Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police Wednesday arrested two parents who allegedly left their four kids, including a 4-year-old, home alone without food or heat for nearly a week while they disappeared to a nearby hotel, police said.Tulio Ayala, 34, and Maria Ayala, 31, were charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a minor for leaving their children unsupervised at their Central Islip home on Dow Street from Feb. 7 to Feb. 12, police said.The absent parents were nabbed after concerned Central Islip Public Schools officials learned that the children—ages 4, 8, 13, and 15—were home alone without food or heat, police said.Investigators later discovered that the couple was staying at a nearby hotel, police said.They were both scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip.The children were released to a family member, police said.
Fortuna >> If you are to look at the Fortuna boys soccer team’s starting lineup that head coach Daniel Holmes has been rolling out this season, there are plenty of new faces compared to the one that led the Huskies to a North Coast Section championship a year ago.The majority of the mainstays that led the Huskies to an undefeated season 12 months ago have moved on.But in the Huskies’ league opener, it was one of the carryovers from the 2016 team that got things going.Eric Olea’s 32nd-minute …
Caught another one! Photo by geocacher AnnaxxbananaThere are many types of geocachers: casual, hardcore, stealthy, adventurous—the list goes on and on. The real question becomes, with so many different types of geocachers, how do you capture their attention and draw them to your geocache? We’ve given tips and ideas for creating great geocaches in past blog posts. In fact, Geocache of the Week is written to inspire quality geocaches. The creators of How To Build a Better…(GC29F60) solved the problem head-on: if you want to capture a geocacher’s attention, why not just go for the whole geocacher?That’s a powerful geocacher trap. Photo by geocacher whateverkyIn the geocache description, the geocache creators FarmBoy&theTeacher recalled their tale of inspiration, “Awhile back we saw a picture of a unique type of cache hide and it got us thinking about the age old question: ‘How to build a better one’. Well, the ideas came and went and after much pondering we put together a plan. Then it was time to start building so we headed for the shop. Sawdust soon filled the air as the wood was cut. The steel was bent and twisted with the utmost precision. A shiny new coat of paint finished the project.”This difficuly 1, terrain 2 geocache has not only captured many geocachers, but also their favorite points. You can see from all of the positive logs that the geocachers don’t seem to mind being “caught.” Geocacher ArBec said, “Very proud to name this one as our 100th find!!!! After only a few months of doing this, we’re on a role!! LOVED this geocache. Had heard so much about it that we had to check it out for ourselves. Probably the coolest geocache we’ve come across yet!!”Another geocacher about to be caught. Photo by geocacher imgrendelSo far, this geocache has been found over 300 times and has earned over 115 favorite points. Another geocacher who has earned their smiley is yeahYOu, who said, “Very cool. I can see why this is a favorite cache. The kids loved this one. Took pictures. Its caches like these that inspire great ideas.”This geocache was inspired by other geocaches. What inspires your geocache hides? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedLove is in the air. And locked to a gate. — Love Lock Eeuwige Liefde !?! (GC41QJY) — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 12, 2014In “Community”Geocaching tip #37: Read the Description — Mechalumpus (GC1W1ZD) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 21, 2013In “Community”Padlocks, RFID chips, and secret briefcases: an interview with a geocaching maniacMarch 12, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”
A $5 billion solar project in Nevada with a planned capacity of 740 megawatts has been shelved because there were no buyers for the electricity, a California public television station reports.KCET said the ENN Mojave Energy project was to have been built on 9,000 acres of county land near Laughlin, Nevada, which is near the California state line. When the plant was proposed in 2011, backers assumed that California utilities under pressure of a renewable energy law would be eager to buy the electricity.But it turned out utilities could meet their obligations with in-state power, and despite “heated demands” by Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada’s largest utility didn’t want the power, either, because it had already met its renewable energy goal.With no willing buyers, the deal collapsed. In addition to the solar power station, the project would have included a million-square-foot solar panel factory, KCET said.
The weakest choice available when trying to create a compelling reason for your dream client to consider leaving their existing supplier (or partner, as the case may be) is to directly attack your competitor. This approach creates resistance, and you cause your prospective client to defend their existing supplier—and their choice.You can’t win new clients by competitively displacing your competitors without uncovering the problems and challenges that caused them to consider moving their business to you and your company. You have a list of the areas where your competitors struggle, and it is useful to know what your dream client’s hot buttons are likely to be. A direct assault on your competitor creates resistance, not dissatisfaction.You say, “I’ve heard that XYZ is having this problem, that problem, and the other problem. I’m wondering if you are having those problems, too.” You’re hoping they say, “Why, yes, I am having those problems. Where do I sign?” That, however, is not what you hear. Instead, you hear, “No. I am not having those problems.”By recounting your competitor’s many sins, you cause your dream client to defend them from your attack. Who was the person that chose to work with this company you have described as inept? Who is still working with this very same company?You don’t move people to change by causing them to resist and defend their prior decision.The better choice is to speak well of your competitor, speak well of the people who work there, talk about the differences in your models, and share how some of the choices the alternatives in your industry make it difficult for them to produce the results you generate.By speaking well of your competitor, you eliminate the need for your dream client to defend them. When they don’t need to mount a defense, they’re more open to sharing with you what might compel them to change. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now
TORONTO – Ontario’s first year of carbon pricing went well but more work is needed if the province wants to meet its long-term goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the province’s environmental commissioner said Tuesday.In her annual report, the commissioner said the government needs a better plan for spending the funds brought in by the cap-and-trade system, which amounted to close to $2 billion last year.The money is meant to be earmarked for green projects and almost all of the $1.37 billion spent as of last November met the established criteria, Dianne Saxe wrote.What’s more, some government ministries need to make more of an effort to consider climate change in their decision-making and spending, Saxe said. The Ministry of Energy was named as a top offender, in part because Saxe deemed that its newly announced long-term energy plan is “incompatible” with the province’s climate change law.But despite some hurdles in the system, she said switching to a carbon tax, as the Progressive Conservatives have vowed to do if they win the spring election, isn’t likely to deliver results faster.“The research that we’ve seen suggests that changing policies delays progress,” she said.“There isn’t any jurisdiction in the world that’s changed from cap and trade to a carbon tax. Most jurisdictions choose cap and trade because although it’s more expensive to implement for the economy as a whole you produce the same level of emissions for a lower cost.”The cap-and-trade system, which was launched last year, aims to lower greenhouse gas emissions by putting caps on the amount of pollution companies in certain industries can emit.If they exceed those limits they must buy allowances at quarterly auctions or from other companies that come in under their limits.The cap declines about four per cent each year to 2020 and then roughly 2.9 per cent each year afterwards to 2030. The province’s goal is for greenhouse gas emissions to drop to 15 per cent below what they were in 1990 by 2020 and to 37 per cent below the 1990 level by 2030.“I would expect that, from a compliance point of view, Ontario will be able to meet the 2020 target because it includes the availability to use offsets and buy allowances from outside Ontario,” Saxe said.“It’s much more challenging moving forward from 2020 to 2030,” she said. “We now know what the maximum number of allowances will be each year but we don’t know how the province intends to get there. So that’s one of the reasons why I’ve recommended a specific carbon budget for each ministry and each sector.”Ontario’s Environment Minister Chris Ballard said the government is proud of its record on climate change but recognizes there is a lot of work ahead. He said he would discuss Saxe’s concerns with her and take the report and its recommendations into account.All departments are aware of the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but face other pressures that can sometimes get in the way, he said.“It’s a matter of how fast we can get there as a province, how fast we can get there as ministries, but I also have to take into account not only my schedule but their schedules as well,” he said. “But they know this is something that needs to get done.”Ballard said he is confident the province can meet its 2030 goals, particularly as green technologies such as electric vehicles become more mainstream.“We just have to keep staying the course,” he said.Critics said the report shows not enough is being done to combat climate change.“Clearly the Liberals are talking about this a lot but in very key areas they’re not taking the action that has to happen,” said New Democrat Peter Tabuns, the party’s environment critic.
Home Hardware said that to receive an award, recipients must demonstrate excellence in staff performance and customer service; interior presentation, including clear signage, tidiness, and merchandise presentation and displays; exterior presentation, including cleanliness and attractive window displays; staff training; and participation in dealer network initiatives. Dealer-Owners must also represent strong community support and leadership within their local community.“The Proud of My Home Award recognizes Fort St. John Home Hardware Building Centre’s commitment and dedication to providing their community with quality advice, superior service and competitively priced products that are second to none,” said Terry Davis, President and CEO, Home Hardware Stores Limited. “Fort St. John Home Hardware Building Centre truly embodies the values on which Home Hardware was founded on which include value, service and dependability. On behalf of the Dealer-Owners of close to 1,100 Home Hardware Stores in communities across Canada, I would like to congratulate Fort St. John Home Hardware Building Centre on this achievement.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Home Hardware Building Centre in Fort St. John received the 2018 Paul Straus Public Relations Award at Home Hardware’s annual Spring Market on April 14th in St. Jacobs, Ontario. The award was a part of the Home Hardware Proud of My Home Awards which acknowledged the top stores in the country. Dealer-Owners Doug and Shelley Gallinger say they’re honoured to be one of seven stores recognized in the awards categories from among the nearly 1,100 stores across Canada.“We are deeply honoured to be acknowledged with the Proud of my Home designation for the Paul Straus Public Relations Award,” said Doug and Shelley Gallinger. “This award would not have been made possible without the hard work and dedication of our staff and local community. A special thank you goes to our customers for their support.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Scott Sitter, Assessor of the Northern B.C. Region for BC Assesment made a presentation on the Basics of Assesment to Council.In the presentation Sitter explained the formula in which BC Assesment formulates their values they use in assessments of properties.In 1974 British Columbia became a Crown Corporation in which changes were made that distributed the tax base fairly. In B.C., assessment and taxing are run by different departments. Sitter shared, the B.C. assessment and tax system rank top 6 worldwide.Sitter spoke to Council at the end of the presentation in regards to the OSB Plant. He shared when BC Assessment gets notification of potential for a major industrial property to curtail its operations or go into closure, BC Assesment provides the best estimate at the time.In terms, if the OSB Plant is going to be down permanently the assessment on their building will drop to a 90 percent depreciation rate. Dependent on their current assessment will drop to 10 percent of the replacement value.The land will stay the same, the classification stays the same unless they start removing equipment then the classification changes and the method of evaluation changes. Sitter shares, once you change it from a major industrial property, now you’re into regular property classes.He goes on to share it is a huge building designed for a specific industrial purpose and who is going to buy the building for that purpose, yet more than likely an alternative purpose.Sitter shares he has not seen a reaction in the markets yet so he does not know how the markets will react with the plant’s closure yet as soon as BC Assesment knows they will keep close contact with the municipality.
Aizawl: Jagdish Mukhi was on Saturday sworn-in as the Governor of Mizoram at a simple function at the Raj Bhavan here. Gauhati High Court judge, Justice Nelson Sailo administered the oath of office to Mukhi. Mukhi is also the Governor of Assam. He succeeded Kummanam Rajasekharan as the governor of Mizoram as the latter resigned on Thursday and his resignation was accepted by the President Ram Nath Kovind who appointed Mukhi to take additional charge of Mizoram. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!After taking charge of Mizoram Governor, Mukhi said he would administer the oath of office to C Lalsawta as chairman of the first Lokayukta on Monday at Aizawl Raj Bhavan. Lalsawta, a retired IAS officer was recently appointed as chairman of the newly-constituted Lokayukta in Mizoram on February 28. Mukhi would deliver his customary gubernatorial address in the Mizoram Assembly on Tuesday, the first day of the Budget session.