M&CC raises compliance fees

first_imgAt Monday’s statutory meeting, the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) of Georgetown took the decision to raise the compliance certificate fee from 0.1 per cent to 0.75 per cent of the property value. The decision to increase the fee comes after the M&CC would have seen an influx of persons applying for compliance certificates.The new fee increase comes into effect on January 1, 2018. The Finance Committee in its report noted that the Council is currently supplying persons with these certificates in order to facilitate property sales at prices that do not take into account the costs attached to the preparation of the document. The decision to increase the fee was not unanimous since some of the Councillors felt that the increase was too steep and suggested a 0.25 per cent instead of the 0.75 per cent but when it came to the vote, that was defeated. For years the M&CC has been complaining that it is financially strapped, often resulting in the late payment of salaries and wages in addition to the non-payment of contractors. Mayor Patricia Chase Green said the revenue base of City Hall needs to be broadened and as a result, the rise in fees are justified.She quite often states that the City have been collecting the same amount of money since 1992 which is not enough to offset its expenses.last_img read more

Frobose Meat Locker adding local flavor to community

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseMuch of rural and small town Ohio is built on the character of local agricultural businesses that have been woven into the fabric of the community — a bit of local flavor.There a few better examples of this local flavor than Frobose Meat Locker in the village of Pemberville in Wood County. The business includes, of course, a meat locker where customers can rent freezer space to house their meats, but the business is widely known for its vast array of brat recipes and high quality, locally produced meat products. The family business is also known for its role in the local culture.Bob and Elaine Frobose both grew up on area farms and now they operate Frobose Meat Locker with their children Ben, Jacob, Zach, and Abby. The family raises cattle and a few pigs to supply the business along with procuring poultry, pork and beef from area farms. The family owns the local IGA and a small drive through in Pemberville as well.Ben Frobose now runs the day-to-day operations at the Meat Locker — he also dresses like a giant bratwurst, occasionally makes public appearances in his swim trunks and generally lends some local flavor to the greater Pemberville community on a regular basis. His antics definitely help drum up business for the small business that has enjoyed unique success.“My dad worked for a family chain of grocery stores — Miller’s markets. He was their meat director. He was working in meats since he graduated from high school. My parents purchased the meat locker in 1999. Our location has been an active meat market since 1872,” Ben Frobose said. “As far as the farm is concerned, we are a fifth generation with sixth generation just around the corner. Grandpa retired in 1975 and didn’t want any of his kids to farm. When we were younger we had a few pigs for the fair, then a few extra pigs. Then we got some steers and a few more. When grandpa passed away, grandma wanted to fill the barn up with cattle again. Everything we have done on the farm supplements what we do at the Meat Locker. We have been able to continue the farm with what we do.”They raise 50 to 70 steers a year that are marketed through their businesses.“We get calves in the fall and they will be ready over a 10-month period. We also buy livestock from area producers and do custom work. We know their quality and management practices. We don’t just buy from anyone,” Frobose said. “The cattle are on a feedlot inside or on a covered lot outside. We buy the feed and hay and we get the majority of our hay and straw locally. We don’t raise any dairy breeds — all beef breeds. We don’t want any growth hormones or antibiotics from birth to slaughter. The cattle are fed a grain and hay diet twice a day. We feed by hand because we feel there is a better rate of gain. We also raise 20 to 50 hogs a year and rent out the rest of our crop ground.”They do not slaughter the animals, but they handle the rest at the Meat Locker.“Our beef goes to Ashland at E.R. Boliantz Co. and hogs go to Hasselbach Meats, Inc. in Fremont. Then the carcasses come here. We do everything but the killing and we break it down from there to a finished product. We have a smokehouse in the back too,” Frobose said. “In our busy time from late March until the end of the year, we usually do eight to 12 custom beef a week. We’ll do 2 to 4 of our own beef a week. Around two-thirds of what we do is custom and one-third retail. We’ll work with approximately 500 beef animals a year.”Beef accounts for the highest dollar value in sales for the business, but Frobose Meat Locker is well known for a wide array of bratwurst recipes as well.“In the summer we’ll sell more bratwurst. We make over 100 different kinds of brats we’ve developed through the years. We are known for our variety of brats. We call it bratwurst paradise,” he said. “I try to have 20 to 25 different kinds of brats in the case and some of all of them frozen all of the time. Our original brat with a traditional German flavor is the most popular. Our Hawaiian brat is pretty popular too, but they all sell.”Poultry is also a big seller.“Boneless skinless chicken breast is the No. 1 tonnage item for us. We sell Bowman & Landes turkeys for Thanksgiving too. People want lean meats,” Frobose said. “The consumer also wants something that is all but oven ready. They want easy, quick meals. That is something the entire grocery industry has geared itself toward.”Frobose Meat Locker also provides a connection back to the farm that customers crave.“The trend that has really picked up steam is the consumer really wanting to know where their food comes from. We have learned that the average meal for a family will travel 1,200 to 1,500 miles from the farm before it gets to the dinner plate. We hang our hat on people wanting a more local connection,” he said “We sell a large amount of Dei Fratelli products that are very local and we use their products in our recipes too. We try to tell our story through our family heritage and how we are producing these products. People want fresh products they know are coming directly from the farm. Our average age range of consumer is 28 and up with families and the popularity for those younger people learning to cook is growing.”The consistent quality, local sourcing, and local flavor have turned Frobose Meat Locker into a destination customers deem worth a visit.“At the locker the average customer comes from 10 minutes away or more. And it is 10 minutes or less at the grocery store,” Frobose said. “We are pulling from more than just the village.”Even with the added benefits they offer, pricing is still important for Meat Locker customers.“We feel like our prices are fair, competitive and consistent. We just sold a side of beef for $3.19 a pound and we have had that price I think for 3 years. Our ground beef prices have been steady for a couple of years now. We make changes with major market fluctuations, but it is painful for us to do that,” Frobose said. “People are looking for quality and flavor too along with a good price. We offer all of them all rolled into one.”There certainly are challenges. Labor can be one of them.“Labor is always an issue, especially with the economy we have and the unemployment rate being so low. The availability of the labor pool is so much shorter. We feel like we have an extremely good core group of employees that allow all of us to do what we need to do. The amount of cutting I do on an average day is very minimal because of our good group of employees,” Frobose said. “We employ a lot of college-aged kids and try to be flexible with them. We have about 50 employees between all of the businesses. We have eight family members that work full time for us. We have 12 to 14 full-time employees and the rest are part time.”And, at the end of the day, he is proud to promote his family’s high quality meat products, especially if it involves some local Frobose flavor.“I enjoy the marketing part of it. A couple of times a year we’ll have a day where if you wear a Hawaiian shirt in you get some free Hawaiian brats. We also have a brat tournament with brat recipes. I’ll get dressed up in a hot dog costume or jump into a snow bank in my swimsuit in the winter. We try to do things to get people to remember us,” he said. “The thing I like he most is that we are able to be as creative as possible with what we are doing. Other places won’t commit the time to do that. We put in the time to be creative — whether it is a new recipe or dressing up in a chicken suit to promote what we are doing.”last_img read more

Yeng Guiao says late foul cost NLEX the game vs NorthPort

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “I’m actually happy with our effort. We played without an import but we had a chance to win the game in the last one or two possessions,” Guiao told reporters.“We got a really ugly break. I don’t think the foul on Kyles Lao was something that you should call in a situation like that. That’s a really bad call and it cost us the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe foul resulted to NorthPort guard Nico Elorde making one of two free throws that gave the Batang Pier a 79-77 edge.“I’m not surprised that people are complaining about the officiating. My problem with that call is (technical director) Eric Castro justified it,” said Guiao, who also got a technical foul for arguing the call. “I think that’s stupidity. That is a stupid way to justify that call. They justified it by saying there was contact. The problem is not all contacts are foul. To me, that is a stupid way to justify that.” PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Serbian star Nikola Jokic to play in 2019 Fiba World Cup DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “Sobrang nipis. And previous to that action, if they want to call a foul, we just watched the tape, Sean Anthony was climbing all over the back of Kenneth Ighalo. They did not call that but they called an itsy bitsy physical contact. To me, that’s not justifiable.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao was left with mixed emotions after his team’s sorry loss to NorthPort in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Saturday.Guiao said he was pleased with the Road Warriors’ showing despite the 83-79 setback having played minus an import, but at the same time, furious over a foul called against his guard Kyles Lao with 52 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View commentslast_img read more

Air Force Dayton Groups Launch Tech Transfer Initiative

first_imgTwo Dayton-area technology incubators and hundreds of entrepreneurs and investors gathered last week to kick off an initiative to spur the commercialization of technologies developed at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).Venture capitalists and technology transfer experts earlier toured the AFRL facilities at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, reported the Dayton Daily News. The lab is hoping to create an industrial base through the commercialization of technologies developed there.“We’re trying to connect the communities because for this tech transfer process to work it has to be through the connection of all the disparate stakeholders that put that value stream together,” said C. Douglas Ebersole, AFRL’s executive director.At Friday’s event — sponsored by the Wright Brothers Institute and the Entrepreneurs Center — teams led by college students delivered presentations about the market potential of technologies sponsored by the lab, while small business representatives explained the AFRL-funded technologies their firms had developed and hope to bring to market. Entrepreneurs discussed technologies with market potential they were cultivating.“This is their showcase to show the world what they’re doing,” said Bill Harrison, director of the AFRL small business initiative. “There’s always room in these start-ups; they always need more investors,” Harrison said.The event focused on linking about a dozen technologies funded by AFRL with investors, but more technologies will be featured shortly. “We’ve laid out a very aggressive schedule through 2016,” Scott Koorndyk, president of the Entrepreneurs Center, told the paper. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Whitney Houston Exhibit Opens At Newarks GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center

first_img Email Whitney Houston Exhibit Opens At Newark’s GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center Whitney! Exhibit Opens At GRAMMY Museum In Newark whitney-houston-exhibit-opens-newarks-grammy-museum-experience-prudential-center https://twitter.com/PruCenter/status/1053729067747434496 Twitter Whitney! at the GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center  gives fans an intimate look into her life through “a collection of diverse artifacts, rare photographs and footage from the private collection of the Houston Family,” including several of her stunning costumes, awards and personal mementos, including scrapbooks. Houston broke several records during her musical career, and continues to receive accolades and honors since her death in 2012.The powerhouse singer made a stir as soon as she entered the music scene in 1985, with her debut Whitney Houston—and several its singles—topping the charts and earning the star her first three GRAMMY nominations. At the 28th GRAMMY Awards the album was nominated for Album of the Year and she took home her first win for Best Pop Vocal Performance for “Saving All My Love For You,” one of the album’s three No. 1 singles. Her sophomore album, Whitney, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making her the first ever female artists to do so.During her illustrious career she would take home six GRAMMY wins, including for Album of the Year for The Bodyguard Original Soundtrack and Record of the Year for “I Will Always Love You” at the 36th GRAMMY Awards. Whitney Houston was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame in 2013 and “I Will Always Love You” was in 2018, recognizing them as “recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old.”The Whitney! exhibit is curated by the GRAMMY Museum L.A. Live, where the original museum site is located in downtown Los Angeles, with support from the Estate of Whitney Houston. Visitors can watch and revisit Houston’s amazing performances and also hear from other artists on how she impacted their lives and careers, with exclusive interviews.The exhibit launched on the one year anniversary of the GRAMMY Museum Experience opening its doors. A Whitney! exhibit was on view at the GRAMMY Museum L.A. back in 2012-2013, and thanks to the museum location opening in Newark, the GRAMMY Museum can honor and celebrate the star in her hometown. The GRAMMY Experience brings music history and culture through interactive exhibits to music lovers on the East Coast and celebrates local New Jersey legends including Houston, as well as fellow GRAMMY-winning icons Bruce Springsteen and Frank Sinatra.Whitney! will be on view at GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center until June 2019, please visit their website for info tickets, hours and more.The Boss, Taylor Swift, Education & More: Inside New Jersey’s GRAMMY Museum ExperienceRead morecenter_img The new GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center exhibit celebrates the life of the legendary singer Whitney Houston in her hometownAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Oct 24, 2018 – 2:32 pm GRAMMY winner Whitney Houston shook the world with her powerful voice and music for years, beginning with her self-titled debut in 1985. Now an exhibit is bringing her legacy to her hometown of Newark. Facebook A reception was held in honor of the opening of the #WhitneyEXP as part of the #GRAMMYMuseumEXP #PruCenter! Guests and members of the Estate of Whitney E. Houston and Cissy Houston received a first look of the exhibit https://t.co/eI93xQciVc pic.twitter.com/Py8QTd1tRF— Prudential Center (@PruCenter) October 20, 2018 News last_img read more

Sports stars batting for ballot

first_imgPakistan`s cricketer-turned politician and head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) party Imran Khan, taking the oath as a Member of Parliament during the first session of the Parliament in Islamabad following general election. Photo: AFPImran Khan’s anointment as Pakistan’s new prime minister caps a more than two decade transformation from a World Cup winning cricket captain to a world leader, placing him in charge of a nuclear armed state.But he is not the only one to have swapped playing fields for the hustings. Here are five other sport stars who have made a similar switch:George WeahKhan’s elevation to premier is only matched by George Weah, who was inaugurated as Liberia’s president in January.Weah first learned to kick a ball in the slums of Monrovia, but went on to become one of Africa’s greatest footballers, playing for a string of top European clubs and winning both FIFA’s World Player of the Year and the Ballon d’Or.Weah avoided the brutal civil war that destroyed much of Liberia but vowed to put his wealth and fame to use, unsuccessfully running for president in 2005.Twelve years later he was triumphant, succeeding Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Liberia’s first democratic transition since 1944.He put education, job creation and infrastructure at the centre of his platform; though critics said he was vague on specifics.Arnold SchwarzeneggerBefore the silver screen and politics, Austria-born Arnold Schwarzenegger was one of the world’s best bodybuilders.While beefing up in a bid to get on his local soccer team, Schwarzenegger became infatuated by body-building, racking up title after title, until he became the youngest-ever winner of the Universe competition.He moved Stateside to pursue acting and, despite his thick accent, finally made the big time in the 1980s with roles such as Conan the Barbarian and the Terminator.A moderate Republican, he became Governor of California in 2003, serving two terms.He has long distanced himself from the Republican mainstream on a range of social issues, such as abortion, gay marriage and gun control, and remains a staunch environmentalist, often clashing with President Donald Trump on Twitter.Manny PacquiaoArnold Schwarzenegger. Photo: FlickrManny Pacquiao is idolised by millions in the poverty-afflicted Philippines after rising from the streets to the pinnacle of boxing.The winner of an unparalleled 12 world titles in eight different weight divisions, he has successfully parlayed his boxing fame into a political career.He was elected to the House of Representatives and then, in 2016, to the Senate, a high-profile national position which can be a stepping-stone to the presidency, an office he openly admits to having aspirations for.In 2012 he found Christianity-turning his back on the many vices fame, money and power brought him-and social conservatism permeates his politics.Pacquiao stirred international anger when he compared homosexuals to animals in a 2016 interview, later citing the Bible in his defence.Vitali KlitschkoTwo-metre (6 ft 6 inch) -tall Klitschko went from a heavyweight champion who never suffered a knockdown, to a Ukrainian protest leader and current Mayor of Kiev.He was always viewed as something of a quiet intellectual on the world boxing circuit, a fighter fluent in several languages with a PhD in sports science who liked to relax with a thick Dostoyevsky novel.An early supporter of the pro-democracy Orange Revolution, he became a major figure in the often treacherous arena of Ukrainian politics, eventually winning the capital’s mayoralty in 2014.Manny Pacquiao. Wikimedia commons“It’s much easier to be the heavyweight champion of the world than to be the mayor of Kiev,” he told the Guardian newspaper earlier this year. “It’s hitting you in the back. It’s hitting you under the belt line. It’s really tough.”Arjuna RanatungaFour years after Imran Khan captained Pakistan to World Cup cricket victory, Arjuna Ranatunga did the same for Sri Lanka in 1996.He entered politics soon after retiring, briefly serving as a junior tourism minister, before spending years in the opposition.In 2015 he became the first former Sri Lankan international to be named a cabinet minister and has held a slew of ministerial positions since, including his current job as petroleum minister.In recent years Ranatunga has been in an increasingly acerbic war of words with Sri Lanka Cricket, the country’s notoriously scandal-plagued cricket board which he has long had aspirations to run.last_img

Researchers demonstrate entanglement of two quantum bits inside of a semiconductor

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Researchers demonstrate entanglement of two quantum bits inside of a semiconductor (2012, April 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-entanglement-quantum-bits-semiconductor.html Large scale qubit generation for quantum computing © 2012 Phys.Org Explore further (Phys.org) — Research into quantum bits (qubits) for use in a quantum computer has become tied to entanglement, the still mysterious phenomenon whereby subatomic particles exist in an entangled state such that any change to one happens simultaneously to the other, without communication or the passage of time. The reason entanglement of qubits is so important to the future of a quantum computer is because they are able to represent both a “1” and “0” state at the same time and because actions that cause a change in one entangled particle also cause the same change in its partner, theoretically allowing for processing speeds to increase exponentially when adding more entangled qubits. Thus far though, attempts to create entangled particles inside of a semiconductor material have been difficult to measure, and thus verify, due to their short lives. Journal information: Science Now however, a small group of researchers from Harvard University has succeeded in entangling two quantum bits inside of a semiconductor and holding on to them long enough for them to be measured. They describe how they achieved this feat in their paper published in the journal Science.In essence the team overcame the inherent instability of entangled pairs by adding a second electron to the qubits in the semiconducting material which would allow them to be defined by their spin states; doing so they write, added a second level of immunity from decoherence, where the qubit reverts to either a “0” or a “1” after a very short period of time. To cause the actual entanglement, all that was needed was an electrical charge. To make sure that what they thought was happening inside the material truly was, they measured the sample using state tomography.This experiment shows that creating entangled pairs inside of a material such as the semiconductor used, is no more difficult than doing so with such techniques as manipulating calcium atoms in a laser ion trap, the trick though has been to get them to hold their state long enough to be measured, and that’s what this team has achieved. It also demonstrates a process that the team says could be scaled up, a very important element in building a quantum computer. But this of course, just a first step towards building a quantum computer because entangled pairs of qubits would need to be lined up some distance apart from one another to allow for the construction of circuits. Thus far the team has entangled qubits just a few hundred nanometers apart, the goal is to reach at least a micron. More information: Demonstration of Entanglement of Electrostatically Coupled Singlet-Triplet Qubits, Science 13 April 2012: Vol. 336 no. 6078 pp. 202-205. DOI: 10.1126/science.1217692ABSTRACTQuantum computers have the potential to solve certain problems faster than classical computers. To exploit their power, it is necessary to perform interqubit operations and generate entangled states. Spin qubits are a promising candidate for implementing a quantum processor because of their potential for scalability and miniaturization. However, their weak interactions with the environment, which lead to their long coherence times, make interqubit operations challenging. We performed a controlled two-qubit operation between singlet-triplet qubits using a dynamically decoupled sequence that maintains the two-qubit coupling while decoupling each qubit from its fluctuating environment. Using state tomography, we measured the full density matrix of the system and determined the concurrence and the fidelity of the generated state, providing proof of entanglement.last_img read more

easyJet opens base in Vienna in preparation for Brexit fallout

first_imgTags: Brexit, easyJet Source: The Associated Press Share << Previous PostNext Post >> LONDON — London-based budget airline easyJet says it is opening a base in Vienna, Austria, to prepare for the potential effects of Brexit.EasyJet said Friday it will open a European Union base in Austria’s capital “regardless of the outcome of talks on a future U.K.-EU aviation agreement.”The new easyJet Europe base will grow alongside two existing bases in Switzerland and Britain to form “a pan European airline group.” Easyjet already has staff in Vienna and will add jobs there. But no positions will be moved from the U.K., where the airline will continue have most of its operations.EasyJet said the new base will protect their flying rights in Europe, but that they’ll continue to fight for a Brexit deal that at least allows flights between Britain and the EU. Friday, July 14, 2017 easyJet opens base in Vienna in preparation for Brexit falloutlast_img read more