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Community Calendar: Week of Dec. 25-31, 2013 | The Rock River Times

Community Calendar: Week of Dec. 25-31, 2013
Ethnic Heritage Museum - 1129 S. Main St. Sun., 2-4 p.m. Open every Sunday. "150th Anniversary of African-American History." Runs thru Dec. 22. "Holiday Traditions" Nov. 16-Dec. 22 every Sunday. Admission $5 adults, $3 student, $10 family. Info: 815-962-7402.
First Steps Support Group for the Newly Bereaved - Hosted by Northern Illinois Hospice. Meets periodically; call for schedule. Info: 815-398-0500.
Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycling Centers - 4665 Hydraulic Road, Rockford, off South Alpine Road, and 13125N. 2nd St., Roscoe, 1/2 mile north of McCurry Road. Hours: 9 a.m.-noon every Saturday. Info; 815-637-1343 or www.knib.org.
Registration for 2014 Career Fairs - For NIU Students. Internship Fair (for all majors): Feb. 18. Job Fair (for all majors): Feb. 19. NIU's Educator Job Fair: Feb. 24. Call the Campus Recruitment office to reserve your interview space, 815-753-8346. Info and descriptions of Value Packages, visit: http://www.careerfairs.niu.edu/careerservices/aboutus/sponsors.
Christmas Tree Drop-Off - Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful has 13 sites in Winnebago County where trees may be dropped off. Stand, lights and any decorations should be removed from the tree before drop-off. Artificial trees, wreaths, flocked trees, tree bags and tree stands are not accepted. Holiday lights and power cords may be droppedoff at the KNIB Recycle Centers, open 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays (unless wind chill is below zero) at 4655 Hydraulic Drive, Rockford, and 13125 N. 2nd St., Roscoe. Info on drop-off sites: 815-637-1343 or www.knib.org.
Order Tickets for Comedian Brian Regan - Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb. Date: Feb. 6, 2014, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $39.75, on sale Fri., Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. at Livenation.com, egyptiantheatre.org, via phone at 815-758-1225 or the Egyptian Theatre box office. Wednesday, Dec. 25
Saturday Spectacular: Out with the Old - In with the New - Rockford Public Library, Main Library Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 11-11:45 a.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.
Pub Trivia - Hope and Anchor, 5040 N. Second St., Loves Park. 8 p.m. Info: 815-633-2552.
Have your free listing in the Thursday preceding our Wednesday publication. Listings can be e-mailed to contact@rockrivertimes.com , faxed to 815-964-9825 or called in to 815-964-9767.

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Monday, December 23, 2013
Posted by Karon

Nikon D5300 review


The Nikon D5300 offers a semi-pro spec with 24.2MP resolution, tilting LCD and Wi-Fi in the body of an entry-level camera, but is it worth your cash?
Nikon D5300 review
Recent Nikon DSLR releases have all been high-end and full frame, most notably the D610 and Nikon Df. But the Nikon D5300, updating yet not immediately replacing the Nikon D5200, shows that the manufacturer hasn't given up on the sub-£1,000 consumer market. And sensibly so, as industry figures suggest its entry-level Nikon D3100 was the best selling DSLR of 2013.

Like that camera, the higher 24.2 megapixel resolution D5300 is your regular APS-C sensor model. Its chip's physical dimensions are smaller than the 35mm film frame equivalent of the pricier Df and D610 models, but APS-C is standard fare at its price.

The D5300 is being aimed at the 'advanced beginner' according to Nikon, a class of consumers that sounds kinda mutually exclusive. Suggested cost is a high-ish £729.99 body only, or £829.99 if twinning the camera with a standard 18-55mm zoom lens, which any beginner would surely want, no matter how advanced.

Unusually for Nikon, as well as regulation issue black, the D5300's body is being offered in red or, our favourite, gun metal grey. However the single shell plastic construction - which Nikon claims has reduced overall weight - and finish does conspire to make it look like a shiny toy, which we can't say we're overly thrilled about.

But at least it stops the camera from looking overly serious and complicated to newcomers at first glance.

New this time around is the fact that the D5300 is Nikon's first DSLR to feature built-in Wi-Fi, complete with a dedicated 'i' button to select pictures for upload.

In terms of core photography, ISO range can be boosted from ISO12800 to ISO25600 for near see-in-the-dark performance and, of course, here we also get 1920x1080 pixels video with the benefit of stereo microphones located just in front of the camera's hotshoe. These are neatly tucked behind the pop up flash.

While this all sounds mostly positive, is the D5300 truly a camera worth spending £700 to £800 on, especially when a typical entry-level APS-C sensor DSLR, such as the Nikon D3200 or D3100, would cost you £500 or under?

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Posted by Karon

Nikkei eases further off 6-month high; Panasonic, Nikon up

* Nikon D5300 CouponsSources say Panasonic to sell 3 Japan chip plants, stock up * Rakuten jumps after being promoted to main board Topix By Dominic Lau TOKYO, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average edged lower on Wednesday on profit-taking, peeling further away from a six-month high, though traders said investors were looking for opportunities to pick up bargains. Nikon Corp, Ricoh Co Ltd and Canon Inc were in demand, up between 0.8 and 3.1 percent after U.S. Hewlett-Packard Co beat revenue forecasts. Nikon is down 23.6 percent year-to-date and is the worst underperformer in the Nikkei this year, while the benchmark has rallied nearly 49 percent. The Nikkei shed 0.4 percent to 15,461.20 in mid-morning trade on Wednesday, easing further away from a six-month high hit on Monday. "The market itself is a little bit down today, but still people are looking for opportunities on the long side," a Tokyo-based sales trader said. "Now that the earnings are over, people are looking for growth scenarios," he added, referring to the company earnings reporting season. Panasonic Corp rose 3 percent to a near three-year high after sources said the consumer electronics maker will sell three semiconductor plants in Japan to Israeli chipmaker TowerJazz, bringing it closer to completing the overhaul of its loss-making businesses. The sources also said Panasonic is in talks with another company to sell its five overseas chip factories. Rakuten Inc jumped 10.2 percent after the Tokyo Stock Exchange said the e-commerce operator will be promoted to the main board Topix from Jasdaq for emerging companies, starting Dec. 3. Currency-sensitive exporters came under pressure as the yen came off a six-month low against the dollar overnight. Honda Motor Co Ltd, Mazda Motor Corp, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd and Daikin Industries Ltd were off between 0.4 and 2.4 percent. As of Tuesday's close, Mazda Motor and Fuji Heavy Industries were the second- and third-best performers in the Nikkei this year, with gains of about 160 percent. Mobile operator SoftBank Corp was the best performer, though the stock was down 2 percent on profit-taking on Wednesday morning. A senior trader from a U.S. bank in Tokyo said he did not expect massive profit-taking in the next few days as November tends to be the year-end for many hedge funds. "Hedge funds have made good money this year and that those who were planning on getting quieter towards the year-end have already reduced their positions," he said. Underscoring the positive momentum, the pace of deterioration in Topix's one-month earning momentum slowed to -0.65 this month from -1.83 in October. The Topix dipped 0.2 percent to 1,250.70, with volume at 27 percent of fully daily average for the past 90 trading days.
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Posted by Karon

Nikon D5300 First Shots: Can Nikon's new mid-level DSLR not only beat the D5200, but compete with the D7100?


In less than a year's time, the recently introduced Nikon D5300 has replaced the mid-level consumer D5200 DSLR. And while its upgrades may not be revolutionary, the new model stands as a compelling, affordable option for advanced amateurs who may be eyeing the higher-end, prosumer D7100 -- as well as an enticement for owners of Nikon's older models to take a step up. We just got the Nikon D5300 into the lab, and we've published our first batch of First Shots -- Still Life* test images -- for you to analyze closely.
The D5300's enhanced DX-format, 24-megapixel APS-C-type CMOS sensor was designed to maximize the camera's resolving power by omitting the optical low-pass filter (as Nikon did earlier this year with the D7100). If the D5300 can minimize moire and anti-aliasing as well as the D7100 did, forgoing the OLPF in a consumer-friendly DSLR could be the move that opens up a realm of incredible detail and sharpness to a mass audience. What's more, the D5300 incorporates Nikon's latest processor -- the EXPEED 4 -- which even the company's most recently announced full-frame prosumer DSLR, the D610, doesn't have. This next-generation imaging engine purports optimize the DSLR's detail-versus-noise output and enhance color accuracy, and its improved ISO sensitivity -- now ranging from 100 to 12,800 in standard mode -- could up the ante on low-light performance.
How do all these upgrades translate in terms of image quality?
Check out our Nikon D5300 First Shots for yourself. And be sure to pit these test images side-by-side with those from the D5200, D7100 -- or any other camera we've ever tested -- via our Comparometer™ image quality comparison tool.
For more information about the DSLR's new features and specs, read our first impressions Nikon D5300 review. In addition to image quality and performance enhancements, the camera also boasts built-in Wi-Fi functionality and GPS -- the first Nikon DSLR to do so -- as well as a more compact and lightweight design, and a 3-2-inch tilt-swivel LCD monitor that features a whopping 1,037K dots of resolution.
* Use our Still Life target images to look for detail (tone-on-tone, fine, highlights, shadows), as well as noise suppression, white balance, color accuracy and color shape retention.
Order your Nikon D5300 with trusted Imaging Resource affiliates Adorama or B&H now. The D5300 body runs about US$700, and kitted with a Nikon 18-140mm lens about $1,400.
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Saturday, November 23, 2013
Posted by Karon

Nikon D5300 Digital SLR Wi-Fi Camera

Nikon just introduced the D5300 DSLR camera, which offers an enhanced 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, EXPEED 4 image processing, Vari-angle LCD, GPS and the convenience of built-in Wi-Fi. The mid-range SLR is compact and lightweight (16.9 oz.), and can easily be packed for a day trip or a planned getaway. The small body of the D5300 affords the photographer the freedom to travel while still being easy to handle and comfortable to use.
The D5300 is Nikon's first D-SLR to feature built-in Wi-Fi, allowing the user to share high quality photos instantly. The Nikon D5300 sends images to the user's smart device, allowing them to share their D-SLR quality photos through e-mail and social media. The Nikon D5300 also includes built-in GPS, another first for Nikon D-SLRs. Now the user can geotag images and allow others to see where life has taken them.
The enhanced 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor delivers stunning images and HD videos with heightened clarity and detail due to the removal of the optical low pass filter (OLPF). Its 39-point high-density autofocus system with 9 cross-type sensors quickly locks onto your subject, and Nikon's unique 3D-tracking uses the 2,016-pixel RGB sensor to recognize and follow it across the frame.
Features:
  • Amazing Low Light Performance - For clean, sharp details even in the most challenging lighting conditions including night games and dimly lit restaurants, the Nikon D5300 covers a wide ISO range of 100-12,800 and is expandable to ISO 25,600.
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processing - Nikon's most recent image processing engine drives the rapid response and swift performance of the D5300, while maximizing energy efficiency, reducing image noise and delivering true-to-life colors.
  • Scene Recognition System - To further help users capture the image they intend, the Nikon D5300 features Nikon's Scene Recognition System and 2,016-pixel RGB metering system to analyze and recognize the scene. Utilizing these systems results in adjustments to exposure, AF and white balance to deliver the best photo possible, whether it's a landscape or portrait.
  • 39-Point AF System - Nikon's quick and precise 39-point AF system works with the Scene Recognition System to accurately acquire and track subjects throughout the frame, resulting in tack-sharp images. Kids too active to pose for a photo or pets chasing after a toy are easily captured in brilliant sharpness for memorable photos.
  • 5 Frames-Per-Second - While using the optical viewfinder or in Live View, capture great moments that would have otherwise been missed with the D5300′s 5 frames-per-second (fps) rate.
  • 3.2-inch Vari-Angle LCD monitor - Whether shooting above a crowd or getting low to capture the details of a flower, users can explore new shots from a dramatic point of view with the large 3.2-inch Vari-angle LCD monitor. This super sharp (1,037K-dot) screen allows photographers to easily make camera adjustments and read menus, while also allowing them to compose the photo they want clearly when shooting from high or low angles. The rotating LCD makes it easy to capture "selfies" at an arm's length away or frame creative perspectives when capturing still photos and HD video.
  • Full HD 1080p Video Capture - Create movies fit for the big screen with Full HD 1080p video capture at 60p with built-in stereo, wide ISO range for high quality videos in any light and improved full-time AF to keep the subject in focus.
  • NIKKOR Compatibility - The Nikon D5300 is compatible with Nikon's legendary NIKKOR lenses and powerful system accessories, further adding versatility and creativity.
Price and Availability
The Nikon D5300 kit with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens will be available in October 2013 for$1,399.95. Available colors include Black, Red and Gray.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Posted by Karon

Nikon Df: A retro-styled full-frame DSLR


Nikon has revealed its latest full-frame camera, the Nikon Df. The new DSLR boasts the same 16.2-megapixel FX sensor as the flagship D4, but in a much smaller and retro-styled body. Aimed squarely at photography enthusiasts and purists, it's been designed to pay homage to the Nikon F, F3 and FM/FE series of 35mm film cameras and features mechanical control dials galore.
While we've seen plenty of retro-inspired cameras in recent years, including the Fujifilm X100S, the Olympus PEN E-P5 and the Panasonic GX7, these have all been either fixed-lens or mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. The Df is the first retro DSLR, and as such was never going to be as small as the recently announced mirrorless Sony Alpha 7s, though it is the smallest ever FX DSLR.
Inside the Df there's a 16.2-megapixel full-frame FX CMOS sensor (36 x 23.9 mm), which is paired with the Nikon EXPEED 3 image processing engine for producing top-notch image quality. An ISO range of 100-12,800 means the camera should be a solid low-light performer, and it's capable of continuous burst shooting at 5.5 fps. Auto-focus is dealt with by a 39-point Multi-CAM 4800 AF system which has nine cross-type sensors, like that in the Nikon D610.

The most striking feature of the Nikon Df is undoubtedly its abundance of mechanical dial-based manual controls, which add to its retro good looks and give it a feel to match. Settings with dedicated control dials include shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation, and shooting mode. There are also enough other controls, including function buttons on the front, to keep most enthusiasts happy.
An optical glass pentaprism viewfinder gives 100 percent frame coverage, and there's a 3.2-inch LCD on the rear with a 921-k dot resolution. A rugged build quality sees magnesium alloy covers used on the top, bottom, and rear of the 143.5 x 110 x 66.5 mm (5.6 x 4.3 x 2.6 in) and 765 g (1 lb, 11 oz) camera. It also boasts the same level of weather sealing as the Nikon D800.

It's interesting to note that in playing to the photography purist market (or perhaps because of a lack of space) Nikon has omitted video capabilities from the Df. This will no doubt rule it out for some photographers, while delighting others. The Df also forgoes Compact Flash card compatibility in favor of a single SD slot. Additionally there's no built-in flash, or indeed Wi-Fi, though it has a hot-shoe for an external flash and is compatible with the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter.
Reaffirming the Df's status as an enthusiast's camera, it will not ship with the standard compromising zoom kit lens. Instead, there's the option of a 50-mm F1.8 G kit lens, which has matching retro looks. The Nikon Df is also compatible with virtually all Nikon F-mount lenses, not just current AF, AF-S, DX and AF-D NIKKOR offerings. Thanks to a collapsible metering coupling lever located on the bayonet, classic Ai and pre-Ai NIKKOR glass can also be used.
Available in silver or black color schemes, the Nikon Df will go on sale later this month with a body-only price of US$2,800, or $3,000 with the 50-mm F1.8 G kit lens.
Product page: Nikon Df

Simon is a journalist and photographer who has spent the last ten years working for national UK newspapers - but has never hacked a mobile phone - and specializes in writing about weird products and photography technology. When not writing for Gizmag, Simon is often found playing with LEGO and drinking far too much coffee. All articles by Simon Crisp
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Posted by Karon

The Best Halloween News Bloopers EVER

No matter what happens in the month of October, you can count on the news to get pretty scary.
Watch the supercut of the funniest Halloween news bloopers of all time above to see what we mean.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Posted by Karon

Easy way to check iPhone 5s in-store availability near you


If you are in the USA and trying to buy an iPhone 5s, head over to http://iphone-check.herokuapp.com/, enter your zip code, cellphone carrier and pick a color, and then it will show you availability at Apple Stores "near you."
I used the site to find a Verizon, 16 GB, Space Gray iPhone 5s in my area. I placed an order for in-store pickup, and about two hours later I was walking out of the Apple Store with a new iPhone.
Two caveats: First, "near you" is a relative term. The site seems to always show 20 Apple Stores, but some of them might be quite a distance from you. For me, the last store on the list was about 350 miles (and nearly a six-hour drive) away. Each result is linked to an Apple Retail Store, so if you aren't sure where it is, click on it to get the address. Second, availability can change fast. My local Apple Retail Store said that they were only filling orders through http://store.apple.com, which had been designated as "in-store pickup." The good news is that I knew I had an iPhone waiting for me before I got into the car. I definitely recommend using that method rather than driving to the store and hoping that they still have what you want in stock.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013
Posted by Karon

Diamond Hill Challenge obstacle run takes place October 19, benefits Cumberland youth programs

CUMBERLAND --- Ever since organizations such as Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, and Warrior Dash burst onto the scene in 2010, obstacle racing has become the rage and the 'to-do' activity for runners and non-athletes alike in this country and overseas.

Runners would try to complete a race - from your average 5K to a marathon - on a trail course that has its share of mud, ponds, and rocks and is littered with obstacles, ranging from climbing over walls to crossing balance beams, crawling under barbed wire, and jumping over fire pits.

But while obstacle racing's popularity is currently at an all-time high, it does have some folks in the local sports community, such as Mike Crawley, the director of the Cumberland Parks & Recreation Department, scratching their heads.

"I'm not sure why this took off," said Crawley. "It's just one of those things that's a challenge, and I think people want to complete a challenge like this. But for the life of me, I don't understand why so many people took to it."

Crawley may have his questions about the sport, but on Saturday, Oct. 19, he and his hard-working staff will answer the call for a local obstacle race when the inaugural Diamond Hill Challenge Obstacle Run invades Diamond Hill Park.

The 3.1-mile race, which proceeds will benefit the town's youth programs, will take place in the middle of the Haunted Hill schedule that started this past weekend and will run every Friday and Saturday night until halloween male wigs, as well as two Sunday nights, Oct. 13 and 27.

The Haunted Hill trail walk, complete with its outdoor attractions, from its killer scarecrows to famous movie killers on the route, has been a popular fall venue for children and adults alike for more than a decade, but this year, Crawley and his staff are adding an extra event with their obstacle race.

Crawley tabbed it "a piece of cake" race, that unlike the universally popular Spartan Dash or Tough Mudder, won't feature barbed wire or dangling live electrical wires to dodge, but a tough hill on the first mile, and some walls, tunnels, and mud among the 13 obstacles to overcome.

It also won't feature the pricey fees that the larger organizations force their participants to shell out, which sometimes can exceed $100. For $45 until Oct. 13 (and $50 after that until race day), anyone can try their hand at this race, and even get a race t-shirt if they sign up early.

"And we're doing our race with a Halloween twist to it, make it something a little bit different," added Crawley, who plans to have a "blood-filled pond" and "psychos" along the Haunted Hill course that include Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Michael Myers from Halloween.

There will be nine different waves of runners going off every half hour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and runners will be required to check in a half hour before their scheduled starts. The top male and finisher in each wave will receive an award, as will those who sport the best individual and group costumes.

"Right now, we have about 100 (registrants), and I just got a call from a lady who has a group of 15 that's going to be signing up," offered Crawley. "I'm hoping within the next couple of weeks we get a little bit of a push here."

And what if this first-time race turns into a huge success?

"If it is a success, we'll definitely look to do another one in the spring, and maybe even another one in the summer," said Crawley. "I still can't put my finger on why this is the fad that's out there, but if we do a good job, people will come back."

For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 334-9996 or visit the web site www.hauntedhill.net. To register for the race, visit the site www.runrhody.com.

Follow Eric Benevides on Twitter @EricBen24

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Monday, September 30, 2013
Posted by Karon

VICTORY GARDENS | On The Not So Scary Beautiful Magic Of Pickling & Fermentation

<mickey not so scary halloween party 2012p> Browse > Home / Gluttony / VICTORY GARDENS | On The Not So Scary Beautiful Magic Of Pickling & Fermentation

by Lisa Giroday, Sandra Lopuch and Sam Philips (photo by All Things Crystal) | Sometimes, keeping up with harvesting can be a huge task, especially at this time of year when people are growing/snapping up local, organic veggies and fruits at Vancouver's farmers markets (and beyond) for preserving. One of our favourite and super simple methods of preservation is the art of fermentation. Sound scary? It's not. For those of you who missed our last workshop at Homesteader's Emporium (co-facilitated by Andrea Potter, holistic nutritionist, chef, and mastermind behind Rooted Nutrition), this week we will share a few tips on how to ferment your harvest via lacto-fermentation. That action happens when starches and sugars in vegetables and fruits convert to lactic acid by friendly lactic acid-producing bacteria. The result is an awesome, tangy and delicious cultured food. The beneficial probiotics and enzymes found in fermented foods help with digestion and the promotion of healthy intestinal flora. You can serve it as a really quick meal addition or as a snack.

You can ferment almost any veggie, but the most popular ones are cabbage, beets, carrots, cukes, beans and onions. What's more, you can add peppers, garlic, ginger, and so on for additional flavours. We are surrounded by fermented foods - beer, wine, cheese, chocolate, tea, pickles, kimchi, salami, yogurt, kombucha, vinegar, and the list goes on. Once you try it, the fear will be demystified. But because it is pretty much the opposite process to canning, it does seem a bit daunting. Our culture has brought us up to be so sterile with food, but as Andrea says, with fermenting your senses can tell you if your kraut, for example, has or hasn't worked. And we can tell you with authority from experience that it is painfully obvious when it doesn't work. When it works, there is a nice sour, tangy smell. When it doesn't, there may be a green-coloured mold and a smells that says "don't eat me".

Andrea has provided us with this recipe for brined pickles, and by pickles we mean a myriad of veggies that can be pickled, like garlic scapes, beans, carrots, et cetera. Check it out after the jump.

Brined Pickles (by Andrea Potter)

Makes 2-3 liter jars

Ingredients

2 Lbs Baby dill cucumbers or try baby carrots, asparagus, green beans...
2-3 heads of dill (preferably flowering) (optional)
1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp salt
6 cloves garlic (Optional)
2 L chlorine-free water
A few oak , grape or horseradish leaves, or a 3″ chunk of horseradish root

Optional spices: coriander, mustard seeds, cumin, fennel seeds, black peppercorns, fresh ginger, fresh chillies

Equipment

* A ceramic or glass jar or crock. One two liter vessel or two one liter ones. The mouth should be about as wide as the body of the vessel. (Be creative. I have seen some people use vases, ceramic utensil holders, old pickle jars.)

* A container or jug for mixing brine

* A plate that fits snugly inside your crock and a weight. (* This is not imperative. If you fit the vegetables very snugly inside the crock, they will not float to the top. The idea here is to keep the contents submerged under the brine. Any pieces floating at the top will attract mold and unwanted bacteria.)

* A clean cloth or apron

Directions

* Soak and wash the cucumbers thoroughly. If they are less than fresh from the garden, soak them for at least 3 hours in cold water to refresh them. If using other vegetables, just wash them and trim them to fit the jar.

* Layer the bottom of your container with the leaves. Now add dill and optional garlic and spices.

* Neatly line up your vegetables inside the glass or ceramic container. Fit them snugly, but not crammed.

* In a separate container, mix the salt and water.

* Fill the jar with the brine.

* If your vegetables or spices float, you will need to weigh them down with a glass plate and weight. If they stay submerged, just put a clean cloth on the top of the jar and secure it in place with an elastic band.

* Check the pickles everyday. Using a metal spoon, skim off any bubbly scum or surface mold which appears.

* Failure to skim them can cause the pickles to go bad. Skimming them is also a good opportunity to check the taste of the pickles. They will take anywhere from three days to 2 weeks to sour to your liking. If put into a cooler placed to ferment, they can take weeks to months. The smaller ones will be done first.

* Once the batch is to your liking, put a lid on them and refrigerate them.

Recommended Resources:

Take a class! Andrea Potter: rootednutrition.ca
Buy a book! Sandor Ellix Katz, The Art of Fermentation

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Victory Gardens is a team of local urban farmers for hire. Lisa, Sandra and Sam help transform tired or underused residential and commercial green spaces into food producing gardens. Their goal is to challenge the way communities use space and to participate in the change needed to consume food more sustainably. For the rest of the growing season, they've hooked up with Scout to share some cool tips and tricks on how to get the best from of our own backyards.


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Sunday, September 29, 2013
Posted by Karon
Diesen Mai wurde mit iConsole.tv bereits das Konzept einer ungewöhnlichen Entertainment-Maschine vorgestellt: Das Gerät setzt auf Android sowie Linux gleichermaßen. Jetzt nimmt die Multimedia-Konsole weiter Formen an.

Laut aktuellen Informationen werden erste Geräte für Entwickler bereits ausgeliefert, Dev-Kits kosten an die 700 US-Dollar. Sie zeigen allerdings schon jetzt, was uns frühestens im Winter 2013 erwarten soll: iConsole.tv erhält einen Intel Core-Prozessor der neuesten Generation (Haswell), ein 500GB großes Solid Slate Drive, 8GB RAM, WIFI, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet und einen Intel Iris-Grafikchip. Dieser besitzt Dual-HDMI sowie einen DisplayPort-Ausgang und ermöglicht 4K-Auflösung, 3D, HD DVR - auch unter Android!

Die größte Besonderheit von iConsole.tv ist das Dualboot-Option. So kann man einerseits Linux als Desktop-Betriebssystem starten und Anwendungen oder Spiele (zum Beispiel über Valves Steam) mittels Maus, Tastatur und Gamepad verwenden. Alternativ wird ein „pures", aktuelles Android ausgeführt, wodurch man theoretisch Zugriff auf Google Play und damit unzählige Apps bekommt.

Eigenen Aussagen und der offiziellen Webseite zufolge ist iConsole.tv aktuell wohl das leistungsfähigste Gerät, auf dem auch ein Android-OS läuft - es übertrumpft locker ein Samsung Galaxy S4. Der Wunsch der Verantwortlichen ist es, die eigens entworfene Plattform baldmöglichst zu veröffentlichen, preislich soll iConsole.tv zwischen 399 und 499 US-Dollar liegen. Hier hat man als Mitbewerber die Xbox One und die PlayStation 4 im Visier. Ob man allerdings eine Chance hat? Das wird sich zeigen.

Weitere Details gibt es auf der offiziellen Webseite. Dort erfährt man Fakten zur verbauten Hardware, zu den Entwickler-Kits, zu den technischen Hintergründen und der Software. Überraschend: iConsole.tv setzt nicht auf Android-x86.org, sondern auf ein eigens entworfenes System.


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Sunday, September 22, 2013
Posted by Karon

It was a sad ufc 165 for lightweight Pat Healy.

First of all, he was dominated by Khabib Nurmagomedov on Saturday night in Toronto, which featured Healy on the receiving end of perhaps the most impressive slam of the year. So there's that.

But hours before that happened, the night was already off to a bad start as the Ontario Athletic Commission instructed Healy to trim his beard or else he couldn't compete.

"The beard has been trimmed by order of the athletic commission," Healy tweeted.

So what was with that decision?

"Our regulations are that the fighters have to be cleanly shaven except for a mustache, so the athletic commissioner has determined that ... the fighter [needs to bring] down the beard to a reasonable level to allow for the doctors, for our physicians, to be able to inspect in case there is an injury," a commission rep told MMAjunkie.com. "So that's the rationale."

Interesting. Unfair?

Well, here's what Healy's beard looked like two days before the fight:

This weight cut powered by @SoulbyLudacris pic.twitter.com/PUsYNZMyyT

- Patrick Healy (@BamBamHealy) September 20, 2013

And here's the beard Alexander Gustafsson sported for his main event fight against Jon Jones:

What are we missing here? How big of a difference could that really be?

Somewhere that isn't Canada, Roy Nelson is laughing because he's fought before looking like this:

(Thanks to our friends at MMAJunkie.com for sharing this with us.)

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midfielder has welcomed the influx of Spanish stars in the Premier League.

Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas joined Manchester City, while landed Roberto Soldado.

"Personally I'm very happy to see them here and to play against them every now and then," said Mata.

"I think it's very good for the league because they are top players - they can score, they can assist and change the game.

"For me Soldado, Navas, Negredo are friends - more than team-mates or rivals - so I'm very happy to see them here. I wish them the best but not when they play against us."


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"joy Covey, who helped take Amazon.com Inc. public as the Internet retailer's chief financial officer, died Wednesday when her bicycle collided with a van on a downhill stretch of road in San Mateo County," the Los Angeles Times writes.

She was 50.

San Francisco's KGO-TV reports that:

"According to the California Highway Patrol, Covey was riding downhill on Skyline Boulevard when she crashed into a Mazda minivan Wednesday afternoon. The minivan, driven by a 22-year-old Fremont man, was heading uphill and made a left turn onto Elk Tree Road directly in front of Covey. Covey crashed into the right side of the van and was pronounced dead at the scene. CHP officials say the driver is cooperating with their investigation."

CNN Money has reposted what it wrote about Covey in 1999, when she was "No. 28 on Fortune's Most Powerful Women in Business list."

After dropping out of high school because she was bored, Fortune wrote, Covey used her 173 IQ "to pass California's high school-equivalency exam. At 19, she graduated from California State University at Fresno and took the CPA exam (scoring second best in the country that year). After working at the accounting firm Arthur Young for a while, she headed to Harvard to collect an MBA and a law degree."

In 1996, Fortune continued, "following an interlude in Silicon Valley, Covey arrived in Seattle, pumped at the prospect of being a pioneer. Amazon.com was then an unproven e-commerce curiosity. 'I thought, Wouldn't it be great to build one of those new business models like Microsoft or Intel or Dell?' ... Covey has been an unusually influential finance chief, working with Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos to recruit senior management and steer the company into businesses far beyond books. Says Bezos: 'I can budget only four days a year to talk to investors, so Joy has been Amazon.com's primary contact with Wall Street. In the Internet space, that's really unusual. She's doing what a CEO would normally do.' "

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Covey "led Amazon's [1997] IPO, counseling impatient Wall Street analysts to expect more red ink before profitability. By the time she quit to go skiing in 2000, Covey's net worth was estimated at $200 million. Amazon now has 97,000 employees and a market capitalization of $142.6 billion, all of it based on a structure she put in place."

The Times adds that "Amazon went public on May 14, 1997, with an initial public offering price of $18. Shares closed [Wednesday] at a record $312.06."

In recent years, CNET writes, "Covey was working as the treasurer for the environmental group National Resources Defense Council. ... Covey also established the Beagle Foundation, which gives funding to environmental causes."

The Times says "her son, Tyler, is among her survivors."


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MHOW: Youths of the nation join Indian Air Force (IAF) for passion and not for money. There are many jobs where there are greater chances of earning money but the quality of life, IAF offers cannot be found in any other job, said Wing Commander Vikram Katoch while answering questions raised by students of IIT-Indore in a students interaction programme held at IIT Mhow campus on Saturday morning.

The human resource department of IAF has launched a drive to reach out to budding technocrats in premier engineering colleges and motivate them to join the force. For this, a slide show and documentaries were shown to the students showcasing the life, career prospects and the way to join the force, followed by a questionnaire.

In reply to a question by a student on whether IITians despite being over qualified for the forces, should go to the force, Katoch said the nation needs such persons and if IIT pass outs join the force, they will only be helpful in the process of continuous evolution. He gave example of an IITian who had joined IAF and had developed a communication system that has proved to be very useful for the force.

A second year girl student said her father who had served IAF for twenty years asks her to join some other organization rather than the IAF. On this, Katoch said there is no gender bias in the force and both men and women are considered at par. Replying to another student's query Katoch said money cannot buy pride, honour and the things that IAF can give to its personnel.


Interestingly, after the question answer session, about twenty five per cent students expressed their desire to join the forces.


Source: Indiatimes
Saturday, September 21, 2013
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Consumer products are often tested for compliance with federal and state safety standards and regulations. These efforts are taken in the interests of protecting the public and ensuring quality and consistency in the marketplace. Various federal and state agencies release their findings when a product fails their testing or reports are received alerting them to potential safety hazards.

Recall.org is a private 501(3)c non-profit organization dedicated to protecting public safety by public awareness of consumer product safety recalls by federal and state agencies. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

This report contains recalls issued from September 15 to September 19, 2013.

Business Clarksville publishes these reports for the benefit of our readers and the general public.

DISC BRAKE CALIPERS :

Shimano American is recalling Disc brake calipers sold nationwide and in Canada from February 2012 to May 2013. The calipers on the disc brakes can fail, posing a collision hazard.

This recall includes all Shimano BR-CX75 aftermarket disc brake calipers and BR-R515 disc brake calipers installed on road and cyclocross bicycles sold by other manufacturers including BMC, Giant, Ibis, Raleigh, Shinola, Specialized and Volagi.

Consumers should contact a Shimano authorized dealer to receive a free installation and replacement of the calipers.

Consumers can also contact Shimano American at (800) 353-4719 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at www.shimano.com.

BLENDERS :

Frigidaire is recalling Frigidaire Professional blenders sold nationwide from March 2012 too July 2013. The blender's blade shaft assembly can break during use, posing a laceration hazard.

This recall involves Frigidaire Professional© brand blender model FPJB56B7MS with a serial number between FFP 49 1203 0001 and FFP 49 1237 00974. The model and serial numbers are located on a serial plate on the underside of the blender?s motor base.

Consumers should contact Frigidaire at (888) 747-7637 from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. CT on Saturday and Sunday, or online at www.frigidaire.com for instructions on returning the blenders for a free replacement blender.

WATER DISPENSERS

Waterlogic is recalling Chiller-based water dispensers sold nationwide from January 2005 to December 2008. The hot water tank can stop functioning and cause the machine to overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Chiller-based water filtration systems provide hot and cold water dispensers for home and workplace. A complete list can be found at www.recalls.org.

Waterlogic is contacting its distributors and providing a list of affected units and all technical instructions and necessary parts for repairing the units. Consumers who have not been contacted should contact Waterlogic at (855) 905-2002 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the website at www.waterlogic.us.

FOOTED PAJAMAS

The Children's Place is recalling Children's one-piece footed pajamas sold nationwide from January 2012 to May 2013. The footed pajamas fail to meet the federal flammability standard for children's sleepwear, posing a burn hazard.

This recall involves three styles of The Children's Place bunny-themed one-piece cotton footed pajamas. One style is pink with dark pink bunnies and a ruffle at the neck. This style has a sewn-in label at the side seam with both 2158 and one or more of the following numbers: 042521, 042523, 042571, 042572, 042774 or 042816. The other two styles are both blue/green with bunnies on the feet and bunny print fabric. Both styles have a sewn-in label at the side seam with both 2598 and one or more of the following numbers: 030647, 030779, 038826, 670409, 670602, 670603 or 945210.

Consumers should return the pajamas to any The Children?s Place store for a full refund.

Consumers can also contact The Children's Place at (877) 752-2387 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.childrensplace.com.

More information on all of these recalls is availble at www.recalls.org.


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Who Will Be First-Time All-Stars?

With just a week to go before the start of training camp for some teams, buzz for the upcoming NBA season is as frenetic as it's been since the craziest part of free agency wrapped up back in July. Part of that buzz is trying to decide which players will break out this season, but for those players who have on some level already broken out, the next step is getting named to an All-Star team.

Last year, Lang Greene wrote this gem about potential first-time All-Stars, and of the 11 guys he suggested, four ended up being named to the team: Kyrie Irving, Joakim Noah, Tyson Chandler and James Harden. Some others, like Josh Smith, John Wall and Rudy Gay, were terrific guesses, but there was no way that, out of 26 potential All-Star roster spots, 11 of them were going to make it. Somebody had to fall short, even if it's a borderline crime that they did (see: Stephen Curry).

This year's list of potential first-time All-Stars includes a lot of players who have either deserved the opportunity before or that seem on the cusp of seriously breaking through in 2013-14, but remember to temper your enthusiasm about these guys; not a single one of these gentlemen is getting in as a starter, and a considerable number of the 16 reserve slots are going to be filled by guys who have already been there.

If we guess that the fans vote in Derrick Rose, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Joakim Noah for the Eastern Conference, and Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard for the Western Conference, that still leaves an incredible list of previous All-Stars that are likely to receive serious consideration: Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Paul George, Roy Hibbert, Deron Williams, Luol Deng, Al Horford and Rajon Rondo in the East, as well as Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Pau Gasol, James Harden, Dirk Nowitzki, LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love in the West.

In short, this isn't going to be an easy year for guys to join the club. But that won't stop them from trying. Here's the list of the most likely players to make their first All-Star team this year:

Gay will get his first full season with the Raptors in 2013-14, which means we'll also be given our first opportunity to see what he can do as the unequivocal leader of an NBA franchise. He's only averaged over 20 points per game once in his career, but signs are pointing toward him getting there this coming season, particularly on a somewhat stripped-down Toronto team that will rely heavily on Gay and DeMar DeRozan to pour in the points. His ability to make the All-Star team probably will depend on whether the Raptors have a winning record at the break, and whether Gay can figure out how to score more efficiently. He's right there, but he sort of has been his entire NBA career.

As far as snubs from 2013 are concerned, none were more painful than Steph Curry, who went on to have one of the most memorable postseasons of any player last year. His numbers were insane (remember, he broke the single-season record for three-pointers made last year), and he is definitely on the up-and-up as an NBA star, but the competition in the West is so fierce that he might bump into the same problems this season that he faced last year. He's going to have to knock out one of Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Tony Parker or Kobe Bryant to find his way on that Western Conference All-Star roster and, obviously, that isn't going to be easy.

Every year, Smith makes this list because of his defensive prowess and jaw-dropping athleticism, but despite the fact that he'd be a perfect fit for the midseason exhibition, he still has never made an All-Star team. Perhaps his move to Detroit will help him finally earn a spot on the team. He's not likely to have a bigger role there than he did in Atlanta, but if Detroit's as good as they should be, they'll have a representative in the game. Smith is as good a guess as anybody for whom that player might be.

Of course, if it's not Josh Smith who is representing the Pistons on the Eastern Conference All-Star team, it could very well be Greg Monroe, who is gearing up to play his first full season at power forward. This should allow him to up his scoring numbers and his scoring efficiency, and if he does that he could end up the best offensive big man in the Eastern Conference. He's not flashy, but neither is Tim Duncan. He could be poised for a big year.

At some point, we have to look judiciously at John Wall and decide if he really does have what it takes to be a premier NBA talent. He certainly signed a premier contract this offseason worth $80 million over five years, and that means the Wizards are ready for him to start delivering on a top-tier level. The end of last season was a good omen of things to come this season, as Wall averaged 22.1 points in March and 23.9 points in April, and at 23 years old, he's the perfect age to have a major breakout season for the Wizards. Health, though, like it always is with Wall, will be the major concern. With Rajon Rondo potentially missing a good chunk of the first half of the season, Deron Williams sharing stats with a star-studded lineup and Dwyane Wade growing a year older, this may be one of the few instances in which a member of the new guard actually dethrones one from the old.

Well, the numbers are there. That much really can't be argued, and a strong case can be made that he should have been added to the All-Star team last season. However, Cousins' polarizing personality probably doesn't make him a favorite among opposing coaches, who are responsible for naming the All-Star reserves. If Cousins walks the straight and narrow this year, though, and puts up career-best numbers across the board, he'll be right back in consideration for a spot on the Western Conference All-Star team. Much more polarizing personalities have made the squad before him.

Obviously, we'll have to wait for February to roll around to find out which, if any, of these players will actually make the All-Star team, but it's a good bet that at least one or two of them will be added. Last season was a perfect time for a new batch of seven first-time All-Stars to squeeze out some older and more disappointing players, but that won't be quite so easy this year, particularly for guards in both conferences.

Adam Silver Doesn't Think Tanking Works

About two-thirds of the way through this upcoming NBA season, Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver will take over for current NBA Commissioner David Stern when he finally retires after a long career atop the league's iron throne.

In a recent interview with the Milwaukee Bucks' official site, Silver talked about a number of things, most notably tanking, which isn't something he's particularly fond of.

"I don't think [tanking] works, because culture is critical," Silver said. "And I don't think you can build a winning tradition with an undercurrent that 'it's better to be bad.' I've never seen it be successful. It makes me nervous that it has to be asked, so I recognize it's something the league has to focus on."

The league's going to have the opportunity to focus on tanking plenty this upcoming season because there are a healthy handful of teams that are going to employ that particular rebuilding strategy in the wake of a loaded 2014 draft class.

The strategy gets a bad reputation, and there are plenty of examples of seasons in which the worst team did not get the best player in the following summer's draft, but Oklahoma City has seen a lot of success after bottoming out for a few years to amass high draft picks. Cleveland was awful the year before getting LeBron James. Philadelphia is doing everything they can right now to give themselves the best shot at Andrew Wiggins.

So is Silver suggesting that, eventually, there will be changes made to the way draft picks are awarded? It seems unlikely, mostly because there are going to be teams that are legitimately awful every year, whether they're tanking or not. Legitimately bad teams shouldn't be penalized because purposefully bad teams are gunning for the top picks. Some fans complain about tanking, and it's true that nobody wants to pay good money for a cruddy live NBA experience, but some of this stuff is unavoidable.

Tanking is here to stay, at least as long as there's a draft that gives bad teams a good chance to get a franchise-saving player. Wiggins, for example, is worth tanking for. We'll see this season which team is willing to sacrifice the most for those higher odds.


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2 Sent to Hospital After Vehicle Accident on Interstate 68

Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2013 5:07 PM ESTUpdated: Saturday, September 21, 2013 6:41 PM EST

MORGANTOWN -

A vehicle accident at the split of I-68 East and I-79 sent two people to the hospital on Saturday.

West Virginia State Police said a white SUV was traveling east on I-68 at mile marker one when the driver hydroplaned and lost control. The SUV flipped into the median and landed on its side.

State police said two people were in the car, a man and his son. Both were transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital.

There is no word on their condition.


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CLIMATE science tells us unequivocally that we need to "decarbonise" much of the energy system by the middle of this century. Yet advanced techniques for extracting fossil fuels-fracking, new deep-ocean drilling and the like-dominate today's economic and political discussion. These measures may temporarily boost the economy but they would end up crowding out investments in low-carbon technologies. A boomlet in fossil fuels is bound to be a dead end. Short-term priorities and long-term needs are at odds.

This disconnect also exists in the realm of jobs policy. Youth unemployment is stuck in the stratosphere in part because conventional jobs have succumbed to advances in information technology, robotics and outsourcing, leading to lower employment and a decline in earnings among unskilled youth in particular. In response economists obsess about policies to manage demand. But that will not address these structural changes. New strategies in education and training, and in smoothing the tricky school-to-work transition, are also needed.

These examples illustrate the difference between mainstream economics and the policies that are needed to deliver sustainable development. Standard economic policies aim for growth, full stop. Sustainable development aims for growth that is broadly shared across the income scale and that is also environmentally sound. Mainstream economics divorces the short term from the long term. There may be big problems ahead-climate change, food scarcity, demographic shifts and poorly trained young people-but macroeconomists prefer to improvise today and worry about the future later. That approach also suits politicians, aligning the policy cycle with the electoral cycle. But it is not a recipe for producing robust, inclusive growth.

Global goalkeeper

Resolving this problem requires a new approach. On September 25th governments will meet at a special event at the United Nations. Part of their task will be to establish a road map that will lead, by 2015, to a set of "Sustainable Development Goals" (SDGs). Sceptics will scoff that a UN framework will make no difference to the problems of the world economy. They are wrong.

The UN's Montreal Protocol successfully brought together scientists, industry and government to head off world-threatening ozone depletion. New technologies were spurred and rapidly diffused as a result. The SDGs will themselves succeed the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a blueprint for helping the world's poorest people that has already achieved historic results in sub-Saharan Africa-including a drop in malaria deaths by at least a third from the peak and the saving of millions of lives by the introduction of new vaccines.

When the new SDGs are set, they should start by confirming the success of the MDGs and making a commitment to the end of extreme poverty by 2030, a goal recently adopted by the World Bank. They must also tackle more novel problems, including the transition to low-carbon energy by 2050; the protection of critically endangered biodiversity; the improvement of farm yields with reduced environmental costs; and the reshaping of cities to be much more energy-efficient and resilient to rising temperatures and sea levels.

Setting goals is one thing; achieving them quite another. All of these SDGs would require an overhaul of technology systems, whether for health, energy, transport, food supplies or safer cities. Target-driven technological change of this sort is very different from the normal evolutionary path of established industries competing through incremental changes in products and processes. We are perhaps more familiar with targeted technological change in the military context (the Manhattan Project, to take an obvious example) but there are enough civilian cases (the Moon landing, the Human Genome Project, the eradication of smallpox) to identify three elements of success.

The first is "backcasting". Rather than saying with a shrug that the world will get to where it gets in terms of low-carbon energy in 2050, the SDGs should start with what is needed to achieve climate safety (for example, to stop a global increase in temperature beyond 1.5°C or 2°C). That goal defines a set of possible energy pathways to 2050 and a cumulative amount of greenhouse-gas emissions that are consistent with it.

The second element is "road-mapping". The technologies needed for a low-carbon world, for example, are already in sight. They include renewable energy, energy storage, carbon capture and sequestration, electric vehicles and (safe) nuclear energy. But they are at very different stages of development. Some are already commercially viable. Others are still on the drawing board. Technology road-mapping identifies the obstacles to commercialisation and plans a 10-20-year research, development and demonstration strategy. Moore's law, the sustained doubling of the number of transistors per integrated circuit every two years during the past 55 years, has been supported by a systematic, ongoing, industry-wide road-mapping process to identify, and then clear away, looming obstacles.

The third step is global co-operation, of the kind that in the past has helped reverse ozone depletion, develop new drugs for tropical diseases, improve seed varieties and create international standards and processes for aviation safety. The MDGs were successful in part because they gathered together public-health experts, industry leaders and government officials to create a new public-health ecosystem. Collaboration of this sort would accelerate progress in all sorts of areas, from the prevention of flooding in coastal cities to the development of high-yield seed varieties with preferred traits such as saline resistance, flood tolerance and drought resistance.

Getting from A to SDG

Nobody can be exempt from the next round of global goal-setting. The current economic crisis is global. China and America, the world's two largest economies, are both beset by deepening social and environmental problems. In the next phase of global development there will be no clear division between leaders and followers. All countries will be pioneers. Just as the MDGs opened new pathways to disease control and poverty reduction, the SDGs have the potential to open up a new era of technological and organisational breakthroughs. They can lead to a better life in the coming decades and unleash a wave of growth-creating investments along the way.


Source: Economist
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The 2014 park entrance license is valid from Oct. 1, 2013, through May 17, 2015. An annual park entrance license is $30. Purchasers of one license can also buy a second at half price.

The license is required for entrance into designated state parks, recreation areas and lakeside use areas, although it does not cover camping costs or additional fees.

Entrance licenses can be purchased online at www.campsd.com, at local state park offices or by calling the SD Division of Parks and Recreation at 605-773-3391.

The 2014 annual entrance license features a tent camped at Lake Thompson Recreation Area.

Family Rendezvous And Muzzleloader Sight-In Oct. 13

LINCOLN, Neb. - The Family Rendezvous and Muzzleloader Sight-In will be Oct. 13 at the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex at Platte River State Park near Louisville.

The shooting range will be open to the public from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for free. Visitors may try out a variety of primitive weapons: hatchets, atlatl, tomahawks, longbows and muzzleloaders. Visitors may sight in their muzzleloaders for $5 per gun.

An addition to the event this year is the Buffalo Run 5K and 1 mile youth run. Adults will complete three outdoor challenges during the run and children will compete one. Registration is limited to 50 adults and 25 children. Pre-registration is required. Visit: https://shopoutdoornebraska.ne.gov.

A park entry permit is required.

AppleJack Art Show Set For Sept. 21-22

LINCOLN, Neb. - The AppleJack Art Show is scheduled for Sept. 21-22 at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in Nebraska City. The event runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sept. 21 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sept. 22.

The art show is a celebration of art and features artists from Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.

A park entry permit is required. The art show is one of many events scheduled for the annual AppleJack Festival in Nebraska City.

Neb. G&P Urges Hunters To Use Approved Stand Equipment

LINCOLN, Neb. - Tree stand use by hunters in Nebraska is on the rise. So is the number of injuries from the use of tree stands.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission encourages people who hunt from an elevated stand to use a full body harness/fall-arrest system approved by the Treestand Manufacturers Association (TMA).

Injuries can occur when a hunter falls out of a tree stand or slips while climbing into or out of one. Mike Streeter, hunter education coordinator for Game and Parks, says those injuries can be prevented by using a full body harness/fall-arrest system. He says those systems have improved over the years.

Public outreach on the use of full body harness/fall-arrest systems comes in several forms:

-- Volunteer hunter education instructors are trained in the use of this equipment. They teach tree stand safety in every hunter education course.

-- Signs informing hunters of the proper use of full body harness/fall-arrest systems are being posted at the parking areas of wildlife management areas and at state parks and state recreation areas where hunting is allowed.

-- TMA has a free online course on tree stand safety at http://www.tmastands.com/.


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San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) September 19, 2013

FirstREX, the leader in residential real estate equity finance, announced that it is now providing REX HomeBuyer down payment funding in combination with the loans of RPM Mortgage, one of the largest mortgage originators in the Western United States.

REX HomeBuyer increases the buying power of borrowers by providing funds for up to half of a borrower's required down payment on a home purchase loan. Because the funding is an equity investment-not a loan or subsidy-there is no interest and the homeowner makes no monthly payments. Instead, FirstREX earns a return on its investment equal to a share of the gain or loss in value when the home is eventually sold, which can be up to 30 years in the future.

"RPM has become one of the largest and most trusted independent mortgage lenders because we solve home buyers' real world challenges," said Rob Hirt, CEO of RPM Mortgage. "In REX HomeBuyer, well-qualified home buyers have a financial solution that lets them clear the down payment hurdle and get into the home they really want today."

"We are delighted to offer REX HomeBuyer in conjunction with mortgage loans from RPM," says Thomas Sponholtz, co-CEO of FirstREX. "Buyers for whom a large down payment is a difficult or uncomfortable prospect now have the funding package that enables them to buy the home that meets their needs without sacrificing their financial peace of mind."

The REX HomeBuyer program is available now throughout RPM's California branches and will be rolling out in Oregon and Washington over the next two weeks.

About FirstREX
Founded in 2004, FirstREX provides homeowners and homebuyers with smart new financing alternatives to home equity loans and mortgages. Neither a lender nor a bank, FirstREX makes long-term investments in individual residential properties through two innovative home equity sharing products: REX HomeBuyer, which helps people purchase homes, and the REX Agreement, which allows current homeowners to tap their home equity without interest or monthly payments. For more information, visit http://www.rexhomebuyer.com.

About RPM Mortgage, Inc.
RPM Mortgage, Inc., based in Alamo, California, is a private mortgage lender. Since 1986, RPM has used financial strength, knowledge, and a community focus to become one of the most trusted mortgage lenders in the industry. RPM works with borrowers, real estate agents, CPAs, financial planners, attorneys and financial consultants to provide homebuyers and owners with the best mortgage solutions in the market today. RPM is a retail only lender and a direct seller and servicer of Fannie Mae loans. RPM's loan agents are specially trained to offer jumbo, conventional, FHA and VA loan programs to their customers. RPM has more than 60 branches and 800 loan agents and employees. RPM is licensed to lend in California, Nevada, Texas, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. For more information, please visit rpm-mtg.com">http://www.rpm-mtg.com, call 925-295-9300, or follow @RPMMortgage.



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Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino has lived his life in the public eye since the hit MTV reality show Jersey Shore made him a star in 2009.

There's good and bad with that type of stardom, and now Sorrentino is emerging from a bad period. He's battling addiction to painkillers, and he's doing so publicly in the "Reset Reality" public health initiative from Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals.

He's the initiative's paid spokesman.

"My recovery has been in the public eye, my life is in the public eye, and I'm OK with that," said Sorrentino. "I try to be the best person I can be on a daily basis, make the best decisions."

The Reset Reality campaign seeks to increase knowledge and understanding of the prevalence, science and treatment of opioid prescription painkiller addiction, according to a news release. Sorrentino is taking Suboxone Film, a treatment made by Reckitt Benckiser for opioid dependence.

"From a personal standpoint, it takes away a craving you have as well as physical ills that you have also," said Sorrentino. "It also gets you away from the opioid prescription painkillers that you're enslaved by.

"I feel like myself again. I feel like I'm getting back to my fitness regimen, two-a-days, passion for life. My family says, 'You're Michael again.' "

Sorrentino's speaking out could have benefits to mainstreaming the issue of opioid abuse, said Dr. Jeffrey T. Junig of Fond du Lac Psychiatry in Wisconsin, the author of www.suboxforum.com and the www.suboxonetalkzone.com blog.

"Doctors have been ignoring this problem, and if you look around, you see so many young people have died, and no one is talking about it," Junig said. "I can see the value of getting that out in the open."

Seventeen thousand people die each year from pain-relief medication overdoses, according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet, Sorrentino as a spokesman might reinforce negative stereotypes about the victims, Junig said.

"This kind of perpetuates the idea that people addicted to pain pills are out scoring a myriad of sexual partners," Junig said.

Sorrentino realized he was addicted to painkillers in early 2012.

"It's an epidemic," Sorrentino said. "You hear stories all the time about celebs and overdoses, and I want to say that while I was going through my, I would say, addiction, I didn't want my family at my funeral. I just didn't want to be the person who was very successful and burned out with drugs."

Much of the plotline of the final season of Jersey Shore, filmed in summer 2012, centered on Sorrentino's struggles to remain sober and the effects his sobriety had on his relationships with fellow cast members.

"The last season, I was in the process of recovery," he said. "You have to remember that Jersey Shore is cut down 300 hours to one, and it's hard to get an accurate picture of anything when it's cut down that much. What you see happened, but there's obviously so much more that happened."

Did starring on Jersey Shore, which often focused on excessive behavior fueled by alcohol, spark Sorrentino's dependency?

"I don't want to say yes, but I don't want to say no," Sorrentino said. "Because this opioid prescription painkiller disease doesn't discriminate. Mothers, daughters, lawyers and doctors even suffer from this disease. Just because there were cameras following me around in my life, it just means that I've fallen to the same disease."

And he got back up. The 32-year-old lives at the Jersey Shore - a house in Manchester near the MTV house of fellow castmates Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenny "JWoww" Farley, Sorrentino said. He's filming his own reality show for which details are forthcoming.

On movie screens, Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Don Jon portrays a Jersey clubgoer who appears to have been inspired, in part, by Sorrentino's "Situation" persona.

"I do look like (Gordon-Levitt's Don Jon)," Sorrentino said. "At the end of the day, if I had an effect on another person in the entertainment industry, that's awesome. I'm a big fan, and I do watch his movies."

It comes with being a public figure.

"It's been an unbelievable roller coaster," Sorrentino said.


Source: Usatoday
Friday, September 20, 2013
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What do you think of when you consider a 10-year-old tech company? Progressive ? Egalitarian? Now, how about a 125-year-old manufacturing company? Old-school? Male-dominated? You wouldn't be alone.

Manufacturing in the US grew by 517,000 jobs from January 2010 to February 2013 according to a report from the National Women's Law Center. But, since January 2010, women lost more manufacturing roles than they gained. In fact, women's share of the manufacturing sector is currently just over 27 percent - the lowest level since 1971. This means that while women represent nearly half of the total U.S. labor force, they only constitute approximately a quarter of the U.S. manufacturing workforce. How is this possible when women's rights in the workplace have come so far over the same time period?

Outdated and often wrong perceptions of manufacturing have impacted women's desires to join the ranks of manufacturers. A study from Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute cited the perception of a male-favored culture as a key driver of women's underrepresentation in the industry. There is a sense that historical gender bias excludes women from core managerial roles, such as production supervisors and operations managers, which are key to climbing the industry ladder. Compounding the issue, many people think of manufacturing jobs as dirty, unskilled, back-breaking labor. That's not the case anymore.

For the past 10 years, I've worked in one of the oldest manufacturing companies still in business. I also am a woman, and have been working toward increasing the number of women like me who work in the "traditional" manufacturing industry. That hasn't always been easy. I've heard many women say that manufacturing is too labor-intensive, it won't give them flexibility to manage their responsibilities at home, or that there is no future in the industry. Not only are these perceptions wrong, by keeping women out of the workforce, they are hurting our country's future competitiveness.

Why? It's simple

1. Women in Manufacturing is Good for Business. Approximately 600,000 manufacturing jobs are unfilled right now because companies can't find qualified workers to fill them. Women are critical to filling this gap. Since 2004, a series of studies by Catalyst - a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding opportunities for women in business - found that companies that achieve diversity in their management and on their corporate boards attain better financial results, on average, than other companies.

Catalyst points to many other studies that support these findings as well, including research at the Columbia Business School and the University of Maryland, which found that a higher proportion of women in senior management, not including the CEO, was associated with better firm performance, especially at organizations involved with innovation. McKinsey analysis of large U.S. and Canadian companies found that companies operating in complex environments generated significant returns, amounting to a "robust" 6 percent overall return over a three-year period, when they had a high proportion of women officers, compared to companies with low representation of women officers.

2. It's Individual Opportunity. Yesterday's Rosie the Riveter is today's Stephanie the Stereolithographer, and more. The vast majority of manufacturing roles created during the past few years aren't the low-paying, monotonous jobs out of a Dickens novel. These are high-tech, six-figure-paying jobs where women excel. The Deloitte and Manufacturing Institute report reported that over 75 percent of women surveyed agreed that a manufacturing career is interesting and rewarding, emphasizing compensation and opportunities for challenging assignments as the top reasons to stay in the industry.

3. It's Part of Chipping Away at the Glass Ceiling. It'spasttime to shed the old stereotypes of what kind of person works in manufacturing. Janne Sigurdsson runs Alcoa 's smelter in Iceland, which is our lowest-cost and most efficient facility globally. Through clear efforts to increase women at that remote facility, one-third of managers are women. Overall, 22% of the workers are women, and we're striving for 50%. This kind of success happens because more women in manufacturing attract more women to manufacturing.This is why we need more women in manufacturing today - to show women the huge opportunities in this sector to pave the way for more women in the future, and to ensure the continued success of our manufacturing industry.

Perhaps an even better question, is how do we achieve this?

The good news is that we can make this happen, and the real leadership opportunities are with the manufacturers themselves. We all know that talent development efforts such as increasing STEM education for women is important, but increasing the presence of women in manufacturing is a "push-pull" effort - with the "pull" responsibility lying with the employers themselves. We cannot build supply without first creating a robust demand.

First, we must reframe perceptions of traditional American manufacturing as unprogressive and male-dominated, to high-tech and high-paying, in which both men and women can and do thrive. Next , we need to make sure that manufacturing companies are workplaces organized to support women's success. Corporate leadership must set aggressive goals to proactively create a diverse employee base.

Part of creating a conducive workplace is cultural. We as manufacturers need to demonstrate that we are responsive to the unique work-life challenges that women - especially women who are or who plan to become mothers - face. We may need to allow flexible work schedules or allow women to manage the speed of their careers depending on their responsibilities outside of work. We also need more men to lead the way toward a more diverse and inclusive manufacturing force. While many male leaders embrace diversity, a recent study on White Men Leading Through Diversity and Inclusion showed that most white male leaders aren't aware of how far they still need to go when it comes to leading through diversity and inclusion.

Natalie Schilling is a human resources vice president at Alcoa, the world's leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum and the world's largest miner and refiner of bauxite and alumina. Schilling brings 25 years of global human resources experience spanning multiple industries including metals and mining, energy and media.

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UFC 165 will come to us from Toronto, Ontario, Canada this Saturday. The fight card will take here over the Air Canada Centre with a UFC Light Heavyweight Championship battle between top contender Alexander Gustafsson and champion Jon Jones.

In the co-main event, Eddie Wineland will challenge interim champion Renan Barao for the Interim UFC Bantamweight Championship. It will be Barao's second defense of the interim title since winning it against Urijah Faber.

10 other bouts will precede the two title tilts, and the action looks to give fight fans a full day of excitement.

The fighters will tip the scale at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT on Friday, Sept. 20.

UFC Light Heavyweight Championship: Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson


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Henrik Kærgaard er kommet i godt humør af at være del af det såkaldte omstillingspanel på ca. 40 fagfolk, der har gransket de 380 tilmeldte projekter til konkurrencedelen af Informations og DR's fælleskampagne voresomstilling.dk.

"Det har været meget stimulerendeat se, hvor meget der rent faktisk gøres af alle mulige mennesker overalt i det danske land. Jeg har screenet den samlede portefølje, og det er helt klart en produktiv oplevelse - i flere tilfælde også overraskende og sjov," siger Kærgaard.

Han er civilingeniør af fag, i dag såkaldt 'udviklingschef på tværs' hos den store rådgivende ingeniørvirksomhed Niras, der med 1.350 ansatte løser opgaver i ind- og udland om miljø, klima, energi, byggeri, infrastruktur og meget andet. Henrik Kærgaard har været med i mange år og arbejdet tæt på mange danske kommuner, virksomheder, statslige myndigheder og organisationer.

At være 'udviklingschef på tværs' kan ind imellem også betyde, at man kommer på tværs af både here vanetænkning og den gode stemning. Midt i glæden over den nye grønne entusiasme blandt danskerne hejser Kærgaard således et advarselsflag.

"Når man kigger ned over projekterne, er det tydeligt, at der er langt igen. Det er kun få af projekterne, der i sig selv har potentiale til virkelig at gøre en forskel," siger han.

Som det også blev påpeget af forskningsleder Bo Normander, Det Økologiske Råd, i mandagsavisen: De mange små projekter med eksempelvis køkkenhaver og fødevarefællesskaber betyder ikke i sig selv det store i forhold til den samlede danske fødevareproduktion. Deres betydning ligger i den kulturelle forandring, de baner vej for.

"Der er mange projekter, der mere handler om kommunikation og events end om egentlig bæredygtighed. Min erfaring med disse ting er, at de typisk kun når den målgruppe, der allerede er nået. Vi mangler altså stadig at finde nøglen til 'ketchup-effekten'," siger Henrik Kærgaard.Hans pointe er ikke at nedgøre eller forklejne indsatsen og initiativet hos de mange lokale ildsjæle bag de nye grønne projekter. Tværtimod udtrykker han "dyb respekt for den enorme frivillige indsats, som de mange initiativer repræsenterer, og den store lokale betydning med hensyn til at skabe mening, nye fællesskaber, mobilisering af kreativitet og energi til forbedring, som de tydeligvis har."

Niras-chefens pointe er at påpege, at spirer som disse til en stor omstilling kan blive kvalt, hvis ikke 'systemet' har evne og vilje til at bakke op, spille med og sætte en dagsorden på samfundsniveau, der kan skabe et egentligt gennembrud.

"Når man ser det ene eksempel efter det andet på, at systemet smutter i målet, eller at f.eks. kommuner laver greenwashing med deres mangelfulde definitioner af CO2-neutralitet, så tænker man, at så gider jeg altså heller ikke al det besvær. Når dem, der har ressourcerne og hele indflydelsen, lurepasser, så kan man jo godt af og til tabe energien," siger Henrik Kærgaard.

Som det allertydeligste og velkendte eksempel nævner han den politiske nedtur på COP15-klimatopmødet i København, som også var ved at tage motivationen fra Kærgaard selv.

"Selvfølgelig må vi anerkende, at det i mange situationer er overordentlig svært at finde de rigtige løsninger, men selv i situationer, hvor det ikke er særlig svært, kan vi ikke rigtig finde ud af at rykke på tingene i Danmark. Hvorfor er svenskerne i fuld gang med at omstille deres transportsektor til vedvarende energi, mens vi i Danmark ser ud til at regne med, at det nok sker af sig selv, og nusser rundt med lidt pilotprojekter her og der? Der er også alt for mange eksempler på, at afgiftspolitikken og de grønne ambitioner ikke hænger sammen."

Silotænkningen

Når stat og kommuner ikke formår at rykke hurtigere og mere radikalt, så har det ifølge Henrik Kærgaard meget at gøre med måden, man er organiseret på. "Betonagtig silotænkning" er et udtryk, der falder ham på tungen.

"Jeg har eksempelvis været med i et klimasamarbejde i en af landets store kommuner. Der har man valgt at inddrage erhvervslivet, fordi selve de kommunale institutioners og aktiviteters bidrag til CO2-udledningen kun udgør nogle få procent. Det er jo i sig selv en god idé."

"Men så viser det sig, at kommunen på mange områder ikke kan få sin egen organisation til at gøre noget alvorligt ved tingene. Man kan ikke samarbejde internt i det kommunale bureaukrati. Derfor kalder man en masse eksterne aktører sammen, og når de så påpeger, at kommunen må smide nogle flere ressourcer i det her og gå foran og f.eks. bruge nogle af kommunens egne projekter som bæredygtige foregangseksempler, så er der pludselig alt muligt i vejen. Jeg har været med til møder, hvor lokale aktører har rejst sig op og sagt til kommunen: 'Nu må I altså holde op, sådan nogle snakkehoveder!'"

Kærgaard har de senere år bl.a. arbejdet med den grønne omstilling af energisektoren, og også her ser han organiseringen som det, der i høj grad spærrer for de rette løsninger, det nødvendige tempo og den folkelige medleven.

"Vi har jo en politisk beslutning om at gøre Danmark fossilfrit i 2050, og der er planer og energiaftaler, som skal bane vej for dét. Men jeg og andre kolleger har oplevelsen af, at der ikke er nogen, der har taget et helhedsgreb på energisystemet. Man har f.eks. rejst masser af vindmøller, men man er endnu ikke i gang med det nødvendige, fleksible 'smart grid', det tidssvarende og intelligente distributionssystem, og derfor kan vi om få år risikere, at elnettet begynder at blive ustabilt, og at vi får problemer med forsyningssikkerheden," mener han.

Et andet eksempel handler om fjernvarmeselskaberne, som i modsætning til el- og gasselskaber er noget - og noget af det eneste i energisektoren - som kommunerne kan styre.

"Derfor vælger de at gøre noget her. Typisk at omstille fjernvarmesystemet til biomasse, men uden rigtig at tænke over, at biomasse-ressourcen på bare lidt længere sigt er en endog meget knap ressource, som bliver dyrere og i øvrigt heller ikke er CO2-neutral. Man kan sige, at i de dele af systemet, hvor man besidder noget handlekraft, der pløjer man derudaf uden at tænke på helheden. Det er godt, at der bliver gjort noget, men det fører ikke nødvendigvis til noget godt på lidt længere sigt."

Den gode nyhed

Her indskyder Henrik Kærgaard, hvad han ser som en rigtig god og opsigtsvækkende nyhed, da klima- og energiminister Martin Lidegaard og Energistyrelsen i sidste måned orienterede Folketingets partier om status for de mange energianalyser, som man p.t. er i gang med som udløber af energiaftalen fra 2012. Flere af oppositionspartierne har brokket sig over den sendrægtige analyseproces og forlangt nogle hurtige beslutninger, men som Kærgaard læser den nye midtvejsstatus for analyserne, har Energistyrelsen "opgivet silotænkningen, når det gælder energiformer- og anvendelser" for i stedet nu at se på helheden og de indbyrdes sammenhænge i systemet.

"Den store 'hemmelighed' er, at dette ikke handler om teknologi - den kan vi relativt hurtigt få på plads - det handler om organisering," siger han.

Altså om at planlægge energisystemets mange delelementer, så de hænger indbyrdes sammen og også hænger sammen med landbruget, transportsektoren osv.

En hurdle

Der er altså ifølge Henrik Kærgaard ved at ske noget rigtig positivt og meget vigtigt her. Og det sætter fokus på det, der er det egentlige problem, også når det gælder fremme af de mange grønne omstillingsinitiativer og støtten til aktørerne: Den ringe evne til at organisere processen hensigtsmæssigt i en større skala.

"Når det f.eks. handler om omstilling af energisystemet, kan du ikke gøre det i den enkelte kommune. Både elsystemet og biomasse-systemet skal tænkes i en større skala - regionalt eller overregionalt. Fyn er et fint planlægningsområde, Sjælland ligeså."

"Men når man så begynder at opliste interessenterne, så ender man med en liste på 100 eller måske 500 aktører. Og så tænker man: 'Det kan jo ikke lade sig gøre', og så opgiver man. Rigtig meget strander på den måde," siger Niras-chefen.

Han har selv været i dialog med bl.a. Region Syddanmark om at sikre en hensigtsmæssig proces for grøn omstilling af regionens energisystemer.

"Det startede i Sønderborg, hvor man har en lille topdynamisk projektorganisation, ProjectZero, der har været enormt dygtig til at motivere folk lokalt til energirenovering, energibesparelser, grønne energiprojekter osv. Det har de gjort rigtig godt, men i de kommende år er man nødt til at sætte de tunge dagsordener for hele regionen: Hvad skal der ske med gasforsyningen? Hvordan skal varmeforsyningen være? Hvordan laver vi det fleksible elnet? Hvad med udnyttelsen af biomassen? Det er altså de tunge aktører, der må på banen - el-, gas- og varmeselskaber - og de skal have rigtig mange penge op af lommen og finde fælles fodslag om, hvad der er den optimale løsning."

"Det bliver en hurdle for dem. At enes om de svære ting er de ikke lige gode til. Men jeg tror, der nu er vilje til at gøre det," siger Kærgaard om Region Syddanmark.

Hans anbefaling er, at man udvælger nogle få vigtige, handlekraftige og troværdige aktører - 10-12 stykker, siger han - og med dem finder frem til de centrale elementer i omstillingen. Deres troværdighed skalsikre, at alle de andre aktører også oplever, at det fungerer.

"Det er den eneste vej frem, hvis man skal undgå, at det sander til i bureaukrati og organisatorisk krig."

Fjern barriererne

Dilemmaer som disse omkring energisystemets store infrastrukturer må også tænkes igennem, når det gælder de nye grønne omstillingsprojekter, der bobler op nedefra. Hvis ikke risikerer man, at nogle af projekterne pludselig står uden den nødvendige overordnede struktur - eller har eksisterende strukturer imod sig - hvis de vokser ud over det isolerede, lokale niveau.

Barriererne kan være logistiske, men også økonomiske, bureaukratiske og lovgivningsmæssige.

"Den procesorganisation, jeg taler om, når det gælder energiomstillingen, skal have et professionelt sekretariat, og det kunne også godt få til opgave at give alle de små initiativer opmærksomhed og professionel sparring. Altså hjælpe dem med samme slags vurderinger, som vi helt summarisk har lavet i omstillingspanelet, da vi udpegede de 27 finalister: Hvilke af projekterne kan opskaleres, hvilke er så tæt på hinanden, at de kan fusionere, hvis de vil, hvilke kan have glæde af samarbejde med private virksomheder. Man kan støtte det og få det til at gro, ligesom man fik vindmølleindustrien til at gro fra nogle små smedemestre til globale virksomheder på 30 år," siger Henrik Kærgaard.

Hvad det angår, er der brug for, at stat og kommuner kender deres ansvar og yder støtte til de ildsjæle, der lige nu er fyldt af entusiasme, men også løbende melder, at det er hårdt, økonomisk utaknemmeligt og ofte på kollisionskurs med de offentlige bureaukratier.

"Hvis man tilstrækkelig mange gange oplever, at systemet giver en fingeren, så ender nogle nok med at blive trætte og sige: 'så kan det også være lige meget'."

"Men jeg tror nu ikke, det her falder sammen, for dette er i høj grad mennesker, der i forvejen gør tingene på trods, og det synes jeg man skal have meget stor respekt for. Hvis bare man kunne få samme nysgerrighed og initiativ ind oven fra, så kunne man opnå den dialog, der gjorde det muligt at finde de afgørende synergier, jeg tror findes," siger Henrik Kærgaard.


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