first_imgIt’s no secret that John Lennon, The Beatles, and most other influential characters from the 1960s counterculture were exposed to drugs in their prime. In fact, many might make the argument that their experiences with these mind-altering substances are to thank for the glorious music left behind. It was a period of revolution, experimentation, and self indulgence. If you haven’t heard the story, John Lennon’s first experience with LSD is quite the “trip.”Watch this animated video of Lennon recounting this story in the video below:last_img read more

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Enhanced Telecommunications is warning of a potential scam affecting customers.Officials say an ETC customer experienced a white van coming to her house, parking about 500 feet away, and then a man walked up to her home.The man claimed he was there to bury a phone line.The man left after the customer said she did not order a phone line.When ETC checked the logs, there was no technician dispatched to the area to bury a phone line.Officials say to be on the lookout for this possible scam, and remember that ETC technicians will typically arrive in vehicles containing the ETC logo.Ripley County Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth says this isn’t the only scam to be on the look-out for.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.To report a scam contact the Indiana Attorney General’s Office at 800-382-5516.last_img read more

first_imgFIFA has released the draw procedure for Monday’s African Zone play-offs involving ten teams.Ten teams from the continent who topped their second round groups will be entered into a draw to be held by the Confederation of African Football – CAF in Egypt.Ghana and nine other group winners – Ivory Coast, Algeria, Nigeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Senegal and Cameroon – will be drawn for the two-leg ties, with the winners going to the finals in Brazil.African Zone Playoff Draw ProceduresPlayoff Format:– Draw on 16 September 2013 to match playoff opponents– 5 home-and-away playoff series– Playoff dates:– 11-15 October 2013: 1st leg– 15- 19 November 2013: 2nd leg– 5 playoff series winners qualify for 2014 FIFA World Cup Ranking and Seeding:According to Article 18.1 of Regulations for 2014 FIFA World Cup, groups seeded based on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (12th September 2013):– the 5 highest-ranking group winners will comprise Pot 1– the 5 lowest-ranking group winners will comprise Pot 2Pot 1 – Seeded teamsCôte d’IvoireGhanaAlgeriaNigeriaTunisia Pot 2 – non seeded teamsEgyptBurkina FasoCameroonSenegalEthiopiaDraw Procedures:1.One ball from Pot 1 and one ball from Pot 2 will be drawn and placed into a central pot2.The two draw balls will be stirred, then drawn one by one3.The first ball drawn from the central pot will be the home team for the first leg; the second ball drawn from the central pot will be the home team for the second leg4.Steps 1-3 will be repeated for the remaining four balls in each potTie-Breaking procedures, Article 18, paragraph 9 of the Regulations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: – If teams are tied after two-match series (on basis of Results, Goals Scored, Away Goals), then Cup System will take effectKnockout format:– After conclusion of second match (i.e. 90 minutes of regulatory time), 30 minutes of overtime will be played (2 x 15 minutes)– Goals scored during overtime period will be decisive•a) Team scoring greater number of goals advances•b) If both teams score same number of goals, then team with more away goals advances– If no goals are scored in the extra-time, then penalty kick procedures will apply, as described in the Laws of the Gamelast_img read more

first_img26 Jan 2014 England bridge eight-year gap at Costa Ballena England’s young men turned the tables from a year ago to claim the title for the first time since 2006 when they won the annual Costa Ballena Quadrangular tournament in Spain. Despite losing their third and final match to the Spanish, England finished half a point ahead of their hosts on games countback, having been pipped by them by the same margin in 2013. After victories over Finland and Germany on the opening two days, England were in pole position going into their clash with Spain But they were beaten 5½ – 3½ which meant England, Finland and Spain finished on four points apiece so the number of game points were totted up which saw England on 16½ to Spain’s 16 and Finland on 14½. It was England’s 7-2 victory over Germany and their 6-3 success against Finland that proved crucial. England’s most successful player was Staffordshire’s Robert Burlison (image copyright Leaderboard Photography) with five wins from his six games, while Paul Kinnear from Lancashire scored 4½ while Ben Amor from Wiltshire and Cumbria’s Adam Chapman each finished with four wins. The team was completed by Jamie Bower of Yorkshire and Bobby Keeble of Essex Scores: England 7 Germany 2; Finland 5 Spain 4; England 6 Finland 3; Spain 6½ Germany 2½; England 3½ Spain 5½; Finland 6½ Germany 2½last_img read more

first_imgLEAGUE LEADER—Antonio Brown grabs one of his six catches to keep him on top of the NFL in receptions. (Photo by Thomas Sabol) Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter us at our mobile app at The Steelers upset the young talented Detroit Lions on their way to what they hope will be another winning season as they face the Cleveland Browns this weekend.Losses by the Browns and the Baltimore Ravens coupled with the Steelers win placed them in a three way tie for second in the weak AFC North at 4-6 behind the Cincinnati Bengals, 7-4, who pounded Cleveland 41-20 in what started out as a close game. The Browns had a 13-0 lead at one time, but that was short lived. The Bengals could run away with the division but of late they have been playing up and down ball. One great game followed by a bomb.The Steelers played good solid football offensively and defensively for three quarters, which was enough to beat the young Lions who only managed one quarter of great football. The trouble is that they played so great in the second quarter it was almost enough to win the game. They scored 27 points in the quarter while shutting down the Steelers, setting a record for most points and yardage against the Steelers since the ‘50s in one quarter. But the Steelers shut down the high powered offense, including Calvin Johnson in the second half holding him to just 6 catches for 179 yards with most of that coming in the second quarter.On the other side of the ball Antonio Brown continued to show why he must be recognized as one of the best receivers in the game. He had 7 catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns, keeping him in first place in the NFL in receptions.Ben Roethlisberger was 29 of 45 for 357 yards and 4 touchdowns. The ground game was nonexistent, as Le’Veon Bell was held to just 36 yards on 18 carry.After falling apart in the second quarter the defense regrouped to put together one of their best halves of the season completely shutting down Matthew Stafford, who was 3 of 16 in the second half.They are led by third string quarterback Jason Campbell, the ex-starter in Washington before Robert Griffin III. Campbell is a good solid quarterback who with the proper tools can led his team to victories, but the Browns don’t have too many tools. Campbell put the ball in the air 56 times against the Bengals completing 27 for 248 yards and one touchdown. Chris Ogbonnays only carried the ball 6 times for 69 yards because after falling behind they had to put the ball in the air. Josh Gordon is their top receiver. He had 5 catches for 125 yards against the Bengals.On paper it doesn’t look like the Browns should be on the same field with the Steelers but they always find a way to play them tough, and could very easily upset them. But they showed nothing against the Bengals.The Bengals go into their bye week with a solid grip on the AFC North division with a 7-4 record. The Ravens couldn’t beat a Chicago Bears team without its starting quarterback. And even though Ray Rice was impressive picking up 135 yards quarterback Joe Flacco had another uninspiring game. Which means they could very easily lose to the New York Jets this weekend which would put them a game behind the Steelers if Pittsburgh can get past the Browns? The two wins would pull Pittsburgh up to 6-6 which would keep them in the hunt for the wildcard spot in the playoffs.A long, long way from which they started.last_img read more

first_imgRED BANK — For a small community like this, bicycles offer a good way to get around.At a recent meeting of the governing body, Nora Shepard of the transportation association Meadowlink approached the B seeking the government body’s support for a plan to establish a pilot program in the borough that would allow residents and visitors to share bikes in the community.“It seems like a natural fit,” she said at the February meeting.Meadowlink is a not-for-profit transportation management association, one of eight in the state, which works to provide transportation services, such as shuttles, car- and vanpools, and other shared services, Shepard explained. She is a regional manager for the organization.Meadowlink selected Red Bank because, as an urbanized and cultural hub for the region, it has significant pedestrian traffic. And, she noted, there is community interest. Local officials and area residents have been working on a program to make the community more pedestrian-friendly and have encouraged kids to walk and ride bikes to area schools.“Red Bank is trying to go forward with a more transit oriented housing,” Shepard explained recently.Borough officials have supported various development projects aimed at creating a transit friendly environment, especially those intended for the area around the NJ Transit commuter rail station, at the western end of Monmouth Street. One idea proposed would be a car-sharing program at that location.And, Shepard said, the proposed bike sharing would likely work in much the same way, with customers paying to use a bike via a credit or smart-card and then returning it to that or another bike-sharing location in town.Meadowlink has applied for a grant administered by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and NJ Transit. If awarded the three-year grant, Meadowlink would establish the pilot program, Shepard said. The grant, however, would be a 75-25 percent split and Meadowlink would have to look for other funding sources for the remaining 25 percent.“The intent is,” she said, “within that three-year period of time you can get the program off the ground and figure out a way to make it financially sustainable.”“These kind of systems are all around Europe,” and have been established in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere around the country, Shepard said. And Meadowlink is in the process of establishing one for Rutgers University, on its New Brunswick campus, she added.Her organization hasn’t formulated a complete plan for Red Bank, but Shepard said it would likely be modeled on the one in Washington.That program is a point-to-point sharing project, where a customer picks up a bike at one of the 123 locations in D.C. and Arlington County, Virginia, said Josh Moskowitz, program director for the bike share program run by the Washington Department of Transportation.The program has, “been able to fulfill a lot of the goals that we originally set out to accomplish,” for the D.C. area, such as reducing traffic congestion and “adding an environmentally friendly and healthy transportation option,” Moskowitz said.Customers use their credit or debit cards, which are tied to annual or 24-hour memberships, with customers charged a user fee, if they have the bikes for longer than 30 minutes. Moskowitz said 99 percent of trips are less than 30 minutes, sparing the customers the user fees.Annual memberships are $75 and $7 for a 24-hour one.Washington DOT has been operating the program since Sept. 20, 2010 and now has approximately 18,000 annual members. In the last year there was about 105,000 24-hour members. “Those were mainly tourists and visitors,” he said.The system has 1,120 bikes and “Day in and day out we have more than 1,000 bikes on the street,” he said, describing them as sturdy three-speed models with easily adjusted seats, bells and front and rear lights, intended for urban use.“It really is a transit system,” with the average distance about 1.17 miles, and the peak use time from 7-9 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. “So, a lot of people use it as a way to commute to and from work,” Moskowitz said.D.C.’s system is the largest in the nation and Miami Beach, Boston, San Antonio, Texas, and Denver have all begun their own version of it, he explained.“You really want to place them in an areas where you have a good mix of commercial and residential density,” Moskowitz advised.“We thought Red Bank was a logical choice,” Shepard said. And if it works here, “We think this is a model that a lot of shore towns could use.”last_img read more

first_img16 April 2003The government will provide a once-off R30 000 grant to about 20 000 individuals identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) as deserving reparation for suffering under apartheid.The payments amount to about R660-million, and are in addition to more than R50-million the government has already paid out, as an interim measure, to 16 500 of the 18 800 victims identified by the TRC as needing urgent relief. Reparations: grants still unclaimed Tabling and responding to the final TRC report and its recommendations in Parliament, Cape Town on Tuesday, President Thabo Mbeki said authorities would disburse the grants “as a matter of urgency” during the current financial year.The President’s response to the TRC report followed his receipt of the final two-volume report last month. The first five-volume report was handed to former President Nelson Mandela in 1998.The Commission was set up in 1995 to investigate human rights violations and atrocities committed during apartheid. In over two years of hearings, its committees heard evidence from about 2 000 people, received written statements from another 18 000, and received over 8 000 applications for amnesty for apartheid crimes.Among other things, the TRC report recommended the creation of a reparation trust fund, as well as a secretariat in the Presidency to oversee the implementation of the recommendations.President Mbeki said, however, that the money, together with material and other rehabilitation packages aimed at assisting the apartheid victims and survivors, was in acknowledgement of their suffering and contribution – not as a prize for their role in dismantling the apartheid regime for a democratic system.Mbeki said government hoped the money would offer “some relief”, since many of the victims and the general public had not been in the struggle to make money, but to liberate the nation from the jaws of apartheid.“We are convinced that, to the millions who spared neither life nor limb in struggle, there is no bigger prize than freedom itself, and a continuing struggle to build a better life for all.” … [A]s the TRC itself has underlined, no one can attach monetary value to life and suffering, nor can an argument be sustained that the efforts of millions of South Africans to liberate themselves was for monetary gain.”Mbeki hinted that government had put in place programmes aimed at helping victims deal with their medical, educational and housing needs, as articulated in the TRC Act.Unaccounted for victims soughtMbeki also called on South Africans to provide the government with information relating to people unaccounted for from the apartheid years.Mbeki urged people in possession of such information to approach the National Directorate of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), the South African Police Service (SAPS) and other relevant departments.“The National Directorate of Public Prosecutions and relevant departments will be requested to deal with matters relating to people who were unaccounted for, post mortem records, and policy with regard to burials of unidentified persons”, he said.It is estimated that the reparation of apartheid victims will cost around R3-billion, money described by TRC chairperson Archbishop Desmond Tutu as “well-spent and in a very real sense cheap, for their [the victims’] contribution to the stability we currently enjoy is incalculable.”President Mbeki praised the TRC for its work, saying the Commission had succeeded and “handed us a united and reconciled society”.“The pain and the agony that characterised the conflict among South Africans over the decades, so vividly relived in many hearings of the Commission, planted the seed of hope – of a future bright in its humanity and its sense of caring.” Mbeki says no to ‘wealth tax’Mbeki slams apartheid lawsuits‘No blanket apartheid amnesty’ Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgMEDIA CONTACTS • +27 11 656 6349 +27 71 236 2118 [email protected] [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • Crime lit in SA – a new phenomenon • Praise for new isiZulu paper • New website for rural community • Using theatre to educate • Godot a hit with SA audiencesMary Alexander“Chris Rock, the American comedian, jokes that if you want to hide something from a black person, put it in a book. Let’s prove him wrong and let’s get reading, sistas!” That call to action comes from Sis’ Nolly, the face of Nollybooks, a new South African romance imprint aiming to make readers out of young black women.Nollybooks takes the British Mills & Boon model of chick-lit romance written to a formula and adapts it for the urban South African context, with recognisable – if aspirational – characters, settings, language and culture. But it further adapts the model for a less literate society with the “bookazines” format, with a letter from the editor – Sis’ Nolly – in the front and word games, quizzes, a glossary, book club talking points and celebrity news included at the back.The series, launched in October 2010, is an imprint of MME Media and the brainchild of Nigeria-born Moky Makura, a writer, TV presenter and producer, PR pioneer and, now, publisher.Makura, who has an Honours degree in politics, economics and law from Buckingham University in the UK, is on a mission to get “aliterate” young South Africans – particularly girls and young women aged 16 to 24 – back to books.“For many young people in this country, the last books they read were probably at school,” she told City Press a few months before the Nollybooks launch last year. “It is likely the books were not books they would have chosen to read, so it may also have been a negative experience – so they stop when they leave school.”Makura points to the fact that more than 3-million South Africans are illiterate, 8-million functionally illiterate, and many millions more aliterate – they can read books, but don’t. It’s this last, vast market that Nollybooks targets.“We’ve identified a big gap in the market and the time it takes before young people can afford to buy at Exclusive Books,” Makura said. “It’s pricey and intimidating.”Creating an entirely new market of readers out of ordinary, aliterate South Africans has been done before – to huge success. The country’s first tabloid newspaper Daily Sun revolutionised the local publishing industry by tapping into the market of working-class readers, people who had never bothered with newspapers before. Launched in 2002, Daily Sun is by far South Africa’s largest paper, with daily sales of some 500 000 – three times that of its nearest rivals – and a readership of over 3-million people.Like Daily Sun, Nollybooks seeks to attract readers with a low price – R50 a book, between half and a third of the cost of a conventional novel – and content that speaks to their lives.“I named this company Nollybooks because we must write our own stories and make them accessible,” Makura told City Press. “The best way to get people to enjoy books is to give them content they enjoy.”The name of the imprint reflects her inspiration from the success of local storytelling in the film industry of Nigeria, her home country. “I believe we Africans want to see ourselves reflected in the content that we consume,” she said. “Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry, was created by Nigerians telling their own stories to themselves. It’s an incredibly successful, self-sustaining industry. It shows that despite questionable production values, people want to see themselves.”The bookazine format is also an attempt to fit with the readers’ lives, being smaller than most books and so easier to fit in a handbag and read on a bus or taxi to and from work. The glossary of more difficult words included with each book will be useful to members of an aspirational generation, young second-language English speakers keen to improve their language. And dictionaries are rarely found in homes, let alone on public transport.Nollybooks have so far published 11 titles, including The Perfect Holiday Romance, The Spy Who Loved Him, A Man Worth Knowing and More than Friends. Most were written by first-time authors. The Nollybooks team see nurturing new writing talent as part of their goal to spread literacy in South Africa, so they encourage new writers, offer writing tips on the website and recently held a writing workshop at the National Book Week in Johannesburg.The plots of the books are fun, upbeat and very local. In The Spy Who Loved Him, journalist Thuli Mabena takes on a job as domestic worker for wealthy businessman Luasi Nkosi, all the while spying on him and reporting back to her readers on how the rich and famous treat their employees.In Looking for Mr Right, Cassandra is fed up with making wedding gowns for other women while she stays single. Online dating seems a good idea – “until she realises that what glitters in cyberspace isn’t gold in the flesh”. Neo in More Than Just Friends is excitedly awaiting her childhood friend Nceba’s return to South Africa, expecting the awkward-looking boy she grew up with. She is “stunned to see a devastatingly handsome man, and the two immediately rekindle their friendship …”Like the hugely successful international franchise Mills & Boon, all Nollybooks are put together according to a formula that dictates plots, character and writing style.“Formulaic writing works,” Makura told The Times. “It captures readers. It gives them a guarantee. They know what to expect. It’s like watching a soap opera. There is a little bit of the same in each book, and this is like what Enid Blyton does for young readers, too – helping to creating reading habits.”But unlike Mills & Boon, and despite many lines given to the protagonist’s attractions – “How did he keep his body so trim and rugged with all the time he spent in court; settlement after settlement?” – there is no sex.“We are sensitive to the reality of South Africa, to Aids and to young girls,” Makura said.“The sex happens after the story finishes.”last_img read more

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img To reduce future energy bills, some builders are willing to include above-code levels of insulation. Each additional inch of insulation saves energy — but with each additional inch, the savings per inch diminishes. At some point, the cost of adding more insulation because hard to justify.Three energy experts recently examined the question, “How much insulation is too much?” These experts wanted to determine whether the thick levels of insulation required by a superinsulation standard developed in Germany, the Passivhaus standard, were justified. All three reached the same conclusion: they are not.The experts presented their findings at this year’s BuildingEnergy 16 conference in Boston. They were trying to answer two questions: At what point are envelope improvements a waste of money? And what metrics or rules of thumb should we use to determine when enough insulation is enough? When should we quit? The three presenters were David White, an energy consultant from Brooklyn, New York; Marc Rosenbaum, director of engineering at South Mountain Company in Massachusetts; and Rachel Wagner, a designer at Wagner Zaun Architecture in Duluth, Minnesota. (All three experts have published articles on GBA or in Fine Homebuilding; see, for example, In Defense of the Passive House Standard and Double-Stud Walls.)Introducing the session, Ben Southworth said, “We will be talking about building assemblies. How much insulation is enough? How much is too much? Left to your own devices, what do you specify and why?” The traditional net-zero approach David White addressed these questions by introducing a case study: a new construction project in Huguenot, New York, a Climate Zone 5 location with about 6,000 heating degree days. (White was a consultant on the project.) The owners were aiming for net zero energy.White started with the classic method used by designers of net-zero-energy… last_img read more

first_imgMichigan and Jumpman logo seen side by side.Jim Harbaugh is excited for Michigan to become a Nike school. Really excited, apparently.The Wolverines are holding a Nike kickoff event in Ann Arbor, Mich. tonight at The M Den, the school’s official merchandise dealer. Michigan’s $173 million contract with Nike starts at midnight and the store will begin to start selling Nike and Air Jordan gear at that time.Michigan has gone all-out for the start of the contract, holding a type of pep rally outside the store.Harbaugh has made an appearance and, in this video from ESPN’s Darren Rovell, you can watch him emphatically sing The Victors.Jim Harbaugh at @TheMDen an hour before store opens to sell 1st Michigan-Nike product— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 1, 2016Harbaugh is just the best.last_img read more