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  • Five new Geocaching country souvenirs

    first_img SharePrint RelatedFive new Geocaching country souvenirs for 2018December 10, 2018In “News”Geocaching country souvenir: MaltaDecember 7, 2017In “News”6 New Country Souvenirs Now AvailableDecember 22, 2014In “Community” Five new Geocaching country souvenirs: Argentina, Liechtenstein, Malta, Namibia, and MalaysiaConCACHEulations! As of today, you can earn five new Geocaching country souvenirs. Souvenirs are virtual pieces of art discovered and displayed on your Geocaching public profile.All this week on the Geocaching blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google Plus pages, we’ll highlight each country and offer caching suggestions. Without further ado, here are the newest Geocaching country souvenirs:ArgentinaArgentina Geocaching country souvenirLiechtensteinLiechtenstein Geocaching country souvenirMaltaMalta Geocaching country souvenirMalaysiaMalaysia Geocaching country souvenirNamibiaNamibia Geocaching country souvenirIf you’ve already found a geocache in any of these countries, you’ll automatically receive the souvenir on your profile. Check out all of the geocaching souvenirs here.To earn a souvenir, legitimately log a geocache as “Found It”, “Attended”, or “Webcam Photo Taken” within the souvenir zone. For instance, log cache in Brazil to earn the Brazil country souvenir, or log your attendance at the GeoWoodstock Mega-Event to earn that event souvenir.Where is your dream destination to earn a geocaching souvenir? Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

  • An Extra Push for Retrofits, and It Can’t Come Soon Enough

    first_imgWhen your company is struggling to make ends meet, or you’re out of work and your unemployment benefits are almost used up, patience can seem like an awfully tiresome virtue. Just ask the current and former employees of Republic Windows and Doors, whose factory in Chicago was shut down in December but later purchased by Serious Energy (formerly known as Serious Materials) and reopened in April with a partial staff. At this point only about 20 of the approximately 250 people who worked at the factory now have jobs there.One of Serious Energy’s great, heavily publicized hopes last winter was that the weatherization portion of the government’s stimulus plan would boost retrofit activity in the Chicago area and, in turn, boost demand for the company’s energy-efficient windows. While all that might still happen, the Serious Energy/Republic Windows factory is still operating at a loss, in part, a recent Washington Post story notes, because the company’s former CEO, Richard Gillman, allegedly had begun looting and bankrupting the company. Gillman was arrested September 10 on charges of mail fraud, money laundering, organizing and continuing a financial crime enterprise, and felony theft.More pertinent, though, is the fact that the stimulus-funded expansion of the weatherization program has rolled out very bureaucratically – which is to say more slowly than anticipated.“Part of the Chicago plan was by now we’d be hot and heavy into weatherization of thousands of homes in the Chicago area,” Serious Energy CEO Kevin Surace told the Post. “It turns out everything has ended up six months slower than everyone wanted. Everyone is frustrated at every level. Is it anyone’s fault? No, it’s just the process. Shame on all of us for thinking it could be done in a few months.”Promoting weatherization beyond WAPAnother issue, the Post story explains, is that window replacements typically account for only about 10% of weatherization investments in single-family homes, although they account for 50% of weatherization investments in multifamily buildings. Multifamilies represent about 17% of eligible projects in Cook County, which includes Chicago.Of course meeting the needs of the low-income households that qualify for the government’s Weatherization Assistance Program is only one part of Serious Energy’s product strategy. Like those of most of its competitors, its windows (which offer an R value as high as 11) are designed for use in new residential and commercial projects and in retrofits undertaken by homeowners in middle-class income categories.These prospective residential retrofitters are in fact the focus of “Recovery Through Retrofit,” a 14-page government report released Monday that aims to encourage middle-class homeowners to weatherize.Weaknesses and remediesThe report cites three issues that, beyond the WAP, have kept consumers from weatherizing their homes: inadequate access to reliable information about retrofits; lack of financing to cover the upfront costs of retrofits; and a shortage of workers skilled in retrofit techniques.Among the report’s suggested remedies:1. Create a “national home energy performance measure” so that consumers have a reliable way to determine and rate the energy efficiency performance of their home;2. Make it easier for state and local governments to create financing programs that allow homeowners to add the cost of retrofits to their property tax bill (several communities have already implemented such programs); and3. Standardize training and certification for weatherization workers.A White House blog on the report says that an interagency Energy Retrofit Working Group will submit an implementation plan to Vice President Joe Biden within 30 days, and then track whatever progress is being made on the recommendations.For the workers awaiting a return to their jobs at Serious Energy’s window factory, steps like these could be helpful, but for now they likely feel like running in place. Serious Energy’s Surace told the Post he expects business to be thriving by mid-2010, noting that the company recently attracted $60 million from investors drawn by the promise of stimulus-propelled demand.But for now, workers on the outside can only watch. “There aren’t other jobs for them in this economy,” Armando Robles, president of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America Local 1110, which represented Republic Windows workers and also signed a contract with Serious Energy, told the paper.last_img read more

  • Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola set for first face-off in Beijing

    first_imgJose Mourinho, officially confirmed as Manchester United boss onFriday, and old adversary Pep Guardiola, who is replacing Manuel Pellegrini at ManchesterCity, will renew hostilities in the pre-season International Champions Cup tobe held in Beijing on July 25.There was little love lost between the pair when Mourinho was incharge at Real Madrid and Guardiola led Barcelona.The rivalry is likely to be just as fierce when United attemptto make up ground on their neighbours, who have finished above them in thePremier League for the past three seasons.This term City were only ahead on goal difference but pippingUnited to fourth position meant they took the final Champions League qualifyingplace.United won the FA Cup last weekend but the final proved to bemanager Louis van Gaal’s swansong, his dismissal coming two days later.PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE The first game of their pre-season tour to China is againstBorussia Dortmund in Shanghai on July 22.United, as FA Cup holders, take on Premier League championsLeicester City in the annual Community Shield game at Wembley on August 7.Before that Mourinho will have an early date in the Old Trafforddugout when he takes charge of an England XI in a charity game for Soccer Aidagainst a Rest of the World XI on June 5.Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri will be in opposition that dayas manager of the World XI that is due to include former Brazilian greatsRonaldinho and Cafu.Next season’s Premier League fixtures are being announced onJune 15.advertisementlast_img read more

  • Gundy Made the Right Choice in Henson After Much Change at OL Coach

    first_imgWhat is most impressive about Oklahoma State’s newest offensive line coach, Josh Henson, is the deserved praise he’s receiving, despite what he hasn’t done yet for the Cowboys: coached in a game.Henson was hired in early February, taking over for Greg Adkins, who took over for Bob Connelly, who took over for Joe Wickline. For scope of the turnover the offensive line coach position has had, senior right tackle Zach Crabtree has been at OSU for all four of those coaching stints in Stillwater. Four coaches in five years. That’s a lot.Finally though, Gundy has hired someone who will work hard, have success and stay. Although the second check box on that list hasn’t been proven, Crabtree endorsed it whole-heartedly.“His knowledge is unbelievable,” Crabtree said. “I’m learning something new every day I go in there right now.”Crabtree has been at OSU since 2014 so it’s impressive that he is still learning and perhaps even more impressive that he’s learning from so much from someone as relatively young as Henson is. Henson has the patience needed to deal with a group of twenty-somethings, Crabtree said.“But at the same time, he has no problem jumping on you if you’re gonna make a mistake and going off on you,” Crabtree said.Crab said those traits make Henson an ideal coach and “a guy you wanna play for.” That’s when players are at their best, he said. All of that comes more naturally because Henson has been through everything the current Cowboys are going through. He played at OSU, too, from 1994-97.Because of Henson’s wealth of experience in Stillwater, Crabtree said that “absolutely” brings something different that the previous offensive line coaches did not have.“When you’ve got a guy that’s done it, no doubt, there’s another sense of pride that he’s been here and now he’s back,” Crabtree said.That’s only half of the story of Henson’s early success in his newest role at OSU though. His pick ups on the recruiting trail have been fast and furious.Within the first four months in office, Henson had earned five offensive line commits. In last year’s class, Adkins signed just one.It’s unlikely Henson keeps up this pace into the 2019 class and beyond, simply because of scholarship distribution. But through his six-month review, he has undoubtedly proven his worth, ability and loyalty to a program and a position that has desperately needed exactly that for years.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

  • Education Ministry to Stage Job Fair for Teachers

    first_img The Government is unable to absorb all the graduates of teacher-training institutions for the new school year The Ministry of Education will host a job fair for unemployed teachers on the grounds of the Ministry at National Heroes Circle, in Kingston, on Tuesday, August 13 and Wednesday, August 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.The fair is targeting persons who recently completed a teacher-training programme in any of the island’s tertiary institutions and are experiencing difficulties finding a job.Teachers attending the job fair will have the opportunity to meet several potential employers and to secure appointments to be interviewed.  In addition, job seekers will benefit from career development and motivational presentations.Interested persons are asked to register for the job fair at the email address: jobfair@moey.gov.jm.The Ministry’s decision to stage the job fair follows the announcement by Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, that the Government is unable to absorb all the graduates of teacher-training institutions for the new school year, except for teachers trained in Mathematics, the Sciences, Language Arts, Special Education and Early Childhood Education.According to Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Elaine Foster Allen, “persons qualified as teachers are well rounded, trainable and possess outstanding inter-personal skills that recommend them as model employees in any area.”She pointed out that the job fair was seeking to present a wide cross section of job opportunities in addition to teaching and training. Teachers will have the opportunity to meet several potential employers The fair is targeting persons who recently completed a teacher-training programme Story Highlightslast_img read more

  • Man in Quebec charged with armed assault after throwing ball at referee

    first_imgSHERBROOKE, Que. – A Quebec soccer player has been found guilty of assault after he injured a referee by throwing a ball that struck his head.The incident occurred during a particularly heated match in Sherbrooke in June 2017.Ruben Dario Meza Lazaro, 35, was found guilty this week of armed assault and assault causing bodily harm.“In this case, the court has insisted the object (a soccer ball) can be a blunt object depending on how it is used,” Sherbrooke La Tribune quoted Crown prosecutor Isabelle Dorion as saying.The newspaper said two players refused to leave the pitch in the first half when the referee gave them red cards. He ended up abandoning the match with 38 minutes left.A total of between 10 and 15 players from both teams surrounded the official before he received the ball on the back of his head.The accused, a native of Colombia, testified he wasn’t aiming for anyone in particular when he threw the ball.But Quebec court Judge Helene Fabi disagreed.“The court is convinced the accused was intentionally aiming for the plaintiff and used force against him without his consent,” Fabi said.Defence lawyer Audrey Parizeau told the court her client does not have Canadian citizenship.“I don’t know why I threw the ball,” Meza Lazaro said. “I can’t imagine being expelled from Canada or losing my job just because a touch of the ball.”The victim testified he has suffered health consequences health and that he has been off work since the incident.Meza Lazaro said he was not aiming for the referee.“It’s hard to apologize to the referee when it wasn’t my intention to hit him,” he told La Tribune. “I don’t know why I threw the ball.“If I had wanted to attack a referee, I wouldn’t have done it with a ball. I would have used my hands.”He gave the middle-fingered salute to reporters after the verdict was handed down.“I was frustrated in leaving the courtroom because I don’t find the verdict fair,” he said.Sentencing arguments are set for Sept. 10.(Sherbrooke La Tribune)last_img read more

  • Kristin Davis Attends Ivory Crush In Times Square

    first_imgKristin Davis attended an event in Times Square over the weekend that saw the US Fish and Wildlife Service crush 1 ton of ivory.Kristin Davis Attends Ivory Crush in Times SquareCredit/Copyright: FacebookThe event aimed to raise awareness of elephant poaching in Africa, and the trade of illegal ivory.“That was an elephant’s mother, or father,” said Kristin. “It’s hard to talk about, but we have to. Never buy ivory, even if it’s ‘antique.’ These things come from living animals. In 10 years, if we don’t do anything, there may not be any more elephants.”Kristin Davis Speaks Before Lighting Empire State BuildingCredit/Copyright: FacebookLater that day, Kristin – along with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust – attended a special ceremony that saw her light up the Empire State Building for awareness of the cause.Kristin Davis On The Empire State BuildingCredit/Copyright: Facebooklast_img read more