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Bring State Legislation To Cover Future & Past Tenancies; Why Wait For Centre’s Model Tenancy Law? : Supreme Court Tells UP Govt.

first_imgNews UpdatesBring State Legislation To Cover Future & Past Tenancies; Why Wait For Centre’s Model Tenancy Law? : Supreme Court Tells UP Govt. LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK4 Nov 2020 1:58 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has observed that the State of Uttar Pradesh has to bring forth its own State legislation so as to cover not only future but past tenancies also.This observation was made after the State submitted that the Central Government has framed a model tenancy law which is awaiting final approval and that is the reason the State Government did not issue the Ordinance which is…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court has observed that the State of Uttar Pradesh has to bring forth its own State legislation so as to cover not only future but past tenancies also.This observation was made after the State submitted that the Central Government has framed a model tenancy law which is awaiting final approval and that is the reason the State Government did not issue the Ordinance which is already ready. “We are of the view that the State Government in any case has some guidance from this model draft legislation and has to bring forth its own State legislation so as to cover not only future but past tenancies also. We see no reason why in a federal structure and considering the requirement of each State, the State of Uttar Pradesh has to wait for the ultimate shape of this model legislation.”, the bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hrishikesh Roy observed.The state then sought two weeks’ time for issuance of the Ordinance. The case is now posted for directions on 20th November, 2020.Allahabad HC Judgment”it is for the State legislature to take into account, after considering the relevant material, which includes collection of data and statistics, and the needs of the society with fair representation of class of persons, who are owners of the building and tenants to make provisions for periodical increase of agreed rent to those buildings, who still continue to enjoy the protection of the U.P. Act No.13 of 1972. The State Government may consider to appoint a Commission, for such purpose and to consider its recommendations for making appropriate amendments to the Act.”, the High Court had observed in its judgment (now impugned in the civil appeal before Supreme Court) delivered in 2014. The High Court had dismissed the writ petition which sought to declare U.P. Urban Buildings (Regulation of Letting, Rent and Eviction) Act, 1972as ultra vires the Constitution of India.Case: NEENA JAIN vs. STATE OF U.P. [CA No(s). 1082-1083/2017]Coram: Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hrishikesh Roy Click here to Read/Download OrderRead OrderNext Storylast_img read more

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LaTanya Richardson Jackson & More Set for Taming of the Shrew

first_img View Comments Latanya Richardson JacksonPhoto: Bruce Glikas Tony nominee LaTanya Richardson Jackson and more have been tapped for the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of The Taming of the Shrew. As previously reported, Tony nominee Phyllida Lloyd will direct the all-female incarnation, starring Cush Jumbo and Janet McTeer. In honor of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, they will begin performances on May 24 and officially open on June 14 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.Joining Richardson Jackson (A Raisin in the Sun) as Baptista will be Candy Buckley (Cabaret) as Vincentio, Donna Lynne Champlin (Billy Elliot) as Hortensio, Rosa Gilmore (Uncle Vanya) as Lucentio, Teresa Avia Lim (Awake and Sing) as Biondello, Adrienne C. Moore (Milk Like Sugar) as Tranio, Anne L. Nathan (It Shoulda Been You) as Pedant, Gayle Rankin (Cabaret) as Bianca, Judy Gold (25 Questions for a Jewish Mother) as Gremio and Stacey Sargeant (Eclipsed) as Grumio. The ensemble will include Pearl Rhein, Leenya Rideout and Jackie Sanders.Lovely Bianca is the prize to be won by all the men looking to land themselves a wealthy wife. But the competitors will first have to marry off Bianca’s clever, fiery older sister, Katherina, who may just outsmart them all. Shakespeare’s original screwball comedy shows the lengths men will go to for their legacy, what women will do to break free and the outrageous things we all do for the human heart.The Taming of the Shrew will feature set and costume design by Mark Thompson, lighting design by Robert Wierzel, sound design by Mark Menard and music composition by Sam Davis.The production is scheduled to run through June 26.last_img read more

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Cleaners Advertise in the Fish Market

first_imgThe plot of this science project seems made for Disney animation, a fishy version of Aesop’s parable of Androcles and the lion.  There are fish that will clean parasites out of the mouths and gills of their predators without getting eaten (see 01/13/2003 headline).  How these “cleaner fish” and their clients developed this risky relationship, a classic example of mutualistic symbiosis in which both parties benefit from the transaction, has long been a puzzle.  Alexandra S. Grutter (U. of Queensland) decided to do a science project on this phenomenon and published her results in the June 22 issue of Current Biology.1  Observing fish species from the Great Barrier Reef under lab conditions, she observed some interesting behavior that she termed “preconflict management strategy.”  It appears that with a bit of Madison-Avenue advertising skill, cleaners know how to clinch a deal in the fish market.    Negotiations and compromises can result in unequal benefits, as in the fable of the contract between the man that needed a fur coat and the bear that needed a meal.  In the case of cleaner fish, Grutter showed experimentally that the “clients” (predators) normally have no qualms about munching on their little dentists.  They did eat the cleaner fish in certain situations without remorse.  The cleaners also have a natural aversion to swimming right into the mouths of their biggest threats, as seen in the fact that related fish won’t come near.  The variables in the experiment were: the parasite load on the client, the client’s hunger level, the cleaner’s hunger level, and the cleaner’s skill at preconflict management strategy.  There’s nothing like a little entertainment to break the ice.  Cleaner fish have mastered the feel-good commercial: they dance.    Grutter observed the cleaner fish approach their dangerous clients with “tactile dancing”; they oscillate their tail fins and gently rub against the predator’s gills and body.  The client, apparently appeased by this show of good will, says, “OK, it’s a deal,” opens its mouth, and both get their satisfaction.  The cleaner fish seem to be able to sense when their clients are hungry, and respond by softening them up with more tactile dancing than usual.  (The cartoon becomes more entertaining at this point.)  But there is still a danger to the little serviceman.  Grutter and others have known that client fish will sometimes exhibit “posing” behavior, posturing themselves in a way that suggests readiness for cleaning.  How does the cleaner know it isn’t a trap?  It would seem the perfect ruse for a hungry predator to lie in wait, saving its energy, advertising itself that it just wants cleaning service, only to clamp its jaws shut on the do-gooders.  (See 04/26/2004 story about why animals rarely lie.)  It’s risky to do business with one’s enemies.  Most surprisingly, at the end of the cleaning, the client, now in a strength position, makes no effort to take advantage of the easy, gullible snack.    How did this mutualism, sometimes termed reciprocal altruism, originate?  Grutter takes issue with the typical game theoretic approach (see 02/10/2004 headline).  Instead, she views her results supporting another approach: “The iterated prisoner’s dilemma has long been used to explain the evolution of cooperation between unrelated individuals, although some of its limitations have been illustrated with the cleaner fish mutualism.  Recently, biological market theory, in which traders exchange goods, services, or both, was proposed as an alternative for understanding cooperation in many systems, including cleaning symbioses.  Client ectoparasites and cleaning services are the main goods traded in the cleaner fish market.”    It takes a skilled salesperson to convince a difficult, dangerous customer that she has a win-win offer that’s too good to refuse.  A Disney rendition of this story, with a timid yet fast-talking cleaner fish doing its little dance to appease the mean ol’ predator and get it to open up, is not hard to visualize.  And what hey, even tough guys need to see a dentist occasionally.  Maybe they fall for the best dancer.1Alexandra S. Grutter, “Cleaner Fish Use Tactile Dancing Behavior as a Preconflict Management Strategy,” Current Biology,Vol 14, 1080-1083, 22 June 2004.Personifying a phenomenon with an analogy does not explain its origin.  Neither game theory nor market theory provide adequate explanations in Darwinian terms for these interesting behaviors.  Fish are not capable of rational thought and market strategy.  If not designed, this behavior must be reducible to genetic and developmental factors.  If the predators always took advantage of the cleaners, there would be none left, and the phenomenon would disappear.  But the present is not the key to the past.  “Obviously, cleaning symbiosis has survival value for both types of species involved,” elaborated Gary Parker, a former evolutionist, in What Is Creation Science? (Master Books, p. 37).  “But does survival value explain the origin of this special relationship?” he asked.  “Of course not.  It makes sense to talk about survival only after a trait or relationship is already in existence.”    In additional articles by Gary Parker, who used to teach evolution as fact, the conundrum posed by cleaning symbioses is acknowledged by Darwinians to be a problem for their theory.  Parker tells how Garrett Hardin, an evolutionist, once presented some startling questions in a Scientific American publication entitled, “Nature’s Challenges to Evolutionary Theory.”  He asked, “Is the evolutionary framework wrong?”  Taking note of the implication of design in such biological phenomena, he further suggested, “Was Paley right?”  Then, with a preconflict management strategy of his own, he proposed a fair deal that could provide a win-win situation for both sides.  He said, “Think about it.”(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Breaking News! Enceladus Is Dead!

first_img(Visited 653 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Is water alive? Are organic molecules alive? No; they’re dead. Someone needs to bring some sense into reporting about life in outer space.Here are the facts: some organic molecules have been found in the geysers erupting from the south pole of Enceladus, Saturn’s little Iowa-size moon. Is that a big deal? No; organic molecules are very common in the universe. You can find them in meteorites, comets, and interstellar clouds. “Organic” means anything that contains carbon. Your DNA is organic, but so is tailpipe soot. The category “organic” contains a vast number of molecules, all of which are dead. Even DNA is dead outside a cell; it will just sit there and decay, like it rapidly does in fossils. Life, in fact, consists of countless zillions of dead molecules. Only when they are organized into systems that function to metabolize, grow and reproduce do we consider the system a living thing.Racemic amino acids. Credit: Illustra MediaA Quick Review of Organic ChemistryCarbon, with its four valences, tends to link up with hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen and other atoms in complex ways, creating geometric shapes like sheets, rings, and polyhedra, from the pyramid-like tetrahedron to the complex soccer-ball-shaped fullerenes. Organic molecules, therefore, are often very large and complex. Because of its complexity and importance, organic chemistry constitutes a large sub-discipline of chemistry. Lifeless molecules with only carbon and hydrogen are called hydrocarbons. Lifeless molecules with carbon and nitrogen are called nitriles; these include the amino acids and cyanides. Lifeless molecules with rings are called aromatic compounds, such as benzene; these can link up into sheets called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs.Large organics can be made by natural processes such as the solar wind acting on the upper atmosphere of Titan, or starlight acting on interstellar dust. The point is that many organic compounds are known in space from purely physical formation processes.If living molecules were to be magically transported into the assumed ocean under the icy crust of Enceladus, it’s likely that they would quickly perish in the toxic “organic” habitat there, if they didn’t freeze to death first.Some organic compounds, including amino acids and sugars, come in left- and right-handed forms that are mirror images of each other, but have the same properties otherwise. The amino acids that form naturally, including those in meteorites and comets, are always “racemic” (50/50) mixtures of left- and right-handed forms. For reasons unknown to this day, life only uses left-handed amino acids, and right-handed sugars—a fact uncovered by creation biologist Louis Pasteur. Proteins and enzymes in living cells cannot function unless they are 100% pure one-handed, most likely because they would fail to fold into molecular machines with biological activity.The Whole EnceladusHere’s what Cassini scientists detected at Enceladus from the Cosmic Dust Analyzer (CDA) and Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer (INMS) instruments that looked for molecules as the orbiter flew through the plumes. The JPL press release, “Complex Organics Bubble up from Enceladus,” says,Previously, Cassini had detected small, relatively common organic molecules at Enceladus that were much smaller. Complex molecules comprising hundreds of atoms are rare beyond Earth. The presence of the large complex molecules, along with liquid water and hydrothermal activity, bolsters the hypothesis that the ocean of Enceladus may be a habitable environment for life.It’s important to separate the facts from the speculation at the end of the quote. It “may” be a habitable environment, but it may just as well be a bed of poisons. A cell would perish in an “organic” environment of CO (carbon monoxide), HCN (cyanide), gasoline, benzene, acetylene, or thousands of other toxic compounds. It takes much more than “large complex [organic] molecules” therefore to call an environment habitable. The paper in Nature specifically names some of these poisons among the “organic molecules” that were detected at Enceladus. So even if living molecules were to be magically transported into the assumed ocean under the icy crust of Enceladus, it’s likely that they would quickly perish in the toxic “organic” habitat there, if they didn’t freeze to death first. Understood?Media SaturnaliaThe Nature paper doesn’t even mention life or habitability. But since the JPL press release said the L-word life four times, let’s watch the Darwine-drunk press go crazy at their Saturnalia festival, aided and abetted by similarly inebriated scientists:BREAKING: Complex Organic Molecules Discovered on Enceladus For The First Time. It has everything needed to host alien life! (Science Alert). Reporter Michelle Starr, overcome with fumes from NASA’s power of suggestion, relates her ecstatic hallucinations of what these poisons at Enceladus might do. The visions come quickly: “These findings bolster the hypothesis that, deep under its icy crust, Enceladus could be harbouring simple marine life, clustered around the warmth of hydrothermal vents.” Ahhhhh. “Let that sink in for a moment,” she says, passing you the smoking reefer.Right Stuff For Life Found on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus (National Geographic). “What we know today is telling us that Enceladus is an outstanding target to go look for life, and there may be microbes living in that ocean today,” says Cornell University’s Jonathan Lunine. (Read more looney tunes from Lunine in the 3 May 2018 entry.)Enceladus is spewing out organic molecules necessary for life (New Scientist). Leah Crane writes, “Saturn’s moon Enceladus has a subsurface ocean – and it may be coated with complex organic molecules that could be stepping stones to life.”Complex organic molecules discovered in Enceladus’ plumes could hint at life (Astrobiology Magazine). Keith Cooper ought to say, “complex organic molecules in Enceladus’ plumes smell like death.” Instead, he teases that these toxic compounds “could potentially form the building blocks of life.” Not according to thermodynamics and logic could they. But they could form the building blocks of lie.SwRI scientists find evidence of complex organic molecules from Enceladus (Southwest Research Institute). Science Daily added to the headline, “Discovery indicates Saturn’s moon meets critical requirements for life,” possibly because SwRI’s press release includes the lie, “With complex organic molecules emanating from its liquid water ocean, this moon is the only body besides Earth known to simultaneously satisfy all of the basic requirements for life as we know it.” Like freezing poisons?Saturn moon a step closer to hosting life (BBC News). “”The next logical step,” says Dr Postberg, “is to go back to Enceladus soon with a dedicated payload and see if there is extraterrestrial life.” Logical? Political, maybe, if NASA needs job security for its bio-astrologers.Other Dead Worlds at SaturnBonnie Buratti, lower left, among Cassini scientists watching close-up images of Enceladus arrive on March 9, 2005. Photo by David Coppedge at JPL.The Search for Activity on Dione and Tethys With Cassini VIMS and UVIS (Geophysical Research Letters). Some of the more level-headed Cassini scientists, like Bonnie Burati and Candace Hansen, went looking in the infrared and ultraviolet images for activity on the neighboring moons of Enceladus, Dione and Tethys. They found none. (Hansen appears in the bonus features of The Privileged Planet by Illustra Media.)Limits on Dione’s Activity Using Cassini/CIRS Data (Geophysical Research Letters). Other Cassini scientists looked at infrared images and “find no evidence for activity on Dione in this study.” They didn’t rule out the possibility, though: “However, it is possible that very small regions of high surface temperatures would not be detected in this work.”Titan’s Meteorology Over the Cassini Mission: Evidence for Extensive Subsurface Methane Reservoirs (Geophysical Research Letters). These Cassini scientists did not really find “extensive subsurface methane reservoirs” at Titan, but inferred their presence by models of how clouds and lakes should behave. Unfortunately, the clouds and lakes did not fit their expectations very well. They also did not address the conundrum of the missing ethane, which should have formed a global ocean according to 1990s predictions.The Eye of Saturn’s North Polar Vortex: Unexpected Cloud Structures Observed at High Spatial Resolution by Cassini/VIMS (Geophysical Research Letters). Cassini atmospheric scientists found a “shocking mystery” at Saturn’s north pole, where the largest cyclone in the solar system is found, along with a hexagon of standing waves. Let them describe their surprise:Saturn’s north pole was imaged with unprecedented clarity in over 200 colors during the Grand Finale phase of the Cassini mission, revealing surprising details on the structures of hazes and clouds. A cyclonic vortex caps the pole, extending out about 20° (20,000 km) in latitude, the largest cyclone known in the solar system. As a cyclone, this is a region of subsidence, where air descends downward. Such air, descending into warmer depths, should be relatively clear of condensate clouds of ammonia—one of the major condensables in Saturn’s visible atmosphere—especially in the eye of the polar vortex right at the pole. The new multicolored near‐infrared images obtained by the Visual Infrared Mapping Spectrometer reveal that indeed the polar eye is remarkably devoid of aerosols, having less than 3% of the aerosol content seen anywhere else on Saturn. But surprisingly, ammonia clouds at the edge of the eye—but still within it—are found to be remarkably thick, composed of the largest ammonia ice particles ever seen on Saturn, characteristic of powerful upwelling, not downwelling (subsidence). This conundrum of convection‐style clouds forming in a strongly downwelling region is a shocking mystery left by Cassini in its waning days. None of these research papers needed hydrobioscopy to tell the public about interesting, and even startling, things.The scientists who wrote the Enceladus paper knew they have to be empirically modest in a journal, but then look at them! They go right to the press and stir the pot with highly embellished accounts of what the data “means.” It’s all whipped-up frenzy based on materialist assumptions, based on the religious belief that life is nothing but chemistry, and that life emerges by chance. If you are sick and tired of this propaganda, you need to speak up. Write comments when you can to the publishers of this hype, respectfully stating logical reasons why life does not follow from the presence of frozen benzene. Demand that tax-funded research stick to science, not materialist philosophy. And tell your elected representatives not to let NASA use “science” as a propaganda tool for materialism.last_img read more

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World-class media hub for SA

first_imgThe African Media Centre will providejournalists with all the equipment theyneed to produce quality content aboutSouth Africa.(Image: stock.xchng) The centre can accommodate brainstormingsessions, workshops, research, trainingsessions, listening sessions, webcasting,product launches and more.(Image: image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Rami NhlapoPublicity manager, JT Communications+27 11 788 7631/2RELATED ARTICLES• Africa’s new voice • Boosting African journalism• Media awards for SA women• Broadband centre opens in SAJanine ErasmusThe newly launched JT Comms African Media Hub, located in Johannesburg, aims to boost the international profile of African arts and culture while providing a welcoming space for media professionals to work and network.Although the facility is tailored for those from the cultural industries, it’s also open to journalists and businesspeople from all other sectors.Centrally located in the quiet suburb of Craighall, in the north of Johannesburg, the multi-purpose media centre provides facilities for meetings, holding press conferences, conducting television and radio interviews and wirelessly filing completed stories.It’s also equipped for brainstorming sessions, holding workshops and conducting research, training sessions, listening sessions, webcasting, product launches and more.The centre, which is still in the last stages of being fitted with infrastructure and equipment, is a long-time vision of communications specialist Vanessa Perumal, co-partner in the wholly black- and female-owned JT Communication Solutions.“I travelled to Germany with the South African delegation that brought the Fifa World Cup here,” said Perumal, “and there I had a chance to see the German media centre, and to experience how well it worked”.Back in South Africa she was struck by the fact that there was no equivalent facility available here. Deciding not to wait until somebody else came up with the idea, and with the famous Gandhi quote – “Be the change you want to see in the world” – in her mind, she resolved to do something about it.“I want this place to be a physical hub where journalists from all over the world can feel comfortable,” she said, “and where African journalists can tell our stories our way.”The African press has long lamented the fact that overseas media houses tend to portray a very bleak picture of Africa to the world, focusing on dark and depressing topics and overlooking the many positive stories that emerge from the continent every day.Other initiatives such as the A24 media channel, launched in mid-2008 by veteran media entrepreneur Salim Amin, are planning to redress that situation.If South Africa and other African countries want to endure on the global arts stage, added Perumal, they must capture the essence of all that is good about their cultural industries, and ensure that the rest of the world knows about it.Global exposurePerumal explained that her hope was to give journalists a convenient and comfortable place to be productive, so that they would feel inspired to produce more substantial content about South Africa and the rest of the continent. The result would be more global exposure for South African and African culture.The multi-purpose media centre is equipped for brainstorming sessions, holding workshops and conducting research, training sessions, listening sessions, webcasting, product launches, and more.The centre’s launch, held in late September 2009, was attended by the local and international media community as well as local arts stalwarts such as renowned mezzo-soprano Sibongile Khumalo, poet Lebo Mashile, and storyteller Gcina Mhlophe.CEO of the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (Samro) Nick Motsatse delivered the keynote speech, and Tawana Kupe, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of the Witwatersrand, commented in his address that the innovative hub was just what the media and arts on the continent needed.Connecting with AfricaOne of the centre’s first projects was the African Arts in Dialogue, a public symposium held on 23 September 2009.Local arts academics and writers met with a delegation of cultural journalists from Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, to discuss ways to promote African arts on the world stage. The international contingent was also present at the media centre launch.This important task can only be achieved through communication and better understanding between local cultural journalists and their colleagues in other parts of the continent.Among the visitors – who represented film, radio, television and print genres – were Senegalese radio journalist and jazz enthusiast Michael Soumah, Cameroonian film critic Telesphore Mba Bizo, journalist and artist John Owoo from Ghana, and Kenyan writer Joseph Ngunjiri.The gathering took place at Samro’s offices. Samro is the body that administers music public performance rights in Southern Africa, and was a partner in the symposium, along with African Synergy, Marimba Media and the JT Comms media hub.Queries or comments? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

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How the Suniva Trade Dispute is Reshaping the Solar Industry

first_imgBy MAGGIE PARKHURST and JOEL BINSTOCK Tariff Threat Strangling Solar MarketSolar Ruling Prompts Industry JittersCould a Trade Dispute With China End the U.S. Solar Boom?Solar Jobs Are Booming There are other optionsIn fact, there are many other alternatives to tariffs to support real investment in domestic solar manufacturing without sacrificing the strategic market, such as:Support domestic panel manufacturing with a tiered investment tax credit.Expand federal targets for renewable energy procurement.Provide loan support or subsidize the solar supply chain.Encourage competitive advantages in materials quality and efficiency to differentiate domestic market from foreign markets.Integrate manufacturing firms and installation/service firms to provide internal cost-reductions.Provide assistance for technology and workforce development.GreenTechMedia (GTM) has estimated that the trade dispute could enormously reduce new solar projects by almost two-thirds or slash them by a total of about 47 GW by 2022. This is more solar capacity than what has been manufactured in the U.S in aggregate.SEIA has already begun a ‘Save America’s Solar Jobs’ campaign. It has been active on multiple platforms to beat this case, including directly lobbying members of Congress and other policymakers, engaging in several legal proceedings with the ITC, conducting research to analyze and determine potential impacts, building a wide network of partners, and raising awareness among people for fair and free trade policies.Sustainable Capital Finance (SCF) does not support the Suniva petition as over 250,000 workers are serving America’s solar industry currently, and any misguided trade protections for the solar manufacturing industry would threaten the continued health of the booming solar service industry and would be against the larger interests of the solar market and the United States as a whole.SCF plans to tackle the upcoming challenge head on. We are exploring alternative financing options that will help more projects receive financing even as the costs increase. We are also working with developers and EPCs to help them procure panels in anticipation of potential import tariffs. The best strategy we recommend for our partners is to diversify your module expertise and supply so that you can work with what the market has to offer. With looming uncertainty hovering over the industry in several months, we can say that now is the time to get projects developed and installed. The Suniva trade dispute began when America’s biggest PV panel manufacturer, Suniva, filed an ill-advised petition with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.The petition was filed under Section 201 of the Trade Act seeking complete relief from “dumping” (when a company sells products artificially below market rates to gain market share and drive away competitors) of foreign manufactured crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) cell-based solar panels. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the petition could more than double the cost of solar installations and put more than 88,000 U.S. jobs at risk.The Suniva trade dispute could have an ever-expanding impact on the entire solar industry. Suniva’s argument is essentially that competing solar-panel production companies overseas, especially in China, are able to take advantage of government subsidies, allowing them to produce artificially cheap panels. They can then flood the American market with these panels at a rate far below competing American firms, making it hard for American firms to compete and stay in business.Obviously, artificial trade imbalances are in no one’s favor: the subsequent market consolidation occurring as local firms fold and fall out of the marketplace can lead to later monopolistic or oligopolistic pricing tendencies by the “winners” after the market has been cornered. However, this argument ignores important realities in the American solar panel industry: it’s just not that big. The largest solar industry in America is actually in service, installation, and maintenance, which formed itself based on the realities of cheap overseas material costs alongside the relatively high skill and safety requirements for solar installation and maintenance. Thus, an increase in pricing for solar panels will drive up the price of solar installation jobs, in turn reducing demand for solar projects and eventually reducing overall demand for solar service and maintenance.center_img Tariffs would double solar costsSuniva requested that there be a tariff of $0.40/watt on imported modules and a floor price on all modules of $0.78/watt. The ITC ruled 4-0 in finding cause for severe injury to both Suniva and Solarworld. If the ITC’s recommendations to the U.S. president include establishing import tariffs, the solar module costs would effectively double, setting the solar industry back years. Not only would it increase costs for installation and sales jobs, inevitably slowing the market, but it also would affect secondary jobs supporting the industry (asset management, racking manufactures, etc.).In fact, SEIA predicts loss of solar jobs in all market segments due to the theoretically devastating impacts of the trade dispute. In their models, the utility-scale job market would shrink by 60%, while commercial and residential employment would fall by 46% and 44% respectively.SolarWorld joined Suniva in the trade case and claims that SEIA is exaggerating the impacts instead of doing a thorough analysis. The company states that cheap imported solar panels have been affecting American manufacturers for decades.SEIA believes that the imposition of price floors and tariffs for imported CSPV cells and modules would hamper the entire solar industry’s growth by vastly increasing up-front project costs. As one of the cheapest energy sources in the U.S., solar is a major economic force of the country, bringing billions of dollars in investment every year.However, this incredible growth will sputter if the ITC sides with Suniva and SolarWorld and recommends to the president a vast increase in the market rates for solar panels by instituting protective tariffs.Consequently, a Section 201 action would create an economic loss for the vast majority of the solar industry for the small benefit of reinvigorating the small set of domestic solar manufacturing firms. Past examples of Section 201 cases in other industries like lamb meat, pipeline, and gluten have shown that the protective measures established did not always restore the industries to sustained competitiveness, as oftentimes foreign competitors enjoy other advantages besides direct government support for an industry, including cheaper labor and material costs, and less overhead due to less-stringent safety and regulatory standards. Needless to say, establishing protective floor-prices and import tariffs are not effective solutions to this proposed domestic manufacturing issue. RELATED ARTICLES Maggie Parkhurst is marketing coordinator for Sustainable Capital Finance, which provides financing for solar projects for nonprofits, corporations, municipalities and schools. Joel Binstock is a project analyst at SCF. This post originally appeared at The Energy Collective.last_img read more

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Using Gaps to Organize Your Final Cut Pro X Edits

first_imgUse gaps and placeholders to separate your FCPX timelines into sections or subjects.  Discover how this Final Cut Pro X tip can make your video editing more efficient!When creating a rough cut you may go through each clip one by one, grabbing soundbites and relevant content and inserting it into the timeline as you go.  Although this process is useful for quickly culling together your best clips it can often result in your timeline turning into a haphazard mess, making it hard to separate one subject from the next.  Placeholders are useful for more than just inserting “coming soon” shots.  By using the gap  (called “slugs” in previous versions of FCP) or placeholder function in FCPX you can quickly put a separator between sections of content on the timeline.  This will give you a visual way to break up your timeline and keep it more organized on the fly.To insert a 3-second GAP into a Final Cut Pro X timeline use the shortcut OPT and W.To insert a 3-second PLACEHOLDER into a Final Cut Pro X timeline use the shortcut OPT and COMMAND and W.The gap or placeholder will be inserted at the skimmer position or the playhead position (if the skimmer is turned off).  Although this trick has a myriad of uses, I’ve found it especially helpful to use gaps and placeholders when cutting together interviews in FCPX.  I’ll use placeholders when creating a very rough cut – putting all relevant content for each interview subject on the FCPX timeline and using the placeholders to separate subjects.  Maybe your video project is broken up into several acts or sections.  Placeholders are a quick way to break those up too.  Although for this purpose they serve the same function, the benefit of placeholders over gaps is the ability to add notes, ex. “Bob’s Interview”.Markers in FCPX are another way to keep your timeline segmented, but markers are either fixed to the timecode of the timeline or a clip.Gaps and placeholders provide a little “dead space” to break things up.  When you’re editing rough cuts in Final Cut Pro X that may be just the thing you need to keep your timeline more organized.Have tips for keeping your Final Cut Pro X projects more organized?Let us know in the comments!last_img read more

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Arm, Cadence and Xilinx introduce Arm Neoverse System Development Platform

first_imgArm, Cadence Design Systems and Xilinx announced the delivery of a new development platform, silicon-proven on TSMC’s 7nm FinFET process technology, for next-generation cloud-to-edge infrastructure based on the new Arm Neoverse N1 platform. The Neoverse N1 System Development Platform is also the industry’s first 7nm infrastructure development platform enabling asymmetrical compute acceleration via the CCIX interconnect architecture and is available to hardware and software developers for hardware prototyping, software development, system validation, andperformance profiling/tuning.The SDP includes a Neoverse N1-based SoC with an operating frequency of up to 3GHz, full-sized caches and generous amounts of memory bandwidth with the latest optimized system IP. The robustness of the SDP is ideal for development, debug, performance optimization and workload analysis on a wide range of applications including those for machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence) and data analytics.The Neoverse N1 SDP was developed jointly by Arm, Cadence and Xilinx on TSMC’s process technology, and includes Cadence IP for CCIX, PCI Express Gen 4 and DDR4 PHY IP. The SDP was implemented and verified using a full Cadence tool flow in TSMC’s 7nm FinFET process technology, the industry’s first and leading 7nm process technology in volume production, and provides connectivity to Xilinx Virtex UltraScale+ FPGAs over the CCIX chip-to-chip coherent interconnect protocol via the Xilinx Alveo U280 CCIX accelerator card. For customers with intense compute workloads, CCIX offers a significant accelerator usability improvementas well as improved data center performance/efficiency, lowering the barrier to entry into existing server infrastructure systems and improving the total cost of ownership of acceleration systems.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Solid Sands: the day that GNU-C++ -Os brokeNext Cervoz: highly integrated single-chip supporting 2-stream 802.11aclast_img read more

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Over 200 Policy Holders Turned Out for British Atlantic Financial Services Ltd

Over 200 Policy Holders Turned Out for British Atlantic Financial Services Ltd

first_img Related Items:British Atlantic Financial Services Ltd, kevin higgins, liquidation, wilbur caley Recommended for you Turks and Caicos named in Cayman Islands fraud investigation IMF report gives warning and suggestion to refund insurance company clients Nigueal Streete to take reigns of FSC with Higgins departure Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPRovidenciales, 3 Nov 2014 – Over 200 policy holders turned out last night for the meeting to determine the fate of investments in British Atlantic Financial Services Ltd, BAFSL. Though the group was entreated to vote on whether or not they wanted to see the institution liquidated, the meeting saw the customers taking a stand to have more time to consider the next move. There is reportedly a requirement to have 75% agreement to close BAFSL down; the court has yet to make the decision. Documents were provided outlining the pros and cons we are told, but one twenty plus year customer explained most people were not so ready to vote to liquidate and most wanted to hear more from Managing Director, Wilbur Caley on what happened to the company to cause it to be in this position. There have been scathing opinions too for the FSC Managing Director, Kevin Higgins; a call for him to resign, to go home. Higgins is originally from The Bahamas. Questions about why Turks and Caicos Islanders appear to be losing every time with these financial institution closures also raged in the 90 minute meeting which was chaired by Wilbur Caley and Jo Connolly of PriceWaterHouseCoopers.last_img read more

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UCSD fraternity suspended following sexual assault allegations

UCSD fraternity suspended following sexual assault allegations

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter June 5, 2019 Sasha Foo, UCSD fraternity suspended following sexual assault allegations Updated: 10:42 AMcenter_img Posted: June 5, 2019 Sasha Foo 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The University of California San Diego has placed a fraternity on suspension following allegations that members of the Sigma Chi fraternity drugged and sexually assaulted at least four women, all sorority members, during Sigma Chi events that occurred over the last academic year.The allegations Initially came to light last week when the presidents of the university’s 12 sororities received details of the alleged assaults. Some of the women who said they were attacked had written accounts which were read aloud to the members of some sororities.While the university conducts an investigation, UCSD has suspended the fraternity. Sigma Chi’s international organization has also placed the chapter on temporary suspension.In the meantime, the university’s sororities have “blacklisted” the fraternity and barred Sigma Chi from participating in their activities.Under the federal law known as Title IX, all colleges and universities must investigate allegations of sexual assault.The fraternity released a formal statement that read in part, “We’re committed to justice and accountability and we absolutely do not tolerate sexual misconduct of any kind.”The student newspaper, The Guardian reported that none of the fraternity members accused of the assaults has been expelled from the fraternity. last_img read more

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