Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau and Suffolk county lawmakers passed measures within a week of one another that pave the way for speed cameras to be installed in school zones, pending New York State approval.The Suffolk County Legislature approved a home-rule message at a special meeting Tuesday requesting that the State Legislature pass a law permitting the cameras—a revised version of an earlier request that was withdrawn. The latest vote came six days after the Nassau County Legislature voted for the same request at a special meeting of their own.“Enactment of this program in Suffolk County would reduce the incidence of speeding near schools, and therefore, protect the safety of school children,” reads the legislation Suffolk passed.Nassau lawmakers said they too were thinking of the children when they passed the measure shortly after that legislature also approved agreements to end a three-year wage freeze on county workers—raises that will cost between $129 million and $190 million over the next four years. The Nassau Interim Finance Authority, the county’s control board, has yet to schedule a meeting to consider either move.The cameras would be installed in one school speed zone per school district in each county—56 in Nassau, 69 in Suffolk. They have been projected to collect $29 million to $57 million annually in Nassau.Speed cameras work much like red light cameras that have been deployed across Long Island in recent years: they will be automatically triggered when sensors detect a driver speeding more than 10 miles over the 20-mph limit in school zones. Vehicle owners will then be mailed a summons to pay a $50 fine. And the cameras are a part of a pilot program that requires state reauthorization after four years.Critics questioned whether the speed cameras will be set to operate during summer school, during after-school activities when the school speed restrictions run beyond the traditional 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., how much money the counties will actually get and if the projected revenues would drop, same as happened with the red light cameras.The state Assembly and state Senate bills are sponsored by leaders of both chambers, indicating the legislation has a good chance of passing before their summer break starts in mid-June. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signaled his intent to sign the speed camera bills into law, should they pass.
28 March 2008South African chemical, mining and agricultural company Omnia has entered into an agreement with the International Finance Corporation to sell up to one million carbon credits over the next five years, in a deal worth some €15-million (about R188.5-million).The IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will purchase the carbon credits, known formally as Certified Emission Reductions (CERs), from Omnia Fertilizer and sell these on to international buyers.“The IFC has committed to purchase a minimum 50% of all Omnia’s CERs for the next five years and will guarantee the delivery of the credits to potential buyers,” Omnia said in a statement last week.The Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol has established CERs as an asset that can be traded in global markets and aims to decouple economic growth from greenhouse growth.“IFC places a strong emphasis on environmental and social sustainability and is eager to work with companies who want to undertake climate friendly projects and commercialize carbon assets,” said IFC Southern Africa manager Saleem Karimjee. “We hope that Omnia’s move will encourage other companies in Africa to also reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.”Clean Development MechanismOmnia Fertilizer will generate approximately 420 000 CERs per annum at its Sasolburg plant, through the installation of a nitrous oxide destruction facility at its nitric acid plant, which will significantly reduce the plant’s nitrous oxide emissions.Greenhouse gas emissions, including nitrous oxide, are believed to be the cause of global climate change.Omnia announced the approval of the Clean Development Mechanism plant in August last year, and the plant, which uses German-developed Uhde technology, is now fully operative.The carbon credits Omnia’s plant will produce are expected to add R60-million to the group’s revenue annually, based on the current price of CERs, which is currently approximately €15 per ton.“The construction of our nitrous oxide destruction facility underlines Omnia’s commitment to sustainable development and reflects the group’s focus on improving all areas of our environmental management,” said Omnia Fertilizer MD Trevor Grant. “We believe IFC, with its AAA-rating and experience in the carbon trading market, is an ideal partner to assist us in generating strong revenue from the carbon credits we will generate.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
It won’t be unfair to say that we really miss the innumerable ravishing looks that Kangana Ranaut once bestowed upon us. From making regal appearances in gorgeous sarees to donning easy-breezy, summer dresses, we were in awe of her versatile sense of style. While Kangana used to look just so dreamy every time she stepped out of the house, the past few months have seen her style-sense deteriorate with every look.Last seen making frequent public appearances in weird outfits like the printed, night suit attire during the promotions of her previous release, Simran, Kangana Ranaut just ruined florals for us. Adorning the ugliest floral print we’ve seen in a long time, Kangana was spotted at the airport in a pant suit.Photo: Yogen Shah Motted with vivacious colours offset against the flawless, white primary shade, the floral pattern was as shoddy and inconsistent as it could get. Lacking finesse and class, the floral print was a complete disaster. While the print was atrocious, the flared bottom pants made the outfit overdramatic.Photo: Yogen Shah Adding insult to injury, Ms Ranaut sported a massive, bow scarf around her neck. Bow scarfs are popular for the youthful, casual vibe that they emanate, and pairing it with a semi-formal pant suit, Kangana seemed to have overlooked that. Like she wasn’t overdosing on florals already, she even sported a black, shoulder bag with super-ugly, floral motifs that were also mismatched.Photo: Yogen Shah The actress finished the look with a pair of black, pointy shoes, and gave us one of the most sombre public appearances ever.advertisement
APTN National News The Pictou Landing First Nation is moving ahead with a lawsuit to clean up Boat Harbour.For decades, the First Nation has had toxic waste dumped in its backyard.The effluent from a local pulp mill flows into the harbor behind the reserve. It’s been an emotional struggle for the community.In the first of three stories, APTN’s Trina Roache takes us back to the beginning.
Trina Roache APTN National NewsPeople rallied against a massive hydro-electric project in Labrador Friday.It’s a last ditch effort to voice their concerns about Muskrat Falls.The Labrador Inuit who live downstream from the dam fear it will destroy their way of life.See related stories here: Muskrat [email protected]
No matter who you feel won Tuesday’s blockbuster Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade — the likes of which were unprecedented in NBA history — there is an irony worth considering in all this.After years of making win-now moves, the Cleveland Cavaliers began straddling the line between immediate contention and considering the future — a must, given Irving’s messy trade request last month and the threat of LeBron James’s pending free agency. In beginning to walk that tightrope, the Cavs effectively switched places with the Boston Celtics, who, until now, had been stingy with future assets, wanting to win the East while also playing the long game.At its core, this all-star point-guard swap was one of survival for the Cavs, even if it did net them a sizable haul. Irving made it known he wanted out, limiting any sort of leverage for the team. And Cleveland had to thread the needle here by not only getting a good, if not great, player to replace a chunk of Irving’s impact, but also landing something for the future in case James bolts next summer.Thomas, who averaged almost 29 points per game last season, and Brooklyn’s 2018 first-round pick clearly checked off those two boxes. But for all the similarities Irving and Thomas share — they’re both undersized, top-flight scorers who struggle on defense — the way they go about generating offense is a bit different. Thomas should be able to shoulder just as much ball-handling responsibility as Irving did. But he played in a free-flowing offense with the Celtics, who boasted the league’s second-best assist percentage. Boston utilized handoffs more than any NBA team — about seven a game, according to Synergy Sports Technology — seeking to take advantage of Thomas’s quickness off the dribble.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ithandoffblur.mp400:0000:0000:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.By contrast, James and the Cavs — 20th in assist percentage — used the second-fewest handoffs in the NBA, with fewer than three per night. Only 22 percent of Irving’s 2-pointers were assisted last year, which suggests that he’s a bit more more self-sufficient from close range than Thomas (34 percent) is.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/irvingisojazz.mp400:0000:0000:12Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/kyrieiso.mp400:0000:0000:16Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Picking up Ante Zizic and Jae Crowder, a solid wing player who can both defend and shoot, should be viewed as icing on the cake for the Cavaliers.1Even more reason for celebration if you’re Cavs owner Dan Gilbert? According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, the team saved more than $29 million in luxury taxes Tuesday by trading Irving. Probably not championship-level icing, though.Yes, Crowder gives Cleveland an additional perimeter defender, something the club badly needed in last year’s finals against the Warriors. That’s paramount, since Golden State might be more difficult to guard than any team in league history, given all the weapons they boast, and the highly unusual way they use off-ball screens to spring shooters open. But for all the ability Thomas possesses as a scorer — including the disappearing acts he performs around the basket — he stands 6 inches shorter than Irving, and, thus, is even less capable than Irving of stopping anyone on defense. A troubling omen: The Warriors feasted on Thomas’s lack of defense the past three seasons, scoring 108.6 points per 100 plays against the Celtics with Thomas on the court. For context, they only managed 87.2 points per 100 plays against Boston with Thomas on the bench, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.2In 170 minutes on court and 69 minutes off court over those three seasons with Boston.Besides being a liability on one end of the floor, Thomas, a 28-year-old who figures to want a max contract next summer, is still slowly working through the hip injury that sidelined him for the final three games of the Eastern Conference finals last postseason. If he isn’t right physically, and can’t get there next season, that figures to leave James overburdened offensively in a year when the Cavs are hoping to leave a positive lasting impression ahead of their superstar’s foray into unrestricted free agency.Should the Cavaliers get out to a hot start amid these changes, they could opt to go all-in to take greater aim at the Warriors by dangling the Nets’ pick in hopes of landing a player like DeMarcus Cousins. That would carry an absolute ton of inherent risk, though, given James’s status.The safer choice, of course, would be to hold onto the pick in case James decides to walk. If and when that happened, Cleveland — in hopes of bottoming out and rebuilding through the draft — might decide it makes sense to let Thomas do the same as opposed to signing him to a rich, long-term contract.For the Celtics, who got the best player in this deal, the calculus is more clear-cut: They got a better, younger and taller version of what Thomas was, and one who’s under contract at a reasonable dollar figure for a longer time. (The Celtics — who traded stud defender Avery Bradley to shed salary for Gordon Hayward’s max deal — were already facing cap challenges. Trading for Irving eliminates the max-or-no-max decision on Thomas and gives the Celtics an extra year to take stock of where they are before Irving hits the market.)3ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday that the Celtics are confident that Irving will stay in Boston long term.It’s fair to wonder whether Boston may have handed over a future No. 1 overall pick in this deal for Irving, though that seems a bit more unlikely this season, given that the Nets have a halfway respectable roster, albeit a young one.4D’Angelo Russell, Jeremy Lin, Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll and Trevor Booker are on the roster, among others.But beyond the players who were dealt, the teams seemingly swapped their long-term outlooks. The Celtics have reached a new stage — one where they finally felt they were within striking distance of LeBron. Only time will tell whether the gamble works out in their favor. The Cavaliers, showing Celtic-like prudence, found a way to replace their disgruntled No. 2 star — while also building an escape hatch should they lose their biggest star.
Kolkata: Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate is considering a proposal to give online permission to hold Durga Puja in New Town.A meeting between senior officials of Housing Infrastructure development Corporation (HIDCO), New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA), Fire and Emergency Services department and Bidhannagar Police Commissionarate will be held in New Town on Wednesday to discuss the matter. For quite some time, officials of the Fire and Emergency Services department and NKDA officials had asked whether puja permission could be given online to the housing complexes and residents’ associations in blocks. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeDurga Puja in New Town is becoming quite popular and people from Kolkata and its neighbourhood are visiting the place to see the pandals.HIDCO is also considering a proposal to give prizes to the puja organisers online. A blockchain enabled company will look after the whole affair. As HIDCO is supporting blockchain and startups, it will be a new venture. From paying property tax to getting trade licence and birth certificates, HIDCO has gone digital.
Heria, Nimtouri (East Midnapore): Trinamool Congress will write to the Election Commission of India, to conduct an inquiry into the expenditure incurred at the meetings that are being addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Sunday.”Look how Modi is spending money at the election meetings. He is spending crores of rupees at the meetings, flouting ECI norms. Who is Modi? There is no special rule for him. We will write to the ECI to conduct an inquiry into the expenditure incurred at his meetings. We want to know the source as well. It is public money,” Banerjee said, adding: “In Varanasi, Modi spent more than a crore to conduct the meeting.” She addressed two meetings at Heria and Nimtouri on Sunday afternoon. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataComing down heavily on Modi and RSS, Banerjee alleged that “Modi is not talking about the development carried out by the Centre in the past five years. He is talking about Hindutva to win elections. In India, people from different religious communities have lived peacefully and happily for thousands of years. If the country belongs only to the Hindus then should we drive out or kill the people belonging to other religious communities? There will be communal riots every day.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe Trinamool supremo said that in the election rallies, Modi is speaking “lies and lies only.” “He is saying that no Durga Puja is held in Bengal. This is absolutely false. If no Durga Puja is held then why did his party go to the High Court challenging the state government’s decision to give Rs 10,000 to the clubs? Also, why did the Income Tax send notice to 40 Durga Puja clubs asking them to furnish the details of expenditure? Modi does not do any home work and deliberately tells lies to create confusion among the people,” she added. She also alleged that the saffron party has engaged agencies to bring people to the rallies or put up their flags, by paying huge amounts of money to them. “The workers do not put up posters or bring people to the rallies. They do it through agencies. We want a probe into the matter and want to know how much money BJP has given to the agencies,” she stated. Banerjee said that in the past seven years, all-round development has taken place in East Midnapore. Digha is coming up as a major tourist spot. The schemes taken up by the state government have helped people coming from all walks of life. The students have been benefitted by Kanyashree, Yubashree and the Swami Vivekananda scholarship. Khadya Sathi has helped poor people as they get one kilogram of rice at Rs 2. She urged the people to cast their votes in favour of party candidates Sisir Adhikari and Dibyendu Adhikari. “On May 12 when election will be held in Tamluk, Kanthi and Ghatal constituencies, case your votes in favour of Trinamool candidates to oust BJP from the Centre,” she said.