Woman who pushed teen friend off bridge speaks out

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — The 18-year-old woman who pushed her teenage friend off a 60-foot Washington state bridge, leaving her with multiple injuries, said she didn’t consider the consequences beforehand.“She wanted to jump and she was scared and she had asked me to give her a push, and I didn’t think about the consequences,” Taylor Smith said in an exclusive interview Friday on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” with co-anchor Michael Strahan.“I thought she would be fine.”This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Oxford City Council makes plans to pedestrianise the city centre

first_imgMany Oxford streets have already been temporarily pedestrianised, particularly to provide more space for outdoor seating. From 12 April onwards, hospitality businesses will be allowed to reopen their outdoor seating. To support them, the City Council has recently launched a funding scheme offering £3,250 per business to recoup costs incurred in infrastructure changes.  Jane Campbell-Howard, owner of Society Café in St Michael’s Street, said that Oxford City Council had been “incredibly supportive” and that they were looking forward to serving coffee and “gently and carefully creating a buzz in St Michael’s Street”. Oxford City Council is planning multiple initiatives to pedestrianise streets in Oxford, including launching a Zero Emission Zone Pilot (ZEZ Pilot) in Oxford City Centre starting August 2021. Between 7am and 7pm, access to the ZEZ will be subject to a road charge based on the vehicle’s emissions. The maximum charge will be £10 per day while emission-free vehicles will face no charge.  “A 100 per cent discount” will be offered to students with “acute financial hardship” when moving in and out at the start and end of university terms, with requests for exemptions made via colleges. Further reductions are available for residents and businesses in the zone, blue badge workers and care and health workers. The ZEZ Pilot is part of a wider envisaged Zero Emission Zone, which will be launched in Spring 2022 based on the level of the pilot’s success and public consultation. It is planned to span from the entrance to University Parks to just past the main entrance to Christ Church Meadows, and from just before Oxford train station to Magdalen Bridge. The ZEZ Pilot will include Cornmarket Street and Queen street (from Waterstones to Westgate), as well as Ship Street, St. Michael’s Street (Location of the Handlebar Cafe and Kitchen), Ship Street and New Inn Hall Street (just after Gloucester Green to Westgate). Oxford City Council has also applied to pedestrianise Broad Street between Magdalen Street East and Turl Street from late June 2021 through to autumn. Councillor Tom Hayes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Green Transport and Zero Carbon Oxford says that they want to give Broad Street “back to people” and “make more streets safer to walk and cycle”.  Image credit: Oxfordshire County Council Image credit: Palickap, distributed under a CC-SA 4.0 Licenselast_img read more

Speech: China celebrates 35 years of Chevening

first_imgIt is absolutely wonderful to welcome you all in celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the Chevening Programme in China and around the world. Today, we welcome members of the Chevening alumni community, friends and colleagues from across the Embassy to meet one another, share memories and achievements, and to celebrate the successes of the UK government’s flagship scholarship scheme – Chevening.Last Wednesday, 1,647 scholars from 138 countries including around 70 from China gathered in Alexandra Palace in London to attend the 2017/18 Chevening Farewell Event, having reached the end of their time in the UK as a Chevening Scholar. During this event, it was announced that the global Chevening alumni community has reached quite incredible heights – this year, Chevening welcomes its 50,000th scholar.Almost 4,000 of these individuals come from China, consisting of passionate individuals who are engaged in world issues, respondent to global challenges, intent on deepening knowledge and understanding between the UK and China, and who contribute towards the future successes and strengthening of our bilateral relationship. Ambassador Woodward together with Mr. Lu Qinfang – China’s first recipient of the Chevening Scholarship, and families of the Chevening China Alumni Community.This is a network to treasure and to be proud of, consisting of individuals from every walk of life and region across China. All of you have studied in universities across the United Kingdom. All of you have completed a dissertation. All of you have contributed towards building your own academic communities of thinkers and believers, and all of you continue to contribute to the wider international community of Chevening alumni. All of you are inspiring role models for current and future Chevening scholars and fellows, encouraging them to aspire to the highest levels in their chosen fields. For that, I offer my sincerest and most earnest congratulations and very best wishes for the future.On August 6, we open applications for the 2019/20 Chevening Scholarship Programme, and on August 24 we celebrate with recently-selected 2018/19 Chevening Scholars before their departure for the UK. For these events and others, we commission your support as recipients of this award, encouraging and empowering exceptional individuals around you to do something special and apply for Chevening.You will always act as an inspiration for all young people across China, and we welcome your participation in promotional events held all across China. For more information, please speak directly with representatives of our Chevening Team.Today, it is our hope that all of you will look back on the last three and half decades with warmth and happiness. We hope that you enjoy your time with friends old and new, and share thoughts and ideas inspired by your time as a Chevening Scholar or Fellow. In reflecting your past triumphs, we may enjoy a collective sense of satisfaction for all the good you have done and continue to do, looking firmly towards a bright future for China and for our bilateral relationship during this Golden Era for UK-China relations.The Chevening Programme continues to sow the seeds for a Global Partnership that works for all, creating a global community of future leaders that are able to respond to the greatest challenges of our time.I hope that your experience with Chevening has given, and continues to give you, great experiences, wisdom and knowledge, meaningful and lifelong friendships, and inspiration for a wonderful future.I would like to finish with a poem that was read to scholars during the 2017 Chevening Orientation by Michael Hastings, Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE, Global Head of Citizenship at KPMG.What is success?To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate the beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!More informationApplications for 2019/20 Chevening Scholarships open on 6 August 2018 and close on 6 November 2018. Applicants can be of any background, representative of any sector and from any region across Mainland China. To learn more, visit the Chevening website or contact representatives of the Chevening Team in China by emailing [email protected]last_img read more

Blog: cake breeds happiness

first_imgChris Ormrod, managing director of Ministry of Cake, reflects on how his business literally “sells happiness”. It strikes me sometimes that I don’t just sell cake – I sell a little piece of happiness that is wedge-shaped and, more often than not, chocolate.Of all the cakes we sell at Ministry of Cake – and we sell almost 3 million slices a week – nine out of 10 slices are chocolate fudge cake, and the other one is inevitably a chocolate cheesecake of some description.I suspect this would come as no surprise to the Aztec shaman who first figured out how to make the heavenly flavour in the first place. I’m sure he’d be a big fan of my Alabama fudge cake with brownies on top – even if the concept of adding cream, ice cream or custard alongside might confuse him a tad.How to keep chocolate freshSo, the interesting challenge for us is how to keep evolving the chocolate fudge cake – how to keep it interesting, exciting and appealing to people as they decide which treat to have with so many other options abound.The chocolate cake used to be so simple. A sponge, split and iced, masked with icing and decoratively swirled on top – if an exotic touch were needed it probably came with a few chocolate drops sprinkled on top. Not any more; now we add layers of caramel, top with brownies, melt in some Belgian chocolate chips and then, in case that’s not chocolatey enough, we dust with cocoa powder to give the final product an intense chocolate aroma.That’s why, when I see people eating our cakes, I often see them smile and share spoonfuls with their fellow diners – and I know that, if nothing else, I’ve just made the world a slightly happier place…last_img read more

Sam Bush Releases New Single “Stop The Violence” [Watch]

first_imgBluegrass general Sam Bush has released a new single, “Stop The Violence”, his first new music since 2016’s Storyman LP.Released as a standalone single, Bush co-wrote “Stop the Violence” with regular collaborator Jeff Black, who’s had songs cut by Alison Krauss, Waylon Jennings and more. Bush opens the song with the lyrics, “I hate living in a world where there’s so much pain,” speaking to our country’s struggle with mass shootings, gun control, police brutality, and so many other prominent issues. Backed by a full band, Bush rocks the electric mandolin in a captivating music video produced and directed by David McClister.Black explains in a statement,Violence has become a disease, a bad gene in our DNA. It’s not normal, but it’s being normalized and it’s happening right in front of our kids. When Sam brought me the track and his vision for the song, I started thinking about all the folks who grow up in a violent environment, and that’s all they know. I think about the children in particular and how they are cast into it without a choice. I think the hope, because violence itself is taught and handed down through the generations, is that someday, by small acts, we can break the chain.Watch the new music video for “Stop The Violence” below:Sam Bush – “Stop The Violence”[Video: Sam Bush]Sam Bush is one of the many acts performing at this weekend’s Boogie At The Broadmoor event, hosted by Leftover Salmon. For a full list of Sam Bush’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to his website.last_img read more

Growing affordability of renewables boosts solar and wind in key global markets

first_imgGrowing affordability of renewables boosts solar and wind in key global markets FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Business Green:New wind and solar plants are now cheaper than new coal and gas plants in countries that cover two-thirds of the global population and are capable of undercutting wholesale power prices in a growing number of key markets, according to the latest Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) Update from BloombergNEF.The influential analyst firm yesterday released its twice yearly update on the cost competitiveness of different power generation and energy storage technologies, excluding subsidies. Its headline finding was that new solar and onshore wind power plants have now reached parity with average wholesale prices in California and parts of Europe, while in China levelized costs for wind and solar are now below the average regulated coal power price.The milestones were the result of continued sharp reduction in renewables costs with BNEF calculating that its global benchmark levelized cost figures for onshore wind and PV projects financed in the last six months stood at $47 and $51/MWh, down six percent and 11 percent respectively compared to the first half of 2019.The fall in wind energy costs was attributed to continuing reductions in wind turbine prices, while solar cost reductions were partly the result of intense competition in a Chinese market experiencing relatively slow demand which has in turn put pressure on capital expenditure for new projects.“We estimate that some of the cheapest PV projects financed recently will be able to achieve an LCOE of $27-36/MWh, assuming competitive returns for their equity investors,” BNEF said. “Those can be found in India, Chile and Australia. Best-in-class onshore wind farms in Brazil, India, Mexico and Texas can reach levelized costs as low as $26-31/MWh already.”Tifenn Brandily, associate in BNEF’s energy economics team and the report’s author, said the continuing cost reductions will have huge implications for both how energy systems operate and global decarbonisation efforts.“This is a three-stage process,” he predicted. “In phase one, new solar and wind get cheaper than new coal and gas plants on a cost-of-energy basis. In phase two, renewables reach parity with power prices. In phase three, they become even cheaper than running existing thermal plants. Our analysis shows that phase one has now been reached for two-thirds of the global population. Phase two started with California, China and parts of Europe. We expect phase three to be reached on a global scale by 2030.”More: BNEF: Plummeting renewables costs give solar and wind cost parity in key marketslast_img read more

LIRR Moving on Ronkonkoma Double Track Plans

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ronkonkoma-bound Long Island Rail Road riders—who routinely endure some of the worst delays in the commuter system—are nearing a long-awaited solution, according to LIRR President Helena Williams, who said that the double track project is getting closer to breaking ground.The Main Line track between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma has seen ridership double over the last 25 years since it was electrified in 1988, but the service has always been vulnerable to disruptions because two-thirds of the 18-mile span consists of only a single pair of tracks. When a train breaks down, there’s no way around it.“Two tracks are better than one,” said Williams, repeating her mantra for this ambitious project that marks a major investment in the railroad.The MTA has committed $138 million to the planning and construction of phase one of the Double Track Project, which is slated to commence along a a 4-mile stretch between Ronkonkoma and Central Islip come November. The preliminary design and environmental assessment has just been done, and the LIRR is hoping to complete its review by next month and begin putting contracts out to bid soon thereafter. If they stick to their schedule, it should be done in two years.The Main Line should see “shovels in the ground” this fall, she said. “We’re going forward.”Unlike the more controversial—and three times more expensive (at $1.5 billion)—Third Track proposal between Floral Park and Hicksville, no homes or businesses will be significantly affected by double-tracking the Ronkonkoma line, she said, because the LIRR can do the job within its existing right of way. In other words, there are “fewer backyards” to contend with.Phase Two, which would extend the double track corridor to Farmingdale, requires another $300 million from the MTA’s next five-year capital funding program. If that money is forthcoming in a timely fashion, then Williams predicts the next stretch can be finished by 2018. With the money they already have, they expect to complete the design, at least, for the entire 18-mile segment.In other news, the LIRR is slated to get nearly $21 million in Superstorm Sandy recovery aid from the Federal Transit Administration, which will help the railroad repair bridges, signals and other infrastructure.As for the gap at the top of the MTA after Joseph Lhota left his job as chairman to run as a Republican mayoral candidate in New York City, Williams said she’s optimistic that her railroad wouldn’t get overlooked because the interim MTA Executive Director Thomas Prendergast is a former LIRR president.If he’ll have the clout to guarantee that the LIRR gets adequate funding for Phase II of the double track remains to be seen. The riders on the Ronkonkoma line will just have to keep their fingers crossed.last_img read more

6 key traits of effective managers

first_imgWhen someone makes the move from team member to manager, there are often some new traits and skills that need to be learned and cultivated in order to be effective.Google completed a study after analyzing more than 10,000 managers – reviewing performance evaluations, surveys and nominations for top management awards – that identified several habits of the most effective managers.Michael Schneider, human capital specialist for Welltower, highlights six of these key attributes in an Inc.com post. They include:Mindset and values. Having a growth mindset and an identified set of values can empower managers.Emotional intelligence. The ability to recognize and understand your emotions and others’.Manager transition. It’s OK to be honest and open.Coaching. Effective managers are also good coaches. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Vestal soccer star has “once in a lifetime” signing day

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) – Vestal senior Emilia Cappellett won’t be able to finish her senior year at Vestal in person. “It was heartbreaking, I still don’t think it hit me yet,” said Cappellett. Family and friends watched in person and over the computer as Emilia signed her national letter of intent to play soccer at Elon University. Then, the team captain and four-year varsity starter was greeted with a birthday parade. Capping off a truly special 18th birthday and signing day. “It’s amazing. I couldn’t be more thankful for my friends and family,” said Cappellett. “She’s always had the fire, she’s always put everything out there and I knew by her senior year she could go anywhere she wanted,” said Vestal soccer coach Gina Baldwin.center_img “I saw the signs from up the street and had to pull over. I was like, what the heck is happening,” said Cappellett. So, her dad made sure to give her a special send-off. On the day of her 18th birthday, Emilia was given a surprise signing right in her front yard. “It feels great that I am committed to such a great program and I am so excited for the next four,” said Cappellett. “Like” Jacob Seus on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter. “This is once in a lifetime and when I look back on this, it definitely sticks out.”last_img read more

Gasoline tax has its positive benefits

first_imgThe writer is correct that those with lower income feel more of the pain of the gas tax. This is more an issue of income inequality to be dealt with in that context via tax rebates for lower-income drivers, for example.The writer is also correct that in the short run, drivers often can’t change their driving habits in response to the tax. In the longer run, however, drivers buy more fuel-efficient cars, live closer to work and make fewer one-store trips.In short, no one likes to pay taxes, but sometimes they are necessary. The trick isn’t to get rid of the tax, but to make it work the way it’s supposed to.Lester HadsellTroyThe writer is a professor of economics at RPI.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionGasoline tax has its positive benefitsRe May 27 Viewpoint, “Slash state gas tax,” author Steve Keller argues that the tax on gasoline should be abolished. He contends that economists view higher gas taxes negatively and instead advocates to lower them. The consensus among economists is, in fact, that higher gasoline taxes are warranted — as much as three times the current level.The economic rationale for gasoline taxes is based on the concept of negative externalities: the harm to the environment and human health done by burning gasoline. A gasoline tax discourages use of gasoline, just as intended. The result of the tax is less consumption, less pollution, better health, less congestion and fewer accidents.The tax is more effective than alternatives; one study shows that gasoline taxes are multiple times less expensive than fuel economy standards at achieving increased environmental quality.last_img read more

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