Learn more about smart meter flaws

first_imgRe Jan. 17 article, “Residents curb energy usage”: Once again there’s an article touting the benefits of having “smart meters” installed on your house or business.Are you concerned about your health, especially babies and grandchildren? What about your privacy, safety and higher maintenance costs? Why are the big corporations paying the energy companies for the data collected from these smart meters. Why would 8 percent of the people refuse these “beneficial” smart meters.You can find out the answers to these questions and concerns by simply going to your library and borrowing the DVD documentary, “Take Back Your Power.” Then you’ll know the rest of the story.Paul VolskyRichmondvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

World’s most identical twins share everything including boyfriend

first_img Share InternationalLifestylePrintRelationships World’s most identical twins share everything including boyfriend by: The Daily Monitor – April 22, 2015 Tweet Sharing is caring! Identical Australian twins who share the same bed and boyfriend and are never more than a few metres apart, have been named the World’s Most Identical Twins after taking Japan by storm.Anna and Lucy DeCinque who have spent over $250,000 on the same cosmetic surgery procedures to ensure they look identical, fascinated the producers of a Japanese television prank show who discovered them on YouTube.The 28-year-olds from Perth in Western Australia, who were born just one minute apart, were invited to fly over and participate in the show which saw them playing tricks on the public and competing against a Japanese set of twins who simply couldn’t compare to their extreme measures.‘They would go to the shops without each other. See, we wouldn’t do that. We wouldn’t leave each other by ourselves. And they didn’t sleep in the same bedroom,’ the DeCinque twins told Channel Seven of their competitors.After even a computer failed to spot the difference between Anna and Lucy, the duo embraced the title of the World’s Most Identical Twins.‘It’s been proven in Japan and they did the challenges and we proved we are the world’s most famous identical twins,’ they told Channel Seven’s Sunrise.‘It’s a great tag line for us.’The women also revealed some of the daily measures they go to in order to maintain their similarities, including eating the same type and amount of food and never leaving each other’s sight.‘When she gets full, I’m full as well. When she stops eating, I’ll stop eating,’ they said, adding: ‘We want our bodies to look the same; we want to weigh the same.‘We are never more than a few metres apart, wherever my sister goes, I go as well. We follow each other.’‘We argue every day, but over little things. It’s natural… but we get over it. We’re best friends so we never want to lose each other.’They also touched on some of their more extreme measures, including the hundreds of thousands of dollars they’ve spent on cosmetic surgery procedures including lip fillers, breast implants and fake eyebrows and eyelashes.‘We’ve always been identical from an early age, we just wanted to get the same procedures because we want to do everything together and we want to look exactly the same,’ they said.Anna and Lucy, who live at home with their mother, also share a boyfriend, which they believe is a perfect situation for a relationship. Though the two have had separate love interests before, they have always been brothers, or at least best friends.When asked about the difficulties of sharing the one boyfriend, the twins responded with ‘it works easier for us’.‘We’ve had separate boyfriends in the past and it hasn’t worked, but now it’s much easier and its great.‘We’re with each other 24/7, me and my sister; it’s just easier to share a boyfriend because we’re always together.’Their current boyfriend is electrical mechanic Ben Byrne, also from Perth, according to PerthNow.‘It’s not really weird to us. We have one boyfriend and all three of us share the same bed. For guys, in their hearts and dreams, they want two girlfriends,’ Lucy said.‘We have the same taste in everything, so obviously we’re going to like the same boy too. We’re all together when we have sex, and if we like the same guy, so be it. Every date had to be a double date. It’s always double or nothing.’From an early age Anna and Lucy were inseparable. The sisters went to the same nursery, primary and secondary schools, before enrolling on a beauty course at college together.center_img Share 468 Views   one comment Sharelast_img read more

Kobe Bryant part of $100 million tech-focused venture capital fund

first_img“I’ve got to tell you, there’s no greater feeling than actually helping entrepreneurs be successful and being a part of something that’s actually helping their dreams come true,” he said. “There’s no greater feeling.”Bryant operates Kobe Inc. out of offices in Newport Beach, and has spoken often about a commitment to storytelling and producing sports films. He has also separately invested in companies including energy drink Body Armor.A five-time NBA champion with the Lakers and the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player, Bryant retired in April, scoring 60 points in his final game. He is third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list and a sure bet to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.However, he told CNBC he would rather be known for success in investing than in basketball.“Championships come and go,” he said. “There’s going to be another team that wins another championship, another player that wins another MVP award. But if you really want to create something that lasts generations, you have to help inspire the next generation, and they create something great, and then that generation will inspire the one behind them, right? And that’s when you create something forever. And that’s what’s most beautiful.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Four months after the final buzzer sounded on his playing career, Kobe Bryant rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday and announced a foray into the world of investing.Bryant and entrepreneur Jeff Stibel announced a $100 million fund that will support companies at the “convergence of technology, media and data,” Stibel said on CNBC Monday morning.The Bryant Stibel Investment Portfolio has already invested in 13 ventures, including The Players’ Tribune, video game company Scopely and Legal Zoom. Stipel is the former president of Web.com.Sporting a beard and a sharp blue suit on the floor of the NYSE, Bryant said he and Stibel have been quietly working on putting together the fund for four years. Before diving in, Bryant said, he wanted to make sure investing was something he could be as passionate about as his other ventures.last_img read more

Farm Bureau applauds CAUV reforms proposed in House budget

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Much-needed reform of Ohio’s CAUV formula has been included in the Ohio House’s biennial budget proposal, which is good news for Ohio’s family farmers, according to the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.Farm Bureau is encouraging its members to contact their state representatives and ask them to protect and keep the Current Agricultural Use Value language throughout the budget process. Legislator contact information is at FarmVotesMatter.org. Click on Legislative Action Center.OFBF has been advocating for the CAUV reforms in response to farmland tax increases that have exceeded 300% in recent years. The huge tax increases have hit farmers at a time when farm income has experienced a historic decline.Ohioans voted to create the CAUV program in 1973 as a means of preserving farmland in the state. Under CAUV, farmland is taxed at a rate that reflects its value for agricultural purposes instead of its value as development property.The budget proposal would address nonfarm influences from the formula that tend to artificially raise CAUV values. It would also ensure that farmers are not penalized for adopting conservation practices that protect water quality.“Our members have said CAUV reform is their No. 1 priority,” said Yvonne Lesicko, Ohio Farm Bureau’s vice president, public policy. “Farmers need to contact their legislators, let them know how important this is and ask them to support CAUV reform.”last_img read more

In The Spotlight – Christian Frost

first_imgIn the thirty-fifth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Mixed Open player, Christian Frost, speaks about what it means to be playing in the 2011 World Cup, and about his knowledge of Scotland. Name: Christian FrostNickname: FrostyAge: 32Affiliate: EastsOccupation: Safety and Environment Manager for NBN CoPosition: LinkDebut for Australia: Probably one of the oldest debutants for Australia at an Open’s level – 2009 Trans Tasman Series in Wollongong.Career highlights so far: Meeting many friends in the sport, including Stephanie my partner. On the field, I recall a few favourites including (not all winning):–       winning our first State Cup in 1998–       winning back the State of Origin from Queensland in the last series–       winning the last two Trans Tasman series–       being part of a team of nobodies that made it all the way to the State Cup final with Easts Men’s–       being part of the Rebels Men’s who have been top four for the past three National Touch League’s from an eight year history of placing 10-12th–       Seeing some of my good friends like Jarrat Wood, Jamie Chan, Ryan Pollock and Manu Wakely achieve rep honours through sheer hard work.How you got involved in Touch Football: School – the old MCC and CCC pathway.What does it mean to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: It’s a great honour to be representing our country. It’s a time to put into practice all of the skills and combinations we have been working hard to develop over the past few years. I also look forward to experiencing the Scottish culture, having fun with the team and making new overseas friends. Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Bernie Morrison, Manu Wakely, Jason Stanton.Favourite sporting moment: It’s around the corner.What do you know about Scotland:Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain, it shares a border with England to the south and is bounded by the North Sea to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the southwest. In addition to the mainland, Scotland includes over 790 islands including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.Edinburgh, the country’s capital and second largest city, is one of Europe’s largest financial centres. Edinburgh was the hub of the Scottish Enlightenment of the 18th century, which transformed Scotland into one of the commercial, intellectual and industrial powerhouses of Europe. Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, was once one of the world’s leading industrial cities and now lies at the centre of the Greater Glasgow conurbation. Scottish waters consist of a large sector of the North Atlantic and the North Sea, containing the largest oil reserves in the European Union. This has given Aberdeen, the third largest city in Scotland, the title of Europe’s oil capital. The Kingdom of Scotland emerged as an independent sovereign state in the early Middle Ages and continued to exist until 1707, although it had been in a personal union with the kingdoms of England and Ireland since James VI of Scotland succeeded to the English and Irish thrones in 1603. On 1 May 1707, Scotland entered into an incorporating political union with England to create the United Kingdom of Great Britain. This union resulted from the Treaty of Union agreed in 1706 and enacted by the twin Acts of Union passed by the Parliaments of both countries, despite widespread protest across Scotland. Scotland’s legal system continues to be separate from those of England and Wales and Northern Ireland, and Scotland still constitutes a distinct jurisdiction in public and in private law. The continued existence of legal, educational and religious institutions distinct from those in the remainder of the UK have all contributed to the continuation of Scottish culture and national identity since the Union. In 1999, a devolved legislature, the Scottish Parliament, was founded with authority over many areas of home affairs following a successful referendum in 1997. Issues surrounding devolution and independence continue to be debated.On 5 May 2011, the Scottish National Party won an overall majority in the Scottish parliament elections. They intend to hold a referendum on independence sometime in the next several years. Any superstitions: None.Funniest Australian teammate: I never get tired of watching Dylan Thompson trying to explain to his girlfriend over the phone that there are no girls around during Mixed Open trips. Tashy (Tony El Takchi) has some good one liners – never get tired of them. Favourite quote: “I’ve seen all of the fads and fashions come and go. The guys that get all psyched up, spending time in darkened rooms, drinking magic potions and acting out. But when the gun goes off and the pain starts, all of that evaporates into the naked reality of the competitive arena. Then my friend it comes down to you or me, then we will see if you have really done the work,” Lance Armstrong.Any travel plans after the World Cup: A long list: London, Paris, Switzerland, Italy, Malta, Turkey. A bit of a whirlwind tour.  Stephanie and I are keen to see as much as we can during the trip.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup.  With less than a month to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

a day agoSpurs, Man Utd target Denis Zakaria: I’ll keep my feet on the ground

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Spurs, Man Utd target Denis Zakaria: I’ll keep my feet on the groundby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria is staying grounded over growing transfer interest.Switzerland international Zakaria has the likes of Inter Milan, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United all keen.And Gladbach have intimated a willingness to sell for €50m.But the youngster says: “I’m happy with Borussia and I want to play a big season with Gladbach if possible. “The important thing is that I keep my feet on the ground and do not worry about the other things.” last_img

Rep Hughes reading to students in Muskegon

center_img Lawmaker kicks off March is Reading monthState Rep. Holly Hughes of Montague, kicked off March is Reading month by visiting several schools in Muskegon County where she shared her favorite childhood books with elementary students. Rep. Hughes interacted with the kids on a variety of topics, answering questions and sparking interesting discussion about the stories. Rep. Hughes toured the school facilities and met with staff and parents.last_img