning, estate plans, net worth statements,investments and retirement plans. “Organized records can mean the difference in financial gain or loss,” she says. “Yourpersonal finances are like a minibusiness. They deserve to be operated efficiently.” “You need to keep track of financial records every day to be ready for tax time,” saysEsther Maddux. A financial management specialist with the University of GeorgiaExtension Service, Maddux knows the value of good record keeping. Current financial records can go in a metal file cabinet, accordion file or cardboardbox. At the end of your record-keeping year, throw away items you don’t need andmove important papers to a permanent file. How long? “Keep your records as long as they are important for the federal law,”Maddux says. “Keep records that support an item of income or a deduction. The periodof limitations varies, so check with a tax expert on length of time.” Keep certain records that are hard or impossible to replace in a safe deposit box or afireproof box at home. That includes items like your car title, birth certificate, marriagecertificate and will. “In a divorce, financial records can establish separate and joint property,” Madduxsays. “They can prove ownership in a lawsuit or a fight over inheritance of property.They can also give your family easy access to information to settle your estate.” It’s not tax time yet. Or is it? Want to know more about record keeping? See a tax consultant, the Internal RevenueService or your county Extension Service agent. You’ll want certain records with you at all times. That includes credit cards, driver’slicense, your insurance card and emergency information.last_img read more

As Trump Moves to Reverse Emissions Policies, States Step In to Advance Them

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Yale 360:Just hours after President Trump’s Rose Garden speech in June announcing plans to withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate agreement, the governors of three states — California, Washington, and New York — announced their remedy. They formed the U.S. Climate Alliance, and called on other states to join them in continuing to push ahead on fighting climate change.  “It only took two nanoseconds,” Washington Governor Jay Inslee said in an interview with Yale Environment 360. “We heard the president wanted to run up the white flag of surrender. We wanted to send a strong message to the world: We’re not going to surrender.”  The Trump administration was already in the midst of an aggressive effort to roll back nearly every climate change initiative of President Barack Obama, including the Clean Power Plan, designed to reduce emissions from the nation’s electricity sector 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. In Virginia, Governor Terry McAuliffe responded by ordering state officials to draft a rule to create a cap-and-trade program for carbon pollution from the state’s power sector. “Virginia cannot and will not stand idly by while the federal government abdicates its role,” he said.  In the void created by Trump, states are stepping up to become bigger players in the climate battle, both individually and by joining together. The U.S. Climate Alliance, which has grown to include 14 states and Puerto Rico, plans to collaborate on a broad range of greenhouse gas-cutting initiatives, such as creating new mechanisms for financing clean-energy projects, updating electric grids to better accommodate wind and solar power, improving construction standards to reduce electricity use by buildings, and hastening the transition to electric vehicles. The alliance states also plan to boost communities’ resilience to the more damaging natural disasters that are a consequence of climate change, including mapping the risks posed by sea level rise, storm surge, and extreme precipitation.These efforts will add to momentum already underway in alliance states, such as California’s recent extension of its economy-wide cap-and-trade program and a proposal by nine Eastern states to continue their Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) until 2030. RGGI states have cut electricity-related greenhouse gas emissions nearly in half since 2009, and under the proposal, they would further reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electricity 30 percent below 2020 levels by 2030.  Without federal leadership, such state-level initiatives have become much more important, both for constraining carbon emissions and for discouraging other countries from following Trump’s lead. “The way I think they’re most significant is as a signal to the rest of the world,” says Robert Stavins, a Harvard University professor of environmental economics. “What would be disastrous is if China, India, and Brazil … decide to be less ambitious, rescind, or drop out.”  More: As Trump Retreats, States Are Joining Forces on Climate Action As Trump Moves to Reverse Emissions Policies, States Step In to Advance Themlast_img read more

Zurich Insurance tightens rules for backing coal development projects

first_imgZurich Insurance tightens rules for backing coal development projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Asset.com:Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is accelerating actions to progress towards a low-carbon economy amid an increasing climate crisis. Zurich becomes the first insurance company to commit to targets set in the framework of the UN Global Compact Business Ambition Pledge that aims to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. The insurer will also expand its existing thermal coal policy aimed at reducing the use of carbon-intense fossil fuels.“As one of the world’s leading insurers we see first-hand the devastation natural disasters inflict on people and communities. This is why we are accelerating action to reduce climate risks by driving changes in how companies and people behave and support those most impacted,” says Mario Greco, CEO Zurich Insurance Group.As part of Zurich’s Pledge, it is also updating its position on some of the most carbon-intense fossil fuels. In line with Zurich’s prior thermal coal policy, Zurich will engage with both clients and investee companies with more than 30% exposure to thermal coal, oil sands and oil shales in a dialogue over a two-year period with the aim of driving a deeper conversation regarding their credible mid- to long-term transition plans.The updated position outlines that Zurich generally will no longer underwrite or invest in companies that: generate more than 30% of their revenue from mining thermal coal, or produce more than 20 million tons of thermal coal per year; generate more than 30% of their electricity from coal; are in the process of developing any new coal mining or coal power infrastructure; generate at least 30% of their revenue directly from the extraction of oil from oil sands; are purpose-built (or dedicated) transportation infrastructure operators for oil sands products, including pipelines and railway transportation; generate more than 30% of their revenue from mining oil shale, or generate more than 30% of their electricity from oil shale.The company also announces that it will use only renewable energy for power by 2022, and has formally joined the RE100, a global leadership initiative bringing together influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity. In addition, Zurich is taking action to eliminate single-use plastics and reduce internal paper usage by 80%. With extreme weather events already causing devastation around the world, Zurich will also continue to help those communities most impacted by flooding through a program to enhance flood resilience, which has already benefitted 225,000 people across nine countries.More: Zurich signs up to U.N. business pledge to limit global temperature riselast_img read more

Facing Down Dominion

first_imgThe grey and green lichen and moss-covered walls of stone meander through the forest like silent sentinels of history. To 84-year-old Hazel Palmer, these centuries-old rock walls embody her struggle against Dominion Energy, the utility that Palmer says will destroy the essence of her family’s mountain land with its natural gas pipeline. Her 125-acre property on the western slopes of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Augusta County has been in Hazel’s family since 1880.Palmer has refused to negotiate with Dominion for an easement on their property. “It doesn’t matter what they offer,” says Palmer. “I just want to keep the land the way it is.”The diminutive, silver-haired great grandmother is soft-spoken. But she has an inner strength that is as tough as those stone walls. Despite being in her eighties, she still rides a four-wheeler up to the top of the mountain to visit the spot marked with a tiny cross where her husband Joe lost his life in a logging accident, and she can scramble down the slopes and over the rock walls as easily as those many years younger.As a child, Palmer lived on the property in the house with her grandparents. “We raised chickens, cows, and pigs. We were self-sufficient. Even after I moved to Lynchburg with my family, I always said that I had a place to go back to if the world got too bad,” she explained.Little did she imagine that the bad of the world would come to her. The first letter from Dominion arrived in February of 2015. She couldn’t believe what she read.“I was devastated,” said Palmer. The letter explained Dominion’s plans for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a natural gas pipeline slated to run 600 miles from fracking wells in West Virginia to Hampton Roads, Va., and into North Carolina. Dominion claims that the pipeline is needed to supply gas-fired power plants, but Palmer doesn’t buy it. There are already plenty of existing pipelines running well below capacity, she says. And no company has ever attempted to build a pipeline of this size through the steep, rugged terrain in West Virginia and western Virginia, including the slopes of the Blue Ridge Parkway where Hazel’s land is situated.The proposed route would clear-cut a 125-foot swath diagonally across all three tracts of Palmer’s land to a point just beneath the Blue Ridge Parkway. A trench would be dug for the pipe, and excess dirt and rock excavated from the trench would be hauled back across their property. From Palmer’s property, the company plans to conduct a risky horizontal directional drilling project nearly a mile under the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail. One side of the tunnel will be on the eastern side of the mountain in Nelson County, and the other will be on Hazel’s property at an area that will be leveled and graded.The company also wants to take over the driveway belonging to her daughter, who also lives on the property, and turn the four-wheeler paths through the mountains into access roads.“It will be like having a four-lane highway through our property. No trees will be allowed to grow back on the 75-foot easement, so it will cause erosion and flooding in heavy rains and thunderstorms,” says Palmer.And the rock walls? Dominion’s construction documents show the pipeline path going through at least one wall.After she received Dominion’s letter, Palmer refused to let Dominion’s surveyors on her property. In Virginia, however, the General Assembly passed a law in 2004 that allows public utilities to survey private property without permission.Dominion sued Palmer for access to her property, and last year, the Augusta County judge ruled in favor of Dominion. Today, a walk up the mountainside reveals pink and orange survey tape fluttering in the forest.But Palmer appealed the case. The Virginia Supreme Court agreed recently to hear the appeal. This time her legal team argued that the company—Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC—is not a Virginia public utility. Rather, it is a private corporation created in Delaware and therefore should not be allowed to operate under Virginia law. A ruling on the appeal is pending.“I feel like doing what is necessary to fight for my constitutional rights,” says Palmer. “Just don’t try to take something away from me that’s mine.”Palmer is a woman of quiet but resolute religious faith, and she knows well the Biblical story of David and Goliath.Says the 84-year-old Palmer, “I am not afraid to fight.”last_img read more

South Yorkshire Adding funds to the fire

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PREMIUMIconic banners of ‘pecel lele’ vendors symbol of Lamongan people’s struggle

first_imgForgot Password ? Streetfood street-vendors sidewalk lamongan catfish chicken jakarta-food-adventure surabaya LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin A common sight in Jakarta are the many food stalls displaying banners featuring images of catfish and chickens that are set up on sidewalks, enlivening the capital city’s frantic streets every evening.While famous for their pecel lele (fried catfish), the vendors, who typically come from Lamongan, East Java, also serve pecel ayam (traditional fried chicken) and soto ayam (chicken soup served with noodles). The dishes are common favorites among Jakartans, with customers typically paying less than Rp 30,000 (US$2.14) per portion.Customers have probably also noticed that these stalls display similar banners, even if they have no relation to each other. The banners, which are usually placed at the front and two sides of each stall, always consist of a white background, with striking-colored lettering and images of catfish and chickens to repre… Topics : Google Log in with your social account Facebooklast_img read more

China-India border clash stokes contrasting domestic responses

first_imgThe skirmish between Chinese and Indian troops over a long-disputed border this month is being treated in New Delhi as the country’s worst diplomatic crisis in decades even as it is downplayed by Beijing.China is already locked in diplomatic combat over a host of disputes, from the United States and Australia to Taiwan and Hong Kong, and its handling of the coronavirus outbreak. It is loath to engage on yet another front – especially one that could push New Delhi closer to Washington, some analysts say.The two sides were working to ease tensions, China’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday. Chinese media coverage has been scant. Beijing’s response also points to its interest in de-escalating a crisis over a stretch of border that is less politically important than other territorial priorities, such as claims to Taiwan and the South China Sea and its tightening grip on Xinjiang and Hong Kong.The contrast reflects the differences in two systems of government – India is the world’s biggest democracy, while China is ruled by the Communist Party and tightly controls its media – as well as the domestic realities of a dispute that has little political upside for the leaders of either country.Since the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers in hand-to-hand fighting in the Galwan Valley, in the worst combat losses on the de facto border with China in more than 50 years, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a strident nationalist, has faced heated calls for a strong response.Chinese President Xi Jinping is under no such public pressure. Topics :center_img “Indians watch everything that China is doing, but most Chinese only have eyes for international issues related to the US or Taiwan,” said Zhang Jiadong, director of the Center for South Asian Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai.Both governments would prefer to play down the clash, he said, but information from the remote battlefield leaking into Indian media forces Modi’s hand in a way that would not be possible in China.”The clash happened because troops from both sides have a different understanding of where the line of actual control lies,” he said.”This area is a barren hilltop with no economic or geostrategic value. From the Chinese government point of view, it is not worth destabilizing bilateral relations over this,” said Zhang.The border clash did not crack the top 50 searches on China’s Twitter-like Weibo on Tuesday.Pressure differentialIn India, opposition leaders, former generals and diplomats have criticized Modi for failing to protect Indian lives and territory. Many have called for boycotts of Chinese goods. The story garners wall-to-wall coverage in domestic media.The perceived threat from China – which humiliated India in a brief border war in 1962 – has overshadowed India’s COVID crisis, in which the number of cases has crossed 400,000 with no sign of a peak.Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said India stands behind Modi, but he must bear responsibility.”We stand at historic crossroads. Our government’s decisions and actions will have serious bearings on how the future generations perceive us,” he said. Such language makes it harder for Modi to compromise without losing face, analysts say.Modi rode to power in 2014 vowing to turn India into an economic and military power, but China has pulled further ahead on his watch. Its economy is five times the size of India’s, with three times the military spending.Control Risks said in a note that Modi’s administration will likely employ economic measures against China to placate public pressure, instead of risking military conflict with a stronger adversary. last_img read more

Gold Coast faces second highest rental rate hikes in regional Queensland

first_img MORE NEWS: Two-year search for buyer finally over Rental rates have increased by about $10 a week for apartments.“Cairns had the biggest increase (3.8 per cent) followed closely by the Gold Coast (3.7 per cent) and the smallest increase was recorded across the Sunshine Coast at 2 per cent.”Rental prices on the Glitter Strip often peaked in summer due to an influx of seasonal residents before scaling back in winter when many people retreated.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said rents appeared to be at an all-time high and had the potential to further increase given the level of migration to the city.However, he said a recent rush of stock hitting the market would balance prices out because it offered more rental options, resulting in less competition.“We have seen a lot of new product development to the rental market in the past few months,” he said.“It seems to be those new buildings … attracting tenants who are willing to pay a higher level of rent. MORE NEWS: Prominent property developer plans to offload mansion 1. Clear Island Waters (House) — $850.2. Broadbeach Waters and Tallebudgera Valley (H) — $795.3. Benowa (H) — $780.4. Tallebudgera (H) — $765.5. Bundall (H) — $750. Gold Coast rental prices are on the way up.TENANTS are being forced to dig deep into their pockets as rental prices on the Gold Coast continue to climb.New data in CoreLogic’s Quarterly Regional Market Update shows advertised rental rates have jumped 3.7 per cent for houses and 2.4 per cent for units in the year to March.That is the equivalent of $20 and $10 per week respectively.The median weekly rental rate is $560 for houses and $430 for units.CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said there was only one other region in the state that faced higher rental price hikes than the Gold Coast.“The cost of renting in Queensland is on the up, with advertised rental rates for houses increasing across all five regions,” he said. “Rentals are all about supply and demand, it’s a balance to make sure we’ve got various types of accommodation.”The news of increasing rental prices may sound alarming to tenants but REIQ director and Professionals Newlands Real Estate principal John Newlands said it was a sign of a strong market.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“It’s probably a good thing, it shows the health of the market,” he said.“The Gold Coast (market) has always been very much cyclical (but) those ups and downs are starting to flatten out a bit.”Post Commonwealth Games, Mr Newlands said many people believed there would be too many rental properties on the market without tenants to absorb them, but that has been debunked.He said there were still plenty of options for tenants but also an increase in people wanting to rent, which made it a much more stabilised market.Latest CoreLogic data to May shows Clear Island Waters had the highest median asking rent at $850 per week while Stapylton had the lowest at $300 per week. MOST EXPENSIVE RENT (median per week) Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:13Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:13 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenGet Rental Ready!01:14 1. Stapylton (House) — $300.2. Willow Vale (Unit) — $360.3. Pimpama (U) — $375.4. Nerang, Highland Park and Coomera (U) — $380.5. Labrador and Southport (U) — $385.(Source: CoreLogic) CHEAPEST RENT (median per week)last_img read more

2020 Olympic qualifier: Nigeria beat  Sudan

first_imgRelatedPosts Nigeria dying under Buhari’s jackboot, by Tunde Odesola Nigeria: We can’t breathe, by Gabriel Agbo Yes, Nigeria is collapsing forward, by Femi Adesina Nigeria U-23 football team on Tuesday defeated their counterpart from Sudan, 5-0 in the second leg of their 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifier. The match, which was played at the main bowl of the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, saw the Nigerian team dominating the entire 90 minutes regulation time. In the 13 minute of the first half, Taiwo Awoniyi opened scoring for Nigeria with a beautiful header that left the Sudanese goalkeeper stranded. In the 25th minute, Ndifreke Effiong out-jumped two Sudanese defenders inside the 18-yard box to head home goal number two for Nigeria. Effiong, who was arguably the best Nigeria player of the match, scored his second goal in the 44th minute when he slotted in a cross from Awoniyi. Nigeria 4th goal came in the 67th minute when Sunday Felaye came off the bench to score with a superb volley. The Nigeria team scored its 5th goal through Sanusi Ibrahim in the 69th minute to seal victory for Nigeria. In the 72th minute, Nigeria team captain, Kelechi Nwakali was substituted; he was replaced by Fatai Gbadamosi.Tags: 2020 Tokyo OlympicNigeriaStephen Keshi StadiumSudanlast_img read more