EPA: Test Your Home For Radon

first_imgThis week is National Radon Action Week according to the U.S. EPA. Health agencies throughout the nation have joined forces to promote awareness of the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.The American Lung Association, Centers for Disease Control, and National Cancer Institute all agree that radon is a national health issue and encourage radon testing during the October awareness drive.Radon is a naturally-occurring, invisible, and odorless radioactive gas. It is not isolated to certain geographic areas or home types. According to the EPA, radon problems have been detected in homes in every county of the United States and it has caused more fatalities last year than carbon monoxide, fires, and handguns combined.By taking simple steps to test your home for radon and fix if necessary, a potential health hazard can be avoided.If a home hasn’t been test for radon in the past two years, the EPA and the Surgeon General recommend residents to contact the state radon office for information on locating qualified test kits or qualified radon testers.Visit Indiana’s Radon Website. National Radon Action Week is October 21- 27. Learn more about the federal plan at Radon Plan.last_img read more

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Men’s tennis: Badgers kick off Big Ten Tournament versus Cornhuskers

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team (13–11, 5–6 Big Ten) will kick off the Big Ten Tournament versus Nebraska (11–14, 1–10 Big Ten) from Iowa City, Iowa.The Badgers enter the conference tournament ranked as the No. 6 seed where the Cornhuskers are No. 11. This will be the second time the two teams will face each other this year with Wisconsin taking the first matchup 4–3.Though the Badgers won their last decision, it was too close for comfort for Wisconsin as the two teams split their singles matches 3–3 with the winning point coming down to doubles where Chema Carranza and Josef Dodridge took care of business yet again in the No. 1 slot 6–1.Softball: Badgers finish off Boilermakers at home Sunday to win seriesThe University of Wisconsin Softball Team (22–17, 6–6 Big Ten) played host to Purdue (13–34, 4–10 Big Ten) in a Read…The Carranza Dodridge duo could very easily be a factor again in this one. Though they’ve faced some tough matches of late, the doubles team is still ranked No. 8 in the nation on the ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings with a 27–3 overall record.Carranza also looks to be a factor in singles play, going 8–2 in his last 10 matches with the second most wins on the team at 20–13. Daniel Soyfer is the only player on the Badgers who had a better record this season at 23–11 overall.On Nebraska, Toby Boyer and Linus Erhart will be taking on Carranza and Dodridge in the No. 1 doubles slot with an impressive 11–7 overall record going 3–2 in Big Ten matches.Boyer is also their top player in singles, going 11–8 in the No. 1 slot on the year for Nebraska. But Erhart will also be an issue in the No. 2 slot as the senior is 18–7 on the year.Women’s Tennis: Badgers halt seven-game skid in time for end of seasonThis weekend the Wisconsin Women’s Tennis Team was matched up with the University of Iowa and finally stole a “w.” Read…If Wisconsin can get past their first-round matchup versus Nebraska, they’ll face No. 3 Michigan tomorrow. Though they are ranked No. 12 in the nation, the Badgers played Michigan tightly in their first contest two weeks ago and should make for an entertaining match if Wisconsin can advance.Opening serve will begin at 2 p.m. today from Iowa City.last_img read more

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MTN FA Cup on SuperSport: Why Duncan needs Sunday’s win for validation

first_img“I lose no sleep when people talk about the facts that I have not won the league. If you are going to go back into your archives or annals and find out of the types of cups I have won, it is the type of cups that no quarter is asked for and no quarter is given.”This was David Duncan’s assessment of critics lashing out at him for not winning a single league title.But is he justified? And what will his first FA Cup triumph do for him? Ahead of Kotoko’s FA Cup final against Medeama on Sunday, is the trophy worth much more than he’s letting on?It is undeniable that coaches are judged by the trophies they win. And, more importantly, the type of titles they win. This has been the main critique against Duncan for these years.In his 13 years as manager, he’s won the 2006 SWAG Cup with Ashantigold and 2013 Presidents’ Cup with Hearts of Oak on Ghanaian soil. In addition, he won the Macufe Cup in 2006 with Ashantigold and Phakisa Cup with Free State Stars all in South Africa.These trophies are not by any means belittled, but none can be compared the FA Cup or Premier League (even though the competitveness of the league has been questioned by many.)Duncan is yet to win a cup which has more than four teams involved.The SWAG Cup was a one-off final against Kotoko, while the Presidents’ Cup was a four team tournament which included Medeama and TP Mazembe.In South Africa, the experienced trainers’ Macufe Cup triumph was realized in another four team tournament which included Sundowns, Blomfontein Celtic and Hearts of Oak. In his other trophy with the South African side, the tournament was also played amongst four teams which included Bloemfontein Celtic, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.His stint with the national team has been topsy turvy.While with the Starlets, he managed to reach the final of the African Championships only to lose in unceremonious fashion while their World Cup campaign was abysmal – three draws and a subsequent group stage crash.His stint with the national under 23 team, the Black Meteors, will quickly be forgotten by the man himself as attempts to qualify the team for the London Olympics were quickly dashed as they fell to Sudan. He was later replaced by Kwesi Appiah who won gold with the team in Mozambique.His accusations of the league seem very harsh considering 30 matches are played over the course of the season.Are a bulk of the fixtures not played in a good sporting spirit? Duncan placed second twice with Ashantigold during his stint with the Obuasi side.Are those also not valued by Duncan?Duncan may have all the genuine reasons to doubt the credibility of Ghana’s league due to unscrupulous dealings but the FA Cup represents his biggest opportunity to put all his critics to bed. The Kotoko coach has been part of the rise to fame of great players in the country notably Mubarak Wakaso, Sadat Bukari, Opoku Agyeman, Jonathan Quartey and David Telfer but needs a “major” trophy to full cement his place in the hearts of fans.A win on Sunday will not only give Duncan his first cup win in a competition comprising more than four teams but it will also represent a major feather in his cup as he is fast building a reputation of saving clubs who go through adversities during the course of a season. Ahead of the gameDuncan is not expecting an easy game in the August 30 final “It obviously won’t be an easy match. We don’t expect it to be easy. If you have all players available, then of course you can go into the game with some degree of confidence that, you have a good chance of winning it,” he said.For preps, the Reds played Bechem United earlier this week. Ahmed Toure scored a beautiful late goal to save Kotoko from losing 1-0 Duncan said the game was to give players who haven’t been too regular the chance to be active.“It’s one of the avenues through which we wanted to look at players who haven’t been too active. These are not the kind of times to experiment; so when you get the opportunity, you want to have a look at them and plan.”“There are players who are coming from a long layoff for various reasons. A player like Michael Akuffo went on trials and since his return, the team that has been playing and has been gelling,” he noted. “There seems to be some understanding between the players who have been playing. The partnership that has existed between Jackson and Kwadwo Poku has been good,” said Duncan.“There is going to be a time that we might need Akuffo so these are some of the ways by which you must get him to be in sync with the team.“Others have been quite busy for this game, so we rested them. We’re going to come back strongly to prepare for the cup final.” There are currently no real injuries to report and Sunday’s final should be special.–CLICK TO READ: Analysis – Are Kotoko FA Cup kings or chokers? –The FA Cup final will be live on SuperSport channel 209 on SUnday. Kickoff is 4pm. Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Hotel Hearing Postponed Over Height Issue

first_imgRED BANK — A proposal to construct a six-story hotel at the borough’s northern entrance, which has seen its share of wrinkles, developed ano encountered another on Monday when Ron Gasiorowski, an attorney representing an objector to the application, said that the height of the proposed structure exceeds what is permitted under borough ordinances.The planning board had been scheduled to continue hearing the application by RBank Capital LLC to construct a 76-room Hampton Inn, at the Highway 35 and Rector Place intersection, overlooking the Swimming River.But after a discussion between representatives for the developer, the objector and the planning board attorney the hearing was adjourned until January.The hearing was placed on hold when a representative for the objector discovered a provision in a borough ordinance that restricts a building’s height to 50 feet in the zone if it falls halfway between the river and the nearest parallel roadway, with the ordinance pertaining to such roadways as Front Street, Riverside Avenue, Rector Place and Shrewsbury Avenue.According to prior testimony, the height of the proposed hotel is approximately 80 feet.Following the adjournment, Planning Board Attorney Michael Leckstein  said that when hearings resume, the attorney for the developer, Martin A. McGann Jr. will have to show that the project does not violate the ordinance.“I’m not aware of that section,” (of the applicable ordinance) and would have to review it, Leckstein said. Board Engineer Christine Ballard agreed, noting that the language of the ordinance was not clear. “It’s very fuzzy,” she said.McGann said afterwards that the issue at hand is “a very technical point,” but one “I think we’ll be able to address it at the next meeting,” on Jan. 18.This is the latest development in the long hearings on this matter, which over the months has seen a debate over whether it should be heard by the zoning board or planning; over the zoning of the property, and if this would be deemed a permitted use, and the borough council’s decision to change the zoning in hopes of clarifying the issue. A borough resident also brought a lawsuit against the board and developer seeking to block the project, expressing concerns over the size and scope of the plan and arguing it should go before the zoning board to seek a use variance. There also  was considerable debate over who is actually the objector, with the objector’s attorney, Ron Gasiorowski, acknowledging there is another party that is paying for the lawsuit, but the lawyer refuses to name that additional party.If the application does violate the ordinance provision, it could mean the application would have to go before the borough zoning board of adjustment (as the named objector, borough resident Steve Mitchell, has maintained in his suit) to seek a variance for a non-permitted use, which has a considerably higher burden of proof than would be required before the planning board. That would mean the process would have to start from the beginning before the zoning board.The developer would like to construct the hotel on the site of a former Exxon gas station, which has been vacant for approximately 14 years. Mitchell, the objector, has argued the project violates existing zoning, is too large for the site, as well as raising issue with contamination of the property.last_img read more

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DONEGAL DELIGHT AS PAUL McGINLEY NAMED RYDER CUP CAPTAIN

first_imgHE may be a Dubliner, but Paul McGinley’s roots lie in Co Donegal and there was delighted amongst friends and relatives in the county tonight with the announcement that he will captain the next Ryder Cup team at Gleneagles in 2014.The 46-year-old played in three Ryder Cups, was vice-captain in 2010 and 2012 and holed the winning putt in 2002.The Dubliner, whose mum and dad come from Dunfanaghy and Rathmullan, is a huge GAA fan and was right behind Jim McGuinness and his team last year. He has also re-designed the Portsalon course in recent months.McGinley was preferred to Ryder Cup legend Colin Montgomerie, who captained a victorious European team in 2010 and wanted to fulfil the role again.“This is a position I’m really thrilled to be in,” said the Dubliner, Ireland’s first captain.“It’s also a very humbling experience and I can’t wait to get into the role of captain and to working with the players.”  DONEGAL DELIGHT AS PAUL McGINLEY NAMED RYDER CUP CAPTAIN was last modified: January 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL DELIGHT AS PAUL McGINLEY NAMED RYDER CUP CAPTAINlast_img read more

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Ronaldo says his ‘brilliance’ bothers people

first_imgReal Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo said Tuesday his “brilliance” annoys people, a day after he was quizzed by a Spanish judge investigating whether he evaded paying millions of euros in taxes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“What bothers people is my brilliance, insects only attack lamps that shine!!!!” the Portuguese wrote in an Instagram message that received over a million likes within an hour of being posted.ADVERTISEMENT Portuguese television SIC reported that Ronaldo aborted the appearance at the podium set up outside the court because the court hearing had gone badly, with many moments of “tension” between him and the judge.Ronaldo is not the only footballer to fall foul of authorities in Spain.His arch-rival, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, was found guilty of tax evasion last year.Other footballers have also recently run into trouble with Spain’s taxman, some of them already convicted and others under investigation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Prosecutors accuse the four-time world player of the year of having evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.3 million) in tax.Ronaldo, 32, has denied any wrongdoing. He told the judge he has always filed his tax returns and “never had the intention of evading taxes”, according to a statement from his representatives.Spanish daily El Mundo said the player — the world’s highest paid athlete according to Forbes magazine — implied during his court hearing that he was only being investigated because of who he is.“I am only here because my name is Cristiano Ronaldo,” the player told the judge, according to the newspaper.Ronaldo had been expected to speak to the throng of reporters gathered outside of the court after the hearing but instead his spokesman Inaki Torres emerged from the building to announce the player “was on his way home”, prompting jeers from the press.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Herndon to Marinero, Apinan to Cignal as D-League teams retool ahead of playoffs Ronaldo spent over 90 minutes on Monday answering the questions of investigating judge Monica Gomez at a closed door hearing in Pozuelo de Alarcon, the wealthy suburb of Madrid where he lives. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View commentscenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetlast_img read more

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Renewed hope for closure for family of Tanya Nepinak

first_imgAPTN National NewsTanya Nepinak went missing in September 2011.In June, Shawn Lamb was charged with second degree murder in connection with the deaths of three aboriginal women.Nepinak was one of them.Her family now says that police have told them that her body is likely buried at a city dump.With more, here’s APTN’s Matt Thordarsonlast_img

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Trudeau ends threecountry tour with his global reputation alliances intact

first_imgLONDON – Justin Trudeau is heading home from a lengthy, three-country foreign tour in which the prime minister appeared to recapture his international mojo and reassert several key alliances, but didn’t sign off on any big deals or declarations.When the 10-day trip to Peru, France and the U.K., with a quick stop in Ottawa, started last week, one of the top questions was whether Trudeau could rediscover his footing on the world stage after recent controversies in China and India.This time, there were no eye-catching outfits as Trudeau stuck to tried-and-true business suits and, on occasion, his patented button-up shirt and rolled-up sleeves as he met with world leaders, industry representatives and students.There were no noticeable gaffes or tensions as the prime minister pushed his progressive trade agenda, women’s rights and ocean protection while issuing warnings against rising authoritarianism and inequality around the world.Mixed with those higher ideals were closed-door discussions — first in Peru with Mexico and the United States about the North American Free Trade Agreement; and then in the U.K. about Russia, Syria and cybersecurity.The prime minister didn’t make it easy on himself, either, as he flew briefly back to Ottawa from Peru to meet with the premiers of Alberta and B.C. on the Trans Mountain pipeline, and then onto France, rather than directly to Paris as originally planned.Yet that stop back home may have represented the most concrete outcome as Trudeau announced plans to draft legislation affirming federal jurisdiction over the pipeline and negotiations with Kinder Morgan for financial support for the project.In Peru, just hours after meeting Trudeau, U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence did predict a new NAFTA within several weeks. In Paris, Canada and France agreed to co-operate and push other countries to honour their commitments under the Paris climate agreement.In London, the prime minister also joined his counterparts from Britain, Australia and New Zealand to reaffirm their tight-knit global security alliance.And Trudeau reportedly used every opportunity to promote Canada’s G7 priorities and bid for a UN Security Council seat. That included in meetings on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Peru and a Commonwealth leaders’ summit in London with leaders from Chile, Peru, Argentina, New Zealand, Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa and the Caribbean.However, there were no significant business deals, despite a high-profile address to industry leaders in Peru and several meetings in Paris and London. There were minor foreign-aid announcements.Trudeau did have some bold moments, such as when he used his speech to the French National Assembly to make the case for the Canada-EU free trade deal — to the anger of some French MPs and approval of others.He was also unapologetically tough on the Venezuelan government, which he described as a murderous, authoritarian regime. And he was critical of the Commonwealth — or at least some of its members — for not championing LGBTQ rights.But the prime minister was ambiguous in a variety of other areas, including his plans to fight plastic waste in oceans and whether Russian hackers were a threat to average Canadians.And despite touting democratic ideals, there was no mention of human rights as he met with Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who has been accused of growing authoritarianism. He also veered away from any significant criticism of Cuba.Trudeau did, however, demonstrate that he still has drawing power, such as when foreign journalists packed his final news conference at the Summit of the Americas in Peru. He even made the front page of the prestigious Financial Times in London with a picture of himself taking a selfie with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and a roomful of students.But he also played it relatively low key in some respects: missing, for instance, were his favoured fancy socks, replaced by fashionable but inconspicuous alternatives.Supporters would likely cheer the trip’s successes in terms of meeting key allies and advancing Canada’s interests on a number of fronts, including trade, security, gender rights and the environment.Trudeau’s Conservative critics, however, were unimpressed.“It is interesting how an average trip by the prime minister looks so good after the terrible embarrassment caused by the India trip,” said foreign affairs critic Erin O’Toole.He called out Trudeau for using the trip “to discount the importance of the resource industry in Canada at a time of national crisis over the Trans Mountain pipeline.”During his final news conference in London on Thursday, Trudeau was asked for his own assessment.“Here in London and in France and in Lima, we were very much engaged in promoting Canada’s interests and creating opportunities for greater trade, greater relationships that are going to benefit Canadians and benefit the world,” he said.“We know that government and governance and serving Canadians is a process that stretches out over time and we focus every day on defending and advancing the interests of Canadians — whether there’s a headline in it for you guys or not.”– Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

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Cavoukian Waterfront Toronto not resisting smart city data demand

first_imgTORONTO – Former Ontario privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian said Waterfront Toronto has recently “expressed no resistance” to her demand for companies working with the organization and Alphabet Inc.-backed Sidewalk Labs on their Toronto smart city to commit to de-identifying data as it is obtained.Cavoukian has long been pushing for the measure and last month, went so far as to resign from her consultancy role with the Quayside project when she felt her advice on the policy wasn’t being heeded.Cavoukian told The Canadian Press she believed a Monday meeting she had with a “senior” Waterfront Toronto representative “to be a commitment” to the organization implementing the policy.“I believe they will follow through…They seem very sincere and genuine. There was no animosity,” she said.“I asked for something like a press release or an announcement, so the public can be relieved that their privacy will not be in jeopardy when this smart city starts unfolding.”Waterfront Toronto spokesman Andrew Tumilty said that Cavoukian had met with Kristina Verner, the organization’s vice-president of innovation, sustainability and prosperity.“We are currently exploring the methods available to ensure de-identification of data at source, and we look forward to further conversations on this subject with Cavoukian,” he wrote in an email.Tumilty said any of the principles the organizations set up for the project will need to be vetted by an advisory panel and be subject to public consultations.The proposed Quayside project has raised many privacy and data concerns because it involves a slew of high-tech innovations that are expected to change how people live, work and play within the smart community and beyond.Critics have complained about issues around the project’s leadership, the lack of clarity around Waterfront Toronto and partner Sidewalk Lab’s plans and few details being shared with the public. Several members have quit or considered quitting an advisory panel Waterfront Toronto set up to help guide the project.Several of those members and critics have cited the same concerns as Cavoukian.“Because there is going to be sensors and other technology collecting information 24/7 you don’t have the opportunity to obtain consent with people because it will be happening all the time and everywhere,” Cavoukian said, explaining why forcing companies working on the project to de-identify data at source is so important to her.“From the beginning, I wanted it to be a smart city of privacy and not a smart city of surveillance.”Tumilty said that Waterfront Toronto has always been committed to protecting personal privacy and has “enormous respect” for Cavoukian and her Privacy by Design framework, which she crafted as a set of best practices for data and safety.He relayed Waterfront Toronto’s willingness to work with Cavoukian on the project, but Cavoukian says she is still considers how she exactly will be involved as a “question mark.”“I told Waterfront Toronto that I would be happy to help them with things,” she said. “Certainly I am very, very open to working with them in some capacity.”Follow @Tara_Deschamps on Twitter.last_img read more

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