JOA paying close attention to Rio troubles

first_imgJamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president Mike Fennell said they have been paying close attention to the various health and political issues affecting Brazil ahead of this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and that they were pleased with the precautions and countermeasures being taken. The Zika virus outbreak in Brazil has been a major cause for concern going into the 2016 Olympic Games. The virus, which the World Health Organization has declared an international public health emergency, has created great uncertainty and has left many doubting whether or not they should attend the games in the South American country. There is also the issue of an impeachment in congress for the country’s first female president, Dilma Rousseff, while there are also concerns with water pollution. Noting that he hopes that the political situation can be resolved before the games commence on August 5, Fennell said he was comfortable with the situation at this point. “In Rio, there are a number things we have to deal with. Everyone knows there is a public health problems with the ZIKV, but we are quite comfortable with the arrangements that have been made for the protection of the athletes, officials and other people, so we are satisfied Brazil has taken all the precautions that are necessary and we are monitoring that carefully,” Fennell said. He also believes it would be best if the country’s leaders resolve the uncertain political situation ahead of the games. “What has not directly impacted the games but will affect the nation is the government situation in Brazil. The president of the country is facing impeachment, and that always presents a challenge when you have political uncertainty. We just have to wait and see how it unfolds, but it would be best if that is sorted out before the games not, just for Jamaica, but for the whole world.” he continued. Meanwhile, the long-serving JOA boss believes that the Olympic Games today plays an even greater role in enhancing the careers and reputation of sportsmen and women right across the globe. “The demand for a place on the Olympic team is even greater than ever before because it is such an important event in the life and career of any sports person. It’s the ultimate achievement, representing your country at the Olympic Games. This has been enhanced even more for those athletes, who are following careers, as representing your country at the Olympic Games opens up doors for professional contacts later on, and if you medal it even goes much further … it’s a tremendous thing for the athlete,” added Fennell. NECESSARY PRECAUTIONSlast_img read more

Inquirer 7 top UAAP 81 women’s volleyball players: Week 4

first_imgEugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying 4. Maddie Madayag (Ateneo de Manila University, middle blocker)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/AMaddie Madayag. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo has managed to shrug off its opening weekend loss to La Salle and has so far racked up four straight wins to capture the top spot of the standings when it pummeled University of the Philippines in its lone game this week.It was a game that had so much hype since the winner gets the No. 1 seed after Week 4 while the loser ends up in fifth.And the Lady Eagles made sure they would leave the week as the league’s queens after a resounding sweep of the Lady Maroons.Leading Ateneo’s romp of UP was Maddie Madayag.Mainly a defensive force, Madayag was Ateneo’s top scorer against UP with 14 points, highlighted by six blocks.5. Celine Domingo (Far Eastern University, middle blocker)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/ACeline Domingo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCeline Domingo is living up to her position.Middle blockers are there to provide stability for their teams and Domingo has definitely brought that to FEU.Domingo has been solid for the Lady Tamaraws in their two wins this week, putting up 17 points against UE and 14 points against the Adamson. LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title As for the bigger picture, Domingo is fifth in the Best Scorers table with 83 total points.6. Dimdim Pacres (University of Santo Tomas, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/ADimdim Pacres. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDimdim Pacres is never considered as one of the top stars in the UAAP but she’s always there when UST needs that valuable third option on offense.When Season 80 Rookie of the Year Milena Alessandrini went down with an injured left knee, Pacres took it upon herself to become UST’s third asset.Pacres has been a reliable third fiddle to UST’s star duo of Cherry Rondina and Eya Laure.In UST’s pair of wins this week, Pacres scored a total of 20 points and it wasn’t just her offense that made her of value for the Golden Tigresses.Pacres was UST’s best digger this week tallying a total of 28 excellent digs.7. Heather Guino-o (Far Eastern University, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/AHeather Guino-o. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFEU has had a stable week and there was one Lady Tamaraw who was polarizing in every sense of the word.The Lady Tamaraws went 2-0 this week with Heather Guino-o going from dormant to blazing. 1. Eya Laure (University of Santo Tomas, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 2Last week: N/AEya Laure. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Rookie of the Year race has been blown wide open and Eya Laure has left destruction at her wake.UST’s super freshman was nothing short of spectacular in Week 4, leading the Golden Tigresses to two straight wins with victories over defending champion De La Salle and National University.The Golden Tigresses’ win over NU meant more to Laure since it was the Lady Bulldogs’ high school team that tormented the UST star and foiled her attempts to get another UAAP title in the girls’ high school division.Laure released some of her frustration and punished the Lady Bulldogs with 20 points.ADVERTISEMENT University of Santo Tomas racked up two straight wins this past week to create a pileup in the second seed of the standings with a 4-2 record to tie La Salle and Far Eastern University.Ateneo is at the helm with a 4-1 card while University of the Philippines dropped all the way to fifth with a 3-2 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsNational University and Adamson University are tied in sixth with 1-4 records while University of the East is at the bottom at 1-5.With that out of the way, here are the top seven players that made this week as maddening as it can be. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history After scoring just seven points in FEU’s win over the Lady Warriors, Guino-o fired 20 points to lead the Lady Tamaraws in their five-set win over the Lady Falcons.Her 20-point explosion pushed Guino-o from the 14th spot in the Best Scorers table to eighth, overtaking the likes of  Eli Soyud, Mary Ann Mendrez, and Isa Molde.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steve Kerr laughs off lipreading criticism of Draymond Green Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.MANILA, Philippines—This year may be the Year of the Pig but Week 4 of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament is the week of the Golden Tigresses.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award More importantly, Laure’s combined 35 points in the week made her the second-leading scorer in the league with a total of 102 points.2. Cherry Rondina (University of Santo Tomas, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 2Last week: N/ACherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netC“The Cherry Bomb” is explosive as ever and no shelter is strong enough to protect the league from Cherry Rondina.UST’s superstar is still the offensive mayhem that she is and after leading the Golden Tigresses to two wins this week she’s racked up a total of 105 points to take the top spot of the league’s Best Scorers table.If Rondina let Laure had her fun against the Bulldogs, she made sure that she was front and center when the Golden Tigresses humbled the Lady Spikers.Rondina wasn’t fazed with the defending champions pedigree and she proceeded to put up 19 points in the Golden Tigresses sweep of La Salle.3. Lycha Ebon (Far Eastern University, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/ALycha Ebon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLaure may have been this season’s favorite for the top rookie honors but Far Eastern University’s Lycha Ebon has also been impressive in her own way.After her first five games in the collegiate level, Ebon has emerged to be the third-best scorer in the league with a total of 86 points. She’s also led the Lady Tamaraws to two wins this week.Ebon shone in FEU’s five-set win over University of the East with 21 points and she remained impactful in the Lady Tamaraws’ second victory of the week with 17 points against Adamson. MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief View commentslast_img read more

DONEGAL MAN IN AUSTRALIA TOLD TO PAY CASH TO NOSE-BREAK ASSAULT VICTIM – JUDGE SAYS DRINK WAS AGGRAVATING FACTOR

first_imgA CO DONEGAL man now living in Australia has been ordered to pay €4,000 to a man he assaulted in a completely unprovoked attack.Richard Joseph Doherty (pictured right) didn’t return to Ireland to appear at Falcarragh District Court to answer the assault charges, but had instructed a solicitor to enter a ‘guilty’ plea on his behalf.And the case started a legal debate, with the presiding District Court judge saying that if he was making laws, he’d argue to make the consumption of drink an aggravating factor in cases rather than a mitigating one. Judge Conal Gibbons also remarked about how Doherty, from Derryreel but now living in Perth, hadn’t appeared before the court in person whilst his victim, Carrigart man Ferghal Doherty had done so.Gda Brendan O’Connor told the court, sitting in Letterkenny that a fight broke out outside a nightclub in Dunfanaghy in the early hours of December 5, 2010.“The injured party and friends were attacked by another group of youths. The injured party had no part in the aggression whatsoever and was entirely innocent,” said Gda O’Connor.“He was struck in the face twice. The incident was viewed by me, the injured party and the accused on CCTV and the accused readily admitted his involvement.”Ferghal Doherty had suffered a broken nose in the incident, said the Garda, and required hospital treatment in both Letterkenny and in Sligo.Richard Doherty’s solicitor Fiona Brown, in mitigation, said that her client had left Ireland in October 2011. He was now working as a plasterer in Perth, Western Australia.He had been in bother before, she said, but this was mainly road traffic offences with one public order conviction.“His behaviour was shocking,” said Judge Gibbons.“I suppose this was about geographical areas? – two different parishes? – are we going back to that? it is quite outrageous.”The judge asked Ferghal Doherty about his injuries.“I got over it anyway,” said the victim.Judge Gibbons said it was “an appalling state of affairs that someone can go out and do this to someone completely innocent.“This speaks volumes about the modern age.Commenting on Richard Doherty’s presence in Perth and not before the court in Letterkenny, the judge said: “There was a time when people sere went to Australia after a court case, not before a case appears before the court.”The judge went on: “In every town where there is entertainment at a nightclub or a large pub, these places have to have very big individuals suitably attired (bouncers) standing outside maintaining order. We are supposed to be progressing and evolving as human beings.“If you spend time in court you would take serious issue with the theory of evolution.”When the solicitor said her client had consumed drink on the night in question, Judge Gibbons said: “The problem is with the human, not the drink.“Your client has to lift it up and put it to his mouth. The drink was voluntarily taken by the client. Drink is an aggravating factor and not a mitigating factor.“If I was writing laws in this country, I would amend the legislation to state that fact – that the court would see drinking as an aggravating factor.“I’m very disturbed by your client’s behaviour. I understand that Irish people have to go abroad but if he behaved like this in Australia they wouldn’t tolerate it; in fact most progressive countries would not tolerate it“Drink is an inert substance. The problem is not the drink – it’s mixing the drink with the human.”Judge Gibbons used District Court powers to order Richard Doherty to pay Ferghal Doherty €4,000 in compensation for his injuries plus €800 medical expenses. He was also ordered to pay €234 State costs.He was also fined a total of €350. Richard Doherty will be imprisoned for a total of 104 days if he fails to pay.If he wishes to appeal the case he must put up a cash surety of €2,000.“I hope you are none the worse for the awful event that happened to you,” Judge Gibbons told victim Ferghal Doherty.It’s understood Richard Doherty could now be thrown out of Australia if he fails to pay the compensation and fines and Gardai report that to the Australia authorities.DONEGAL MAN IN AUSTRALIA TOLD TO PAY CASH TO NOSE-BREAK ASSAULT VICTIM – JUDGE SAYS DRINK WAS AGGRAVATING FACTOR was last modified: April 19th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South Africa shows us we can change: Obama

first_img On Tuesday, the 94 000-seater stadium was two-thirds full despite torrential rains, as South Africans from all walks of life joined some 70 heads of state and an array of royalty and celebrities for the first major event of a week-long send-off that is set to rival the funerals of JFK, Pope John Paul and Princess Diana.‘The last great liberator of the 20th century’ Addressing the gathering in the early afternoon, Obama described Mandela as “the last great liberator of the 20th century”, saying it would be tempting to remember him “as an icon, smiling and serene, detached from the tawdry affairs of lesser men. “But Madiba himself strongly resisted such a lifeless portrait. Instead, he insisted on sharing with us his doubts and fears; his miscalculations along with his victories. ‘I’m not a saint,’ he said, ‘unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.’ “That is why we learned so much from him; that is why we can learn from him still,” Obama said. “Mandela taught us the power of action, but also ideas; the importance of reason and arguments; the need to study not only those you agree with, but those who you don’t. “He turned his trial into an indictment of apartheid because of his eloquence and passion, but also his training as an advocate. He used decades in prison to sharpen his arguments, but also to spread his thirst for knowledge to others in the movement. And he learned the language and customs of his oppressor so that one day he might better convey to them how their own freedom depended upon his.” Above all, Obama said, Mandela understood “the ties that bind the human spirit. There is a word in South Africa – ubuntu – that describes his greatest gift: his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us.”Mandela’s passing ‘also a time for self-reflection’ Mandela’s passing was rightly a time both of mourning and of celebration for the people of South Africa and for those he inspired around the world. But it was also, Obama said, a time for self-reflection. “For around the world today, we still see children suffering from hunger, and disease; run-down schools, and few prospects for the future. Around the world today, men and women are still imprisoned for their political beliefs; and are still persecuted for what they look like, or how they worship, or who they love. “We, too, must act on behalf of justice,” Obama said. “We, too, must act on behalf of peace. There are too many of us who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality. There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people. And there are too many of us who stand on the sidelines, comfortable in complacency or cynicism when our voices must be heard.” Addressing himself to young people in Africa and around the world, Obama said that, while “we will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again … you can make his life’s work your own”. Addressing the people of South Africa, he said: “[T]he world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us. His struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph. Your dignity and hope found expression in his life, and your freedom, your democracy is his cherished legacy.” Obama’s speech in full (as prepared for delivery) SAinfo reportercenter_img 10 December 2013 “South Africa shows us we can change”, US President Barack Obama told thousands of mourners at the official memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg on Tuesday, and millions of people around the world watching the event live on television. “Nelson Mandela reminds us that it always seems impossible until it is done,” Obama said. “South Africa shows us that is true. South Africa shows us we can change. We can choose to live in a world defined not by our differences, but by our common hopes. We can choose a world defined not by conflict, but by peace and justice and opportunity.” Mandela, who passed away last Thursday at the age of 95, made his last public appearance at the same venue, Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium, at the closing of the 2010 Fifa World Cup on 11 July 2010.last_img read more

Time for official jersey retirement for Danny Ildefonso? His son, fans thinks so

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Four years since announcing his retirement, Ildefonso still managed to remind everyone why he’s one of the PBA’s greatest players as he suited up for the San Miguel Beermen’s legends team on Sunday night.Ildefonso played his first 15 seasons for the Beermen where he won eight titles, back-to-back season MVP awards in 2000 and 2001, two Finals MVP plums and five Best Player of the Conference honors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHe played two more seasons for Meralco before he hung up his sneakers without any fanfare in 2015.Fast forward to today, Ildefonso is currently an assistant coach at Alaska and National University, where his two sons Shaun and Dave but seeing him back on the court prompted a realization from one of his children. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:31Duterte had wanted Albayalde to take terminal leave — Go00:54Gordon: Albayalde may still face charges even after retirement02:42PH 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 Read Next Shaun, the older among the two brothers, thinks it would be fitting for his dad to get a much-deserved jersey retirement.Who thinks Daddy I needs a proper jersey retirement? 🙋🏽‍♂️ https://t.co/nxIYf5HYRR— Shaun Ildefonso (@ShaunIldefonso) February 17, 2019Shaun’s tweet has been well received with many expectedly agreeing to his proposition.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. June Mar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter team up anew as PBA All-Star starters announced US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ The 42-year-old Ildefonso also mentored June Mar Fajardo in his final years with the San Miguel franchise and was instrumental in Fajardo’s transformation in becoming the most dominant player of his time with already a league record of five MVP trophies. Danny Ildefonso got the ball on the low block, backed down his defender, spun right before smoothly banking in a contested baseline fadeaway.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Exeter’s Jack Nowell could be out until December with fractured eye socket

first_imgBilly Vunipola, Saracens No8- Out for four months following knee surgery to repair the meniscus on his right knee. England chances 0/5 “This injury was just one of those unfortunate ones, an innocuous situation. Jack is frustrated as he has been feeling good to go and wanted a couple of good Champions Cup performances to put him in the frame for England.”Munster have confirmed South Africa’s forwards coach, Johann van Graan, as their new head coach, replacing Rassie Erasmus who is heading in the opposite direction in December. Van Graan will start work next month subject to obtaining a work permit and has signed a three-year contract.The Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, recently dismissed as “hearsay” reports that Van Graan’s departure to Munster was already a done deal but the South African Rugby Union has now agreed to release Van Graan and allowed him to move to the Irish province just prior to Erasmus leaving to become the Boks’ new director of rugby.The 37-year-old Van Graan has been a part of the Springbok staff for six seasons, having initially been recruited by Heyneke Meyer. He was previously a member of the Bulls setup when they won Super Rugby titles in 2009 and 2010 and has been attracting northern hemisphere club interest for some time. “We know Johann, with forwards coach Jerry Flannery and backline and attack coach Felix Jones will continue to establish the structures and processes required to bring this Munster team forward in terms of growth and success,” said Garrett Fitzgerald, Munster’s chief executive. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Thank you for your feedback. Jack Nowell, Exeter wing- Ruled out for up to six weeks after suffering fractures around his cheek and eye socket. England chances 2/5 Show Topics Was this helpful? Hide Returning Munster to their Europe-conquering pomp is no easy task but Van Graan’s former employers are clearly sorry to lose him. “Johann has proven himself as an outstanding coach and he has a very bright future ahead of him,” said SA Rugby’s chief executive, Jurie Roux. “The Munster appointment is an excellent opportunity for him to test and prove himself as a head coach in a very competitive European club rugby environment. I have no doubt that Johann will be successful in his new role.”Coetzee’s warm tribute to Van Graan’s work ethic and attention to detail – “he is a very good man and I know first-hand why he is so highly rated” – will also be well received around Thomond Park as Munster prepare to launch their latest European campaign. Erasmus’s side kick off at Castres on Sunday, with Van Graan’s first taste of Champions’ Cup action set to come when Leicester visit Limerick on 9 December.Cornish rugby, meanwhile, is mourning one of its most famous rugby sons following the death at the age of 76 of the former England and Lions prop Brian “Stack” Stevens after a long illness. Stevens, a farmer who toured with the 1971 Lions, won 25 caps between 1969 and 1975 and was a try-scorer in England’s famous 1973 win over New Zealand at Eden Park. Share on Messenger Share via Email Josh Beaumont, Sale forward-Ruled out for three months with a biceps injury after being forced off against Harlequins last Friday. England chances 0/5 Manu Tuilagi, Leicester centre – Tore knee ligaments in the defeat by Bath at start of September. Sidelined for at least 12 weeks. England chances 0/5 Quick guide England’s injury list Read morecenter_img Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Exeter fear Jack Nowell will need an operation after fracturing his cheekbone and eye socket against Newcastle on Saturday. The England wing, as reported on Tuesday, is certain to miss the next month of the season and could be sidelined until December if the injury does not heal swiftly.“Jack has got a couple of fractures in the top of his cheek and eye socket and it looks as if it will require surgery to settle it down,” said Rob Baxter, Exeter’s director of rugby, before the club’s European Champions Cup opener against Glasgow on Saturday. “We don’t quite know yet how long it will be until he sees the consultant but it looks as if it could be six to eight weeks. It’s always a blow when you lose good players but we’re big believers that if one person picks up an injury it’s an opportunity for someone else. 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Ian Somerhalder and Energy Upgrade California Have Some Good Clean Fun Promoting

first_imgOn Earth Day, April 22, Energy Upgrade California (EUC), a statewide initiative committed to helping Californians take action to save energy, teamed up with environmentalist and actor Ian Somerhalder to host a Cold Wash Party at a Los Angeles-area laundromat.Energy Upgrade California #BetterOff Cold Wash PartyThe Earth Day event is a part of EUC’s “Do Your Thing” campaign and was designed to raise awareness about small behaviors Californians can take to save energy and reduce demand on the energy grid. According to EUC, the demand for energy reaches its peak between the hours of 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Shifting the time in which energy is used will help save electricity and also reduce the demand on the grid.The Cold Wash Parties were held in three locations in California – Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco, where attendees were invited to wash their clothes in cold water between the hours of 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. By shifting the time of day when they washed clothes and changing the washing machine’s setting to “cold,” attendees demonstrated one example of a smart energy management choice Californians can make in their everyday lives. Attendees received a night of music, cold drinks, swag and a free cold wash.“Saving energy can’t just be something we do on Earth Day. Our state (and world) would be better off if we focused on energy efficiency every day,” said Ian Somerhalder. “Washing clothes in cold water, effectively using 90 percent less energy, is just one way we can commit to a more sustainable future in California.”“Energy Upgrade California hosted these cold wash parties, not only to help bring an awareness to this direct call to action, but to help bring awareness to the overall issue of energy usage,” stated Commissioner Carla J. Peterman of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). “By encouraging people to take this small step (washing clothes in cold water not during peak energy use), we are hopefully encouraging other energy saving behaviors that will not only benefit residents themselves, but help other businesses and the state overall.”“I am excited I was able to participate in this Cold Wash Party, as well as represent this movement. However, there are other steps residents can take to be efficient in their energy use other than just washing clothes in cold water – such as turning off appliances when not in use or limiting all energy usage throughout the day,” stated Somerhalder.Energy Upgrade California supports California in its mission to double energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030. With the second lowest per capita electricity consumption rates in the country, California is known for “doing its thing” when it comes to energy efficiency. Sustainable energy practices benefit all California residents and businesses in a variety of ways, from reducing pollution, to slowing climate change, and creating a more prosperous state overall.Somerhalder participated in the Los Angeles Cold Wash Party, as part of the Energy Upgrade California “Do Your Thing” movement. This “Do Your Thing,” statewide movement taps into the pride, diversity and innovative spirit that makes California so special. It empowers every Californian with the tools and information to benefit themselves and the state through energy efficiency.For more information about Energy Upgrade California, the “Do Your Thing” movement, its mission and partners, please visit: www.EnergyUpgradeCA.org.last_img read more

Aboriginal literacy project beginning to see results in Ontario

first_imgAPTN National NewsA four-year Aboriginal literacy project started by former prime minister Paul Martin is beginning to see results.The project focused on two First Nation schools in southern Ontario.And the test scores are in.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has the story.last_img

Say Media Nabs Business Insider Editor

first_imgSay Media’s tech site ReadWrite has named a new editor-in-chief. Again.Industry vet Owen Thomas has agreed to come to ReadWrite, replacing Dan Lyons who joined the company in October. Lyons left on April 1 for a position at marketing software company, HubSpot.Thomas–one of several candidates for the gig, according to Say Media spokesmen via TechCrunch–had most recently been West Coast Editor for Business Insider, but held editorial leadership roles at several big-name brands before that, including VentureBeat, NBC Universal and Gawker’s Valleywag. “A decade ago, Richard MacManus launched ReadWrite by noting how the Web was beginning to fulfill its potential as a two-way medium–one meant for conversation, not broadcasting,” Thomas says in a release. “I’m proud to build on that heritage by leading a team that will explore where technology is taking us next, with an analytical and critical eye.”Prepared statements aside, Thomas is known for his snark. It’s a voice that that fits in with the Say Media’s trademarked “Point-of-View Publishing” and a general rise in first-person storytelling.”Owen is a brilliant writer with great experience covering every aspect of the technology industry,” says Kate Lewis, senior vice president and editorial director at Say Media. “He has a distinct point-of-view and a cleverness that makes his work resonate both inside and outside of his community.”Thomas’ hire comes a little over two years after Say Media acquired the site in December of 2011, and just six months following its rebranding from ReadWriteWeb to ReadWrite.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!last_img read more

OBITUARY Marie J Ciampa Cummings 81

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, age 81, of Reading, passed away on August 17, 2019.Marie was the beloved wife of Richard D. Cummings, devoted mother of Richard D. Cummings, Jr. & his wife Lisa, Maria Cummings & her wife Jean Cummings and Gina M. Cummings & her husband Andrew J. Gioia, Jr. all of Wilmington, loving “Grandma” of Richard D. Cummings, III & his wife Kristen, Eric Cummings & his wife Sakara, Joseph M. Cummings, Maria R. Cummings, Anthony R. Cummings and Nicholas W. Cummings, cherished daughter of the late Nicholas and Aurora (Andriotti) Ciampa, dear sister of Nicholas Ciampa of Cambridge and the late Aurora Campana. Marie is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, August 23rd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wood End Cemetery, Franklin Street, Reading. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, August 22nd from 4:00-8:00 p.m.Memorial donations in Marie’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA, 02452.Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Pauline F. (Lascelles) Capps, 86In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Maureen F. (McKenna) McHugh, 80In “Obituaries”last_img read more