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“Provincial and federal environmental approvals for the $8 billion Site C Dam project are seriously flawed and must be set aside,” President of the PVLA, Ken Boon said in a written statement. “Relevant finding and recommendations of the Site C Joint Review Panel were not considered by the decision makers. Proven adverse impacts of the Site C Dam were not justified.”Next week, the PVLA plans to launch a second petition for Judicial Review to ask the Federal Court to nullify the Federal Minister of Environment’s “Decision Statement approving the Site C Dam Project.”“Our members, many of whom have lived in the Peace River Valley for generations, are not prepared to allow the remainder of the valley to be destroyed on the basis of flawed environmental approval,” Boon goes on to write. “We are also B.C. ratepayers and taxpayers who are deeply concerned about the cost and impact of this project on B.C. Hydro rates and the provincial debt.”- Advertisement -Boon says this was a last resort avenue.“We have reluctantly concluded that a court challenge is the only way to ensure that decision by the B.C. Cabinet on the Site C Dam is not based on flawed environmental approval.”
NEW YORK – A resume and a brief job interview can’t answer the question that matters most to a new hire’s co-workers: Is this person an absolute pain? Despite a labor shortage in many sectors, some employers are pickier than ever about whom they hire. Businesses in fields where jobs are highly coveted – or just sound like fun – are stepping up efforts to weed out people who might have the right credentials but the wrong personality. Call it the “plays well with others” factor. Job candidates at investment banks have long endured dozens of interviews designed, in part, to see if new hires will get along with everyone they’ll work with. Whole Foods Market Inc. holds group interviews, in which people who will work under a manager are part of the team that grills candidates and collectively picks hires. “They’re here for nine or 10 hours,” Napier said. “We’re very cordial about it. We’re not aggressive, but we haven’t met a human being yet who has the stamina to BS us all day.” There’s a possible downside, however. In a Harvard Business Review article titled “Fool vs. Jerk: Whom Would You Hire?” Tiziana Casciaro of Harvard and Miguel Sousa Lobo of Duke University point out that people generally like people who are similar to them, so hiring for congeniality can limit diversity of opinions. One venture capitalist told the authors that a capable manager he worked with built a team that “had a great time going out for a beer, but the quality of their work was seriously compromised.” That’s not the worry at Lindblad Expeditions, a 500-employee adventure cruise company. Kris Thompson, vice president of human resources at Lindblad, said, “You can teach people any technical skill, but you can’t teach them how to be a kindhearted, generous-minded person with an open spirit.” In the mating dance of job interviews, employers traditionally put their best feet forward, too, trumpeting their wonderful benefits packages while leaving out the bit about working late, eating cold pizza. Not Lindblad. It sends job applicants a DVD showing not one, but two shots of a crew member cleaning toilets. A dishwasher talks about washing 5,000 dishes in one day. “Be prepared to work your butt off,” another says. “It’s meant to scare you off,” company founder Sven Lindblad said. It does. After watching the DVD and hearing an unvarnished description of life onboard a Lindblad ship, the majority of applicants drop out, Thompson said. She asks applicants to tell her about a job that wasn’t what they expected and how they dealt with it. One of the best answers came from Kendra Nelsen, who said that while she was working construction, her male co-workers would help themselves to her tools. Her solution: She painted all her tools hot pink. Nelsen, who started as a deck hand, went on to earn a U.S. Coast Guard license and was just named assistant expedition leader in Antarctica. At KaBoom, a nonprofit that builds playgrounds, the board was hammering co-founder and CEO Darell Hammond four years ago over the organization’s high employee turnover. “I rationalized that they were on the road too much, when in reality, it was the wrong fit in the wrong role,” he said. He started thinking about who left and why, then focused on the characteristics of workers who stayed. The list of traits: Can do, will do, team fit, damn quick and damn smart. His team kept a closer eye on job applicants in the reception area, which is set up as a playground, to see how they acted around playground equipment. “If you’re early, you may have to sit on a swing or the bottom of a slide,” Hammond said. People who stand with a tight grip on their briefcases instead of sitting on the playground equipment aren’t asked back. KaBoom sends prospective project managers to one of its four-day playground building trips, with the actual build on the last day involving 200 to 300 volunteers, many of whom have questions for KaBoom staff. “If they’re not easily approached, or they’re easily stressed – this is the way we find out and they find out if it’s not going to work,” he said. Hammond wouldn’t say what percentage of applicants drop out, but he did say project managers’ tenure has increased since they started sending them on the trips four years ago, from one year’s tenure to between 2 1/2 and three years.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Now other companies are setting up higher hurdles. “In this bloggable, cell-phone camera world, your brand on the inside is going to be your brand on the outside. If you have a bunch of jerks, your brand is going to be a jerk,” said Tim Sanders, former leadership coach at Yahoo Inc. and author of “The Likeability Factor.” With the national unemployment rate low, at 4.7 percent, and the baby boom generation heading into retirement, employers from Microsoft Corp. to rural hospitals are worrying about finding enough workers. But companies like Rackspace Managed Hosting are bucking that trend, working hard to find reasons to turn people away. Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier said, “We’d rather miss a good one than hire a bad one.” The 1,900-person company is divided into 18- to 20-person teams. One team is so close, the whole group shows up to help when one member moves house, Napier said. Job interviews at the San Antonio-based company last all day, as interviewers try to rub away fake pleasantness.
Donegal’s hottest soccer magazine just got even BIGGER!DFL Magazine returns this month with more of the latest news, reviews and interviews from all Donegal’s soccer leagues, college soccer and Finn Harps.Issue number 5 of DFL Magazine has 50 pages of photos, interviews and reviews of soccer in Donegal. Among the features are:* An interviews with Packie and Denis Bonner* Manager Scope features Cappy Rovers manager Seamus Doherty* Player Scope features Gareth Kerrigan of Milford United. * It also previews Carl McHugh’s recent heroics with Bradford City in the Capital One Cup semi-final in EnglandAll five Issues are published online. Log onto www.issuu.com/dflmagazineLike and share us on www.facebook.com/DFLMagazine PACKIE REVEALS ALL IN LATEST EDITION OF DONEGAL FOOTBALL MAGAZINE DFL was last modified: February 1st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DFL magazinePackie Bonnersoccer
Pochettino has been linked with replacing Zidane at the Bernabeu 1 Mauricio Pochettino has said he would “have to listen” if Real Madrid called him, but has maintained he is happy at Tottenham.The Spanish giants are hunting for a new manager after Zinedine Zidane quit this week following Saturday’s 3-1 Champions League final win over Liverpool.Pochettino, in Spain for the launch of his book ‘A New World’, signed a new five-year deal at Tottenham last month but has been installed as the favourite to replace Zidane at the Bernabeu.“When Real Madrid call you, you have to listen to them but it doesn’t depend on me,” he is reported to have told Spanish newspaper El Confidencial.“I’ve signed a contract and I’m very happy at Tottenham because they let me work and we’re growing together.“Now I want to focus on planning for next season and keep out of all the speculation.”Zidane explained his decision to leave Madrid less than a week after claiming a third Champions League title in a row as “time to go out at the top” in Thursday’s press conference.Real’s LaLiga struggles, finishing third and 17 points behind fierce rivals Barcelona, no doubt factored in World Cup winner Zidane’s decision.Pochettino quickly shot to the top of bookmakers’ lists for Zidane’s replacement, despite only signing that new deal with Spurs last week.“I take it naturally, it does not affect me at all, I am involved in a spectacular project where the motivation is tremendous,” Pochettino told Spanish sports daily AS.“I renewed my contract recently for another five years, I am happy that people at Tottenham are happy with me.“I live in the present, that is the most important thing. I enjoy what is happening and what has to be will be.”It is understood that there is no buy-out clause in Pochettino’s new Spurs deal, and no verbal agreement with chairman Daniel Levy that the 46-year-old could leave if Madrid come calling.Zidane was understood to be under contract at Madrid until 2020, before quitting in the wake of guiding Real to their 3-1 Champions League final triumph over Liverpool.Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, Italian Maurizio Sarri and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp have all been linked to Madrid, alongside Pochettino.Germany boss Joachim Low meanwhile has ruled himself out of the running to become the next Real manager.Low told a Germany press conference: “I can completely rule it out. I’m sure they will find a strong successor but that is not for me to worry about.“I am here with Germany in the World Cup now.”
DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University rowing team has signed Audrey Baumeister (Chicago, Ill.), Madison Coffman (Phoenix, Ariz.), Melanie Dahlstrom (Shorewood, Minn.), Taylor Haaraoja (Ada, Mich.), Olivia Kielt (Grosse Pointe, Mich.), Ingrid McNeely (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.), Daniele Nitkowski (Baltimore, Md.) and Molly Packer (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) to National Letters of Intent for the 2016-17 season, head coach Charlie DiSilvestro announced Thursday, Dec. 10. “We’re so excited to have this group of eight young women join our rowing family next year,” said DiSilvestro. “Each of them brings something unique to our team. Throughout our recruiting of these young women it became clear what a great fit they will be with our team. Each one of them understands that academics are the most important part of their life while attending Drake University and that rowing comes second. They also understand that great student-athletes can excel in both.” Baumeister is a team captain for Loyola Academy’s women’s rowing team. She is a four-year member of the Ramblers team, who has helped lead multiple boats to top-four finishes at the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championships in each of the previous three springs. “Audrey comes to us from Loyola Academy and is a special recruit for me because before coming to Drake, I was the head coach at Loyola and Audrey is the first Rambler to row for me. Her head coach Matt Baldino was a cox for me while I coached at Loyola so I’m very proud of him for giving back to our sport and leading Loyola to such great success. After I watched Audrey row I knew we needed her work ethic, leadership skills and power,” DiSilvestro said. Coffman from Phoenix, Ariz. is a member of the Tempe Town Lake Rowing Club. A two-year member with Tempe Town, she has helped several women’s junior 4+ boats in the club record top finishes, including a first place showing at the 2015 Okie O’Connor Hot Head Regatta 5K. “Madison comes to us from the Tempe Town Lake Rowing Club. I knew Madison would be a great fit for us as soon as she got her for her visit. Her personality, leadership and technical skills really impressed the team and coaches. Having been a team captain she’ll bring fresh ideas that will benefit our team right away,” DiSilvestro said. Dahlstrom is from Shorewood, Minn., where she is a member of the Twin Cities Youth Rowing Club. She was a member of the club’s first varsity 8+ boat that placed first at the Head of Mississippi Regatta this past October. Dahlstrom was also a member of the club’s novice 4+ boat that took first at the 2014 Head of the Des Moines Regatta. “Melanie rows for the Twin Cities Youth Rowing Club and I was fortunate enough to see her row a couple of times during her junior and senior years. What stood out to me was how hard she pulls. You could tell that by the end of the races she had given everything she had. Another thing that impressed me about Melanie is how much she loves our sport. You can tell rowing is in her blood,” DiSilvestro said. Haaraoja is a multi-sport athlete from Ada, Mich., where she is a member of Forest Hills Central High School’s rowing and swimming and diving teams. A four-year letterwinner in swimming and diving, she helped the team win back-to-back conference champions her first two seasons. Haaraoja earned her first rowing varsity letter as a junior. “Taylor comes to us from Grand Rapids, Mich., where she rows for her high school Forest Hills Central. Taylor was the first rower to verbally commit to us this fall. I knew from the first time I met Taylor and her family that I wanted her on our team. She has an amazing energy about her. That positive energy is going to have a great effect on our team for years to come,” DiSilvestro said. Kielt from Grosse Pointe, Mich., is a member of the Detroit Boat Club. She helped the women’s intermediate lightweight 2 boat place third at the 2015 USRowing Club Nationals. “Olivia was the first of our two Detroit Boat Club rowers to commit. Not only is Olivia a great sculler and sweep rower, she has an incredible work ethic. I spent some time in Detroit watching her workout and getting to know her coaches and I was amazed at how hard they work their athletes at the Detroit Boat Club. Olivia will have no problem making the switch from high school rowing to college,” DiSilvestro said. McNeely is another multi-sport athlete in the class, who is from Inver Grove Heights, Minn. She attends Convent of the Visitation School, where she is a member of the school’s alpine skiing and swimming teams. McNeely is a member of the Minneapolis Rowing Club, and was selected as a team captain each of the previous two years. “Ingrid rows for the Minneapolis Rowing Club coached by Vicki Larson. I have known coach Larson for over 20 years and have always been impressed at how she coaches her rowers. She doesn’t just teach them the rowing stroke, she teaches them to be leaders. Ingrid is a perfect example of the quality of rower that comes from the Minneapolis Rowing Club. Ingrid is a team captain and stroke of her 8 boat this past fall. I was able to see her stroke the MRC 8 at the Head of the Mississippi and could tell the energy she put into her own stroke was passed all the way up to bow seat,” DiSilvestro said. Nitkowski comes to Drake from Baltimore, Md., where she attends Notre Dame Preparatory and is a member of the Baltimore Rowing Club. “Daniele comes to us from the Baltimore Rowing Club. Daniele was someone I could tell would fit right into our team from day one. Besides an amazing work ethic and love for rowing, she got along great with our team on her official visit. We talk about being a rowing family a lot and Daniele will be a great addition to our Bulldog family. Daniele really impressed me when on her visit she told me she’s looking for a “supportive yet competitive” environment to train in,” DiSilvestro said. The final member of the 2016-17 signing class is Packer who like Kielt is from Gross Pointe, Mich. She is teammates with Kielt on the Detroit Rowing Club, and has earned two rowing varsity letters. Kielt and Packer were in the Detroit Rowing Club’s junior 8+ boat that placed 18th out of 85 boats at the Head of the Charles, the club’s best finish at the event in over a decade. “Molly is our second Detroit Boat Club rower to commit this fall. Along with Olivia she helped her Detroit youth 8 finish 18th out of 85 boats at this past years Head of the Charles. It was the highest finish for their club in over a decade. Molly is someone who’s going to excel not only on the water but in the classroom. I was always impressed with Molly’s questions about balancing athletics and class work,” DiSilvestro said. Comments from each student-athlete on what helped them choose Drake:”I choose Drake for the fabulous academics and the friendly community that makes everyone feel welcome.”~Audrey Baumeister “I really like the atmosphere at Drake. They emphasize the importance of academics and character along with athletic performance. The campus is beautiful and the environment is friendly.”~Madison Coffman “I chose Drake because the school just seemed right. The rowing team was great, the emphasis on education, and the class size/campus size is perfect for me. When I walked on campus, I could really see myself attending this school.”~Melanie Dahlstrom “I chose Drake because I love the campus and its excellent academics. The rowing program seems like a great fit for me and I could tell the coaches were dedicated and share the same passion that I have for rowing. When I first stepped on campus, I knew that Drake was the place for me.”~Taylor Haaraoja “I chose Drake because I fell in love with it as soon as I visited and it is a school that I can grow with. The campus is beautiful, the classes are a perfect size for me and the rowing team has a competitive edge with a tightly knit team.”~Olivia Kielt “It offers an amazing university with courses I love and a team and coaching staff that feel like a perfect fit.” ~Ingrid McNeely “I chose Drake because it had everything I was looking for in a college. It has such a friendly atmosphere and I immediately felt right at home when I stepped on campus.”~Daniele Nitkowski “I wanted a small school but not so small that I would know everyone, a campus that is small but still a good walk. This is why Drake is the perfect fit. Another reason I chose Drake was because of the freedom in the academics. They want you to graduate with a well-rounded degree. I will not have to take classes that I will be bored in. I can take classes that will interest me. Finally, the main reason I chose Drake was because of the rowing. I wanted a team that was small and felt like a family. I wanted not to be a number, but to be a real person that my coach knows. When I visited I got these feelings from talking to the team members. This is why I chose Drake University.”~Molly Packer Print Friendly Version
DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University men’s basketball has signed De’Antae McMurray and TJ Thomas to National Letters of Intent, head coach Ray Giacoletti announced Wednesday, April 13.”We are thrilled with the addition of these two players,” Giacoletti said. “De’Antae and TJ will impact our program from day one. They are both high character student-athletes who are hungry to help our team take big steps forward this coming season.”McMurray is a 6-2, 170-pound point guard that has spent the past two seasons at Southwest Illinois College. As a sophomore, he averaged 11.5 points, 5.1 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game to lead the team to a 27-6 record. SWIC also captured a conference and regional title with McMurray earning all-conference and all-region honors during both seasons. While at SWIC, McMurray played for 35-year veteran and NJCAA Hall of Fame coach Jay Harrington.”De’Antae brings experience and success at the point guard position,” Giacoletti said. “He played a huge role in helping his team achieve great success the past two years in a very competitive league. De’Antae possesses a good feel and ability in getting his teammates involved on the offensive end as well as being very capable of contributing himself.” Prior to SWIC, McMurray graduated from Alton High School in Alton, Ill., and was a member of the same AAU program, the SW Illinois Jets, as current Bulldog C.J. Rivers.Thomas, a 6-8, 205-pound forward, will join the Bulldogs from Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas, where he averaged 7.7 points , 6.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game to lead the team in rebounding and blocks in his lone season with the Braves. At Tyler Junior College, Thomas played for 30-year veteran head coach and Newton, Iowa, native Mike Marquis. Marquis, who also coached at Marshalltown CC and Indian Hills CC has coached more than 120 student-athletes that signed with NCAA Division I programs.Prior to enrolling at Tyler, Thomas played in 15 games at Southeast Missouri State where he shot 47.4 percent from the floor. A native of Stone Mountain, Ga., Thomas graduated from Tucker High School and averaged 13 points and 11 rebounds per game to earn all-region honors.”TJ provides us length, athleticism and versatility along with skill at the forward position,” Giacoletti added. “TJ is capable to defend several different positions and will be counted on to provide us rebounding on both ends of the floor.”Thomas hails from the same high school and junior college program as former Bulldog Trevor Berkeley, who suited up for Drake during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.The pair of new signees join 11 returning players from the 2015-16 season including six that served in starting roles.Print Friendly Version
Hydrogen cyanide is one of the most reactive and toxic molecules we know, but astrobiologists view it with almost alchemical qualities for the origin of life.In “Hydrogen cyanide and life’s origin,” NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine explored the ability of HCN as a touchstone for the creation of other molecular “building blocks” of life such as amino acids.How many different molecules can be created when you release one of the Universe’s most reactive substances, hydrogen cyanide, in the lab? And will the process create some particularly interesting molecules?That is what scientists call a good question, because hydrogen cyanide seems to have played a role in creating some of life’s building blocks.Scientists in the lab, though, must treat the chemical with extreme caution. Just one drop can kill an adult human in 60 seconds. Wikipedia says “the relationship of these chemical reactions to the origin of life theory remains speculative….”The astrobiology article asks mostly questions:Hydrogen cyanide is an organic compound and it is found in large quantities in the universe. It may have helped in producing amino acids and DNA bases, some of life’s basic molecules. If hydrogen cyanide can lead to the formation of amino acids, can it also contribute to the formation of other essential compounds? Can hydrogen cyanide help explain how life originated on Earth? And how it can arise on other planets?The only way they got HCN to contribute to one amino acid was by intelligent design:Preliminary studies have shown that hydrogen cyanide can contribute to the formation of amino acids. This discovery required month-long experiments in the laboratory, where scientists painstakingly monitored the reactions and continuously manipulated the experiment to keep it on track.Nothing in the article suggests that this could have happened without painstaking manipulation. Even if it did, getting one amino acid is trivial. There are numerous high hurdles chance would have had to overcome before life began, such as the origin of replication, a membrane, autocatalytic cycles, metabolism, and the genetic code, along with molecular machines able to process and interpret the code for function. In a world of chance, where natural selection cannot be invoked for help, a building block of a building block has no guidance toward becoming a building block, let alone a building. Most likely, it would dissipate long before the next hurdle is approached.Another post on Astrobiology Magazine revised SETI’s old Drake Equation — revised it downward, that is. Now, Sara Seager would just be happy to find gas that might indicate life, not intelligent life. “The equation focuses on the search for planets with biosignature gases, gases produced by life that can accumulate in a planet atmosphere to levels that can be detected with remote space telescopes,” she said. “If we find gases that we might attribute to life we will not know if the gases are produced by intelligent life or simple bacteria. ”See the 9/07/13 entry to deflate the optimism in NASA’s post.Welcome to modern alchemy and magic. Science is the magician’s twin, said C. S. Lewis; only in the case of astrobiology, the twins have swapped places. Astrobiology, using toxic HCN as an elixir of life, is tantamount to modern-day alchemists trying to create the building blocks of gold, or modern Frankensteins thinking they can create life with poisons and electricity. Note: Frankenstein was a work of fiction, and alchemy was a pseudoscience. (Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
A local court in Surat awarded life imprisonment to Narayan Sai, son of self styled controversial godman and rape convict Asaram Bapu, in a rape and sexual harassment case, which was filed against him in 2013. The court on April 30 pronounced the sentence after he was found guilty of rape and sexual harassment case on April 26. The court found Sai, also a godman with sizeable following, guilty of raping a woman with sexual harassment. The court has also imposed a fine of ₹1 lakh on him.Along with him, his three key aides have also been awarded imprisonment of 10 years in the case. As per the case details, two Surat-based sisters in 2013 had approached the police, alleging that they were raped by Asaram Bapu and his son Narayan Sai.One of the sisters accused Narayan Sai of repeatedly raping her between 2002 and 2005 when she was living at his ashram.Subsequently, Narayan Sai was arrested in late 2013 after a massive, country-wide manhunt. Another case was filed against Asaram because he had also allegedly raped another sister in his Ahmedabad Ashram.It may be noted that Asaram has already been convicted in a separate rape case in Jodhpur in Rajasthan where he is currently serving a life term awarded by the court following his conviction in a rape case.
Durga Puja 2019 brought with it colour, life and celebration. In Varanasi, it also brought in a celebration of India’s Chandrayaan-2. The pandal in Varanasi’s Orderly Bazaar is all set to mesmerise devotees with its Chandrayaan-2 theme. The pandal is around 100-feet high and was made in two months. It also has installations of ISRO chief K. Sivan and astronauts.