Humboldt women’s basketball hosts Concordia tonight

first_imgThe Humboldt State Women’s basketball team, after having a pair of games over the weekend cancelled due to poor air quality, will return to the court tonight when it hosts Concordia University at 7 p.m. at Lumberjack Arena.Humboldt (2-0) is off to its best start since the 2011-12 season and will play its final preseason game tonight before beginning California Collegiate Athletic Association play on Friday at Sonoma State (1-1).“We were please to open up with two road win over a couple of …last_img read more

Dygest: Survey All The Hottest News Coverage in One Digest

first_imgDygest.net is a fascinating new service that looks over hundreds of topical sources online, finds out what the hot topics are and publishes excerpts of coverage that help tell the whole story succinctly on one page. It’s like Cliffs Notes for meme-tracking and it appears to work quite well.At first glance Dygest looks like the work of one more computer scientist who’s trained a robot to hunt for hot links. There are a lot of those now. This one uses natural language processing algorithms instead of tracking links between sources, though, and the summaries from multiple sources are enjoyable to read. Demo sites have been set up for technology, environmental, film, Chicago-area and San Francisco area news. Tags:#NYT#Semantic Web#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The digests aren’t perfect but they are surpassingly coherent. The site isn’t particularly eye catching at all, but as a proof of concept it’s very interesting. You can either get a broad understanding of a story by reading highlighted paragraphs from various sources, or pick one of those sources to dive deep into its particular coverage. The opportunity to sample different writing styles, angles and key points makes Dygest fun to read casually and for in-depth exploration of the news.The team behind Dygest says they think the service would be well suited for mobile consumption, but white labeling the technology is high on their list of ideas as well. OneSpot comes to mind as an immediate competitor, but there are others.Dygest has pre-seeded each of its demo sites with a few hundred sources, but the possibilities the analysis engine presents are many. Related Posts last_img read more

Regulating Rain Barrels Is Not the Best Idea

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Adell Amos is the Associate Dean for Academic affairs and Associate Professor of Environmental and Natural Resources Law at the University of Oregon. This post originally appeared at The Conversation. Throughout the United States, however, the law recognizes the public nature of water. Under the public trust doctrine, each state holds title to the water within the state in trust for the people of the state.Given the competing demands for water use, principles of U.S. law seek to balance these competing needs and uses to ensure that the public’s rights to water are protected.In the eastern United States, there is the riparian system that protects reasonable use of water among all landowners along rivers or streams. In the western part of the country, the doctrine of prior appropriation requires a permit to use water based on showing that the water will be put to beneficial use without waste.The public nature of water ensures that individual private interests never fully control who gets access to water and when, where and how water is used. In fact, when an individual has a right to use water, that right is known as a “usufructory” interest — that is, the right to use the water without owning the water itself.Granting a usufructory interest — something that doesn’t fully privatize a water right — makes good sense when you think about the nature of water.Short of putting water in a bottle and selling it by the ounce, water is difficult to possess and reduce to ownership. It is a shared resource that is used over and over again as the molecules of water make their way through the hydrologic system.Water falls from the sky, runs along the ground, and percolates into the groundwater system. It is taken up by plants and trees, consumed by people and animals, and eventually makes its way through one mechanism or another back into the groundwater or surface water sources, only to flow further down the system to be used again or eventually evaporate back into the atmosphere to start the process all over again.Private ownership of drops of water presents a complex problem, not only as a legal matter, but as an ethical public policy choice as well.The debate over rainwater collection demonstrates this complexity.Don’t homeowners in Colorado have the right to collect rain that falls on their rooftop? At the same time, doesn’t a senior water right holder have a right to have the rain enter the stream so that their right can be satisfied?Our legal system evolved ways to deal with this complex reality, with our state governments empowered to manage this resource among competing interests on behalf of all of us.In the eastern United States, where rainfall is plentiful and competing uses for water are rare, the riparian system allows any landowner adjacent to a water source to use its water. If there is a conflict about the quantity of water available for a certain use, that conflict is resolved by using legal standards to sort through the reasonableness of each individual’s use.In the western United States, where competition among users has always been more commonplace, each individual state requires a permit for water use. These permits are awarded pursuant to the doctrine of prior appropriation. For example, irrigated agriculture often holds senior water rights (issued under state law) and Indian tribes often hold even more senior rights (based on federal law).When conflict arises, disputes are resolved using the legal principle of first-in-time, first-in-right that protects the most senior, beneficial, non-wasteful uses of water. Or at least that is the theory. U.S. water law, east and westBoth the rainwater collectors and the existing water rights holders, such as irrigators or municipalities with water rights to river flows or groundwater sources, believe they have a fully private interest in any water they use. Many of us never think about who gets to use the drops of rain that fall from the sky. But it’s an increasingly pertinent question as more people look to collect rainwater as a way to conserve water, live off the grid, or save money on water bills.As a result, many states in the arid West are now asking whether rain barrels are allowed under existing law and policy and, in some cases, are setting limits on the practice of rainwater catchment.Colorado has gone further than any of its neighbors by requiring a permit for any rainwater collection. Meanwhile, Utah put rainwater harvesting rules into effect in 2010 with some restrictions, and Washington legalized rainwater collection in 2009, while leaving the state the “ability to restrict if there are negative effects on instream values or existing water rights.”Why this worry over rainwater harvesting?If everyone captures the rain that falls on rooftops and through downspouts of homes, the argument goes, then the water will never reach the rivers and streams. If this happens, existing water users may not be able to access their rights to use the water.This concern, however, overstates the issue and risks missing more concrete opportunities for water conservation and efficiency. A more effective way to address decreasing water supply would be for states to apply the legal principles prohibiting waste and demanding reasonable water use, which have long been embedded in any right to use water. In Colorado, Even the Rain Is Spoken ForCalifornia City Pushes Water ConservationDry Is the New NormalCalifornia’s Real Water CrisisSaving Water — Saving EnergyIn the West, Drought Ends ‘Era of the Lawn’The Uncertain Future of Phoenix and Las Vegas Water waste and powerful interestsSo how does this relate to the regulation of rainwater harvesting?If the primary concerns are that somehow rainwater barrels will limit the amount of water in the system, reduce availability of water, and potentially impact existing rights, then there may be better ways to address this concern.Rather than devoting resources to regulating individual rain barrels — a logistically difficult task — it may make more sense for state water agencies to get serious about enforcing principles of waste.To enforce waste reduction policies, water resource management agencies in each state would need to set standards on how much water is needed to carry out a particular use. They then would need to measure water use to ensure that individual permit holders are not taking more water than what is necessary to accomplish their purpose.Many longstanding water users take more water than they need, under the principle of use-it-or-lose-it. In western water law, if you don’t use the water, you risk forfeiting your water right. As a result, many users divert the full quantity of their water right whether that amount is needed or not.If the states crack down on waste, it will bring this longstanding practice into the spotlight. Existing water users may be faced with calls to increase efficiency and to decrease the rate of diversion.For decades, there has been a persistent reluctance to address waste because it would involve scrutinizing water use practices among some of the most powerful interests in the state.But by addressing the thorny problem of waste, state agencies could make more headway in securing reliable water supplies and certainly could have a more significant impact on water supply than regulating rainwater catchment.In the end, we may face tough public policy choices about whether and how to regulate rainwater catchment. But before we go in this direction, policymakers should take a careful look at whether existing larger-scale water users are complying with longstanding principles of non-waste and reasonableness embedded in U.S. water law.last_img read more

Key Takeaways for Professionals on Building Trust & Credibility

first_imgOn Wednesday the MFLN Military Caregiving concentration hosted their monthly webinar on ‘Empowering Those We Help: Building Trust and Credibility’ to military helping professionals that may be working with family caregivers of wounded service members and those caring for someone with special needs.The professional development training was more of a “back to basics” guide that focused on principles to effective services on empowering families and increasing resilience, while recognizing that families have expert-level knowledge regarding their own experiences and key insight into the needs of their loved one.Upon completion of the webinar, presenter Alicia Cassels, Extension Professor from West Virginia University, provided key takeaways for professionals to think about as they go forth in their work with military families.  As you read the following key takeaways, think about how these may affect your work experience. Do these represent your current work environment or are there areas for improvement?Effective service provision empowers families and helps increase resilience.Effective service providers recognize that families have expert-level knowledge regarding their own experiences and key insight into the needs of their loved ones.Communication styles, family culture, base culture, special needs and other factors impact family decisions to seek support. Professional skills, personal attributes and experiences influence provider interactions with families.It is important for providers to learn as much as possible about the cultures that they serve.Effective helping professionals convey key characteristics when collaborating with families. These characteristics include: unbiased, emotionally mature, culturally competent, non-judgmental, accepting, empathetic, objective and empowering.Comprehensive needs assessments should be conducted prior to goal setting and should identify family strengths and needs.Periodic reviews of goals should be conducted in order to address changing family needs and priorities.Providers are ideally seen as hubs for accurate information, family support and needs-based referrals.Collaborative working relationships with organizations that serve your population will increase your capacity to help families access necessary services.It is important to assist families in adjusting expectations regarding services based on knowledge of typical timelines and experiences.If you missed Wednesday’s MFLNMC webinar there is still time to watch the recording and receive continuing education credit or a certificate of completion for training hours. Simply go to, ‘Empowering Those We Help: Building Trust and Credibility’ to learn more.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on August 21, 2015.last_img read more

Police involved shooting in Lewis Yard details scant

first_img Grand Bahama is future Caribbean silicon valley, Govt tells Diplomats Bahamas, September 6th, 2017 – Grand Bahama – A police involved shooting overnight in Grand Bahama is with very limited details at this hour, but it was said relatives arrived at the scene in Lewis Yard to find the area cordoned off and their male family member dead.   The young man is said to be in his 30s and family was last night trying to find out what led to the shooting.  There is no reply to our queries on the shooting either up to news publication time.By Deandrea Hamilton Bahamas Govt bids to buy Lucayan Strip resorts, PM Minnis tours site Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#LewisYard, #magneticmedianews, grandbahama, shooting TCI Police Investigate shooting in Providenciales; two escape injurylast_img read more

Howe hails outstanding Pochettino

first_imgAhead of their trip to Tottenham on Boxing Day, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has labeled Mauricio Pochettino as “outstanding”.Since joining Tottenham Hotspur from Southampton in 2014, Pochettino has transformed the North London club into a Premier League powerhouse.Spurs came close to winning the title but finished runners-up to Leicester City in their historic league-winning 2015/2016 season.Bournemouth will travel to Wembley to face an in-form Tottenham side that thrashed Everton 6-2 at Goodison Park on Sunday, and manager Howe has revealed his admiration for the Spurs gaffer.“I think the biggest compliment I can give him is that he improves players,” Howe told Sky Sports.Kieran trippier, Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham HotspursTrippier and Pochettino try to clear up a war of words George Patchias – September 13, 2019 The apparent war of words between Kieran Trippier and Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be nothing more than a misunderstanding.Trippier was sold by Tottenham…“You look at the players he has worked with for a consistent period of time, I think they have all got better and are now playing at high levels, and the team because of that has benefitted.“He’s an outstanding manager. He’s definitely someone that I admire, definitely. He’s definitely someone you look at and think he has a lot of qualities that you would want in yourself as a manager.“I don’t know him that well but he looks like someone who works incredibly hard, he’s very committed to his club and he does all the right things.”last_img read more