Bar owners call for public drunkenness laws

first_imgDominion Post 26 May 2012If you’re drunk in public you should be prosecuted or fined, bar owners say. They serve up millions of alcoholic drinks each year, but publicans want drinkers to face criminal liability if caught intoxicated in a public place. They say it’s unfair that liquor licence holders are prosecuted for letting in drunks – but individuals face no legal penalty. Licensees who admit or serve drunk patrons can have their licences suspended or cancelled by the Liquor Licensing Authority. They also face fines of up to $10,000 in the district court. But Hospitality New Zealand says most alcohol-related problems in the central city involve young drinkers “pre-loading” at home on cheap alcohol before heading into town. “The industry just increasingly feels blamed for this culture,” Hospitality NZ regional manager Sara Tucker said.….The Law Commission considered whether to introduce a new criminal offence of public drunkenness during its review of liquor laws in 2010. Ad Feedback  However, the proposal was dumped after police advised it was unworkable, a spokeswoman said. “Operationally they simply couldn’t manage arresting everyone who was drunk in a public place.” A senior Wellington police officer told The Dominion Post gauging whether someone was intoxicated was difficult and subjective, and complicated by the use of recreational drugs. A police submission to the Law Commission review warned that a return to the offence of public drunkenness would cause a spike in complaints, many during peak offending times. It would also clog the criminal justice system, consuming considerable court and police resources. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6991355/Bar-owners-call-for-public-drunkenness-lawslast_img read more

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MAGOGO: End the football wars

first_imgMagogo flanked by Vice Presidents Justus Mugisha and Darius Mugoye. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  Newly re-elected Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) Eng. Moses Magogo has called for an end in-fighting withing the sports community.“Those fighting the persons are fighting the game and sowing seeds instability for long periods. Let us not take for granted what we have achieved and don’t want to talk about,” Magogo told a press conference on Wednesday.Magogo made the call as he officially revealed FUFA’s 4 year master plan (2017-2021). It was his first address since re-election for a second term, in polls that were contested by one of the aspirants Mujib Kasule.Kasule attempted to get a court injunction to stop the process, but court ruled the FUFA polls could go ahead with Magogo as the sole candidate.This happened on Wednesday during his first official address to the media at FUFA House in Mengo, Kampala.“Those who have gone to courts, we remind you that our statutes and those FIFA do not allow that and you are advised to withdraw and come back to the FUFA Structures,” Magogo said, adding that, “Leadership comes from God. I am the President because God has allowed.”Chasing the Dream“There are not many Ugandans if not Africans who conceptualize football the way I do in addition to investing the hours I do,” Magogo said. “I have provided my time, person and brains to improve football. Everyone agrees there is a huge change, why should some few self-seeking individuals seek to destroy the person instead.”He charged that there people “wo work day and night to confuse and compromise state agents to arrest me for no crime?”“We have accounted for all the funds received from government with certificates of accountability issued. FUFA is one of the few FAs in Africa eligible to receive FIFA Forward Funding. There is even a central audit by FIFA on FAs,” he concluded.MAGOGO FULL SPEECHMagogo Speech 4-Year FUFA PLAN by The Independent Magazine on Scribd Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Training for N Cape bird guides

first_img15 August 2003The Northern Cape department of agriculture, land reform, environment and conservation has selected eight candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds to be trained as bird guides.The eight will undergo an intensive three-week course at BirdLife South Africa’s facilities in Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga next month. The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund is funding the venture, which is a joint initiative between the department and BirdLife South Africa.The aspirant guides, who come from Galeshewe, Plafontein and Schmidt Drift in the Northern Cape, will be based in Kimberley after completing their training. With Kimberly rated as a bird watching hotspot by tourists, the guides will provide an important service to a growing industry.The guides will be stationed at some of the popular bird watching spots in Kimberley, including Road Lodge, the San community’s Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre, and Kamfers Dam, which is home to more than 38 000 flamingos as well as numerous other bird species.Departmental spokesperson Thabo Mothibi called the flamingos the “jam” of Kimberley. “Local people here often refer to [the flamingos] as the pink stuff in the dam. If only they knew it is an important part of eco-tourism in South Africa”, Mothibi said.Kimberley boasts a great number of bird species that are restricted to southern Africa’s arid areas. The recently described Kimberley pipits and the long-tailed pipits are much sought after by professional and amateur ornithologists. In addition, about 300 pairs of white-backed vultures breed on the city’s doorstep.Diamond mining giant De Beers and other landowners have agreed to allow the guides to bring tourists to their properties for bird viewing.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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SA crowned London Sevens champs

first_imgSensational startIn the final, Fiji made a sensational start when they scored a brilliant length-of-the-field try, with Watisoni Votu scoring under the posts after several sublime offloads. Minutes later, Fiji doubled their lead when Livai Ikanikoda scored from what appeared an offside position. WinnersSamoa beat last year’s champions Australia 22-12 in the Plate final, while Scotland edged Kenya 21-19 to lift the Bowl. England claimed the Shield with a 22-7 victory over Portugal. England are in second place on 121 points, with South Africa, after their maximum haul of 24 in London, on 116. Last year’s champions Samoa follow on 112, with Fiji on 110. New Zealand (150 points) was crowned Series champions after England (121) failed to make the Cup play-offs. Previously, South Africa won the tournament in 2005. Before their victory on Saturday, there had been six different winners in the past six years in London. “You know, it didn’t start off as we wanted it to this weekend, but that’s the Series, it’s getting tougher and tougher every single year. But they stuck to their guns and in the final we had a plan, we stuck to it, and it paid off in the end.” Semi-finals South Africa was made to work hard for their place in the final by Wales. They scraped through 21-19 in the semi-finals against the 2009 Sevens World Cup winners after leading 14-0 at the break, thanks to tries from Boom Prinsloo and Bernado Botha. ‘Proud’A delighted Paul Treu, the SA Sevens coach, praised the decision-making of his team: “We never panicked when we fell behind and I’m proud that we stuck to our game plan. 23 May 2011 Although New Zealand clinched the Series title in London, there is plenty to play for in Edinburgh, with places two to five not yet decided. “We knew we had to frustrate Fiji, to deny them space, and to make them work for the ball. They are their best when counter-attacking and we could not afford to give them any space at all. “We still have one more tournament to go in Scotland and our job is by no means over,” concluded Treu. It was South Africa’s third Cup final appearance in their last four tournaments and their second Cup win of the season after they also captured the USA title in Las Vegas. Their London success moved them one position up the Series leader board to third, with 116 points. Tries from Boom Prinsloo and Bernado Botha brought South Africa within touching distance of Fiji. Botha then scored a very well constructed try to give South Africa the lead at 17-14. Steven Hunt dotted down South Africa’s fourth try after a drive at the Fijian line. Earlier, in the quarterfinals, a brace from Cecil Afrika and another try from Botha secured a 17-0 victory over Australia. “You just cannot give those guys space to move and, thankfully, we managed to get our first-time tackling spot on, which proved vital in the end,” said Brown. Interviewed by the International Rugby Board, Brown said: “[I’m] very, very proud of the guys. The way they’ve stepped up this season, they keep moving forward and improving their performance every time we go out onto the park. South Africa produced an excellent tactical display in beating favourites Fiji 24-14 to win the Emirates Airline London Sevens title before a crowd of more than 50 000 fans at Twickenham on Sunday evening. “You cannot play them on the touchlines, because if you do that you chase them all day long. Our physical strength at the breakdown was the deciding factor and the guys showed great courage and character. Fiji, with a revamped squad and new coaching staff, were expected to win after they swept aside new HSBC Sevens World Series champions New Zealand 42-19 in the semi-finals and also beat the Springbok Sevens 12-7 on Saturday evening in their last group match. A different story Wales hit back after the restart with tries from Jevon Groves and Alex Cuthbert. Prinsloo then scored the crucial third try for the Springbok Sevens, who were made to fight all the way for their victory after Kristian Phillips scored in the corner for Wales. The Cup final was, however, a different story altogether. Fiji raced into a two-try lead from the start, but South Africa stuck to their game plan to frustrate their bigger opponents around the fringes by denying them open space from where they are so dangerous. ‘Character and belief’Kyle Brown, the Springbok Sevens captain, said his side’s tactics were spot on: “This was a huge effort and the guys showed character and belief, especially after we made two mistakes early on which allowed them to score. We managed to pull ourselves together and knew that we had the courage and determination to succeed. SA Rugby and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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An Introduction to the Duck Curve

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESSolar Owners Are Givers, Not Takers Solar Power Can Cut Consumers’ Bills and Still be Good for UtilitiesMaine Completes Value of Solar Study A California Utility Looks for New Answers in Solar Integration PuzzleColorado Electric Co-op Weighs New Solar ChargesIn Maine, A Battle Royal Over Energy PolicyArizona Utility Imposes a New Solar FeeWisconsin Alters Net-Metering RulesSolar Beats Utility Power in Many CitiesNet-Metering Is Preserved in KansasMajor Utility Wants Lower Net-Metering Rates As that electricity starts dropping off in late afternoon and evening, the evening peak begins to hit. That means that utility power plants that had been resting during the PV-saturated afternoon hours suddenly need to ramp up quickly. As you know, any large-scale operation has trouble turning on a dime, so the duck’s neck in the evolving load profile presents problems.The world of electricity generation is changing rapidly. From smart meters to microgrids to the Tesla Motors Powerwall, there’s a lot happening. The duck curve is an indicator.Matt Golden, a policy guy in California who came from the home performance world, raised the issue of dramatic change in a comment on one of my LinkedIn articles. In it, he talked about the “new world where EE [energy efficiency] is dead.” (There’s more to it than meets the eye, though, so don’t rush to judgment here yet.)Could that be true? Will the duck curve kill energy efficiency? Or instead, is it time “to declare hunting season on the Cal ISO’s duck chart,” as a retired California Public Utility Commissioner suggested?I’ll be taking a deeper look into this issue next week, so be sure to check back then. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. You may think there’s no more boring topic than electric utilities. Power plants. Transmission lines. Engineers with flat top haircuts and pocket protectors full of pens in their white short-sleeved shirts.Well, let me tell you two words that might help make them more interesting: duck curve. If you haven’t heard this term yet, you’re not alone.A primer on utility load curvesThe graph below shows a typical daily load profile for an electric utility. This one’s for a day in New England in 2010, but the basic pattern is similar to what most electric utility load curves look like.Demand for electricity is at its lowest during the night. When people wake up and start their day, demand rises (morning ramp). Then it stays up at a higher level through the day but rises to a peak after work ends and everyone returns home.[Image credit: U.S. Energy Information Administration]That’s what a typical day looks like in a lot of places. In addition, there are annual changes and utilities are often classified as either summer peaking or winter peaking. That’s just what you think: which season the utility hits its highest peak load for the year.Utilities meet that demand in two ways. They have baseload plants and peaking plants. Baseload plants are mostly coal-fired here in the Southeast and mostly hydro in the Northwest. Peaking plants are often fueled by natural gas.Now, what electric utility companies would like their load curve to look like is shown below.[Image credit: Energy Vanguard]If the demand were perfectly flat, a utility’s job would become trivial. (Of course, there’s all that messy stuff about storms and growth and plant outages, but let’s ignore that here.) Push the button and let the generating plants run to deliver that unchanging amount of electricity. They could meet all the load with cheaper electricity from baseload plants and never have to turn on the peaking plants.But things are changing, and quickly. California is one of the first states to be experiencing it, but it’s coming to other states, too. What’s happening is that cheap photovoltaic modules (a.k.a, solar panels, although that’s an ambiguous term) are reducing the demand during the sunny part of the day. The morning ramp is flattening out, and now the evening ramp is getting steeper. The chart below shows the trend, actual and projected. (See Greentech Media for more on the duck curve.)[Image credit: California Independent System Operator]As you can see here, the load during the middle of the day gets smaller because of all the PV-generated electricity entering the grid.last_img read more

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After Effects Hack: Opening Multiple Projects Simultaniously

first_imgLearn how to open multiple copies of After Effects with this helpful hack.If you’re working on multiple projects at the same time, you may have found that it is impossible to have more than one project open at the same time in After Effects. This can be frustrating for users that are working on a bunch of projects concurrently – the constant saving, closing projects, opening others, jumping back and forth.In the following video tutorial we learn a hack for having multiple After Effects projects open at the same time on your system.1. Find the After Effects CC folder on your computer.2. Right-Click After Effects and Select ‘Show Package Contents’.3. Navigate to the MacOS Folder.4. Double-Click ‘After Effects’.There you go! This video was first shared by Joren Kandel on The Pixel Lab Vimeo Channel. Thanks for sharing Joren!Have you had any trouble using this hack? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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Long scores quickest Premier League goal at 7.69 seconds

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Long intercepted Craig Cathcart’s clearance and ran onto the loose ball before dinking a shot over goalkeeper Ben Foster.Based on the Premier League’s timing, the goal was quicker than the 9.9 seconds it took Tottenham’s Ledley King to score against Bradford in 2000.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsImmediately after the game, which ended in a 1-1 draw, Long said he didn’t realize he had put himself in the record books.“It’s a record, is it?” Long said to broadcaster Sky Sports. “Straight from the kickoff we wanted to put them under pressure. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred you block it and it doesn’t work but this time it did. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Dame time: Lillard’s 3 at buzzer ousts Thunder, sends Blazers to 2nd round Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “It’s nice to have a record like that, but it would have been nicer if it was the winning goal.”Andre Gray scored in the 90th minute to grab a point for Watford.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Southampton’s Shane Long celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game against Watford, during their English Premier League soccer match at Vicarage Road in Watford, London, England, Tuesday April 23, 2019. (Adam Davy/PA via AP)WATFORD, England — It was the Long and short of the Premier League.Shane Long scored the fastest-ever goal in the competition Tuesday, netting after 7.69 seconds for Southampton against Watford.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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