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Breakdown: Cambridge Analytica, information warfare Twitter Linkedin Elizabeth Campbell is executive editor of TCU 360 and a senior journalism and political science double major. When not in the newsroom, she’s thinking about the news while probably watching TCU football or being a history nerd. Send her a tip if you have a story to share! ReddIt Facebook + posts printThe Historic Stockyards Design District Task Force decided in an 8-6 vote yesterday to tighten the regulations on building height by changing it from a guideline to a standard.The new rule requires all new constructions and additions within 50 feet of a historical structure to be within two stories of the historical structure, according to the Overarching Standards and Guidelines of the Stockyards Design Overlay District.The standard also mandates that transitions are necessary when the new construction is more than two stories taller than the historic structure, according to the Overarching Standards and Guidelines of the Stockyards Design Overlay District.The qualification for a historic structure for this project is “things that are eligible for being on the National Register of Historic Places,” Task Force Staff Liaison Dana Burghdoff said.“We need to protect the Stockyards,” task force member Bob Adams said. “This is Fort Worth. This is the Stockyards. This is life is too short to live in Dallas.”The task force also decided to add a list of proposed and inappropriate building materials to be added to the guidelines section of the project. A guideline differs from a standard because a guideline is a suggestion to follow, whereas a standard is a hard rule. If companies would like an exemption from a standard they would have to petition the city’s Urban Design Commission for one, Senior Assistant City Attorney Melinda Ramos said.In addition, the task force chose not to take action on whether a lot at 2201 Main St. should be removed from the overlay district. The lack of a vote meant that the lot remains a part of the district.“I’m not trying to tear anything down,” task force member Keith Kidwill said.This task force assembled last year at the request of the Fort Worth City Council in order to guide development of a new Stockyards design district, according to the city of Fort Worth website.The plan for the design district came about after the city of Fort Worth approved the use of tax increment financing (TIF) Aug. 4. The TIF is a finance tool used by local governments to publicly finance needed structural improvements and enhanced infrastructure within a defined area, according to the city of Fort Worth website.For the Stockyards area the tax revenue will come from the city of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Tarrant County College District and the Tarrant Regional Water District. Their portion of funds for the project, projected at around $40 million, will go towards improvements such as roads, pedestrian areas, public amenities, historic restoration and parking infrastructure, according to the project plan and financing plan for the reinvestment zone.Stockyards Trading Post employee Scott Tallmon said he thinks these plans are a good idea because they would bring more people to the Stockyards.“I think it would be wonderful,” Tallmon said. “It’d be good for the Stockyards.”Rudy Martinez, manager of the Riscky’s BBQ in the Stockyards, said he also believed that the new designs would bring more people to the Stockyards, but is worried about keeping the Stockyards unique.“We don’t want to lose the identity of the Stockyards,” Martinez said “As long as we can control and find a balance to it, it should be a great thing for Fort Worth.”Some visitors to the Stockyards however, such Emily Totty who was visiting from Australia, are not as optimistic about the update.“Tell them not to do it,” Totty said. “The whole point of this place is that it’s historically there. I love that you walk around this place and it feels old timey, it doesn’t feel like you’re in the 21st century.”Allan Campaign, a self-proclaimed history buff visiting from New York, said it would be a good idea to keep the Stockyards going but wants the designers to remember the history in their plans.“That’s the important part,” Campaign said. “I hope they keep that part in mind.”However not everyone is as worried about maintaining the history of the Stockyards.“The only history that could be lost is tearing down some old stockyard stalls back there,” Tallmon said. “They only got 20 head of cattle so they only need one little spot to keep them.”The task force is set to meet again either Sept. 23 or 24 where members plan to discuss more about the proposed building materials and do a look through of the update plans as a whole. 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Election results have been tallied for the Empowerment Congress North Area Neighborhood Development Council, and the elected executive board, including a USC student, consists of new faces ready to tackle issues concerning the local community.Shawn Simons will be returning as president of the neighborhood council but will be working with a new executive board. Ashley Ramos, a junior majoring in political science, will serve as one of the two representatives for Area 3, the area that includes North University Park.Community · The North Area Neighborhood Development Council, pictured here during a meeting at the University Village in March, recently elected a new executive board. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanRamos will be replacing Samantha Foley, a senior majoring in political science and international relations, and Daniel Wu, a senior majoring in Los Angeles urban studies, both of whom were appointed to the council and served for a year.Though a number of students showed interest in running for the council, Ramos is the only one who followed through with the election process. Ramos said she decided to run because she thinks serving on the neighborhood council will be a good experience and could be a starting point for her to learn more about city planning and urban development.In her new position on the council, Ramos said she hopes to be a link between the university and the community.“As far as what I would like to do on the council is just to keep an open line of communication between the university and residents,” Ramos said. “It would be really good to just have everybody in the neighborhood kind of have a say in the Master Plan since it affects so many people.”Although Ramos will graduate before her two-year term on the council ends, she said she plans to go to graduate school at USC, which will give her the opportunity to stay on as an active member of the council.Two of the main issues the executive board plans to address this term include creating a community benefits package that will present concerns about the Master Plan to the university and city hall and ensuring that recreational activities for South Los Angeles children will continue. Parks and libraries, Simons said, have been struggling amid the city’s stark $212 million budget deficit.Simons said she is currently working on a budget proposal with the mayor’s office to identify strategic partnerships for parks and libraries through neighborhood councils.“I think this is going to be a huge piece of the puzzle in South L.A. … Those services are so desperately needed for the youth in our area,” she said.The new executive board will also be working on the council’s outreach efforts, especially because it wants to be accessible for community members who will be affected by budget cuts.“We need to make sure people know who we are and how they can get in touch with us … When there is a crisis happening, we need to mobilize our area and amplify our voices,” Simons said.The council, however, will face challenges in reaching these goals.Simons said the new board is going to have to be very smart about how it allocates money and look for new ways to reel in funds. The Los Angeles City Council has cut $40,000 of NANDC’s funding because of the deficit, she said, and during the next fiscal year, starting in July, the council will be starting at a zero dollar balance.The two outgoing USC student representatives said they have high hopes for the council after what they were able to achieve during their time.Foley, who served for a year on the neighborhood development council, said one of her biggest accomplishments while on the council was lobbying to move the local farmers market from Shrine Place to University Avenue.“That’s been awesome because students go up and down that street all the time, and it’s an area [where] community members also feel like participating. It’s accessible to both groups,” she said.Foley and Wu also worked to launch public forums aimed at gathering opinions about the university’s Master Plan. Those forums began last month and will continue in the coming weeks.Wu said serving on the council was a great experience and gave him the chance to work with community members and also to observe interactions between members.The new executive board will host its first steering committee this month to help identify some basic principles as well as approve appointed positions.
“I expect soon or never,” Mourinho said after his side’s 1-0 win against Burnley. “I think it is so close, so close, so close that if it doesn’t happen it’s not going to happen.”Sky said it understood it could be a straight swap deal but details were yet to be finalised.McClaren, who was Alex Ferguson’s assistant when Manchester United won the treble in 1999, said the Sanchez signing would be a major coup for the club but warned his earnings could unsettle other players.“If he (Sanchez) is on the wages that is being bandied about then other players will know that when their contracts come up or they are in demand from other clubs,” he said.But McClaren believes United have struck a major blow by landing Sanchez, who has scored 80 goals in 166 appearances at Arsenal.“Any manager worth his salt would love to have Sanchez in their team,” McClaren told BBC Radio 5 Live.“Sanchez coming in for the second half of the season at Manchester United is a huge boost to them.“He has got that experience and toughness, he wins games and he is a leader. It will lift the level of the whole club.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Alexis Sanchez arrived at Manchester United’s training ground ahead of his expected move from Arsenal on Sunday, reports said, as his swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan edged closer.Earlier, the Chile international posted a video on Instagram, apparently showing him walking across an airstrip towards a private jet following reports that he was due in northwest England for a medical.Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper said Sanchez had been pictured arriving at United’s Carrington training complex to complete his move from the London club, widely expected to be finalised on Monday.Sky reported that Mkhitaryan would have a medical in London on Sunday.Chile’s Sanchez, 29, is set to become United’s best-paid player, with some reports putting his salary at £400,000 ($554,000) per week, prompting a warning from former England boss Steve McClaren that his high wages could create dressing-room disharmony.“Wage parity is very important to players. Yes, they find out — at all levels — and if someone is paid a lot higher than others that can cause a problem,” he said.Sky Sports News showed Armenian international Mkhitaryan, also 29, at a central London hotel on Saturday evening alongside agent Mino Raiola.Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and United manager Jose Mourinho both said they expected the two-way deal between the Premier League rivals to go through.Wenger said Sanchez was absent from the Arsenal squad on Saturday because he was close to completing a deal that has been in the making since United out-bid Manchester City for the former Barcelona star.
MIchael Crawford continues to shine after returning to the Green and White following a mid-season hiatus, scoring three goals and adding an assists for a four-point game.The 6-foot, 160-pound Penticton sniper has 13 points since returning to Nelson, including four goals in the past two games.Matt MacDonald, Austin Lindsay, Leaf captain Aaron Dunlap, Michael Rand and Tyler Fyfe also scored for Nelson.Josh Gladman, Mitchell Pearson and Matt Lucero replied for Grand Forks, which trailed 4-0 and 5-1 after the first and second periods, respectively.Nelson, finishing fourth in the Murdoch Division, takes on defending KIJHL champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the first round of the playoffs beginning Friday in Fruitvale.Game two is set for Saturday (February 21) at the Hawks Nest before the series shifts to Nelson for Games three and four, (Monday) Feburary 23 and (Tuesday) February 24.If necessary, the final three games of the series would be played February 26 (Beaver Valley), Feburary 27 (Nelson) and February 28 (Beaver Valley). The Nelson Leafs conclude what has been a trying Kootenay International Junior Hockey League regular season on the pond Sunday at the NDCC Arena against the Castlegar Rebels.Puck drop at the NDCC Arena is 2:30 p.m.Nelson enters the contest against the West Kootenay rivals after pounding Grand Forks Border Bruins 8-3 Friday in the Boundary City.
QPR goalkeeper Rob Green produced two early saves at the Liberty Stadium.Green was off his line quickly to deny former Rangers man Wayne Routledge and did well to tip away Kyle Bartley’s header.At the other end, Niko Kranjcar curled a free-kick over the bar.Richard Dunne, available again after suspension, returned to the QPR side, with Nedum Onuoha moving to right-back and Mauricio Isla dropping to the bench.Kranjcar kept his place, while Bobby Zamora is still out. QPR: Green, Onuoha, Caulker, Dunne, Yun, Vargas, Barton, Henry, Fer, Kranjcar, Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Ferdinand, Isla, Mutch, Phillips, Hoilett, Zamora.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup™ put to rest, once and for all, the idea that Africa is incapable of hosting world-class events of this magnitude. Fifa gave the country a near-perfect 9 out of 10 for the show it put on – here are just some of the reasons why:Take a bow, South Africa!John Carlin, author of Playing the Enemy, says all the stories about the 2010 Fifa World Cup being the 1995 rugby World Cup all over again, about healing racial wounds, uniting the fractured nation and so forth, were off the mark. “It was much, much better than that.” SA’s World Cup ‘near-perfect’: FifaAs Fifa president Sepp Blatter gave South Africa a near-perfect 9 out of 10 for its hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, analysts said the spin-offs of improved perceptions abroad could have a long-lasting impact not only on South Africa and its development but on the continent as a whole. 2010 ‘one of our greatest achievements’The 2010 Fifa World Cup was one of the greatest achievements of post-apartheid South Africa, President Jacob Zuma said at the national Heritage Day celebrations at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium. World Cup surveys highlight successThe successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup has done wonders for South Africans’ national confidence and the country’s image abroad, according to pre- and post-tournament surveys commissioned by Fifa. International awards for SA stadiumSouth Africa’s FNB Stadium, previously known as Soccer City, was a major hit with the fans during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. It’s also been racking up the design and construction awards, most recently being named the overall winner at the prestigious international Leaf Awards. South African ‘can-do’ wins againA novel beer vessel introduced in South Africa during the 2010 Fifa World Cup has been named Can of the Year 2010 by The Canmaker magazine, which reports on innovations in the metal-packaging industry. Bafana, Tshabalala do SA proud2010 was a good year for Bafana Bafana, and it ended on a high, with news that South Africa was up to 50th in football’s latest world rankings, and that Siphiwe Tshabalala’s blistering opening goal of the 2010 World Cup was among 10 nominees for Fifa’s goal of the year. Pride for Africa as Spain strike goldOnly 12 kilometres separate Spain from Africa at their closest point, and they were united in celebration at the finish of a 19th Fifa World Cup that sent a fault line of happiness stretching all the way from Bloemfontein to Barcelona. South Africans the ‘true stars’: ZumaThe people of South Africa were the “true stars” of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, uniting to prove to the world that the country and the continent was capable of hosting a world-class event, says President Jacob Zuma. South Africa’s World Cup wins heartsThe aftermath of hosting what has been hailed by one and all as a successful 2010 Fifa World Cup will no doubt leave South Africans with a massive hangover. However, the tournament has given them a new sense of pride, confidence and optimism, and opened a new chapter not only for the hosts but for the African continent. World Cup: Cape Town takes a bowAs Cape Town played host to the semi-final clash between the Netherlands and Uruguay on Tuesday night, the city bid farewell to its 2010 Fifa World Cup journey. For the city residents, it has been a memorable month that will live with them long after the tournament. Durban a hit with World Cup fansSouth Africa’s “Surf City” was the place to be on Friday as fans streamed in by the thousands for one of the most anticipated matches of the 2010 Fifa World Cup group stages, Brazil versus Portugal. While the match itself did not live up to the hype, the city of Durban certainly did. SA the ‘plan B’ of future World Cups“There is not a single part of this World Cup where we have not been able to go beyond the level of past World Cups,” Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke said at the halfway mark of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. “South Africa will become the ‘plan B’ of any future World Cup.” South Africa’s 2010 tourism harvestSouth Africa is set to reap lasting tourism rewards from the 2010 Fifa World Cup, with visitors pouring into the country in numbers, from new as well as traditional markets, and responding to the country’s offerings – and the energy and warmth of its people – with surprise and delight. Special courts key to World Cup successOne of the great successes of the 2010 World Cup – and there have been many – is how the special courts set up for the tournament have succeeded in dealing with the criminal activity that is part-and-parcel of hosting an event of this magnitude. World Cup so far ‘a success story’As the 2010 Fifa World Cup approaches the half-way mark, initial glitches have been ironed out and the competition is progressing magnificently, says Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan, adding that interest will only increase as the tournament progresses. Volunteers: World Cup’s unsung heroesWhile the on-field action draws the crowds, it is the thousands of hard-working volunteers busy in the background, making sure that each match runs with operational precision and professionalism, that should also be awarded a trophy. African welcome wins players’ heartsWhatever their fortunes on the pitch, players from the competing nations at the 2010 Fifa World Cup are enjoying the experience off it. The temperatures might be low, but the visiting teams are feeling the warmth of the African spirit. Huge crowds at World Cup fan festsFifa Fan Fests, organised at 16 venues around the world, played host to more than a million supporters during the first six days of the biggest sporting party in the world – with maximum capacity reached in almost every venue each time the respective national team played. Cup visitors enchanted by South AfricaThe world’s attention is focused on the southern tip of Africa as the greatest football showpiece plays itself out on the fields and in the streets of South Africa. But once the final whistle has blown on 11 July, it seems as though a lot of happy fans will be coming back to the country. Record SA audience for opening matchThe opening match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup between hosts South Africa and Mexico drew a record South African TV audience. The tournament is also getting good viewership ratings in North and South America, Europe and China. Soccer City one of world’s best: BlatterThe majestic Soccer City Stadium, venue for both the opening and final match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, has won rave reviews from Fifa president Sepp Blatter, who described it as “a five-star stadium” and one of the most beautiful in the world. South Africa’s ‘quantum’ football stadiumThe Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban’s spectacular 2010 Fifa World Cup venue, has scored not only an engineering first for an African stadium with its majestic arch. It has also become the world’s first “quantum” stadium. 2010 stadiums: mission accomplishedAfter six years of sustained hard work and intense global scrutiny of their ability to deliver, South Africa’s nine host cities have produced 10 World Cup stadiums – matching and exceeding international standards – which will soon be known to television viewers the world over.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tried to strike a balance between proponents and opponents of the Renewable Fuel Standards in setting levels for production of biofuels through 2016, said Purdue University energy policy specialist Wally Tyner.“Biodiesel appears to be a big winner with its mandate steadily growing over time and far exceeding the congressionally mandated level,” said Tyner, Professor of Agricultural Economics.For corn ethanol, Tyner said the EPA accepted arguments that the “blend wall” is a legitimate barrier to significantly increased production and did not accept arguments that E85 fuel would grow if the EPA mandated higher ethanol levels. But its 2016 mandate of 14 billion gallons requires some growth of E85 and E15 without reaching the original legislated level of 15 billion gallons.“Thus, it is a compromise position,” Tyner said.The EPA on May 29 proposed total renewable fuels production at 15.93 billion gallons for 2014 — the actual production for that year — 16.30 billion for 2015 and 17.40 billon for 2016.The RFS has been a topic of debate for several years in part because of the corn ethanol blend wall, which is a bit less than 10% of national gasoline consumption, currently at 135 billion gallons per year. Most gasoline in the U.S. is consumed as a 10% ethanol blend.The proposal now goes through a public comment period, which ends July 27. The EPA then will make its final decision in the fall.Tyner explained the EPA’s balancing approach, with gallon figures for each biofuel for 2014, ’15 and ’16:• Cellulosic (33 million, 106 million, 206 million): EPA essentially used data on existing and projected future plants and set the RFS mandate to match the projected production levels. It other words, it is a “build it and we will come” approach. The original legislated level for 2016 was 4.25 billion gallons.• Biodiesel (1.63 billion, 1.70 billion, 1.80 billion): The original congressional mandate was for at least 1 billion gallons, and the 2016 level reaches 1.8 billion gallons. “EPA believes that the market can provide and absorb significant increases for biodiesel.”• Conventional (13.25 billion, 13.40 billion, 14.00 billion): EPA allows small growth in the implied corn ethanol mandate. Essentially, the EPA believes the blend wall is a strong barrier, with little possibility for increasing E85 or E15 fuel. EPA set the 2015 level essentially at the 10% blending level. Ethanol producers believe that the market could absorb higher levels. EPA’s 2016 level assumes some consumption beyond the E10 blend wall.• Other advanced biofuels (202 million, 244 million, 494 million): EPA set these levels fairly low with some growth over the period. Ethanol from sugarcane can be used in this category. Also, biodiesel and cellulosic biofuel can be used here. “So, in fact, even more biodiesel could be used to meet the ‘other advanced’ mandate.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Planting proceeded despite continued wet weather this week, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 3.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending May 20. The wet conditions were ideal for plant emergence. Oat planting is near completion and corn planting is not far behind. Soybean planting is only halfway complete. Some hay cutting was done this week along with other field activities, including spreading manure, applying herbicides, and tilling. Overall crops are in good condition.Click here to see the full report
Gertrude was no match for Mimosa in the grand scheme of things as the feline heroine gave her adverse-possession-claiming nemesis an arrogant sniff before sending her plummeting five stories off the cat condo. Cue Mimosa looking poignantly off into the distance.10. Game over phillip mlynar The hero of Super Mimosa World II is, of course, Mimosa. She’s a tiny cat who likes lounging and real estate — but more of that in a minute. I used one of the less pixelated filters to show off her adorable face.3. Introduce a villain Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Canny use of cat treats prompted Mimosa to start assailing her cat condo in the name of adventure. The pink ball was meant to be one of Gertrude’s minions but she just walked straight past it.7. Level two Mimosa is so angry at Gertrude’s flagrant behavior that she’s gone green in the face and turned the world around her a dangerously fiery hue. It’s an effect that’s easy to create with Belowrez.6. Player one, begin! See also: Apple Slams The Door On Super Mario Every good retro video game needs an end screen. Here Mimosa is sitting atop her reclaimed cat condo and contemplating taking a well deserved nap.Do you like what I did using the Belowrez app? What would you use it for? Show us some pictures in the comments! More stories from Catster:Oh, the Games My Cats and I Play with TreatsCat-opoly Is Just Like Monopoly, but with WAY More CatsiPad Games for Cats: It’s a ThingConfession: I Play Hide and Seek with My CatAre Laser Pointers Actually Good Cat Toys? Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at Catster. Anyone who’s ever dreamed of having her cat star in a retro video game was in luck earlier this month as the Belowrez app launched. Available on iPhone, the app turns your photos into highly pixellated 8-bit-style images—just like the ones from the days of the N.E.S. and Sega Master System. It’s a cinch to use and, with a little bit of creative prompting, a natty way to add yet another fictional backstory to your favorite feline friend. Here’s how my cat, Mimosa, found her way into a platforming adventure game with a steely real estate sub-plot.1. Pick a title The plot behind most video games is little more than a hammy excuse to justify the platform-hopping and bad-guy-pulverizing action to come. Super Mimosa World II is slightly different because the plot doesn’t involve a princess with a penchant for being kidnapped or an alien invasion that threatens to end humanity as we know it. No, the back story here is one cut from real life: Gertrude has been a long-time houseguest of Mimosa’s cat condo. Unfortunately, she’s now decided to take ownership of the cat condo herself. Drama.Being that cats love real estate and asserting their assumed right to claim possession of any sort of object that enters your house, it’s up to Mimosa to scale the cat condo and kick evil Gertrude out. Action will ensue.5. Add special effects 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout For Mimosa’s inaugural video game appearance, I went with a classic appropriation of the Super Mario World video game. I turned it into a sequel to add some mystique, and used the lurid pink filter to attempt to catch the eye. Or hurt your retinas.I used another free app, Photolettering, to add some title text to the opening screen.2. Create a hero Tags:#cat#Catster#Video Game Gertrude attempts to rain fire and brimstone down from the heavens as Mimosa prepares to face off against her foe in an energetic climax….9. The battle There is nothing wrong with a bit of gloating after an epic victory. Here I used the grey-scale filter to signal Gertrude’s demise.11. Congratulations! The villain of this particularly story is Gertrude, a petulant owl who has links to the Martha Stewart corporate machine. Insert maniacal laugh.4. Invent a tenuous backstory 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Continued use of cat treats persuaded Mimosa to keep climbing the cat condo. You can see Gertrude starting to hide at the summit as Mimosa gets close. Different filters allow different levels of pixelated detail — such as, er, Mimosa’s poo-box in the background.8. End-of-level-boss alert! 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…