Blog Sites – Golf Clash Gemmes http://golfclashgemmes.com/ Tue, 17 May 2022 06:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://golfclashgemmes.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1.png Blog Sites – Golf Clash Gemmes http://golfclashgemmes.com/ 32 32 Preston named in top 10 most dangerous cycling cities in UK https://golfclashgemmes.com/preston-named-in-top-10-most-dangerous-cycling-cities-in-uk/ Tue, 17 May 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://golfclashgemmes.com/preston-named-in-top-10-most-dangerous-cycling-cities-in-uk/ Image from a recent Ribble Cycles TV commercial Preston is the sixth most dangerous UK city to cycle in, according to new research. Advertisement Personal Injury Lawyers claims.co.uk recovered more than 12,000 cycle paths on a renowned cycle network site. They then analyzed the number […]]]>

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Preston is the sixth most dangerous UK city to cycle in, according to new research.











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Personal Injury Lawyers claims.co.uk recovered more than 12,000 cycle paths on a renowned cycle network site.

They then analyzed the number of cycling accidents, average gradient, surface quality and lighting on cycle paths, to assign a hazard score for each UK city examined.

While Chelmsford was named the safest city with an overall danger score of 1.79/10, Birmingham was named the most dangerous with 7.38/10.

Preston came in as the sixth most dangerous, with a score of 6.79/10.

Preston cyclists are particularly likely to suffer from poorly maintained road surfaces (8.5/10), which could contribute to the city’s relatively high cycle accident score of 7.08/10.

Read more: In defense of the Preston cyclists

The list of the ten most dangerous cities in the UK for cycling is below.

Rank City Slope rating (/10) Average rating of bicycle accidents (/10) Surface quality score (/10) Dim lighting rating (/10) Overall hazard rating (/10)
1 birmingham 6.25 6.75 9.00 8.75 7.38
2 Newcastle-upon-Tyne 9.75 8.67 3.00 4.50 7.21
3 Plymouth 8.00 6.92 9.50 4.75 7.17
4 Sheffield 7.75 8.25 2.25 7.75 7.08
5 London 3.00 9.58 7.75 1.75 6.88
6 Preston 5.25 7.08 8.50 5.75 6.79
7 Manchester 4.75 8.58 6.25 3.00 6.63
8 Stoke-on-Trent 8.25 4.50 5.50 9.50 6.13
9 Bristol 7.25 6.67 4.00 5.25 6.08
ten Brighton and Hove 8.75 6.00 4.50 2.75 5.67

Cycling in the UK has jumped almost 200% since the Covid shutdowns and shows no signs of slowing down.

Work is underway to encourage more cycling in Preston through the Transforming Friargate North and Ringway scheme.

Read more: See the latest news and headlines from Preston

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Israel Unique Sites Blog: Biblical Gezer | The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com | Nosson Shulman | 14 Iyyar 5782 – 15 May 2022 https://golfclashgemmes.com/israel-unique-sites-blog-biblical-gezer-the-jewish-press-jewishpress-com-nosson-shulman-14-iyyar-5782-15-may-2022/ Sun, 15 May 2022 08:01:48 +0000 https://golfclashgemmes.com/israel-unique-sites-blog-biblical-gezer-the-jewish-press-jewishpress-com-nosson-shulman-14-iyyar-5782-15-may-2022/ Photo credit: Shutterstock, praised by the author Tel Gezer looks like an arid hill, the hiking trails seen in the photo are full of wonderful examples of archeology as far as the eye can see. “Pharaoh king of Egypt went up and conquered Gezer and burned it with fire, and killed the Canaanite that lived […]]]>

Photo credit: Shutterstock, praised by the author

Tel Gezer looks like an arid hill, the hiking trails seen in the photo are full of wonderful examples of archeology as far as the eye can see.

Pharaoh king of Egypt went up and conquered Gezer and burned it with fire, and killed the Canaanite that lived in the city. He gave it as a wedding present to his daughter, Solomon’s wife, and Solomon then built Gezer (1 Kings 9:16)”

Today we visit Tel Gezer, an exciting biblical site that tourists rarely visit. From a distance, it appears to be a desolate non-descript hill, but those who choose to enter this historical marvel are immediately treated to an abundance of stunning biblical archaeology!

Although Tel Gezer looks like an arid hill, the hiking trails seen in the photo are full of wonderful examples of archeology as far as the eye can see. The panoramic views from this site, including the skyscrapers of distant Tel Aviv, delight the senses!
Photo credit: Shutterstock

In Canaanite times, Gezer was a large city-state with its own king.

The remains of a 4,000 year old Canaanite watchtower, one of 25 guarding the city.
Photo credit: Shutterstock

Gezer’s importance was largely due to its location at an important crossroads of trade routes.

Gezer, circled in yellow, was located both on the route from Jaffa port to Jerusalem and on the most important international route (red line), which connected Egypt and Mesopotamia (Iraq), the two main ancient superpowers .
Photo credit: JewishVirtualLibrary.org

The city’s infrastructure was quite advanced for its time, including a sophisticated water system.

Entrance to the old water system. If you look closely you can see stairs in the photo (which were built into the structure thousands of years ago, to allow the Canaanites to enter)
Photo credit: Shutterstock

When the Children of Israel entered the Holy Land after 40 years in the desert, they waged war against the 31 Canaanite city-states. The King of Gezer and his army fell in battle against Joshua, although they failed to capture the city (Joshua 10:33), which was designated a Levite city (Joshua 21:21). The city remained in Canaanite hands until the time of King Solomon.

Remains of one of the largest Canaanite worship sites. This type of worship (erecting a pillar) is explicitly forbidden under Torah (Hebrew Bible) law (see Leviticus 26:1).
Photo credit: Shutterstock

Several generations later, Pharaoh (not the same as Exodus) conquered Gezer and destroyed the city by fire. When his daughter married King Solomon, Pharaoh gave Gezer to his new son-in-law as a wedding gift. Solomon rebuilt and fortified Gezer (and many other cities) as a regional capital.

Several hundred years later, during the Assyrian invasion of Tiglath-Pileser, Gezer was captured and destroyed.

During the Hellenistic Wars against the Jewish Maccabees (of Hanukkah fame circa 167-142 BCE), Gezer was rebuilt as a fortress and used by the Hellenists as one of their main military headquarters. That was until the Maccabees captured Gezer and finally won the 25 Years’ War, re-declaring Jewish independence in Israel (which lasted until the Romans captured the land in 63 BCE). time). Meanwhile, Gezer became an insignificant and ultimately abandoned small farming town.

Since the early 1900s, several major archaeological excavations have taken place, yielding important discoveries, including the “Calendar of Gezer”, the oldest (according to some historians) Hebrew inscriptions ever found!

The “Gezer Calendar” is inscribed with perhaps the oldest Hebrew inscriptions in the world.

Although few visit this site, the tourists I have taken there have really enjoyed seeing it! I highly recommend including it in your itinerary for your next visit!

Please visit the author’s website: https://guidedtoursofisrael.com

(All Shutterstock photos rented by the author for commercial use; all others are free)

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How has Congress responded to questions surrounding vaccinations? https://golfclashgemmes.com/how-has-congress-responded-to-questions-surrounding-vaccinations/ Fri, 13 May 2022 17:43:36 +0000 https://golfclashgemmes.com/how-has-congress-responded-to-questions-surrounding-vaccinations/ More than a year after the widespread availability of the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, vaccine issues including the need for additional boosters, development of variant-specific doses, vaccines for children under five and global availability issues, continue to be in the headlines. Congress has struggled in recent months to approve more funds for vaccines, […]]]>

More than a year after the widespread availability of the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, vaccine issues including the need for additional boosters, development of variant-specific doses, vaccines for children under five and global availability issues, continue to be in the headlines. Congress has struggled in recent months to approve more funds for vaccines, tests and treatments, but legislating isn’t the only tactic the House and Senate have to respond to the current crisis. Audiences also play an important role.

Data collected through Brookings’ ongoing work on congressional oversight helps put these efforts into perspective. In 2021, approximately 5% of congressional hearings in the House and Senate focused on a health-related topic; this is actually slightly lower than the equivalent figures in the House in 2019 (8%) and 2020 (11%). Notably, however, as the vaccine began to roll out and Americans had the choice of getting the COVID-19 vaccine, Congress responded with a strong focus on the issue. In 2021, 32, or one-third, of all health-related hearings were about vaccine-related topics. (“Vaccine-related” hearings were those in which at least one or more of the testimonies focused on COVID-19 vaccinations.) In the House, more than a third of those hearings were held by the subcommittee. on the coronavirus crisis, which was created near the start of the pandemic in April 2020. In the Senate, more than half of all vaccine-related hearings have been held by the Committee on Health, Education, work and pensions.

A closer look at the vaccine-related hearings provides insight into how Congress oversaw the development and deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine in 2021. The 32 vaccine-related hearings examined one or more of the following subtopics: vaccine development, distribution and deployment, and vaccine hesitancy. Vaccine development was discussed at 13 hearings, which analyzed clinical trials and the vaccine’s effectiveness in fighting COVID-19 and its emerging variants. Even after the vaccine’s initial emergency authorization, development hearings continued to explore the vaccine’s resistance to new strains of the virus, the potential need for booster shots, and the vaccine’s safety for children.

Vaccine skepticism was another area of ​​focus, with the House and Senate holding a combined total of 15 hearings on vaccine hesitancy. In those hearings, the committees focused on spreading misinformation and strategies to build confidence in vaccines among skeptical Americans. Vaccine distribution was discussed in 27 hearings, with sub-themes such as production and supply of available vaccines, challenges and successes in adoption, and barriers to vaccine access. Congress has also explored vaccine fairness in light of evidence that minority groups are less likely to be vaccinated and more likely to become seriously ill from contracting COVID-19. As a result, 10 hearings addressed barriers to adoption in certain demographic groups and how to meet the needs of vulnerable communities for vaccine education and messaging.

Nine of 32 vaccine hearings involved congressional oversight of the executive branchthree in the House and six in the Senate. Those hearings have primarily focused on the federal government’s response to COVID-19, with most of the controls examining vaccine development and distribution. Only a handful of hearings considered vaccine-related topics at the national and local levels. In early February, Congress held a hearing to explore state-level adoption of the vaccine, calling witnesses from state public health departments. Another February hearing brought together witnesses from all major vaccine companiesPfizer, Moderna, Janssen, AstraZeneca and Novavaxin which testimonials explained how the vaccine was developed and carried out in clinical trials.

The vaccine-related hearings featured 131 separate testimonies and 112 individual witnesses, with a handful of witnesses testifying more than once. At a time characterized by uncertainty about the virus and vaccine effectiveness, Congress has relied heavily on public health officials to explain the benefits and challenges of implementing COVID-19 vaccinations. . Although only 15% of the total witnesses were public health officials, household names such as NIH Director Dr. Anthony Fauci and CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky testified multiple times, each appearing in seven hearings. They were followed by Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock and CDC Director Dr. Peter Marks, who have both testified in a third of all federal oversight hearings. 18 of 32 vaccine hearings featured at least one public health official, and a quarter of total testimony came from public health officials in 2021.

Congress also called on academics and scientists to explain the intricacies of the virus and its spread, with one-third of total witnesses representing academic witnesses. Although not technically public health officials who serve in government, these witnesses provided crucial medical expertise, often holding MDs or doctorates. Along with public health officials, academic witnesses testified about strategies for dealing with the virus and the ability to mitigate its spread through vaccination. Other key witnesses included current and former federal government employees in health-related positions, such as Government Accountability Office health care director John Dicken, former surgeon general Jerome Adams and other former officials. federal HHS. Whether hearing from public health officials or academics, Congress’ approach to public health required a wide range of health-related witnesses to clarify concerns about the vaccine.

Other witnesses in the vaccine-related hearings included healthcare workers (12), members of advocacy groups (10), individuals representing private companies (9), representatives of trade associations (6), private citizens (4) and state and local governments. civil servants (2). Testimonies from healthcare professionals were particularly important as they identified the challenges frontline workers faced in hospitals and health centres. A witness, a caregiver, discussed the general reluctance of nursing staff to get vaccinated. Another witness, head of strategic integration and health equity at a hospital, testified to efforts made to verify medical records to identify patients who have missed preventive screenings and establish an on-site vaccination clinic at the hospital. Their insights highlighted critical gaps in health care that impacted vaccine uptake.

As of this writing, Congress continues to debate additional COVID-related spending that the White House says it’s necessary to ensure the widespread availability of a next-generation photo, and efforts to oversee vaccine approval for young children continue too. Vaccination will therefore likely remain on the agenda of congressional hearings in the months to come.

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Urban Biologist: For the Love of Nature https://golfclashgemmes.com/urban-biologist-for-the-love-of-nature/ Mon, 09 May 2022 20:46:17 +0000 https://golfclashgemmes.com/urban-biologist-for-the-love-of-nature/ Camille Tremblay Biologist, Capital Stewardship When people think of Canada’s capital, they often think of Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal and important national institutions. But what I’d like to see is that when people think of the capital, they think of the many green spaces that set it apart from other comparable big cities. As […]]]>

Camille Tremblay

Biologist, Capital Stewardship

Biologists at work in the forest

When people think of Canada’s capital, they often think of Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal and important national institutions.

But what I’d like to see is that when people think of the capital, they think of the many green spaces that set it apart from other comparable big cities.

As urbanization develops and intensifies, green spaces become more important. As a biologist at the NCC, my role is to protect these lands and ecosystems which occupy 550 km² of federal lands. It’s a job that comes with challenges, but also with victories, friendships and memorable moments.

From outdoor enthusiast to career biologist

The Capital’s parks are very familiar to me, because I grew up in the region and I have always had a great love of nature. In 2006, I started working at the NCC as a student while finishing my master’s degree at the Université de Sherbrooke. Since then, I have worked at the NCC, in the field of the environment.

Biologist observing through binoculars

Today, my job is to ensure that projects have the least possible impact on the environment of urban lands managed by the NCC. These spaces include many parks and other green spaces that you are no doubt familiar with: the area around Mud Lake, as well as the Jacques-Cartier, Leamy Lake and Remic Rapids parks.

What is urban land?

Urban lands, as the name suggests, are lands located in the city, but they are also green oases. These are smaller and often more fragile spaces than large expanses like Gatineau Park and the Greenbelt, but they also contribute to the quality of our daily lives.

And, because they’re close to where we live and where we work, they’re also popular places to visit. As you can imagine, such a large number of visits comes with various associated problems. For this reason, it is important to respect the principles of outdoor ethics, even in the city.

Taking responsible actions, such as using only official trails, helps conserve the environment. The spread of invasive species, the fragmentation of habitats and the disruption of wildlife feeding habits are problems that we must collectively try to prevent.

When urban lands and parks are healthy, everyone benefits. Here are some of the ecosystem services they provide:

  • rainwater storage
  • erosion protection
  • flood protection
  • creation of cooling islands [French-only website]
  • provision of natural wildlife habitats

A year in my place

I can spend days outdoors, standing in a swamp – or I can be in the office contributing my expertise and doing project analysis. My work essentially consists of maintaining environmental data and ensuring the sound management of natural resources. My main tasks are:

  • collection of ecological data
  • design and oversee research studies
  • implement ecological monitoring programs
  • provide recommendations on the management of natural resources
  • support the environmental assessment team in the analysis of the project.
Biologists working in a swamp

Like nature, my work follows a seasonal cycle. In spring and summer, like the plants and animals I study, I am more active. I spend a lot of time in the field with future biologists under my supervision.

When the colder months approach, nature prepares to hibernate. During this period, I can spend my time taking care of the most sensitive areas. In the winter, I devote a lot of time to environmental assessments and work planning. Office work is inevitable!

My successes

There are always projects that tend to stand out in a person’s career. Here are a few of which I am particularly proud.

Food court at Rapides Remic

Restore habitats

To help pollinators and preserve biodiversity, my team and I are restoring habitats and reintroducing them to NCC grounds.

One of my favorite projects is a restoration area in Remic Rapids Park, which was once covered in invasive plants. It is now a diversified and colorful habitat! The most satisfying part is watching the birds and frogs come back and use this healthy new habitat.

Camille Tremblay in interview

Protect a killdeer nest

What I love about my job is that it always has to make room for the unexpected. The story of Bluesnest, which I wrote about in another blog, is a perfect example. My fellow biologists and I got creative to protect a killdeer nest discovered in 2018 in the planned Ottawa Bluesfest main stage footprint. This story captured people’s imaginations and garnered a lot of media attention. But it also brought people together and raised awareness about the importance of our conservation efforts.

Camille Tremblay picking up branches

Reducing the impact of invasive alien species

I also enjoy working directly with people. That’s what I did with a project to reduce the impact of invasive alien species in Mud Lake. With the help of volunteers dedicated to this important natural habitat, we have taken steps to eliminate invasive plant species and monitor the spread. Restoring vegetation cover with native plant species is a long process. We couldn’t have done it without the support and participation of the community.

Now it’s your turn

Green spaces contribute to people’s quality of life. By adopting nature-friendly behaviors, you contribute directly to the protection of biodiversity and the natural urban environment. My message for you? Discover these places, and let yourself be surprised! After all, it’s so much easier to protect something we love.

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Russia Blocks Pet Grooming, Sudoku Websites Over Anti-War Messages https://golfclashgemmes.com/russia-blocks-pet-grooming-sudoku-websites-over-anti-war-messages/ Sun, 08 May 2022 08:30:00 +0000 https://golfclashgemmes.com/russia-blocks-pet-grooming-sudoku-websites-over-anti-war-messages/ Russia has cracked down on posts about the war in Ukraine that contradict its state propaganda. Research found that Russia had blocked 300 fringe websites hosting identical blocks of text about the war. These websites included a pet grooming site, a scary stories blog, and a website for a tattoo parlor. Loading Something is loading. […]]]>
  • Russia has cracked down on posts about the war in Ukraine that contradict its state propaganda.
  • Research found that Russia had blocked 300 fringe websites hosting identical blocks of text about the war.
  • These websites included a pet grooming site, a scary stories blog, and a website for a tattoo parlor.

Russia is sweeping incredibly dark parts of the internet in its effort to prevent its citizens from seeing information about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, according to new research.

Data collected by digital rights and privacy group Top10VPN and shared with Insider showed that Russia is blocking hundreds of small websites. These include a pet grooming site, a short horror story blog, and a tattoo parlor’s website.

Russia has suppressed any message that contradicts its propaganda line that the invasion of Ukraine is nothing more than a “special military operation”.

The blocking of these niche sites shows how the Russian state is cracking down on even the most marginal parts of the internet to control war information.

Top10VPN discovered that many niche sites blocked by Russia contained the same piece of Russian-language text attempting to inform readers about the war in Ukraine.

Top10VPN researcher Samuel Woodhams told Insider he found about 300 sites with the same text about the war. He discovered that they had been blocked by Russia by researching a publicly available list of blocked websites from the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office.

The pet grooming site, the horror story blog, and the tattoo parlor website all had the same text.

It begins: “Russia has attacked Ukraine! We Ukrainians hope you already know this. For the sake of your children and any hope for light at the end of this hell, please finish reading our letter”, according to a machine translation provided to Insider by Woodhams.

Woodhams said the text was often hidden in hard-to-find resource pages on those websites.

This directly contradicts Russian state propaganda, including Putin’s statement that Russia is “denazifying” Ukraine.

“Although it is unclear who is responsible for spreading this message, it is clear that efforts are being made to reach Russian citizens and circumvent [Russia’s] vast apparatus of censorship,” Woodhams told Insider.

“While these obscure websites are unlikely to have huge reach, the numbers are strong and with so many domains affected it is likely that some will have escaped the Russian censorship apparatus,” he said. declared.

Woodhams found other blocked websites, including a sudoku website, which also contained information about the war in Ukraine.

Sites alluding to the conflict in other ways are also blocked. “Sports websites, for example, are often blocked for interviewing a footballer who speaks openly about the dispute,” Woodhams said.

Russia has already blocked mainstream online platforms and sites, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Since the start of the invasion, 960 information domains have been blocked in Russia, according to Top10VPN.

On April 24, Russia also blocked Chess.comwhich had publicly declared his condemnation of the invasion of Ukraine on February 26.

Chess.com said in a statement that his apps continued to work even if his website was blocked.

“We gladly encourage our Russian members to continue to access our site using our apps or one of the many great services


vpn

services that are so essential in Russia,” he said.

Russian demand for Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) has increased following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. VPNs allow users to access information otherwise blocked in their country.

After the invasion, Ukrainians and activists found ingenious ways to circumvent Russian internet censorship.

Some posted Google reviews of restaurants and places with messages about Ukraine, leading Google to block such Russian reviews in early March.

Ukrainian ad professionals formed a volunteer group to target Russian internet users with ads debunking misinformation about the invasion, Insider’s Lara O’Reilly reported in March.

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Liveblog: ‘Positive signs’ Lib Dems have taken Somerset – Davey https://golfclashgemmes.com/liveblog-positive-signs-lib-dems-have-taken-somerset-davey/ Fri, 06 May 2022 08:59:48 +0000 https://golfclashgemmes.com/liveblog-positive-signs-lib-dems-have-taken-somerset-davey/ 11:00 Not many results yet according to today’s tallies. But some clues are beginning to emerge. Sir Ed Davey, the leader of the Lib Dem, believes his party will win in Somerset. It would be a significant recovery for them in an area where they have been strong in the past. 9:30 a.m. Hello. There […]]]>

11:00

  • Not many results yet according to today’s tallies. But some clues are beginning to emerge. Sir Ed Davey, the leader of the Lib Dem, believes his party will win in Somerset. It would be a significant recovery for them in an area where they have been strong in the past.

9:30 a.m.

Hello.

  • There have been many results, but there are many more that matter today. The Press Association has produced a schedule of deliverables here. It will be based on what the returning officers tell them. Usually these schedules are a bit optimistic. They reflect the returning officers’ ambitions of what will happen if all goes well. But in practice, there’s a strange hitch along the way. A general rule is to expect the result about an hour later than the claimed time. Sort of like having builders and the work on your house takes a week longer than expected. Paul has already covered the night’s results.
  • Just as Eric Morecambe mused about “playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order” for the election, it’s not just about the number of votes, but about getting them in the right places. So far, in terms of vote share and number of councillors, the Tory’s losses have been more modest than some forecast (down 122 overall in the number of councilors at the latest count). The net gain from work in advisors was very modest at 34. But they came to the right places. Barnet, Southampton, Wandsworth and Westminster are top Labor gains. They lost a seat in Sunderland but still hold the Council – what would have been a shock loss was therefore avoided. They lost eight seats to the Conservatives in Enfield – but not control of the Council. Losing Hull to the Lib Dems is a significant setback for them, however. Will Labour’s luck hold today? In Crodon? In Herse?
  • Labor won new Cumberland council – by a large majority. Marc Wallace Remarks the three MPs from this region are Conservatives. So it’s significant – even if it didn’t get much media attention because it doesn’t constitute a ‘gain’.
  • Professor Sir John Curtice said that outside the capital, Labor’s vote share is actually down from 2018 on the results so far. If last night’s results were reflected in a general election, he doubts Labor will even emerge as the biggest party – let alone with an overall majority. He concludes that Labor is “probably somewhat disappointed” with this performance at this stage in Parliament.
  • I suggested we watch the progress of the Green Party – given that their opinion polls are not far behind the Lib Dems. They have 23 more advisers at last count. So progress – but not a breakthrough.

Cumberland Green Party Local Elections (General) London

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Columbia Gorge Foundry cleanup, planned redevelopment https://golfclashgemmes.com/columbia-gorge-foundry-cleanup-planned-redevelopment/ Wed, 04 May 2022 19:18:24 +0000 https://golfclashgemmes.com/columbia-gorge-foundry-cleanup-planned-redevelopment/ For many years, the former Columbia Gorge Aluminum Smelter was a mainstay of the local Klickitat County economy, providing hundreds of family jobs. It was common for several generations of the same family to work side by side at the foundry. As with many Washington aluminum smelters along the Columbia River, economic changes and increases […]]]>

For many years, the former Columbia Gorge Aluminum Smelter was a mainstay of the local Klickitat County economy, providing hundreds of family jobs. It was common for several generations of the same family to work side by side at the foundry.

As with many Washington aluminum smelters along the Columbia River, economic changes and increases in electricity rates in the early 2000s led to the facility’s closure.

Three decades of heavy industrial activities have left behind contamination of soil and groundwater at the site. Taking into account the risk linked to the industrial heritage of the site is a priority for Ecology.

Currently, we are working with the landowner, NSC Smelter, LLC, and the former smelter operator, Lockheed Martin Corporation, to investigate and clean up the remaining waste and contamination.

We are about to complete a Corrective investigation, a study that measures the types of contamination across the entire site. Once we know the extent of the contamination, our next step will be to carry out a Feasibility study, who examines the alternatives to clean it.

When these studies are complete, we will seek feedback on the results and potential cleanup options. We will consider feedback from the tribes and the public when developing a cleanup plan for the entire site.

New Cleanup Plan Targets Proposed Hydroelectric Site

Even as our investigation and cleanup planning progresses, the former smelter site is being examined more closely by developers who see the potential to utilize its location, setting and existing infrastructure.

The Goldendale Energy Storage Project is one such proposal

Free Flow Power Project 101, LLC is proposing to construct a hydroelectric project adjacent to the Columbia River to take advantage of the site’s topography and proximity to the nearby John Day Dam power grid. The project would consist of two reservoirs at different altitudes connected by a tunnel equipped with a reversible turbine.

The project would store energy by pumping water upwards during periods of excess production from renewable energy sources (such as solar and wind) and then generate electricity by leaving the water will flow back down through the turbine during peak periods of electricity demand.

The proposed lower tank location is in an area where smelter waste was traditionally disposed of, at the western end of the aluminum plant. Our industrial program works with the requester to develop a cleanup plan for this portion of the site and coordinate it with sitewide cleanup planning. This cleaning would take place before construction of the reservoir could begin.

Public Participation in Goldendale Energy Storage Site Cleanup

We recently developed a public participation plan specifically for the cleanup of the proposed Goldendale Stored Energy site. It provides information on how we will engage with tribes and the public as the cleanup progresses for this portion of the project’s proposed footprint.

We will seek feedback before making any final decisions on the proposed site cleanup plan for the Goldendale Stored Energy Project.

Ongoing state environmental review

Currently, we are also preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIA) for the entire Goldendale Energy Storage Project. The EIA examines the possible significant adverse impacts resulting from the construction and operation of the proposed hydroelectric project. The draft EIS will be available for public review and comment in early June. You can read more about EIS on our Goldendale Energy Storage project page.

To construct the proposed energy project, the applicant will also need to obtain other state and federal permits and approvals beyond simple site cleanup. The project must obtain permits from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and others before moving forward.

Site-wide redevelopment potential

Beyond the proposed energy project, the owner of the former smelter site continues to market the remainder of the property for other projects, and it is likely that further redevelopment proposals will emerge.

We remain committed to working with the owner, applicants and the public to return this site to productive economic use.

An important first step is to ensure that any future development addresses the risks to people and the environment posed by legacy contamination from the site. It is also important to us to ensure that cleaning activities for specific redevelopment projects are coordinated with cleaning planning across the site.

We are confident that with careful planning and consideration of public feedback, this property can once again play a key role in the economic vitality of Klickitat County for generations to come.

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6 condos with better locations than the internet suggests – Property Blog Singapore https://golfclashgemmes.com/6-condos-with-better-locations-than-the-internet-suggests-property-blog-singapore/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 14:12:06 +0000 https://golfclashgemmes.com/6-condos-with-better-locations-than-the-internet-suggests-property-blog-singapore/ Thanks to Google Maps and Street View, it’s pretty easy to spot the location of a condo these days… or is it? Over time, we’ve found that this is quite unfair to some condos (we’ve made this mistake before) – there are properties that don’t. appear very accessible or convenient on the internet, but are […]]]>

Thanks to Google Maps and Street View, it’s pretty easy to spot the location of a condo these days… or is it? Over time, we’ve found that this is quite unfair to some condos (we’ve made this mistake before) – there are properties that don’t. appear very accessible or convenient on the internet, but are great once you get down in person. Here are some condos that have a better location than they first appear:

1. Clavon

Clavon MRT

Location: 6 Avenue Clémenti 1 (District 5)

Developer: UIC & UOL Venture Investments

Lease: 99 years old

HIGH: 2025

Number of units: 640

Median price: $1,674 per square foot

What you should know:

Clementi MRT (East West Line) seems really away from Clavon, if you check the maps online. The “official” route to the MRT station is often given as more than a 15 minute walk, which is too inconvenient for most.

However, this is because the route currently avoids Clementi Peaks (a BTO development), which is under construction. Once these flats are completed, residents of Clavon will be able to walk directly through the flats, saving a lot of time on the walk.

Casa Clementi’s 24-hour Sheng Siong is also overlooked, just an eight-minute walk from Clavon. There is also a cafe here, along with a few clinics and a dentist.

2. Main Garden

Main Garden MRT

Location: 93 Prince Charles Crescent (District 3)

Developer: Secure Venture Development (Alexandra) Pte. ltd.

Lease: 99 years old

HIGH: 2018

Number of units: 663

Median price: $1,928 per square foot

What you should know:

There are many claims that Principal Garden is too far from the MRT to walk. It’s a bit of a half-truth. Although the distance is not short, it is fair to point out that Redhill MRT (East West Line) can be reached in 10 minutes on foot; this is an acceptable walking distance for some.

Plus, there’s a bus stop just outside Principal Garden, so you’re only a few stops from Redhill MRT; most residents will not experience much inconvenience.

Also note that the main garden is across the canal from Alexandra Park Connector (there is a bridge). This allows residents to walk straight to Alexandra Road giving you easy access to the CBD.

And as a location itself, Principal Garden is really central, so if you drive, you can get to most places in Singapore pretty quickly.

3. Forecourt

Parvis metro station

Location: 12 Holland Hill (District 10)

Developer: Calne Pte. ltd.

Lease: Full ownership

HIGH: 2012

Number of units: 248

Median price: $2,087 per square foot

What you should know:

Some websites list the closest amenities to Parvis as being in the center of Holland V (near the MRT station). It’s not within walking distance, about 15 minutes; so it could give the impression that there are no amenities nearby.

Upon closer inspection, however, we discovered that there was a back door to Parvis. From here there is a route to Commonwealth Crescent Market, which is only an eight-minute walk away. For this reason, many descriptions continue to miss the fact that there is a large hawker center just steps away.

An often missed perk is the 10-minute walk to Chip Bee Gardens, which is a foodie’s paradise. Admittedly, this one is a bit longer on foot; but residents can walk there via Taman Warna.

4. Valley Park

Valley Park Subway Station

Location: 473 River Valley Road (District 10)

Developer: River Valley Properties Pte. ltd.

Lease: 999 years

HIGH: 1997

Number of units: 248

Median price: $1,895 per square foot

What you should know:

The valley park is a lot closer to Great World City and its adjacent MRT station (Thomson-East Coast Line) than many websites suggest. There is a back gate in Valley Park, which allows residents to walk through Zion Close – this will take them to Great World City in about six minutes.

Another often missed bonus is how easy it is to get to Tiong Bahru. Just take the 32 bus from the stop just outside Valley Park. It will stop outside Block 48, and from there it’s only a six-minute walk to the heart of Tiong Bahru.

5. Costa Rhu

Costa Rhu metro station

Location: 1 Rhu Cross (District 15)

Developer: Amcol Gardens Pte. ltd.

Lease: 99 years old

HIGH: 1997

Number of units: 737

Median price: $1,409 per square foot

What you should know:

There are a few changes that have benefited the Costa Rhu since its appearance in the 1990s. For starters, the Costa Rhu will be close to the upcoming Founders Memorial; and residents can walk there.

This will in turn connect to Gardens by The Bay (it is integrated with the Gardens). This will be in place and ready in 2027.

Another much-needed update for Costa Rhu concerns developments in the Kallang area. The Kallang Sports Hub and its companion Kallang Wave Mall did not exist when the Costa Rhu was created. As such, many old reports list Leisure Park or Golden Mile as the nearest main retail.

In fact, the Sports Hub and Kallang Wave Mall are about an eight-minute drive from Costa Rhu and may now be a more convenient option. It is also often forgotten that if you cycle along the Tanjong Rhu promenade, you can get to the Kallang Wave Mall in just seven minutes.

6. Costa Del Sol

Costa Del Sol

Location: 68 Bayshore Road (District 16)

Developer: Japura Development Pte. ltd.

Lease: 99 years old

HIGH: 2003

Number of units: 906

Median price: $1,555 per square foot

What you should know:

Contrary to online maps, the Costa Del Sol is not several miles from the beach on the east coast. The condo has a side door and an underpass that crosses the road, so residents can reach the beach barbecue area in as little as five minutes.

Costa Del Sol and its surrounding neighbors (Bayshore Park and The Bayshore) will both be within a five-minute walk of the next MRT Bayshore (Thomson-East Coast Line) in 2023, although there is currently no access to the MRT.

Also note that there is a huge daycare center (Alphabet Playhouse) which is right in front of the three condos.

Does your condo have side entrances or changes that are not well known?

Let us know, so we can provide reviews and updates; these will help future buyers make a more informed decision. To learn more about these developments, as well as Singapore’s private real estate market, follow us on Stacked.


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New WordPress plugin lets websites automatically create call-to-action buttons on blog posts https://golfclashgemmes.com/new-wordpress-plugin-lets-websites-automatically-create-call-to-action-buttons-on-blog-posts/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 21:26:01 +0000 https://golfclashgemmes.com/new-wordpress-plugin-lets-websites-automatically-create-call-to-action-buttons-on-blog-posts/ “Logo for WP Action Buttons Plugin” An SEO agency has released a new client-exclusive WordPress plugin that automatically creates call-to-action buttons at the bottom of blog posts. Dallas, TX- Dallas-based SEO agency Joe Youngblood SEO and Digital Marketing Consulting has become well known for offering high quality WordPress SEO services and creating custom plugins for […]]]>

“Logo for WP Action Buttons Plugin”

An SEO agency has released a new client-exclusive WordPress plugin that automatically creates call-to-action buttons at the bottom of blog posts.

Dallas, TX- Dallas-based SEO agency Joe Youngblood SEO and Digital Marketing Consulting has become well known for offering high quality WordPress SEO services and creating custom plugins for their clients and the WordPress community. Now, the agency is bringing something new to its clients: automated call-to-action buttons for blog content.

One of the biggest complaints the agency receives from clients regarding the blog content on their website is that it doesn’t help convert new clients directly. Often a website visitor entering via organic search or social media to a blog post is not considered a potential customer, and after reading the blog post, they leave the site to continue their journey – eventually converting elsewhere. This has been a known problem in SEO and digital marketing for a long time. In the past, most efforts to capture some of these visitors into leads or customers have involved annoying pop-ups asking for things like joining an email newsletter or using high-pressure tactics to pressure them into a purchase. . This new plugin hopes to solve the small business problem while providing a non-intrusive experience for website visitors.

The new plugin is called WP Action Buttons. Website owners or marketers can install it and quickly start adding call-to-action buttons to the bottom of their blog posts. The current version of the plugin offers a wide variety of ways to customize buttons to help website owners design their buttons to match the rest of their site. This includes predefined styles, CSS customization, and 3 different ways to trigger buttons.

Here are all the current features:

• 11 different predefined styles with corresponding button animations.

• Change button color, font color, gradient color and shadow color.

• Edit the button’s call-to-action text.

• Trigger one button per category the blog post is in.

• Trigger a button indicating who the author of the message was.

• Trigger a button based on the geographical region in which the visitor is located.

This plugin is currently an exclusive plugin for clients who have engaged the agency for SEO and marketing services. It will remain exclusive for a short time, then a free version will open to the public later this year or early 2023.

“Automatically and effortlessly creating non-intrusive call-to-action buttons when new content is posted on their blogs is a huge win for our clients. Driving more sales and leads than traditional blogging alone without the compromise of giving their users a bad experience.” – Joe Youngblood, Founder of Joe Youngblood SEO & Digital Marketing Consulting

This is the second client-exclusive WordPress plugin released by the agency this year with at least 4 more in some current level of development.

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Liverpool v Everton is still a derby but cannot be considered a rivalry | Everton https://golfclashgemmes.com/liverpool-v-everton-is-still-a-derby-but-cannot-be-considered-a-rivalry-everton/ Sat, 23 Apr 2022 21:01:00 +0000 https://golfclashgemmes.com/liverpool-v-everton-is-still-a-derby-but-cannot-be-considered-a-rivalry-everton/ For Evertonians, perhaps the most upsetting aspect of the past week has been the number of Liverpool fans and former players reflecting on what a shame it would be if they were relegated. “I would be sad and I’m sure there are plenty of other Liverpool fans who would feel the same way,” Ian Rush […]]]>

For Evertonians, perhaps the most upsetting aspect of the past week has been the number of Liverpool fans and former players reflecting on what a shame it would be if they were relegated. “I would be sad and I’m sure there are plenty of other Liverpool fans who would feel the same way,” Ian Rush said on Friday. Jürgen Klopp used his press conference to lament Everton’s fate, admitting he would miss the derby if they end up in the Championship next season.

In a way, the outpouring of wailing is its own sneaky little stab. It turns out Everton could handle the hate from Liverpool. They could live with the mockery and tribal jokes. It’s sympathy they can’t stand.

But commensurate with the gaping void between these two clubs ahead of the 240th Merseyside derby, it’s as good as any. Undoubtedly, there are still some Liverpool fans who would happily celebrate Everton’s relegation as their fifth trophy, just as Everton fans will enthusiastically cheer Villarreal in the Champions League on Wednesday.

However, the divergence between them is such that one has more and more the impression that neither is more the business of the other. Sportingly, these two clubs can also live in different universes.

Frank Lampard has said he will draw at Anfield on Sunday. Of course he would. It would be the same for most of its predecessors. But until recently, it’s a prospect none of them would dare to consider, let alone say on camera. But Liverpool have bigger prizes in mind these days, as do Everton.

The form does not pop out of the window. Local pride is not at stake. The larger showdown has already been won and lost. Liverpool v Everton can still be a derby in the strictest definition of the word. But it is no longer a rivalry.

These things have always had their ups and downs. Everton and Liverpool were in separate divisions for most of the 1950s, played each other for much of the 1980s and as recently as 2013 Everton finished above Liverpool in the league. But rarely in our lives has the chasm felt as wide or as dramatic as it does now. Liverpool finished 14 places ahead of Everton in 1998 and 50 points clear in their title-winning season in 2020. Barring an extreme change in fortune, both marks are set to be broken in 2022.

How we got here is a more complex question: a confluence of bets taken and not taken, missteps and mismanagement, of a team that discovered its identity and a team that lost its identity. It’s easy to forget that Liverpool have been a dysfunctional club for almost as long as Everton, enduring their own decades of nostalgic neglect, desperately chasing lost glories. Take a snapshot of the two clubs a decade ago and on or off the pitch there is frankly little choice between them.

Everton are no longer the same club since the appointment of Sam Allardyce. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

For all the disparity in resources, the greatest contrast over the next few years was one of vision and conviction. All clubs make mistakes, go astray, go through periods of turbulence or crisis. Liverpool may have hit the jackpot with Klopp, but it also forced them to remain confident in his leadership and his brand of football, even when the results changed and no one could quite know what lay ahead.

By comparison, Everton’s reaction to a difficult few months under Ronald Koeman in 2017 was to press the panic button and bring in the cloven hoofs of Sam Allardyce to coach a squad full of technical passers. In the short term, it worked. But the curb he put on their long-term ambitions was fatal. He broadcast to everyone – future coaches, potential players, fans and sponsors – that their principles were essentially disposable. Everton is probably not the same club since.

Even during the briefly promising years of Marco Silva, the decadent years of Carlo Ancelotti, the months of Rafa Benítez, the strange eruptions of Duncan Ferguson, there was no sense of larger strategy, no basic idea. Scour the list of Liverpool’s twelve biggest signings of the past decade and only Christian Benteke really stands out as a mistake. Scan Everton’s roster and you’re faced with an army of squandered talent, from Gylfi Sigurdsson to Yannick Bolasie, from Moise Kean to Davy Klaassen, players signed to serve a grand master plan who would invariably be phased out within months.

Lampard, for his part, at least seems to have a clear idea of ​​how he wants Everton to play and who he wants to play. Last week, footage emerged of a training drill in which Everton practiced long fastballs over a high back line, similar to what they are likely to encounter on Sunday.

It will certainly be interesting to see what he can do with some time, a full transfer window and a team that, despite all its unevenness and injuries, is still much better than its league position suggests.

Somehow you wonder if the reality of being left behind by their city rivals might just be a blessing in disguise. For some time now – decades, really – much of Everton’s psychology and approach has been tied to trying to emulate Liverpool, to match them, to surpass them.

That giant blur of red in their windshield informed some of their costliest mistakes and most destructive delusions.

Well, this war is over. The blur of red has faded away and it’s not coming back. Better to start over, at your own pace and on your own terms.

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