Counterfeit bills plague Owego, police investigating

first_imgAuthorities believe the fake bills come from outside the village. 6:15 P.M. UPDATE: On Monday, Feb. 24, co-owner of The Wine Connection Rick Holbert got a phone call from his cashier, saying she had encountered fake $10 and $20 bills. (WBNG) — Authorities are investigating fake dollar bills circulating the village of Owego. Here are some of the key differences between the real money and fake copies: The police department says the fake money has the word “replica” on them and can be easily identified as counterfeit. VILLAGE OF OWEGO (WBNG) — Small business owners are speaking out as counterfeit dollar bills are making their way around the area. In a separate incident, the Delhi Police Department has told 12 News it has made an arrest into an investigation of fake $50 bills being distributed in the town on Feb. 24. John Hitchings from John’s Fine Foods believes the situation at his store happened over the weekend, and has posted a picture of the fake money for his employees to reference if they ever run into an issue. Delhi Police say 23-year-old Shakiea J. Goodwin of Brooklyn, N.Y. was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the 1st degree. Other small shops like What’s In Store? and John’s Fine Foods also experienced run-ins with bogus bills. They say Goodwin is accused of passing the counterfeit money to pay a towing bill on a vehicle that was impounded by police a week earlier. The Owego Police Department has told 12 News that the incident in the town of Delhi is likely unrelated to the incident in the village of Owego. What’s In Store? owner Kathy Hankey told 12 News she was given a fake $20 bill by a customer, and after it was deemed counterfeit by the bank, she warned other small businesses in our area. Holbert noted that on the fake bill, there is a line saying “This note is not legal tender.”The Owego Police Department says the fake money has “replica” written on it.The bills will say “Sates” instead of “States”The phrase “This note is not legal. It is to be used in motion pictures” appears on the $20 bill. —– The Owego Police Department says it has identified three suspects responsible for distributing fake $10 and $20 bills. Police have made no arrests in the investigation. “It’s always frustrating, it’s costing people money, and what do you do?” Holbert said. “If you’re not aware that they’re going around, you never would’ve caught it.” 12 News has reached out to local business in the village of Owego that have been affected by the counterfeit bills.last_img read more

UWF Volleyball Downs Montevallo for 12th Consecutive Win

first_img Oct. 6, 2007 Box Score  MONTEVALLO, Ala. – Only hours after a hard fought exhausting win at West Alabama, the Argonaut Volleyball team took the court again, this time at the McChesney Center in Montevallo on Saturday afternoon. The Falcons from Montevallo came out smoking, and defeated UWF in game one by a 30-20 score. Montevallo had 21 kills in game one, but the Argos quickly regrouped and changed the momentum for the remainder of the match. UWF won the next three games by a 30-17, 30-14, and 30-22 score.The win moved the Argos to 21-2 on the season, and 6-0 in the conference. Five West Florida players ended up with double digit kills. Luciana Rapach (Jr. / Brazil) lead the offensive attack with 16 kills. Freshmen Chelsea Wilhoite (Jacksonville, Fla.) had 15 kills, and Isabela Gualberto (Sr. / Brazil) added 13 kills. Freshmen Jamie Nichols (Crawfordville, Fla.) supplied the most efficient offense with 10 kills in 15 attempts, and no errors for an outstanding attack percentage of .667. Senior Danielle Spitzer (Birmingham, Ala.) also added 10 kills, along with two blocks. Setter Madeline Gonzalez (Jr. / Puerto Rico) was responsible for spreading the offense around, as she ended the match with a season high 60 Assists.The Argos were outhit in game one by a .633 to .305 margin, but turned the table and outhit the Falcons .385 to .105 over the final three games. The Argo defense was lead by Jerica Carter (Jr. / Gainesville, Fla.) with 20 digs, while Rapach and Wilhoite pitched in with 10 digs each. Carter surpassed Jessica Bragion, who played from 2002-2005, as the All-time UWF career Dig leader, as she now has 1,043 digs.The Argos return home this Tuesday evening to host conference opponent Valdosta State in a 6:00 pm match at the UWF Fieldhouse. The Blazers are 9-13 on the season, and fell to the Argos by a 3-0 score, at Valdosta, Ga., two weeks ago in the opening conference game for UWF. The Argonauts are now riding a 12 match win streak, only five away from the All-time best in UWF history. Print Friendly Version Share UWF Volleyball Downs Montevallo for 12th Consecutive Winlast_img read more

Why is the NFL a nonprofit?

first_imgRoger Goodell, May 2014. (Photo by Zennie Abraham / flickr)A list of America’s best compensated CEOs, as you might imagine, includes a dream team of industry titans. According to Equilar, which collects data on executive salaries, Oracle’s Larry Ellison pulled in $96.2 million of total compensation in 2012; he’s followed by other bold-faced business names like Robert Iger of Walt Disney ($37.1 million), Rupert Murdoch of 21st Century Fox ($22.4 million), and Alan Mulally of Ford ($21 million).Another member of that salary stratosphere is Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the National Football League, who earned $44.2 million in total compensation in 2012.The difference between Goodell and the rest, though, is that he runs a nonprofit. That’s right—the National Football League is, in the eyes of the Internal Revenue Service, a nonprofit.That tax-exempt status has never been more in danger, due to rising political and public anger at recent NFL scandals, including the Ray Rice domestic abuse case, the Adrian Peterson child abuse case, and the Washington Redskins’ refusal to change their name and mascot.In Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Steelers have received their own self-inflicted black eyes: Following allegations of sexual abuse in 2010, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger served a four-game suspension, while recently re-signed linebacker James Harrison was arrested on domestic abuse in 2008 (those charges were later dropped).Over the past year, three U.S. Senators have proposed bills to strip the NFL of its tax exemption, while more than 400,000 people have signed a petition urging Congress to act.“We are subsidizing this institution that has been so incredibly obtuse about the issues of sexual violence,” says Lawrence Lessig, the director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and the founder of Rootstrikers, a grassroots advocacy group that has campaigned against the exemption. “The American public obviously likes sports and football, but when you’re in a clearly commercial context, when an enormous amount of money is being made, the idea that you would be subsidizing it is craziness.”A convenient loopholeTo be clear: The entire NFL is not a nonprofit. Like many modern corporations, what we think of as “The NFL” is an entity composed of various subsidies, including the for-profit NFL Network (the cable and satellite network owned by the league), as well as 32 separate teams. In 2012, “The NFL” netted $9.5 billion in revenue through TV licensing, ticket sales and merchandise; the vast majority of that money is funneled through the league’s teams. The teams are subsequently responsible for paying “dues” to the league’s office, which manages rules, oversees referees and conducts “player safety research.” The league office received $326 million in dues in 2012, the most recent year for which such data is available. Only the league office, run by Goodell, is considered a nonprofit.Unlike public charities such the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army, which are considered 501(c)(3) nonprofits, the NFL is a 501(c)(6) organization, a segment of the tax code that applies to trade associations such as the American Medical Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was created in 1942. These groups are afforded nonprofit status to support the “common interest” of the members of a particular industry. The AMA, for example, supports doctors across the country; the chamber advances collective business interests. Membership is supposed to be open to anyone who can meet some basic requirement, be it a medical degree or a real estate license.Given that the NFL “trade association” is limited to just 32 teams, several experts told PublicSource that the league shouldn’t be considered a 501(c)(6) organization. Philip Hackney, an associate professor at the Law Center at Louisiana State University and a former attorney in the IRS’s department of tax-exempt government entities, points to the seemingly similar situation in the 1979 U.S. Supreme Court decision in National Muffler Dealers Assn. Inc. vs. United States. Muffler chain Midas tried to form a trade association of Midas dealers around the country to take advantage of the nonprofit tax breaks at the national office. The IRS denied the request, as did the Supreme Court, ruling that the association’s focus — which was to promote Midas — was far too narrow.“In my mind, the NFL doesn’t fit very well [into 501(c)(6) status]” Hackney says. “They do some good things with charity, but the majority of what they do is promote the brand of the NFL and the 32 teams.”Goodell’s salary also seems to fail the IRS requirement that no nonprofit exists to benefit  a certain individual. With his $44.2 million in compensation in 2012, Goodell took home a whopping 14 percent of the league office’s total revenue. Other top earners were executive vice president and general counsel Jeff Pash ($7.9 million) and executive vice president of business ventures Eric Grubman ($4.2 million); three others received compensation packages higher than $1.7 million.Even among the other nonprofit leagues, the staggering NFL salaries stand out. For the sake of comparison, both National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman and Professional Golf Association Tour commissioner Timothy Finchem each made $8.3 million. While the NBA has always been a nonprofit, Major League Baseball gave up its tax-exempt status in 2008 — in part, some reports say, to avoid revealing information about high salaries to the public.When PublicSource reached out to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a comment on the league’s tax status, they referred us to the NFL’s league office. Brian McCarthy, the NFL’s vice president of communications, directed us to a 2013 U.S. News article written by Jeremy Spector, the league’s outside tax counsel. In the piece, Spector points out that in 2009, the IRS confirmed the league’s tax-exempt status, but fails to discuss either the NFL’s “common interest” as a trade association, or Goodell’s high salary.“Ask yourself, why would a nonprofit anywhere — the whole purpose of a nonprofit is to help people — pay a CEO $44 million a year?” says Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), a critic of the NFL tax breaks. “That tells you’re not a nonprofit right there.”Time for a change?last_img read more

Darwin Praise Service Begins

first_imgScience News:  The January 31 cover of Science News shouts “Happy Birthday Darwin” against a backdrop of his famous “tree of life” sketch from the Origin.  The website contains a 36-page tribute to Darwin.  Editor-in-Chief Tom Siegfried led off with an opening editorial entitled, “Modern biology owes unpayable debt to Darwin.”  Who is the “greatest practitioner of all time” in sports or the physical sciences?  Siegfried says the question is likely to end in a divided vote.  That was his lead-in to this announcement:But then there’s biology.  The greatest biology of all time?  There’s only one answer.  Any other vote invalidates the voter as unqualified.  It’s Darwin.He doesn’t tell you just what he thinks about Darwin.  He tells you what you have to think to be considered “qualified” to have an opinion.  Voting for Pasteur, for instance, would not only invalidate your vote; it would disqualify you as a voter.    Continuing on with the Dobzhansky mantra (12/19/2008), Siegfried added, “No scientist’s birthday warrants more hullabaloo and hoopla.”  On the inside back cover, Siegfried took quotes from Darwin about religion and converted them into an interview.  He asked Darwin questions about atheism, religion, design and God, and picked out quotes guaranteed to make natural theology and intelligent design look bad.  If Darwin is being voted world’s greatest biologist, why would his theological opinions matter?National Geographic:  Another cover story for the Darwin Bicentennial, from National Geographic Magazine (Feb. 2009), teased with the line, “What Darwin Didn’t Know.”  Inside, two lengthy articles discussed Darwin’s original ideas and those of the “Modern Darwins” who have extended them.  If Darwin didn’t know something, it wasn’t his fault – the sciences of genetics and molecular biology hadn’t been invented yet.  Any errors he made were due to his being imprisoned in the 19th century.    Quasi-religious adulations continued inside with Matt Ridley’s article, “Modern Darwins”  Ridley portrayed today’s Darwinists as precocious children who would make their daddy proud.  Darwin’s core idea of mindless, purposeless, unguided natural selection was presented as unquestionable fact:In 1953, Francis Crick, together with a young American named James Watson, would make a discovery that has led inexorably to the triumphant vindication of almost everything Darwin deduced about evolution. To understand the story of evolution—both its narrative and its mechanism—modern Darwins don’t have to guess.  They consult genetic scripture.Darwin’s greatest idea was that natural selection is largely responsible for the variety of traits one sees among related species.  Now, in the beak of the finch and the fur of the mouse, we can actually see the hand of natural selection at work….Darwin, who assumed that evolution plodded along at a glacially slow rate, observable only in the fossil record, would be equally delighted by another discovery.  In those same Galapagos finches, modern Darwins can watch evolution occur in real time.What better evidence for Darwin’s belief in the commonality of all species than to find the same gene doing the same job in birds and fish, continents apart?In The Origin of Species, Darwin tactfully left unspoken how his theory would extend that commonality to include humankind.  A decade later he confronted the matter head-on in The Descent of Man.  He would be delighted to know that a certain gene, called FOXP2, is critical for the normal development of both speech in people and song in birds.His notion of sexual selection was politely ignored by most Victorian opinion, which was mildly scandalized by the thought of females actively choosing a mate, rather than submitting coyly to the advances of males…. But we now know Darwin was right all along.In one of his flights of fancy, Darwin argued that sexual selection might account for human racial differences…. The jury is still out on that particular idea, but there are hints that Darwin might be at least partly right…. Either way, the explanation leads straight back to Darwin’s two theories—natural and sexual selection.Just as Darwin drew lessons from both fossil armadillos and living rheas and finches, his scientific descendants combine insights from genes with insights from fossils to understand the history of life.Could such a man ever make a mistake?  Yes; Ridley said Darwin did not understand inheritance.  Mendel’s work had never reached his attention.  “The monk’s fate was to die years before the significance of his discovery was appreciated,” Ridley lamented.  “But his legacy, like Darwin’s, has never been more alive.”  Darwin scores even when in error.    The magazine’s celebration began with David Quammen retelling the Darwin adventure tale on the Beagle, followed by a timeline of events and theories by Darwin and the Modern Darwins.  Quammen corrected some misconceptions about the “mythic account” of Darwin’s voyage, and the timing of his conversion to evolutionism.  But in the end, he praised his book to high heaven: “Almost inarguably, it’s the most significant single scientific book ever published.  After 150 years, people still venerate it, people still deplore it, and The Origin of Species continues to exert an extraordinary influence—though, unfortunately, not many people actually read it.”Sacred Cause:  A new book by Adrian Desmond and James Moore, Darwin’s Sacred Cause, elevates Darwin further by claiming he was an abolitionist like his birthday-mate Abraham Lincoln.  The BBC News says that abolition was a driving force behind Darwin’s theory.  This idea might seem surprising to readers aware that Darwin announced in The Descent of Man that it was inevitable the fitter races would eventually exterminate the weaker races.  After all, wasn’t the subtitle of Darwin’s Origin “The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life”?    An English gentleman, Darwin was clearly repulsed by the cruelty toward slaves he witnessed.  His belief in the common ancestry of all races of mankind stood against the racist views of those who attributed human races to separate origins.  In that respect, Darwin’s unification of humanity is like the Biblical view that all men are descendents of Adam, except that Darwin has mankind arising from apes, and the Bible has mankind falling from grace.  Desmond and Moore seem to omit, though, whether “survival of the fittest” could promote racial equality.  Common ancestry aside, the Haeckels, Brocas and Hitlers to follow certainly ranked the human races by fitness and intelligence – using Darwin’s “law of nature” for support.It should be understood that these adulations sit on top of daily, weekly, yearly expressions of praise and admiration for Charles Darwin in the scientific journals and popular press.  Often these expressions are stated in opposition to religious views or scientific arguments for design.  A question few of the modern Darwins seem to be asking, though, is how could a scientist possibly design a theory that removes design from the conceptual realm?  (See quote at top right of page.)Is it possible for the world to go crazy?  If you don’t think so, look at history.  Look at what some ancient civilizations thought about the world, the universe, and life.  Despite great achievements in architecture and technology, they held beliefs that strike us as absurd – yet in their day, those beliefs were intuitively obvious.  Sometimes they were enforced by the state with severe punishment, even the ultimate punishment.  Darwin today serves as a kind of prophet of Marduk who brings enlightenment and explains the world.  You’re not entitled to have opinions about him.  Failure to honor the Marduk of the age, or his prophet, is not only insane, it is a capital crime.    One method for detecting absurdity is to find self-refuting arguments.  These can never be overturned by more evidence, because they are self-refuting – they are false by definition.  Evolutionary theory is full of them.  (1) Darwin built a law of nature on chance, which is the contradiction to law.  (2) Darwin reasoned that the mind is an evolved artifact of blind accident, undermining the very basis of reason.  And (3) Darwin rendered design an illusion, using his intelligence to design this claim this about his own brain.  In these and other ways, Darwin tricked the world into thinking he had come up with a stunningly elegant unification of biology in alleged “natural” terms, when those very ideas refute themselves.  How could this happen?  One reason is that tautologies are always intuitively obvious.  To say, “Life evolved because natural selection brought them into existence,” sounds perfectly fine, till you realize the sentence conveys no information.  It begs the question it is supposed to answer.  Darwin’s adventure tales, his admittedly detailed observations, his Mosaic visage, and his gift of eloquent rhetoric were all dandy things, but they cannot rescue his doctrines from collapse.  They are self-refuting.  Hullabaloo and hoopla can be fun.  Fantasyland has good fireworks, too.  But no amount of celebration can save a self-refuting belief system.    Can self-refuting doctrines really fool a world of scientists and smart people?  It happens.  Absurdities have fooled the elite of many a civilization.  We’re only human.  We don’t know everything.  We’re gullible.  For certainty, we need a revelation from the One who knows all things.  Having an anchor in eternal, immutable things is a prerequisite for consistency.  You cannot build a progressive system from the ground up without assuming the very thing you need to prove: that there are absolutes against which one can measure progress.  Even if one could pull oneself up by one’s own bootstraps, the effort would be vain without ground to stand on.  Darwinism is anchored in the quicksand of contingency.  Its aspiration to provide understanding, the opposite of contingency, is doomed.  Lacking an absolute, the hullabaloo and hoopla around Darwin is full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The celebrations in honor of Charles Robert Darwin for his 200th birthday (Feb. 12) and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his influential book On the Origin of Species by Natural Selection (Nov. 29th) are well underway.  It is hard to think of any other scientist who gets the kind of gushy adulation heaped on this one man.  It borders on religious euphoria.  Some examples:last_img read more

Missed lunch leads to shooting stars gig for Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot

first_imgDanny Kingad enters ONE Flyweight GP semis, scores unanimous win over Japanese bet Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img ROS’ Gabe Norwood, Double V Pres/CEO VJ Vasandani, JP Galvez – Lucao, Dagupan— PBA (@pbaconnect) March 31, 2019“They were late and missed the bus to the lunch and they were supposed to be fined,” Marcial said. “But I asked them if they wanted a reprieve on the fine by playing in the shooting stars and they agreed.”It was a no-brainer for both. Aside from not shelling out P15,000 in fines, the two guards got to have a little fun, with Ross saying he was out “to beat this guy here,” while pointing at Cabagnot.Ross actually went on to beat Cabagnot with a little dramatic flair.As time was winding down in his squad to make a half court shot, Ross blew a kiss to the crowd and banked in a Hail Mary with three seconds left in the 2-minute round.Cabagnot’s team failed to complete the round.But Rain or Shine’s Gabe Norwood saw his team get the win when All-Star weekend organizer Vijay Vasandani made a half court prayer with 35 seconds to spare. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Google Philippines names new country director CALASIAO, PANGASINAN—San Miguel Beer guards Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot were late additions to the PBA All-Stars shooting stars side event and fans thrilled to watch the two ace playmakers duke it out have a missed appointment to thank.Ross and Cabagnot were late for the call time for an official luncheon hosted by the provincial government here and instead of fining them as per league rules, commissioner Willie Marcial exercised some leniency with a catch.Shooting Stars participants! #PBAAllStars SMB’s Chris Ross, Double V Architect Jonathan Tolin, Jeremy Dampog – MangataremSMB’s Alex Cabagnot, Double V’s Aisel De Guzman, Jared Mendoza – CalasiaoADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES #PBAAllStars Shooting ⭐️s in a few.SMB’s Chris Ross, Double V Architect Jonathan Tolin, Jeremy Dampog – MangataremSMB’s Alex Cabagnot, Double V’s Aisel De Guzman, Jared Mendoza – CalasiaoROS’ Gabe Norwood, Double V Pres/CEO VJ Vasandani, JP Galvez – Lucao, Dagupan STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics— PBA (@pbaconnect) March 31, 2019ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventlast_img read more

10 months agoRFEF president Rubiales delighted over Enrique impact with Spain

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say RFEF president Rubiales delighted over Enrique impact with Spainby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRFEF president Luis Rubiales is delighted with the early impact of Luis Enrique.The former Barcelona coach has quickly turned Spain’s fortunes around as national team coach.It was Rubiales who sacked Julian Lopetegui as Spain coach ahead of the World Cup after the trainer agreed to be Real Madrid’s next manager.He said that “we have a new coach who we believe in a lot, Luis Enrique”. Lucho is “in a phase of reconstruction in which I believe he will put a country like Spain where they belong.” last_img read more

Video: Michigan’s Blake O’Neill Boots 80-Yard Punt vs. Michigan State

first_imgMichigan players down a 80 yard punt by Blake O'Neil.michigan 80 yard puntMichigan’s offense didn’t have much success against Michigan State on its first drive, but the Wolverines were still able to pin the Spartans deep in their own territory after the possession. Why? Punter Blake O’Neill somehow booted an 80-yard punt to flip the field. Check this out:What does an 80-yard punt look like? @umichfootball punter Blake O’Neill show you! Brought to you by @GrubHub.— Michigan on BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) October 17, 2015Michigan and Michigan State are scoreless near the end of the first quarter.last_img read more

Power demand peaks at night this summer

first_imgNew Delhi: The power demand in Delhi this summer peaked at night with “cooling load” due to the use of AC, coolers and fans contributing to maximum consumption of electricity. Data from Delhi’s state load dispatch centre (SLDC) shows that on 90 days between May and August, the city’s power demand peaked during night. “Contrary to popular perception that higher day temperatures require more power consumption, Delhi’s power demand is increasingly peaking during the night hours mainly because of cooling load,” a discom official said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDelhi’s peak power demand has increased by over 250 per cent since 2002, when it was 2,879 MW. It clocked an all-time high of 7,409 MW on July 2 this year, according to the data. “Cooling load is the main factor behind the increase in Delhi’s power load. In fact, according to estimates, almost around 50 per cent of Delhi’s power demand in summers is because of the cooling load of ACs, coolers and fans,” the official said. Air conditioning can account for up to 30-50 per cent of annual energy cost of a company or households. During summers, Delhi’s power demand peaked during night on 89 days — 19 in May, 18 in June, 24 in July and 28 days in August, the data shows. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIn fact, even on July 2, when Delhi’s demand clocked an all-time high of 7,409 MW, power demand in South and West Delhi first made an all-time high record on 3,159 MW in the afternoon only to again breach it during the night (3,189 MW), discom officials said. In BSES discom BRPL’s area of South and West Delhi, the power demand peaked at night on 115 days — 26 in May, 29 in June, 29 in July and all 31 days in August. In East and Central Delhi, covered by another BSES discom BYPL, the power demand peaked at night on 97 days — 22 days in May, 24 days in June, 22 days in July and 29 days in August. In case of of North Delhi supplied by TPDDL, the power demand peaked at night on 52 days — 10 (May), 13 (June), 14 (July) and 15 (August), officials added.last_img read more

Wrangling waste Calgary Stampede trying to reduce waste going to landfill

first_imgCALGARY — More than 20,000 people chowed down on pancakes last weekend during a family breakfast on the Calgary Stampede grounds.That’s an awful lot of disposable forks, knives and plates — not to mention cups for water and coffee.  But a single garbage bag weighing about 13 kilograms was all that went to the landfill, said Xaviere Schneider, the Stampede’s environmental co-ordinator.“Honestly, I do a fair bit of dumpster diving during Stampede,” she said.“It’s all about trying to maintain our diversion rate and making sure that people are composting and recycling as much as possible and just making sure we’re not producing too big of a footprint from an event this big.”The Stampede is a 10-day celebration of western culture that infuses Calgary with a party atmosphere. More than a million people head to the Stampede grounds every year to take in shows, rides, midway games, sugar- and grease-filled concessions and rodeo events.Big free breakfasts on the grounds, put on by the volunteer-run Caravan Committee, use compostable utensils, plates and cups made of a corn-based material that breaks down easily, Schneider said.Juice box straws and wrappers are the only major items served at those events that go in the trash.“Everything else either goes into the compost or recycling.”The Stampede’s efforts come amid a broader push to reduce the amount of single-use plastics polluting the environment. The federal Liberal government has signalled it plans to ban their use as early as 2021, though specifics still need to be worked out. Products targeted could include straws, water bottles, plastic bags, cutlery, stir sticks and fast food containers.Through her team’s trash bin-scouting, Schneider said she has found some midway food vendors are still serving up their fare with plastic and Styrofoam, though many use brown cardboard like the kind used in compostable egg-cartons.“Styrofoam is definitely becoming less common … and I think eventually, I guess you could say, it would become outlawed,” Schneider said.In July 2018, the Stampede sent 306.4 tonnes of waste to the landfill. There were 111.4 tonnes of mixed recycling, 38.2 tonnes of recycled wood, 127.8 tonnes of refundable containers and 109.2 tonnes of compost.But by far the biggest category was “bedding waste” — also known as horse poop — at a staggering 3,432 tonnes. That goes to a tree farm south of Calgary to be used as a fertilizer.“We produce a ridiculous amount during Stampede,” Schneider said.Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The Latest Legal fight over Lake Tahoe rental home rules

first_imgRENO, Nev. — The Latest on a legal fight over a ban on most vacation rentals at South Lake Tahoe, California (all times local):10:50 a.m.City officials in South Lake Tahoe, California say they intend to work with local property owners to make sure new restrictions on short-term vacation rentals at the mountain resort doesn’t disrupt the plans of visiting families who want to spend the holidays there.City Manager Frank Rush Jr. told The Associated Press on Thursday they don’t intend to immediately enforce a new cap on the number of people who can stay in rental homes as long as they don’t violate other rules aimed at stemming neighbourhood disturbances.A group of property and business owners on the south end of the lake along the California-Nevada line filed a lawsuit Wednesday to block the new rental rules votes approved in November.They say the ban on most vacation rentals that begins in 2021 is unconstitutional and the capacity restrictions that already have gone into effect can’t be enforced legally.Rush says the city wants to act reasonably and has no intention of taking a “hardline approach” given that many people already have made their lodging and transportation reservations for the holidays.___10 a.m.Property and business owners at Lake Tahoe are suing to block new restrictions on short-term vacation rentals they say are wreaking havoc on visiting families planning to spend the holidays at the mountain resort.A lawyer for the South Lake Tahoe Property Owners Group hoped to secure a temporary injunction Wednesday in California’s El Dorado County Superior Court suspending the new rental rules voters approved in November.But Andrew Pierce says Judge Michael McLaughlin cited an unspecified conflict of interest and recused himself from the case. A new hearing date hasn’t been set yet.A ban on short-term rentals affecting 1,400 properties outside South Lake Tahoe’s main tourist corridor doesn’t begin until 2020.But Pierce says a cap on the number of people who can stay in a rental home already has gone into effect. He says it’s unconstitutional.The Associated Presslast_img read more