first_imgFour years ago, a viral campaign wooed the world with a promise of fighting climate change and jump-starting the economy by replacing tarmac on the world’s roads with solar panels. The bold idea has undergone some road testing since then. The first results from preliminary studies have recently come out, and they’re a bit underwhelming. A solar panel lying under a road is at a number of disadvantages. As it’s not at the optimum tilt angle, it’s going to produce less power, and it’s going to be more prone to shading, which is a problem as shade over just 5% of the surface of a panel can reduce power generation by 50%. The panels are also likely to be covered by dirt and dust, and would need far thicker glass than conventional panels to withstand the weight of traffic, which will further limit the light they absorb.RELATED ARTICLESSolar Roads, Pot Growing, Wind Turbines, and Net MeteringAn Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems Because the panels are unable to benefit from air circulation, it’s inevitable that they will heat up more than a rooftop solar panel would. For every 1°C over optimum temperature the panel will lose 0.5% of energy efficiency. As a result, a significant drop in performance for a solar road compared to rooftop solar panels has to be expected. The question is, by how much? And what is the economic cost? The road test results are in One of the first solar roads to be installed is in Tourouvre-au-Perche, France. This road has a maximum power output of 420 kW, covers 2,800 square meters, and cost €5 million to install. This implies a cost of €11,905 ($13,745) per installed kW. While the road is supposed to generate 800 kilowatt hours per day (kWh/day), some recently released data indicates a yield closer to 409 kWh/day, or 150,000 kWh/yr. For an idea of how much this is, the average UK home uses around 10 kWh/day. The road’s capacity factor – which measures the efficiency of the technology by dividing its average power output by its potential maximum power output – is just 4%. The solar road is unveiled in Tourouvre au Perche. Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA In contrast, the Cestas solar plant near Bordeaux, which features rows of solar panels carefully angled towards the sun, has a maximum power output of 300,000 kW and a capacity factor of 14%. And at a cost of €360 million ($415.6 million) or €1,200 ($1,385) per installed kW, one-tenth the cost of our solar roadway, it generates three times more power. In America, a company called Solar Roadways has developed a smart highway with solar panels, including sensors and LED lights to display traffic warnings about any upcoming hazards, such as a deer. It also has heating pads to melt snow in winter. Several of their SR3 panels have been installed in a small section of pavement in Sandpoint, Idaho. This is a 13.9-square-meter area, with an installed capacity of 1,529 Kw. The installation cost is given as $48,734, which implies a cost per installed kW of €27,500 ($31,700), more than 20 times higher than the Cestas powerplant. Solar Roadway’s own estimates are that the LED lights would consume 106 MWh per lane mile, with the panels generating 415 MWh – so more than 25% of the useful power is consumed by the LEDs. This would reduce performance even further. The heating plates are also quoted as drawing 2.28 MW per lane mile, so running them for just six days would cancel out any net gain from the solar panels. And this is before we look at the actual data from the Sandpoint installation, which generated 52,397 kWh in 6 months, or 104,800 kWh over a year. From this we can estimate a capacity factor of just 0.782%, which is 20 times less efficient than the Cestas power plant. That said, it should be pointed out that this panel is in a town square. If there is one thing we can conclude, it’s that a section of pavement surrounded by buildings in a snowy northern town is not the best place to locate a solar installation. However, perhaps there’s a bigger point: solar roads on city streets are just not a great idea. Running out of road Roads don’t actually represent as large an area as we assume. The UK department of transport gives a breakdown of the length of the UK’s different road types. Assuming we can clad these in solar panels, four lanes of every motorway, two lanes on the A & B roads and half a lane for C & U roads (a lot are single track roads and just won’t be suitable), we come up with a surface area of 2 billion square meters. Which sounds like a lot, until you realize that buildings in the UK’s urban areas occupy an area of 17.6 billion square meters. So just covering a fraction of the UK’s rooftops with solar panels would immediately yield more power than putting them on roads. That’s quite apart from the benefits that a more elevated position would yield for greater power generation. All of this suggests that only a small fraction of the road network would actually be suitable. And, given the relatively small size of the road network, solar roads could only ever become a niche source of power and never the shortcut to our future energy supply.   Dylan Ryan is a lecturer in mechanical and energy engineering at Scotland’s Edinburgh Napier University. 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first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Kyle Busch ends winless season with Cup victory at Pocono Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet AP FILE PHOTODanilo Gallinari of the Los Angeles Clippers will miss the EuroBasket tournament after breaking a bone in his hand while playing for Italy.Video showed Gallinari throwing a punch and striking an opponent in the head Sunday as the Italians played an exhibition game against the Netherlands for the upcoming tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ The Italian federation wrote on Twitter that Gallinari fractured the first metacarpal on his right hand and that the estimated recovery time was 40 days.That should have the forward back in time for his first training camp with the Clippers, who acquired him from Denver in a three-way trade that included Atlanta.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starslast_img read more

first_imgWashington, Aug 30 (PTI) Official tests may fail to detect doping in sports, according to a new study which shows that using performance-enhancing drugs is far more common in professional athletes than previously thought.The study found that at least 30 per cent of athletes in the 2011 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships and 45 per cent of athletes at the Pan-Arab Games in 2011 claimed to have taken doping drugs or used other doping methods.Only a fraction of these cases were detected by biological tests. At the World Championships, 0.5 per cent of biological tests showed positive for doping agents. The figure rose to 3.6 per cent for the Pan-Arab games.The scientists used the “randomised response method” to question a total of 2,167 participants at the World Championships in Daegu (South Korea) and the Pan-Arab Games in Doha (Qatar) whether they had taken doping drugs or used other banned doping methods before the competitions.The method ensures the anonymity of the respondents to allow them to answer honestly without fearing negative consequences.”The randomised response method is used for sensitive topics. In a direct face-to face interview, respondents would be strongly motivated to provide socially desirable responses, even if these responses were not true. Anonymity gives protection, allowing the respondents to answer honestly,” said Rolf Ulrich from the University of Tubingen in Germany.In the study, the athletes were asked on a mobile device to answer one of two questions – an unobtrusive question about a birthdate or a sensitive question about whether they had engaged in banned doping in the past 12 months. The two questions were selected at random.advertisementTherefore, if an athlete answered “yes,” the researchers could not tell whether the athlete was answering “yes” to the unobtrusive question or “yes” to the sensitive question – thus guaranteeing the athletes anonymity.Researchers used statistical methods to closely estimate the percentage of athletes in the overall study group who had answered yes to the doping question.”The study suggests that biological tests of blood and urine greatly underestimate the true prevalence of doping,” said Harrison G Pope at McLean Hospital in the US.”As we note in the paper, this is probably due to the fact that athletes have found various ways to beat the tests,” said Pope, who is also a professor at the Harvard Medical School.Tests immediately before and during a competition find evidence of doping on average of only 1-3 per cent.However, doping agents are often no longer biologically detectable at this time if they have been taken long before.Somewhat better results are achieved with the “biological passport,” which tracks the athletes medical data and offers a higher detection rate of about 14 per cent.The passport employs long-term documentation which can reveal deviations that could be caused by the abuse of doping agents. Doping agents are defined as all items listed by the World Anti-Doping Agency on the “List of Prohibited Substances and Methods.” PTI MHN SAR MHNlast_img read more

first_imgReconstruction work on U.S. Highway 75 between Plymouth County Road C-80 near Sioux City, and Plymouth County Road C-60 near Hinton will begin next month.Traffic will be shifted into a head-to-head pattern in the southbound lanes to accommodate reconstruction of the northbound lanes.The Iowa DOT says project work will begin at 8 a.m. Monday, April 1st, and run through the summer until Thursday, October 3rd.Left turns will be prohibited through the work zone during the construction.Peterson Contractors, Inc. was awarded the $8.8 million contract for this project.last_img

first_img Homeowner Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program, an additional $6.9 million Emergency Repair Program, $800,000 Access-A-Home, $100,000. More seniors, low-income homeowners and people with disabilities in Nova Scotia will be able to remain in their homes longer thanks to significant improvements to existing home repair and adaptation programs. Housing Nova Scotia and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation are investing $7.8 million to give Nova Scotians more access to affordable housing and to support independent living. The investment more than doubles the funding that was previously available. Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage MLA Joyce Treen, on behalf of Joanne Bernard, Minister responsible for Housing Nova Scotia, and MP Darren Fisher, on behalf of Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, made the announcement today, March 29. “We know that most seniors would prefer to stay in their home as long as possible,” said Ms. Treen. “With this funding, more seniors will be able to enhance their housing units so that they can live there longer.” “We recognize how important it is for seniors and people with disabilities to be able to live independently close to their families and friends,” said Mr. Fisher. “The enhancement of these programs will help improve their well-being and sense of security while supporting the local economy.” The funding announced today will go toward three existing programs: The funding is cost-shared 50/50 between the federal government and Nova Scotia. Homeowners may be eligible for financial assistance based on their household income and, in some cases, the value and location of their home. Eligible repairs may include structural, electrical, plumbing, heating and fire safety. The funding announced today is through the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement. Under the agreement, the provincial and federal governments each contributed $21.4 million, a total of $42.8 million, for existing affordable housing and repair programs. For more information about Housing Nova Scotia’s repair and adaptation programs homeowners can call 1-844-424-5110.last_img read more

first_imgHyderabad: Aiming to emerge as an alternative to the ruling TRS, the BJP is looking to garner maximum political benefit from its two-decade-old demand for the official celebration of Telangana Liberation Day on September 17. Buoyed by its impressive performance in the Lok Sabha elections and the support it received for scrapping Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to put Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on the mat by accusing it of surrendering to All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) by not celebrating the day officially. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Though the BJP camp is disappointed over Union Home Minister and party president Amit Shah not attending the celebrations, it is expected to make every effort to highlight its demand and corner the mileage by playing the card of polarization. The party has planned ‘tiranga yatras’ across the state and its leaders and cadres will hoist the national flag in all 33 districts to mark the occasion. A public meeting is also scheduled at Patancheru near Hyderabad. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy and three other BJP Lok Sabha members from the state will be participating in the celebrations. Preparing the ground for the celebrations, a delegation of BJP leaders led by the party’s state unit chief K. Laxman on Saturday met Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, urging her to direct the state government to officially celebrate Telangana Liberation Day. BJP argues that in those districts of Karnataka and Maharashtra which were part of erstwhile Hyderabad State, September 17 is officially celebrated and since entire Telangana was under the ‘tyrannical’ rule of the Nizam, the day should be celebrated officially on a grand scale. It was on this day in 1948 that then Hyderabad State was merged with the Indian Union following the Centre’s military action, popularly known as ‘Police Action’. Top leaders of BJP during their visit to Telangana, always mentions that the Nizam of Hyderabad State was not ready to accede to the Indian Union but Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel succeeded in making Hyderabad accede to India with the ‘Police Action’. They also allege that the Nizam’s Army and his private militia ‘Razakars’ committed excesses and tried to suppress the freedom struggle. “It is well known that BJP has been trying to celebrate September 17 from communal angle for last 20 years. The demand this time may be strong in the wake of scrapping of Article 370 but polarisation on this issue is marginal,” political analyst Telakapalli Ravi. He believes that the BJP’s attempts may benefit TRS. Successive governments of Congress and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in undivided Andhra Pradesh and after formation of the Telangana state, the TRS government ignored the demands for officially celebrating the day to avoid any controversy. Muslim groups have been opposing any celebrations as they claim that Muslims were massacred during the ‘police action’. AIMIM, which is often dubbed by BJP leaders as party of ‘razakars’, maintains that there is only one Independence Day for the entire country and hence there is no need for separate celebrations in Telangana. The Congress, TDP, TRS, Left parties and other groups celebrate September 17 as Telangana merger day by hoisting the national flag. They refrain from calling it liberation day. Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, while speaking in the Assembly last year, had rejected the demand for celebrating ‘Telangana Liberation Day’. The TRS chief said the historic event can only be termed as “transition from monarchy to democracy” and not as liberation. Stating that the BJP wished to portray the day as “liberation from Muslim rule”, Rao said it was not the government’s wish to antagnoise any particular community. “The demand to celebrate September 17 as the Liberation Day existed for decades, but with BJP emerging stronger politically in Delhi, the party considers it as the right time to play politics around it,” said analyst P. Raghava Reddy. He believes that the approach of ruling TRS in general and the chief minister in particular towards September 17 is providing a good scope for BJP to make the issue political and gain mileage from it. The analyst added that as the BJP is emboldened by the support it received following abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir it would be encouraged to harp on a similar “nationalistic/national integration” card in Telangana too.last_img read more

first_imgBENGALURU: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa – probably BJP’s tallest leader in the south – on Monday said a firm “no” to party chief Amit Shah’s push for popularising the use of Hindi as a common language across the country, which has revived the decades-old uniformity versus diversity debate. The southern states have traditionally resisted the exclusive use of Hindi, seeing it as a cultural imposition by north Indians. This time, the opposition Congress and the Left have also joined the fray. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”As far as Karnataka is concerned, Kannada is the principal language. We will never compromise its importance,” Yediyurappa said in a tweet, reflecting the popular sentiment in the state. Karnataka regularly witnesses assertion of identity by pro-Kannada organisations. In face of a growing demand for job reservation for locals, the new Chief Minister recently said Kannadigas must get the “lion’s share” of jobs in the state. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was among the first to speak up against Shah’s views, declaring a tweet that the claim that “Hindi unifies our country is absurd”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”That language is not the mother tongue of a majority of Indians. The move to inflict Hindi upon them amounts to enslaving them. Union Minister’s statement is a war cry against the mother tongues of non-hindi speaking people,” his tweet read. As the country marked Hindi Diwas on Saturday, Shah had tweeted suggesting a wider use of Hindi as a common language. “India is a country of many different languages, and each language has its own significance, but it is necessary to have a common language that becomes the mark of India’s identity globally… Today, if there is one language that has the ability to string the nation together in unity, it is the Hindi language which is the most widely-spoken and understood language in India,” his tweet read.last_img read more

first_imgAs the 2012 presidential election kicks into high gear during the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, the Craftsman brand is doing its part to build a “House United.”Along with non-profit Rebuilding Together, as well as Heroes at Home, NextGen Home built by Champion Home Builders and Bank of America, America’s most trusted tool brand is asking Americans across the country and delegates at both conventions to work together in a community service program to build a home for one of our country’s deserving military veterans. By signing a petition at, people can join the Craftsman brand in encouraging their state delegates to participate.As part of Craftsman House United, national TV personality and DIY expert Ty Pennington will lead the charge to build one half of a home during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL on Tuesday, August 28 and the other half of the home during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC on Monday, September 3. Delegates, elected officials and their staff, convention attendees, and media in both locations are invited to literally swing a hammer, nail 2 × 4s and paint walls alongside Pennington during the events.“We did some pretty amazing things during my 10 years of traveling the U.S., renovating homes and ‘moving that bus.’ One thing I never had the chance to do was build parts of a home in two different cities, and then bring the two halves together,” said Pennington. “I am so excited and proud to be a part of the Craftsman House United program and provide a military veteran in need with a new home.”“Although Americans may not always agree on political philosophies, Craftsman House United is a program that we can all stand behind,” said Michael Castleman, president, Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, SVP Sears Holdings. “This community service initiative honors one of our military heroes and participating is just one way Americans can express appreciation for our military’s service to this country.”Locations and times of the builds are as follows:Republican National Convention Craftsman House United BuildEncore Development, between Harrison St. (N), Central St. (W) and Governor St. (E)Tuesday, August 2810 a.m. – 6 p.m.Democratic National Convention Craftsman House United BuildCarolinaFest 2012510 S. College St., across from the convention center between Tryon and College Streets.Monday, September 310 a.m. – 6 p.m.After the two halves of the home are built during the conventions, they will be united in Charlotte in the Belmont neighborhood during the month of October. In addition to donating the home to a deserving veteran in Charlotte, the Craftsman brand will also make a donation to the Housing Authority of the City of Tampa to help fund a program offering rental assistance to homeless veterans in the area. Tampa Housing Authority has partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in order to operate this program.To learn more about Craftsman House United and to sign the petition encouraging your delegates to get involvement, please visit read more

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement It’s official: Wyld Stallyns are reforming. Following 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and 1991’s Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, The Hollywood Reporter can reveal that a much-discussed third Bill & Ted installment — Bill & Ted Face the Music — is now firmly in the works some 27 years later. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are set to reprise their iconic roles as time-traveling metalheads Ted “Theodore” Logan and Bill S. Preston Esq., respectively. READ MOREParty on: ‘Bill & Ted 3’ is now officially happeningApparently, life goes on even after you pass history class and win the battle of the bands. But it’s not always nearly as bodacious as you might think.A Bill & Ted follow up has been rumored to be in the works since 2007, but now it’s confirmed that the world’s most beloved time-traveling dudes are officially back. The third installment of the not-so-teen comedy will be titled Bill & Ted Face the Music.Bill actor Alex Winter described the premise to Entertainment Weekly as, “kind of like A Christmas Carol, but with Bill & Ted,” which truly sounds like a bogus rockstar’s living nightmare. READ MOREKeanu Reeves and Alex Winter will return in Bill & Ted 3 movieSci-fi movie Bill & Ted Face the Music will see the actors’ return, as well the original screenwriters Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon. Excellent!The Wyld Stallyns return! Actors Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter will reprise their roles as the clueless time-traveling duo Ted “Theodore” Logan and Bill S. Preston Esq. in the new movie, Bill & Ted Face the Music.This will be the third movie in the Bill & Ted series, with the original creators Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon penning the script, Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) on to direct and Steven Soderbergh executive producing, reported The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday. READ MOREKeanu Reeves & Alex Winter Confirmed For Threequel ‘Bill & Ted Face The Music’; Bloom On Sales, MGM Has U.S. — Cannes“Most excellent!” Twenty-seven years after we last saw the totally radical pairing of Ted “Theodore” Logan and Bill S. Preston Esq., Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are now confirmed to reprise their roles in a third Bill & Ted movie. Bloom is launching sales in Cannes on the long-gestating time-travel comedy, which is called Bill & Ted Face the Music. The movie is likely to be one of the hottest properties at the market.Currently in pre-production, the movie has been written by the franchise’s creators Chris Matheson (Imagine That) and Ed Solomon (Men in Black), with Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) confirmed to direct. Scott Kroopf (Limitless) will produce together with Alex Lebovici and Steve Ponce of Hammerstone Studios, with Steven Soderbergh serving as an executive producer alongside Scott Fischer, John Ryan Jr., and John Santilli. READ MORE Twitter Facebook Party On, Dudes! Bill & Ted 3 Is Officially HappeningKeanu Reeves and Alex Winter are bringing Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan back for ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music.’Four score and a quarter-century ago, two San Dimas High School stoners set forth upon a most excellent adventure in a phone booth time machine to pass History, save the world, and party on, dudes. Now, it looks like Wyld Stallyns are going to do it all again. On Tuesday, Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are officially onboard to bring Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan back for a brand-new Bill & Ted movie, 26 years after Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey hit theaters. READ MOREKeanu Reeves and Alex Winter Reteaming for ‘Bill & Ted 3’‘Bill & Ted Face the Music,’ which is being shopped in Cannes, is actually happening, some 29 years after the duo’s first excellent adventure. Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – A string of calming comments from Donald Trump about NAFTA has trade proponents across the continent breathing some relief that the U.S. president’s trigger finger may not be about to blow up the deal after all.Trump made about a half-dozen such remarks to The Wall Street Journal, cooling red-hot speculation in Canada following news reports that said Trump might be planning to issue a notice of withdrawal from NAFTA sometime after this month’s round of bargaining.A transcript of the interview shows Trump saying of the negotiations: “We’re moving along nicely,” “There’s no rush,” “I’m leaving it a little flexible,” “We have a chance of making a reasonable deal,” “We’ve made a lot of headway.”Trump also said a new NAFTA would provide benefits that pay for his proposed border wall with Mexico. He added that he understands it’s tough for Mexico to deal with these negotiations during its current election.Yes, he repeated his threat to cancel the agreement if he can’t get a better deal. Observers still view a U.S. withdrawal notice as a potential bargaining ploy at some point. But his comments were viewed as overwhelmingly pointing against an imminent pullout.“I thought that was a sensible suggestion from the president,” said Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, when asked about Trump’s apparent willingness to take more time to negotiate.”That was a good, constructive proposal from the president.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it was business as usual: ”Our approach hasn’t changed. We stay polite, respectful, hard-working, but very firm,” he said, acknowledging that the Trump administration can be unpredictable and anything can happen.Mexico’s Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo made similar comments. He told the newspaper El Pais that he interpreted the president’s remarks as meaning a notice of termination does not appear imminent.Some Americans have been detecting lately that the pro-NAFTA lobby effort is working.”The president is getting enormous pressure from within the United States. From members of his own party, from the agriculture community, from the business community, from states where he won the presidency,” said Robert Holleyman, former deputy trade czar under Barack Obama.”He’s getting very big pressure to make sure NAFTA does not fall apart.”Farmers have already been hit with commodities plunges and have been pleading with the president — through members of Congress and senior members of his administration — not to compound the crisis by threatening exports.Farm states have warned him that triggering the NAFTA withdrawal clause to scare Canada and Mexico into concessions would backfire — they say it would also scare foreign buyers of American goods, leading them to seek new suppliers.Trump appeared at a farm conference this week and made less-aggressive-than-usual remarks about NAFTA.Canada-U.S. trade lawyer Dan Ujczo was at that conference — then got on a plane to Canada. When he landed, he was surprised to hear the urgent tone of news reporting suggesting a pullout was imminent.”I was stunned,” said Ujczo.”You come up here (to Canada) and the situation’s completely escalated. … (But) I’m more optimistic now… I think the president’s hearing from different voices… He’s weighing both the political and economic consequences of issuing the notice to withdraw…”I think over the last months he’s picked up that there is a potential cost.”There’s still a chance Trump will eventually trigger NAFTA’s Article 2205, which allows a country to leave after six months’ notice, Ujczo said. The president said he believes it would be his most powerful negotiating tool.He’ll need to decide whether to deploy it by spring, when the current schedule of rounds expires and the U.S. Congress debates extending a fast-track law setting rules for trade negotiations.It’s crucial to show progress by then, Ujczo said. As long as there’s forward momentum at the upcoming talks in Montreal, which get underway Jan. 23, he said it’s less likely Trump will touch the exit button.”I think the president is starting to realize that the notice to withdraw is less a negotiating tactic — and more a Pandora’s box,” Ujczo said.”You may not be able to put the NAFTA back into that box once it’s open, and anti-trade momentum takes over… (And) I don’t think this administration has any intention to (truly) withdraw from NAFTA.”last_img read more

CALGARY — A retired executive with pipeline builder TransCanada Corp. believes the long-stalled Keystone XL project can still be salvaged —  if incoming Liberal prime minister Justin Trudeau acts swiftly on climate change.Putting a price on carbon emissions is the last option Canada has available to persuade U.S. President Barack Obama to approve the controversial cross-border oilsands pipeline, said Dennis McConaghy, who left TransCanada last year.He said it’s been “enormously frustrating” to see Keystone XL stuck in limbo more than seven years after it was first proposed and feels it has not been dealt with fairly in the U.S. regulatory process.“Carbon pricing was the last alternative at accommodation that could have been tried. It’s still available, perhaps, for our new prime minister,” McConaghy said from London, Ont., where he’s a visiting fellow at Western University’s Ivey Business School.“I would hope that (Trudeau) would quickly engage with the president on that point. Because there’s no pipeline that would be more valuable to Canada than XL.”McConaghy’s role at TransCanada was to develop new pipeline opportunities rather than oversee the nitty-gritty of obtaining permits and approvals.He stressed that he was sharing his personal views, not those of his former employer.Trudeau has expressed support for Keystone XL, the US$8-billion proposal that would enable 830,000 barrels a day of mostly oilsands crude to flow to the lucrative U.S. Gulf Coast market. During the campaign, Trudeau slammed the Conservatives’ handling of the file.Why it might be best for Canada if Obama vetoes Keystone XL right nowOilsands seen as part of a low carbon future as industry makes environment a bigger priorityIn a recent blog post for the Niskanen Center, a libertarian think-tank, McConaghy said outgoing Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper showed an “almost pathological resistance to carbon pricing” — even if it meant smoothing the way for Keystone XL. “Such logic was beyond Harper,” he wrote.“The Keystone XL pipeline project might have been salvaged if Harper had been more willing to see carbon pricing as a means to address environmental concerns. The failure to pursue approval of the pipeline through carbon pricing is one of the great missed opportunities of Harper’s last term as prime minister.”Obama has made it clear he will not allow Keystone XL to be built if it worsens climate change and Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton has come out against the project.McConaghy said it does not appear that a string of State Department environmental reviews have been enough to convince Obama that the pipeline is environmentally benign.In the interview, McConaghy preferred not to dwell on Harper’s missteps and focus instead on what can be done with a Liberal majority government in Ottawa.“I would hope our Canadian prime minister would be proactive in trying to at least say to the president: ’before you decide anything on this, talk to me.”’Some of the biggest oilsands operators, including Suncor Energy, Cenovus Energy and Shell have spoken out in favour of a carbon tax — so long as it applies to everyone and doesn’t single out energy producers.But so far the companies whose pipelines carry oilsands crude to market — like TransCanada — have not said much publicly on that score.“We support efforts that will continue to demonstrate that Keystone XL meets the president’s stated climate test that it won’t significantly exacerbate GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions,” said TransCanada spokesman Mark Cooper.“Five reports since 2010 and 17,000 pages of study by the U.S. State Department Keystone XL will not significantly impact the environment or the climate.” read more

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, who is recovering from an ACL injury, took a big rehab step on Monday by practicing in 5-on-5 drills for the first time this season.Rose had been cleared by doctors for regular contact for weeks, and had been seen working out the last couple of weeks before games. But Monday gave the All-Star an opportunity to participate in his first scrimmage.“He was able to get out there, and it’s good,” Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich said. “It was something that (we) as a team needed, as far as every individual coming off the (All-Star) break needed to scrimmage a little bit. And I’m sure it was good for (Rose), helpful to … give him a good gauge where he’s at.”The Bulls intentions were to allow Rose to participate in 5-on-5 drills after the All-Star break, and would closely observe how his body would respond, according to Bulls vice president of basketball operations John Paxson.Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau gave short answers to questions about Rose.“He did what everyone else did. Just a normal practice.”Rose made headlines last week, saying he would not come back until he’s “110 percent” and that he would be fine with missing the remainder of 2012-13 season.Last week, the Chicago native said he knew he had not fully recovered because of his inability to dunk the ball. Monday was no different; he was still not dunking, according to teammate Joakim Noah.Rose has been attacking his rehab aggressively. His teammates notice his drive to return, with him being the first one in the gym and the last one to leave.“I would love to (come back this season),” Rose told ESPN in Boston on Feb. 13. “I would love to. That’s why I approached my rehab and my workout so hard. I’m trying to get back on the court as quickly as possible, but if I have anything lingering on, it’s no point.”The Bulls will return to action Tuesday night against the New Orleans Hornets and will look to get a boost from Hinrich, who has missed the last seven games with an elbow infection. They will also look to guard Nate Robinson to continue to give them a spark.But Thibodeau reiterated that Rose will only return when he has fully recovered.“We have to be patient,” Thibodeau said. “When he’s ready, he’ll go.” read more

Absent a helpful general manager opening up his computer system — or letting you hack in, if that’s more your style — it’s tough to know what baseball teams think of different players. But one place GMs leave clues about their preferences is in free agency. Since each team can bid on every available player, and the competition to acquire the most valuable talent is fierce, the free-agent sweepstakes is baseball’s closest answer to an open market; accordingly, the cash that teams deal out tells us how much they’re willing to pay for each area of on-field expertise. And for all the strides made in evaluating defense (plus convincing clubs to buy in), my analysis of recent offseasons suggests that MLB teams still don’t value defense the same way as sabermetricians do — though it might not be because they don’t value it enough.To estimate how much teams pay for offense relative to defense, I looked at the average annual value of every non-catcher1I removed them from the sample because their value has been affected by the quantification of pitch-framing (more on that later). position-player contract signed since the 2006 offseason2According to salary data from ESPN. and compared those dollar figures to players’ offensive and defensive runs above average (according to in the previous three years.3I used a linear regression over that time period, three seasons being a reasonable sample upon which a player can be judged. I found that, from the front-office perspective, a run saved just isn’t worth as much as a run scored.For every offensive run a player generated above average in the season before he inked a new deal, he was paid an extra $215,000. An offensive run two years back was worth $113,000, and there was even value — $93,000 per run — in stats from three years in the past. By contrast, each defensive run was worth only $84,000 one year back, with the benefit even lower in earlier years.4Specifically, the value per defensive run dropped to $29,000 two years back and $69,000 three years back. (The higher value for the latter is likely just statistical noise.)As far as teams are concerned, then, offense is what drives a player’s value, with defense a secondary priority. That’s not to say that front offices ignore fielding entirely when signing players, but they do appear to take defensive statistics with a grain of salt.One potential reason is obvious: Teams may be late to understanding the value of good defense. Mitchel Lichtman, the sabermetrician who created the defensive metric Ultimate Zone Rating, told me in an email that “it will probably be a long time before teams fully appreciate the proper mathematical role of defense in evaluating players and making transactions.”Of course, analytics experts have been arguing that teams undervalue defense since the days of Moneyball. And in the years since, sabermetrics has gone mainstream. Teams now employ huge research and development departments — many staffed directly from the ranks of baseball writers who used to criticize teams for undervaluing defense. So it seems unlikely that those analysts forgot about glovework when they walked through the front-office doors.Moreover, teams have shown that they can rapidly adjust to new information about player value when it emerges. For instance, pitch-framing skills — wherein a catcher boosts the chance that a pitch will be called a strike — weren’t quantified until about 2009. Before that offseason, there was no significant relationship between a catcher’s framing ability and the average annual value of his free-agent contract;5The correlation coefficient was 0.16, with a p-value of 0.31. afterward, the correlation spiked.6It rose to 0.33, which is significant with a p-value of 0.006. In other words, teams quickly learned about framing skill and calibrated their contract offers to adjust for it.So another potential explanation for the seeming disconnect between defense and dollars is that teams do properly quantify defense, but in a different way than our publicly available metrics. In other words, if we replaced the public metrics in my previous analysis with proprietary ones cooked up by front offices, there’s a possibility that the inconsistency between defensive performance and pay would disappear.I spoke with a handful of former and current front-office analysts about how teams value defensive metrics, none of whom would speak on the record. They mentioned that some teams have proprietary systems to measure the value of defense, sometimes adding input from scouts or other non-public data sources. If even a handful of teams have systems that produce substantially different fielding valuations than the public statistics, it could appear as though they are disregarding defense — when, in fact, they’re measuring it better than we know.At a minimum, teams have access to much better data with which to construct defensive metrics than the public. With the advent of Statcast, MLB’s radar-based tracking system, team analysts can quantify the location and movement of every player on the field. Statcast also provides raw data on the running speed and reaction times of fielders, allowing front offices to break defense down into its individual components.MLB is providing only a fraction of that data to the public. But if we’ve learned anything from early attempts to model fielding using Statcast — such as Catch Probability, which measures the likelihood that any given batted ball will be caught — it’s that new fielding metrics can disagree significantly with conventional ones.Depending on the analysis being run,7Whether you limit the comparison by sample size (i.e., the number of opportunities) or by position. Statcast-based Catch Probabilities correlate with Ultimate Zone Rating either moderately (r=.47) or strongly (r=.71). Some have taken the latter as confirmation that UZR was correct all along. But consider as well that the correlation between batting average and on-base percentage is also 0.71.8For qualified hitters in the 2016 season. The realization that OBP was a better hitting metric than batting average, you may recall, formed one of the cornerstones of the Moneyball revolution.Similarly, if Statcast-fueled metrics represent as much of an upgrade on public defensive stats as OBP was on batting average, it’s no wonder that teams don’t seem to value defense. Those clubs might just be so far beyond currently available fielding statistics that sabermetricians can no longer criticize them.It’s likely that not every team has its own defensive metric, and some teams’ metrics are probably no better than the public’s. But occasionally, it’s obvious that a team is onto something we don’t know about. Take the case of outfielder Dexter Fowler: Before he joined the Cubs for the 2015 season, writers raised questions about his defense based on poor public metrics; that year, he ended up earning 3.3 wins above replacement, fueled largely by a 20-run improvement in his UZR. Then in 2016, after more skepticism about Fowler’s fielding, he put up the best defensive numbers of his career to date. That, in turn, led to his signing by the St. Louis Cardinals this past offseason for the staggering total of $82.5 million over five years, questionable defense be damned.Whether because of Statcast or scouting, the Cubs and now the Cardinals have seen something in Fowler’s performance that current fielding valuations don’t seem to capture. And when two of the smartest front offices in baseball appear to be discarding defensive metrics, it makes you stop and wonder whether the metrics might just be wrong. read more

first_img Share Tweet Email Hackett retired after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, having won the 1500m freestyle at both the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Games. “We are concerned for Grant’s welfare,” Coates said in a statement. “This is not the Grant we know and respect.“Grant is a great Olympic champion, one of the greatest swimmers of all time… We hope he can overcome his current challenges.”Swimming Australia chief executive Mark Anderson added: “Given these recent circumstances, we once again reached out to Grant and his family to continue to offer support and assistance in any way we can.”Hackett retired after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, having won the 1500m freestyle at both the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Games. He also claimed four world titles in the 30-length event.But after retirement he quickly ran into problems with a messy divorce and allegations he smashed up his Melbourne home in 2011. In 2014, he checked into a US rehabilitation clinic to treat an addiction to sleeping pills.- © AFP, 2017The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Short URL Manchester City was ‘the right club at the wrong time’ for Dubliner Karl Moore>From the sliotar to the oval ball, Joe Canning’s nephew continues Roscrea’s GAA connection> 6 Comments 40,023 Views Follow us: Hackett retired after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, having won the 1500m freestyle at both the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Games. Image: AP/Press Association Images Feb 16th 2017, 9:44 AM Olympic swimming great found ‘alive and sober’ after disappearance Grant Hackett’s father confirmed to local media that his son was was safe. Image: AP/Press Association Images By AFP Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 9:44 AM OLYMPIC SWIMMING GREAT Grant Hackett is “alive and sober”, his father told media Thursday after he went missing following a family bust-up, sparking fears for his safety.Hackett’s father Neville said Australia’s troubled former 1500m world record-holder, who was briefly detained this week after a domestic incident, was in contact with police.“Police officers are happy he’s alive and sober,” Neville Hackett said, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).“He’s told the police officers he just wants to hide from everybody.”Hackett’s father raised the alarm earlier Thursday after his “mentally disturbed” son, 36, failed to turn up for appointments with a doctor and a lawyer.Hackett had posted a picture on social media showing himself with a black eye, and accused his brother of beating him up.“He’s in hiding from everybody, including us,” Hackett’s father said. “I think he’s very, very embarrassed, but let’s see how things go.”The double Olympic gold medallist was released without charge Wednesday after his family called police following a reported bout of heavy drinking which led to “uncontrollable rage”.His brother, Craig, said the former swimmer had mental health problems and was no longer the person he once knew.On Thursday, Hackett posted a picture of himself on Instagram showing a cut and blackened right eye, and dry blood on his nose.“My brother comments to the media… but does anyone know he beat the shit out of me,” Hackett wrote in the caption.Hackett came out of six years of troubled retirement in 2014 in a bid to make the Rio Games, hoping to become the oldest Australian swimmer to qualify for an Olympics.But he narrowly missed out on a berth and after the Olympic trials in Adelaide last April, he hit the headlines again after a meltdown on a plane.- ‘Not the Grant we know’ -Hackett was accused of drunkenly squeezing the nipple of a fellow business-class passenger in an embarrassing incident which prompted him to vow to quit drinking.“This is now a chronic problem… so, from a mental health perspective, I hope something can be done,” Craig Hackett said Wednesday.“This is not Grant Hackett, this is a completely different person. I don’t know this person, my mum and dad don’t know this person.“He’s there in body, but he is not there in mind, in soul, or spirit,” he said.Hackett mumbled a few words to reporters after his release, saying he was “not great” and “probably needed to” go into rehab.Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates and Swimming Australia both offered their support. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article last_img read more

first_img WWE Wrestler Enzo Amore Kicked Off Flight Twitter 2/20 NXT Results: Albany, New York* Asuka def. Eva Marie.* Apollo Crews def. Alex Riley.* Carmella def. Peyton Royce.* Enzo Amore & Big Cass def. The Vaudevillains.* Sami Zayn def. Elias Samson.* NXT Women’s Champion Bayley def. Alexa Bliss.* NXT Champion Finn Balor & Austin Aries def. Samoa Joe & Baron Corbin.Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Wrestler Enzo Amore Kicked Off FlightVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Enzo Amore Now Playing Up Next Alexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At Evolution Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Blisscenter_img WhatsApp Big Cass Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Baron Corbin advances to the Finals of the King of the Ring tournament this Sunday Now Playing Up Next Alexa Bliss Reportedly Injured Alexa Bliss Injury Update Videos Articles WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Facebook Google+last_img read more

first_imgBorussia Dortmund finished their pre-season preparations and new head coach Lucien Favre has mixed feelings about the team’s current state.In the last eight days, Borussia Dortmund completed 15 intensive training sessions and played three friendly matches against Rennes (1-1), Napoli (1-3) and Lazio (1-0). The results, which were underwhelming following a successful U.S. tour, were a direct consequence of the demanding schedule. The games also revealed areas of concern for Lucien Favre (“When we lose the ball, it creates problems. That’s where we need to improve tactically. Our anticipation must get better. Sometimes we have to keep it simple, rather than taking risks.” “There are still too many little things that can cause issues. Sometimes we lose structure to quickly,”Those are things which need to be worked on before August 20, when BVB take on Greuther Furth in the first round of the German Cup.Favre tweaked with the formation as well, using a 4-3-3, 4-3-2-1 and a 4-4-2, with Mario Gotze in a more forward role. Christian Pulisic was the only forward he had praise for.Overall, the French coach was satisfied with the training camp, as was goalkeeper Roman Burki.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We had a good training camp,” “We had excellent training conditions. The facilities were outstanding and the atmosphere was just great.” First game for @BVB ✅First win ✅Now looking forward to the start of the season ? ??#bvb09 #AW28— Axel Witsel (@axelwitsel28) August 12, 2018Abdou Diallo, Thomas Delaney and Axel Witsel have been Borussia Dortmund’s main summer acquisitions in what fans hope will be a much improved Bundesliga campaign in which their club will be able to challenge Bayern Munich at the top of the table.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, June 8, 2017 – Miami, FL – The Turks and Caicos this year takes Gold at the Taste of the Caribbean Culinary competition, improving on last year’s performance where the team earned silver.  The gold medal win at the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s annual culinary challenge has thrilled the local industry workers and the results were posted on Facebook by TCHTA Executive, Stacy Cox. Led by Chef Colin Watson of Beaches resort, the squad features 2016’s Caribbean Junior Chef of the Year, Robin Angel Simons and Wilkiens Martin who are both products of the TCHTA’s lil Chef program.  The culinary team is now headed to New York for the Caribbean Tourism Organizations’ Rhythm and Rum, courtesy of the TCI Tourist Board.   #MagneticMediaNews#TCIGoldenChefs#TCIchefstakegoldincompetition Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TCIchefstakegoldincompetition, #TCIGoldenChefs Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgWhen asked what he would do with his money, the 85-year-old said he planned on giving most of it to his kids and maybe he’d set some aside of him and his wife to take a cruise.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – A New Jersey man who already felt like he’d hit the jackpot upon finding out his wife was cancer-free, won $1 million the very next day.According to a Facebook post by the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, 85-year-old Harold McDowell hit a 6 card Royal Straight Flush of Diamonds after placing a small bet of $5.The Casino went on to say that the odds of hitting a 6 card Bonus Royal Flush are just 1 in 20,348,320 – making McDowell a very lucky man.The big win was just an added bonus after receiving the best news he could have wished for, just in time for Christmas.On December 22, McDowell’s wife, who had been battling liver and colon cancer for a few years was given a clean bill of health by her doctor, according to the New York Post.“It was better news that she’s healthy – money isn’t the most important thing,” McDowell said in an interview with The Post. last_img read more

first_imgPrint subscribers are able to access a full subscription of the Bloomberg Businessweek iPad app for free if they enter their account number, e-mail address or home mailing address when they log on to the app. Individuals can download a free test issue of the magazine or become a subscriber for $2.99 per month.

Okaro says the group didn’t want to monetarily alienate their print readers. “One of the things that is most important to us is to treat our best customers the best and our best customers are people who subscribe to the [print] magazine today — we wanted to make sure that we don’t penalize them for wanting to read the magazine on another device.”

The iPad app offers several interactive features to, as Okaro puts it, enhance the reader’s experience. A user can create a personal archive of articles of interest by digitally clipping content which they can share on social media sites; the app affords the user the ability to increase or decrease the font size to make any story more legible and an app user can choose to flip pages in landscape mode or interact with the text by scrolling down the screen in portrait.

”We’ve provided multiple ways for people to discover content,” Okaro says. “We wanted to make sure that we enhanced the experience in ways that were important to our readers.”
The app gives readers the most current information while submerged in a story – if an individual is reading a piece that mentions Microsoft or Apple they can click on the company’s name and find the latest market information and the latest news on the company. Other features include the ability to search across multiple issues for related content.The app also lets readers know what kind of commitment they are making with a story by telling them how many pages a story is “up front. It’s very important for the user because they want to know what sort of a commitment they’re making – do I have the time to read a five-page article now or do I more have time for a two page article now?” Okaro says.Users of the app will also have access to something the print edition lacks – a table of contents and a highlights section that notes the top articles from different areas of the magazine. Additionally, related content appears at the bottom of every article to allow users to continue to read.
”We wanted to give people the ability to dig a little deeper and learn a little bit more,” he says. Bloomberg Businessweek is giving readers an up-close look into its content production with podcasts from columnists and video interviews with editors.
App users can see behind the scenes videos about the cover story and its artwork every week from editor Josh Tyrangiel and creative director Richard Turley. Individuals can also hear interview podcasts from columnists like Charlie Rose and Tom Keene.The print publication has a rate base of about 900,000. According to Oke Okaro, the Global Head of Consumer Mobile Business for the Bloomberg Multimedia Group, 17 percent of subscribers currently have an iPad, which is a target market of about 153,000 potential app readers. The publication declined to say how many times the app, which was launched April 11, has been downloaded so far.”It’s a very important device for us to be on. We started out from the standpoint of let’s bring our magazine to our audience on a device that they increasingly carry,” says Okaro. “One thing we do know, without a doubt, is that it’s been incredibly well received by our readers and the market place.”

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first_imgThis week we caught up with Traci George at the Democratic National Convention. George lives in Eagle River and went to Philadelphia as a delegate for Bernie Sanders.Listen nowTraci George of Eagle River at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA (Photo by Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Philadelphia)GEORGE: I’m a military spouse. I have been in Alaska since August of last year, so not even a year yet. I’m coming up on my year anniversary.So it’s not about me reestablishing myself, but it’s just me being who I am in every community that I go in. And then also being that person that will gravitate others to me. I believe in the universe bringing all things to you that you need when you need it. And that’s actually what happens to me everywhere I go.I got involved because at the top of this year, 2016, my three-year-old son said to my family that he wanted to be President of the United States, so we’re running a presidency campaign in 2048. Nobel George, he’s currently like I said, three. So I am running a campaign to be a president’s mother.I came here to this convention based upon knowing that this is a future that we really and truly need to believe in. And that we’re here for a true marathon. we’re here for a long haul. And positioning ourselves today that we could be our better selves by the time I’m running my campaign again really hard in 2048.So I’ve been a part of the Democratic party literally all of my life and before birth. If you were to go to Google my family’s legacy and all that, you’ll see that we’ve been some activists throughout the years. So I am only doing what is expected of me but then also what is actually required. I am old enough to know and realize that the current condition of our country has to change in order for the future that I want to believe in to be possible.We have had some epic journeys along this way and I’m looking forward to possibly even more. However, I am in love with my current home state of Alaska.last_img read more