Gov. Ron DeSantis on Saturday signed 21 bills, including measures intended at improving school bus safety and preventing bear poaching.The school bus safety bill (HB 37) will increase penalties for motorists who do not follow traffic rules when buses are stopped to load and unload children.It would increase the minimum penalty from $100 to $200 for drivers who fail to stop for school buses. In addition, the law would double the minimum penalty from $200 to $400 for motorists who pass stopped school buses on the side where children enter and exit.“This bill is a step in the right direction,” Republican House sponsor Ardian Zika, of Land O’ Lakes, said before the House approved the measure last February. “Today, we are sending a loud and clear message that the Florida House of Representatives stands by the safety of our children and our communities.” However, Democratic Rep. Joe Geller, of Aventura, said he was “reluctantly” supporting the bill, as he believes the proposed fines are too high.“We’re fining someone up to $400 because they look away for a second, maybe because their kids are fighting in the backseat, and they don’t see that they’re passing a school bus that’s stopped,” Geller said in February. “That’s just too high. It’s just too much money to be charging for what is likely to be an inadvertent mistake.”Another bill signed by Gov. DeSantis (HB 327) seeks to stop poaching of black bears. It is a practice that stems partially from killing the animals for their gallbladders. Bear bile, which is secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder, can bring hundreds or thousands of dollars on the black market, where it is promoted as a cure for numerous illnesses.The governor is also in the process of signing the upcoming year’s $93.2 billion budget.
‘I need a ruling!’ That’s a common cry at golf championships everywhere – and England Golf’s referees are ready to respond.As the playing season gets underway, 50 of the country’s leading referees have been attending an England Golf seminar to sharpen their skills and update them on championship policy for 2016.It’s the first time the seminar has taken place and the two-day event at Woodhall Spa – the home of England Golf – included practical sessions, a refresher on changes to the rules, an introduction to the new pace of play policy and the R&A’s Level 3 exam.“We’ve been delighted by the response of the referees and the number who have attended the seminar,” said Toby Thorne, England Golf’s Deputy Championship Director. “It’s a great opportunity to get together at the start of the season and ensure a consistent approach throughout all our events.”Feedback on England Golf championships frequently focusses on pace of play issues and this season there will be positive action to keep play moving smoothly and more quickly.Toby Thorne said: “We will be taking a proactive stance, with positive action to speed up the pace of play and keep the field flowing. While we don’t want to start penalising players it is more likely that we will see players on the clock.“This is a big step forward and keeps us in line with other golfing bodies and with the R&A’s new policy.”A new refereeing system, with each championship team led by a Tournament Director, will co-ordinate the policy and ensure consistency at all England golf events.The seminar also focussed on rules changes introduced this year, including one which affects players signing for a wrong score in stroke play (Rule 6-6d); the anchoring of clubs which will affect players using long-handled putters (Rule 14-1); and the use of artificial devices (Rule 14-3).It also looked at relief from ‘temporary immovable obstructions’ such as on-course scoreboards, which has become increasing relevant with the growing use of branding at championships.The referees were asked to sit the R&A Level 3 exam if they had not taken it in the last four years. This will support England Golf’s decision to introduce The R&A Rules Education Programme in 2016, offering the opportunity to graduate through three tiers of Rules tutoring and learning. “We would like to be able to use our referees as tutors but they have to be R&A qualified,” explained Toby.Click here to find out more about England Golf’s championship conditions, including the pace of play policyClick here to find out more about the Rules on the R&A website(Image © Leaderboard Photography) 24 Mar 2016 Referees gear up for the championship season
A goal by Zack Smith at 7:35 of the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and powered the Binghamton Senators to a 3-2 road victory over the Pirates in game one of the AHL Calder Cup Atlantic Division Finals Wednesday in Portland, M.E. The win was Binghamton’s first of the postseason to come in regulation. All four victories over the Manchester Monarchs in the division semifinals came in overtime.Former KIJHL defenceman for the Nelson Leafs Geoff Kinrade, 25, plays for Binghamton.The 6-foot, 207-pound Kinrade finished the game logging tons of minutes and a minus-1 on the stats sheet.Captain Ryan Keller and rookie Bobby Butler also scored for the Baby Sens, the farm team of NHL’s Ottawa franchise.The Baby Sens and Pirates return to the ice in Portland Thursday for Game 2 of the best-of-seven Atlantic Division Finals.
It’s a unique airport where runway debris has included a two-metre shark and a dead dolphin, not to mention regular piles of seaweed.The Scottish island of Barra, in the Outer Hebrides islands, boasts the only airport in the world where scheduled airline flights land on the beach — and it’s still going strong.Flights to the Atlantic Ocean outpost started in 1936 — the same year a modest passenger terminal opened adjacent to the Gatwick racecourse, south of London. The island could otherwise only to be reached by a weather-prone ferry from Oban, 90 miles away.The British Air Ministry granted the official airfield licence to An Tràigh Mhòr, meaning “big beach “, on August 7, 1936. An eight-seater Dragon Rapide, which had to stop several times on the journey to Glasgow, was used on the island flights and successfully used the beach as an airfield during low tide.Gatwick would evolve over the next eight decades to handle more than 40 million passengers a year and become a major global airport known to passengers around the world.Barra’s unique beach airport, which has also endured for 80 years and even boasts three runways, has achieved fame in its own way. People come from as far away as Australia to experience the beach landing and in 2016, its 80th anniversary year, it handled almost 11,000 passengers on scheduled flights. AIrlineRatings took Flight BE6581 from Glasgow to Barra, a service operated by Loganair under a soon-ending code share agreement with Flybe. The company utilises a new blue-and-white Viking DH-6-400 Twin Otter in the Scottish national colours.After an hour above the Scottish Highlands and over white crested waves on the Atlantic, pilot Annag Bagley lowers the nose of the Twin Otter and puts it into a left turn. The 35-year-old was born and raised in Barra. About 1,200 people live on the island, which was strategically important in former times because it offered the first sheltered harbour north of Ireland.As we approach the island, those who have never taken the flight can be forgiven for nervously asking: “Where the hell are we going to land?”.Through the cockpit windows, one can see only water puddles and tidal flats ahead before the arrival of the moment many come to the island to experience: the world’s only scheduled flight landing on a beach.With a short hop, the aircraft touches down on the sand, rattling a bit as the water-formed riffles on the beach are felt inside the cabin. Despite it being low tide, there is still a bit of water on the “runway” – even though nothing resembling a runway can be seen.Water splashes up waist-high from both wheels of the main gear as, like an all-terrain vehicle, the aircraft ploughs over the beach and slows down quickly. Then Bagley and her first officer park the aircraft on dry sand next to the terminal. The pilots walk the few metres over mussel remains and dried seaweed to the building. “I have watched the airplanes here as a kid; that I fly them myself now was always a dream, ‘’ explains Bagley “These flights are a lifeline for the island.” When she is on duty, Bagley comes here once a day mostly, spending barely 30 minutes on the ground before taking off on the return flight. “Our flight schedule naturally takes the tide into account, as one can’t land during high tide,’’ she says. “That’s why our two daily flights to Glasgow are taking place within two hours of each other.”The small café in the terminal is packed. On the walls are historic photos of the world’s most unusual airport.“There was never an accident, but sometimes an aircraft gets stuck in the loose sand,’’ says the airport’s manager Michael Galbraith. Exactly 10,658 passengers were handled at the airport in 2015 spread over 947 scheduled flights.Barra’s three sand runways are invisible as such even from the tower and are only designated by wooden markers at each end. “We have to regularly smoothen the surface of the runways with tractors and remove sandbanks, otherwise it gets too uneven for the aircraft,’’ notes Galbraith. Staff inspect the runways twice daily, an important function because waves from the Atlantic Ocean regularly flood airport and often carry objects that definitely shouldn’t be lying on a runway.Accumulations of seaweed or algae must be removed as does driftwood or plastic packaging. “You have to be prepared for anything here”, says the airport manager, who can’t be surprised easily anymore in Barra. “Recently we found a two-meter-long dead shark on a runway, and there once was also a deceased dolphin on another.”Preventing encounters of aircraft and marine animals is one of the many tasks of Michael Galbraith and his team, there is certainly little room for boredom. “On paper, it looks like the best job in the world, two flights a day, a beautifully located airport in an enticing landscape, everybody here is fully relaxed”, laughs the Scot. “In reality, however, we have a lot to do, real multi-tasking. I am sitting in the tower, (I) work at the airport fire service, look after security and the terminal building.”
Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#Products UniBrows, a plugin from Browsium that enables users to use Internet Explorer 8 to view IE6-only sites, was released from beta today. The idea is to enable enterprises that require IE6 for legacy apps to be able to upgrade to newer versions of the browser. This would also provide a path to upgrade to Windows 7, which doesn’t support Internet Explorer 6. UniBrows will also support IE9 in a few weeks, according to Browsium’s Gary Schare.As we’ve reported, Internet Explorer 6 persists in many enterprises for a variety of reasons. Many organizations run third-party or in-house applications that require IE6 but are too expensive to upgrade or replace.UniBrows, which has been in beta for the past six months, gives administrators the ability to specify policies for specific sites that require IE6. IE8 will use UniBrows to load those sites with IE6’s rendering engine and legacy ActiveX components. All other sites will use IE8’s rendering engine and the current version of ActiveX. Browsium licensed several DLL files from Microsoft to accomplish this feat.Update: Schare clarifies that Browsium does not license the DLLs. “Customers download the IE6 components from Microsoft’s website using our preparation tool.”Alternative approaches include running IE6 in a virtual machine, or installing IE6 on a terminal server. The downside is that this requires licensing additional copies of Windows, or buying adequate terminal server licenses at great expense. Browsium will charge organizations with 5,000-50,000 users a $5,000 base license fee plus $5 per seat. Volume licensing agreements are available for larger organizations.Browsium is based in Redmond, WA and was founded last year. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now klint finley Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
Simon Hare, a builder and design consultant based in the Roxbury section of Boston, decided to apply basic Passivhaus precepts, rather than the technical, detailed modeling often deployed for Passivhaus projects, to the reconstruction of a house in his neighborhood.The scale and legal disposition of the building, known as the Pratt House, also mesh well with Hare’s goal of building a house that, even without renewable-energy sources, will be highly efficient. For the purpose of addressing flaws in airtightness and thermal resistance, for example, it helps that the house is only 750 sq. ft. – about 6% smaller than most entries in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. And for the purpose of seeing the project through on Hare’s own terms, it also helps that the house is owned by his family.Discussing his approach to the project for a story by CNET News.com, Hare said he hopes the project will show that construction of near-net-zero-energy homes is within reach of everyday building professionals.“The Passivhaus approach is very techie, which I think is its Achilles’ heel – it appeals to geeks but not the layman, the lay builder,” Hare told CNET News. “We can prove we can do this without hiring consultants and using software to do the energy modeling. We’ll just use precedent and established rules of thumb.”The exterior walls feature structural insulated panels – in this case 12 in. foam cores sandwiched between plywood sheets – and a 1-in. layer of rigid insulation on the exterior-wall surfaces, which Hare says bring the walls to R-50. All joints were taped or sprayed with foam.Hare and his company, Placetailor, hope to finish the project by the end of October, as the house nears one of the ultimate tests of energy efficiency – the Boston winter.
Asking people to shun single use plastic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the wanton use of plastic posed a hazard to the environment and had led to livestock and fish being killed. Mr. Modi was addressing a gathering in Mathura after joining women in segregating plastic from waste at a ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ programme. The Prime Minister sat on the floor with women who pick plastic from garbage and helped them sift through the waste. Mr. Modi, who is on a day’s visit to this Uttar Pradesh town, also launched the National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP) for eradicating foot and mouth disease (FMD) and brucellosis in livestock. With 100 per cent funding from the Central government till 2024, the ₹12,652 crore NADCP programme aims at vaccinating over 500 million livestock, including cattle, sheep, goats and pigs, against FMD. The programme has targeted vaccinating 36 million female bovine calves annually in its fight against brucellosis disease, a bacterial infection transmitted from animals to humans. The programme has two components — controlling the diseases by 2025 and eradication by 2030. During his visit, Mr. Modi interacted with farmers and also launched the National Artificial Insemination Programme. As part of the “Swachhta Hi Seva” programme, the prime minister met 25 garbage workers. The women wore masks and a glove and responded to Modi’s questions on garbage generated from households and the amount of plastic in them. The women were honoured for their work. Addressing the COP (Conference of Parties) to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) at Greater Noida two days ago, the prime minister spoke of India’s resolve to end single use plastic and urged other nations to embrace the cause as well. “My government has announced that India would put an end to single use plastics in the coming years. We are committed to the development of environment-friendly substitutes and also an efficient plastic collection and disposal method,” Mr. Modi said. The government has pledged to eliminate single use plastic by 2022. As part of the effort, the government is likely to put out descriptors of what constitutes single use plastic.
ONE FROM THE FAMILY ALBUM: This is just half of the Jhalani householdSundays at the Jhalani house in Delhi’s Civil Lines are reserved for cricket. And, no, they don’t have to look yonder to put together a Cricket XI. Their in-house team is already spilling over with sporty men -,ONE FROM THE FAMILY ALBUM: This is just half of the Jhalani householdSundays at the Jhalani house in Delhi’s Civil Lines are reserved for cricket. And, no, they don’t have to look yonder to put together a Cricket XI. Their in-house team is already spilling over with sporty men – not necessarily 20 – somethings – who take fielding positions on the 30 ft by 50 ft concrete surface (it’s used as a parking lot otherwise for 20-odd “family” cars).At their Lord’s, as the sun filters through the labyrinthine, creeper-covered trellis, the batsman takes position, ready to face a bowler who relies more on intimidation than sheer pace. The line is good, so is the responding stroke.But there is no running between the wicket. That’s rule No. 1 of the game. There are no LBWs either, no stumpings, no over – arm bowling and no running late on coughing up the monthly subscription of Rs 100 that is used to buy cricket paraphernalia.And all contentious issues are to be argued with the highest authority, quite literally: the umpire who looks more like a hunter in khakis and sports shoes and is lodged on a machaan on a strategically branched neem tree. But this is serious business, as serious as the family business that binds the 70-odd Jhalani household members, part of a breed whose days are numbered – the Great Indian Joint Family.Five generations of the Jhalanis – 21 family units in all- live together, play together, pray together, celebrate together, make money together and they’re not even crabby – an aberration in the time of DINK living. For them nuclear just means having a blast.advertisementPerhaps, even Lala Banarasi Das – he established the famous Chawri Bazar in Old Delhi when he set up engineering workshops there-did not foresee generations of his progeny getting entrenched in the 2,900 sq yard of prime land and the colonial bungalow he bought for his 10 – member family in 1942. In the 1960s, the bungalow was demolished and his seven sons built a seven-apartment block with seven kitchens, connected by bricks and business.”Our forefathers started selling steel nails in 1857,” says Rajesh, 49, one of Das’ 13 grandsons. That laid the foundation for a flourishing foray into business-the most successful of them being manufacturing hand tools-and the raison d’etre of their bonding.”A s long as the business is intact or the importance of the Jhalani house location is not diluted, we will continue to live as a unit,” says Rajesh matter-of-factly. Perhaps this pragmatic approach to co-existence is the reason why family members have withstood the lure of venturing out on their own.Even those like Amit, 35, another third generation inhabitant of Jhalani House, who chose to shift to Gurgaon when he set up a furniture business there, returned like the prodigal son nine months later, wife and child in tow. “Here, there is always someone to look after the child,” says Amit’s wife Leena. So under one roof a photographer, painter, interior decorator, trader, exporter continue to find their muse, and convenience. And also not miss out on children’s melas at any of the three manicured lawns, rangoli competitions during Diwali, the ritualistic cricket matches and the Jhalani ladies’ kitty parties.Children, in all 11 boys and eight girls, don’t look beyond their boundary wall for company-never mind that four-year-old Vinayak is “relatively speaking” an uncle of Navya, his senior by a year. The Indian tradition of respect for elders also ensures they have company in old age. Kailash, Das’ eldest son is the oldest at 74; the youngest is seven months old-and there’s no dearth of caretakers for both of them.”The best times we had were when Doordarshan ruled the tube. The TV room was like a theatre with rows of seats,” reminiscences Shalini, 45, wife of Rajesh. Now the infusion of cable channels has made their pursuit redundant; everyone has a TV set in their bedroom.So there’s no sitting together to watch even Ekta Kapoor’s twisty family dramas of spiteful mothers-in-law and scheming daughters-in-law. For a family that only married within their caste, intercommunity marriages are no longer a taboo. But perhaps, in the six decades of staying together, nothing has changed more than the lifestyle of the women in the Jhalani house-hold-apart from the fact that any new bride takes up to six months to identify family members and start calling them by their monikers.Shalini’s mother-in-law never walked around without the ghunghat. But she lets her 20-year-old daughter, Smriti, don peasant top with flares and organise dance parties, replete with disco lights and DJs.advertisementA few of them are building careers for themselves too. Leena, 31, was the first women in the family to work outside home. “You can come to learn about changing lifestyle trends,” says Rajesh. “Take a peep into the 19th century and slowly get back to the 21st.” The Jhalanis themselves do that occasionally through slide shows, family albums or in conversation. It lights the hearth in their metaphorical house.
Share on Messenger Newport’s manager Mike Flynn said: “What an amazing achievement by these players. We were excellent, we were absolutely superb. We should have gone three or four up first half. Second half they came back into it a little bit and they had a few chances of their own and the extra time was just like a basketball game, end to end. So for the neutral it must have been brilliant. The penalties were a situation of what will be, will be. But I had full faith in these players.”Two quickfire first-half goals put Charlton in command of their League One play-off semi-final against Doncaster, as they won the first leg 2-1. Lyle Taylor and Joe Aribo both scored in the space of three minutes. Lee Bowyer’s side looked to be taking a healthy advantage back to The Valley until Matty Blair grabbed a late goal back for Doncaster, giving them hope for Friday’s second leg. Share on Twitter Charlton Athletic Read more Topics Facebook League One League Two Twitter Joe Aribo celebrates scoring Charlton’s second goal against Doncaster at the Keepmoat Stadium. Photograph: Simon Cooper/PA Share on WhatsApp Newport County Chris Maguire gives Sunderland narrow lead over Portsmouth in play-offs Share on LinkedIn Football Newport reached the League Two play-off final after beating Mansfield 5-3 on penalties. Joe Day was their hero, saving Tyler Walker’s penalty while Newport converted all of their spot-kicks.The sides played out a 0-0 draw after extra time at Field Mill on Sunday following a 1-1 draw in the first leg and the result was harsh on Mansfield who contributed to a thrilling match full of chances in which Newport hit the woodwork three times. Newport will face Tranmere or Forest Green in the final at Wembley on Saturday 25 May. news Share on Facebook Mansfield After 32 minutes Josh Cullen stopped the ball on the byline, with Doncaster appealing in vain for offside, and drilled back across goal where, after a pinball effect, Taylor headed in from close range.Before Doncaster had time to regroup, they found themselves two goals down. Taylor took advantage of a half-clearance and slid a pass into the box for Aribo, who smashed across the goal and into the far corner.Doncaster almost pulled a goal back early in the second half when Andy Butler powered in an effort from a corner only for Cullen to block on the line. The home side saw plenty of the ball after the break as they struggled to break down a resolute defence but persistence was eventually rewarded when Blair nodded in a Mallik Wilks cross from close range after 87 minutes. Share on Pinterest Share via Email Doncaster Rovers Pinterest Reuse this content