Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI thought Gazette readers would enjoy seeing how the members of the Republican Party are the most egregious liars. Not only is it unlikely that corporations will use tax gains to increase wage payments, they are in fact forbidden from doing so. That’s right; it’s against the law. The “fiduciary obligation” of for-profit corporations is first to their stockholders. They can’t use profits to pay their workers a bonus or increase their pay; they’re legally obligated to distribute profits to their stockholders. This “fiduciary obligation” of corporations was established by the Michigan State Supreme Court in 1919. This legal concept has been challenged in other cases since the 1950s.But it’s the economic and financial viewpoint supported by the Republican Party. Every Republican knows this, but they promoted the bald-faced lie that increased net corporate profits would be used to pay new hires or pay higher wages, both of which would be a violation of their “fiduciary obligation.” If they did use the profit gains from tax cuts to pay workers, the stockholders could sue and win. The question of the century, this so-called “New American Century,” is why do American voters cast votes against their own self-interest? Why do Americans lack the ability to detect who is lying and who is telling the truth? John Manimas MedeirosSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicAnderson starts, but Dodgers finish off NLCS winFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
BioPower Systems (BPS) has secured funds from the Australian government for a project looking to develop a standardized power conversion module for ocean energy applications.The funding, in the amount of Au$2.1 million ($1.59 million), is provided under the third round of the Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-P) initiative, supporting short-term industry-led collaborations to solve problems and deliver tangible outcomes for a range of industries.BPS has designed a power conversion module for wave energy projects called O-Drive as a plug-and-play solution for converting the mechanical energy absorbed from the waves into grid-quality electricity.The O-Drive module comes with built-in short-term storage to improve grid stability, according to BPS.Aside from BPS, the project also includes C.N.C. Design, Hydac, and the University of Adelaide.Arthur Sinodinos, the Australian Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, said: “The CRC Program has a long history of developing real-world solutions, and each project will apply high-quality research to solving an industry-specific issue, or developing new products, technologies or services.“By facilitating business involvement in collaborative research, the CRC Projects strongly align with the Australian government’s commitment to improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries.”To remind, BPS’ O-Drive power-take off module was verified by the certification body DNV GL in October 2015, ahead of deployment of its 250kW bioWAVE wave energy device that took place couple of months later off Port Fairy in Victoria, Australia.The BioWAVE device comprises a 26-metre tall oscillating structure that sways back and forth beneath the ocean swell, capturing energy from the waves and converting it into electricity fed into the grid via an undersea cable. O-Drive power conversion module (Photo: BPS)
CultureWatch 19 Feb 2012Myth One: DiscriminationOne complaint often made by homosexuals is that they are being discriminated against under current marriage laws, and they are being denied their rights. But these arguments are as fallacious as they are common. The truth is, no one has the kind of equality that the homosexual activists are clamouring for here. Indeed, homosexuals are no more (and no less) being discriminated against here than are all kinds of other people.Myth Two: HomophobiaOne of the most common objections is of course no objection at all; it is just a case of name calling. Instead of dealing with facts and evidence, and actually making a cogent argument, the homosexual activists will usually just resort to ad hominem attacks, verbal abuse, and mud-slinging.Myth Three: The race cardAnother way the activists seek to deceive the public is to use faulty analogies. For example, many advocates of SSM will raise the issue of racial segregation and policies which prevented people of different races from marrying (anti- miscegenation laws). They claim that just as we now have renounced such discriminatory laws regarding marriage between the races, so too we should stop the restriction on same-sex marriage. But there is simply no comparison between racist laws and defending heterosexual marriage. Even black activists have rejected such a disingenuous analogy. For example, Jesse Jackson told a group of Harvard Law School students in 2004 that “gays were never called three-fifths human in the Constitution, and they did not require the Voting Rights Act to have the right to vote.”Myth Four: EqualityFor all the talk about equality and the like, the truth is, there is no law anywhere preventing homosexuals from marrying. Anyone can marry, provided they meet the criteria for marriage. Those who do not meet these criteria are: minors, blood relatives, groups, those already married, and so on. To get married you must meet the qualifications of marriage. The primary qualification of course is to have two people, one from each gender. These restrictions apply equally to everyone, whether heterosexual or homosexual. Thus there is no discrimination here.Myth Five: Childless heterosexual couplesActivists will often raise the issue of heterosexual couples who do not have children, stating that marriage isn’t just about having children, so they should be included. But marriage is certainly always open to the possibility of children, even though for various reasons not all marriages will result in children. One commentator offers this insight on the relationship of marriage to reproduction: just turn the question around. That is, instead of asking “whether actual reproduction is essential to marriage, ask this: If marriage never had anything to do with reproduction, would there be any reason for the government to be involved in regulating or rewarding it?” Governments do not determine who your best friend should be. But when the possibility of children arises, then governments and societies are greatly concerned.ConclusionIf these are among the best objections that the activists can raise, then it seems their case for SSM is very weak indeed. None of their objections in any way make the case for destroying the institution of marriage by including homosexual couples. Excellent article – read it all – http://www.billmuehlenberg.com/2012/02/19/dispelling-the-same-sex-marriage-myths/
NZ Herald 21 October 2015Measures to encourage parents to pay child support and reduce the level of child support debt have taken a step closer to becoming law.A taxation bill that includes proposals to deal with long-standing child-support debt, announced in this year’s budget, passed its second reading in Parliament yesterday.Revenue Minister Todd McClay said the bill included measures to encourage liable parents to “re-engage with their child support obligations” and to strengthen Inland Revenue’s ability to work with parents to help with their child-support debt and make payments.“Child-support debt is currently $3.2 billion and rising, and only around $700 million in actual child support,” Mr McClay said.“The rest is debt from penalties. This is the legacy of a penalty system that was overly punitive and which is now being changed.”If the bill passes its third reading, measures would come into force in April.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11532613
Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow for the 98th event in the tour’s 10-plus seasons. Pit gates and the grandstand open at 5:30 p.m., with 7 p.m. hot laps to precede racing. Six previous Dirt Knights events have been held at Algona since 2011. Modified features at Fairmont and Algona are qualifying events for the 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Also running each night are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts. The 2020 finale and 100th tour event is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 30 at Benton County Speedway in Vinton, traditional home track of the IMCA Modified division. Speed Shift TV Dirt Knights Tour top 10 point standings – 1. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, 155; 2. Kyle Brown, Madrid, 123; 3. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, 116; 4. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck, 115; 5. Jason Brees, Meriden, 110; 6. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, 107; 7. David Brown, Kellogg, 99; 8. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif., 94; 9. Bob Moore, Sioux City, 90; 10. Ricky Stephan, Sioux City, 83. FAIRMONT, Minn. – A Minnesota track that made Speed Shift TV Dirt Knights Tour history last summer welcomes traveling IMCA Modifieds back on Wednesday night. One thousand dollars is also the top prize when the tour is at Kossuth County Speedway in Algona, Iowa, for the Thursday, Aug. 6 Denny Hovenga Memorial 2016 champion Chris Abelson was the Monday night tour winner at Clay County Fair Speedway. Point leader Ethan Braaksma topped the first two events, at Park Jefferson Speedway and at Buena Vista Raceway, and Joel Rust took the checkers at Hancock County Speedway. Fairmont Raceway became the first speedplant in the North Star State to host the IMCA tour in August of 2019. The Dirt Knights will be back in town on Aug. 5, running for $1,000 to win the Bob Shryock Memorial headliner.
LOCAL insurance company Hand-in-Hand says that its investment in motorsport is for the long run.The company, through Marketing Coordinator Shafeena Juman, contended that they are interested in the development of motorsport.“On behalf of the Board of Directors, the Management and Staff of Hand-in-Hand we would like to say that we are happy with everything that GMR&SC has been doing and we are proud of the initiative that they have been taking,” she said.She added, “We are extremely excited to see what is going to go down with the new strip and the new Nissan GTR.”Meanwhile the club had a briefing last evening for all drivers, specifying that all competitors for both cars and bikes must be registered with medicals.Cars were seen testing on the venue yesterday ahead of Sunday’s meet and the unofficial feedback is one of satisfaction.Marketing Coordinator Shafeena JumanThe interest by international competitors in Drag racing locally is now renewed with the installation of the pad.That, along with the fact that the strip is being extended from 1 000ft to 1,320ft or a quarter-mile, is also something that the local dragsters are keen on trying.Competition is also expected from Suriname.Ticket prices for fans desirous of witnessing the action are $1 000 for adults and $500 for children.Other sponsors are Mohamed’s Enterprise, BM Soat Auto Sales, Motor Trend Service Centre, Delco Ice Factory, Trans-Pacific Motor Spares, Supreme Ventures, Air Services Limited, PowerLine Auto, Cyril’s Taxi, Omega Brokers, E-Networks, Prem’s Electrical, Miracle Optical, Choke Gas Station and Super Bet, R. Kissoon Contracting Services and Top Brandz Distributors.
Move over Instagram, a new app created by USC alumnus Christopher Karimian is aiming to change the way people engage with photos.Splore — a mobile app where users discover and discuss trending photos — is currently in beta and will be launched on Feb. 29. Users will be able to share, interact and make their own content trend through upvotes.Karimian said the app will allow users to follow hashtags related to their interests, rather than people, and view content based on it, which sets it apart from other similar apps.“They will receive a stream of photos on their news feed that have the hashtags they follow,” said Karimian, the CEO. “The second thing that is different is that every post you receive is new. You are not tied down to any person, and you discover people much better.”The news feed is limitless on Splore. New photos will appear on the screen every time a photo is posted with the hashtag a user is following. Karimian said that it makes the app unique.“On Instagram, when your feed runs out, and you are still bored, you can always go on Splore, where your feed will never end,” Karimian said.Muhammad Mustafa Zaffer, a senior majoring in business administration and a business operations and strategy analyst for Splore, sees the importance of using ideas to create a news feed.“On Splore, you are subscribed to a favorite idea of yours,” Zaffer said.An algorithm picks out the best photo based on upvotes regardless of the amount of followers the profile has.“A person should go viral based on the content they have,” Zaffer said. “This is a platform where you can take an interest in every photo that you see.”Splore concentrates on building social engagement by linking a person’s profile to other social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram and SoundCloud. Social engagement will benefit photographers at USC and abroad, Zaffer said, who can reach a larger audience through the app.“As a business developer, I have reached out to photographers from all over the world, including Hong Kong, Pakistan, Middle East and the Philippines,” Zaffer said. “We have photographers from USC, who are food bloggers and are interested in just jumping onto the platform as soon as we launch because they know that their content is really good, and they can go viral within our hashtags.”The discussion section about photos on Splore is important to the app’s function and has been given high priority by Splore’s programmers. Users can comment and vote on particular photos on Splore.“We want to be cutting-edge on social media,” Karimian said. “In the comments section, we have comments being pulled from the database and laid out on an overlay, and this hasn’t been done before, until Yifan, our coder did it.”Yifan Zhou, the alumnus of the class of 2015, was involved with the front-end coding, which is the main part of the app and includes multiple gestures, multi-threading, animation and parallax viewing. He designed an algorithm to calculate the popularity of each image dynamically.Splore has seen success in competition with other start-ups. It was nominated as an alpha startup and best tech startup at the Web Summit and Timmy Awards, respectively.“This experience was overwhelming,” Zaffer said. “I applied to Web Summit and aced the interview. They invited us to the conference, and when we attended it, the response we got was phenomenal.”Samy Abbas, the head of product and design at Splore, was at the company from the beginning and designed and built the app around exploring photos. After receiving funding, he began work on making the interface more user oriented.“I came up with ‘Splore’ because it’s a play on words for “Explore,” since that is what you’ll be doing all day long in the app — exploring the world’s photos,” Abbas said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “[User Interface] is the fun part. This is where I began to think about all the intricate but simple animations that one will find all throughout our app.”Karimian wants to provide users with the best product and then work backward from there.“Our ultimate goal is to provide you with the best possible feed,” Karimian said. “We would give you the posts on your feed based on your interests. Right now, we are under the minimum viable product model, where we want to get the product out and make sure people love it and add these additional features at the end.”
Children from the surrounding neighborhood gathered in the Von Kleinsmid Center courtyard Saturday for Chalk the Block, an annual event in which local schoolchildren ages five to 13 participate in an art competition.The children were given artist’s paper taped to the sidewalk, different colored chalk and 45 minutes to draw their dreams. Live music, games and food were also present as the children drew while parents and volunteers supervised.“We noticed that a lot of kids in the surrounding area drop out of school as they get older, and it can be very hard for them to realize that they can chase their dreams, so what we’re trying to do is inspire them to believe in themselves and their dreams,” said junior Magdalini Vraila, a member of Chalk the Block’s planning and media team. “When we ask these kids what they want to do or who they want to become, they realize that their dreams are important.”At the awards ceremony, the children were divided into age brackets, and each student received one of four awards: the Visionary Award, for having a big dream and executing it well throughout the chalking period; the Color Wonder Award, given to a child for using many colors in his or her art piece; the Creativity Award, for showing innovation; or the Dedication Award, given to a child for refusing to give up even when the artwork got difficult, seeing his or her dreams through until the end.“My dream is to become a scientist and invent stuff,” fourth-grader and Visionary Award winner Karina Barbosa said. “I drew a scientist, which is me, putting a little drop into a potion to make a bunny ultra-sized.”Barbosa’s mother, Marina Ceja, discussed the importance of encouraging interaction between USC and the local community.“I think it’s very important to have an event like this because it encourages kids from communities that are not as privileged to go to college and follow their dreams,” Ceja said.Chalk the Block started three years ago when USC student Harleen Marwah noticed the great discrepancy between USC, an elite research university, and the poverty of nearby areas. She also noticed that whereas USC graduates nearly 90 percent of its senior class every year, 27,380 students dropped out of school during the 2010-2011 school year in the South LA community. By creating Chalk the Block, she hoped to bridge the gap between the resources the university offers and the help that neighborhood kids need.One of the most striking barriers between USC and the LA community are the gates surrounding campus that act as physical and symbolic barriers, according to Director of Chalk the Block Claire Chatinover.“The gates show the community around us that we don’t want them on our campus,” Chatinover said. “What is amazing about this campus is that it grows so much through interaction with the local community, and the local community grows so much from us. I think the important thing to know is that although these gates are up, we can still utilize the times they are open to show the community that we want to build lasting relationships.”Chalk the Block has been highlighted as the “activity of the month” by the National Association of College and University Residence Halls and has been implemented on other college campuses.According to Marwah’s essay on Chalk the Block’s website, “Chalk the Block encourages people to think beyond their boundaries. University students are asked to look beyond the perimeter of campus and share a common space to discover the ‘common ground’. Chalkateers are challenged to dream as big as they possibly can, looking past other obstacles in their lives.”
Tipp FM’s build-up to live commentary on the big match – which gets underway at 4 o’clock – starts at around 3.30pm. Our coverage will be brought to you by John Kennedy Motors, Clonmel.Today’s other football championship quarter-final is an all Munster affair – provincial kingpins Kerry take on Clare at 2.00pm.The Kingdom’s manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice says their opponent’s recent run of form mean they can’t be taken for granted. The Premier County face Galway in the All-Ireland Quarter-Finals at Croke Park.Tipp are taking on the Tribesmen because of their dramatic win over Derry in the qualifiers eight days ago.Manager Liam Kearns is hoping that some of his side’s failings against the Ulster outfit won’t recur this afternoon.
Kwesi Nyantakyi has been sworn in as the President of the Ghana Football Association for a third successive term at the Ghanaman Soccer of Excellence.The President took the oath of secrecy and the oath of office to legally ratify his re-election for a new four-year term.This was followed by the swearing in of the new members of the executive committee in the oath administered by Supereme Court Judge Justice Anim Yeboah.Elected Central Regional chairman Roy Arthur, Francis Dugbatse of Volta Region and elected Northern Regional RFA chairman Abdulai Alhassan missed out due to the defeated candidates of the respective regions contesting the election decision in court.Nyantakyi has been President of the football association since 2005 after succeeding Dr.Nyaho Tamakloe. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports