STETHS find groove in 6-0 victory

first_imgWestern Bureau: Michael ‘Diddy’ Kerr struck a four-timer in leading former champions St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) to an emphatic 6-0 drubbing of Newell High in the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup yesterday to overturn Tuesday’s surprise loss to BB Coke and ease pressure on their campaign. Glendon Gopaul and Calvin Campbell were the other scorers for a STETHS team that may have finally found its groove. Kerr, who is coming off an unspecified injury, ran the Newell defence ragged with his power and speed to thrill his school’s supporters. “We know that we can win any game, and although we were under a little pressure before this game, we were confident about getting all the points,” Kerr said. In addition, the young forward said that he is delighted with the four-goal return and that he hopes to continue scoring in order to take STETHS to the next round. “It is a good feeling because I am coming off an injury, so to score so many goals today is wonderful!” the player said. The victory was an important one for STETHS, who entered the contest in fourth position in Group E and were staring up on the likes of Lacovia (10 points), who they will next tackle on Saturday, as well as BB Coke (10), and Maggotty, who remain on five points. Now on eight points, STETHS coach Omar Wedderburn believes they are in a position to finally be challenging for group honours. “We are all about climbing the standings, and honestly, we have a good team that brought us victory,” Wedderburn said. BB Coke meanwhile, showed that their win against STETHS was no fluke by edging Maggotty 1-0 to go joint first in the standings, while the Lacovia versus Munro match was postponed because of rain. CLIMBING THE STANDINGS Yesterday’s results – BB Coke 1 Maggotty 0 -Kemps Hill 6 Foga Road 0 – Winston Jones 0 Manchester High 6 – Old Harbour 1 Central 1 -Maud McLeod 0 Godfrey Stewart 0 -DeCarteret 1 Cross Keys 0 -Seaforth 0 Paul Bogle 1 -STETHS 6 Newell 0 -Dinthill 3 Ewarton 0last_img read more

DONEGAL WOMAN SCARRED BY BREAST SURGERY LOSES BID TO SUE POLISH FIRM IN IRELAND

first_imgA COUNTY Donegal woman left scarred by breast reduction surgery has been told she can’t sue the Polish surgeon here in Ireland.Mary Rose Harkin, from Cranford, underwent unsuccessful breast reduction surgery performed by Dr Towpik at Klinika Latros in July 2009.The 32-year-old special needs assistant had her case struck out at the High Court in Dublin after a judge ruled that the court had no jurisdiction over the claim. The operation had been advertised on a UK website and the operation had been carried out in Poland.Ms Harkin had also signed the consent forms in Poland.She planned to sue plastic surgeon Edward Towpik, the Warsaw-based cosmetic clinic, Klinika Latros, and its alleged UK based agent, Denise Bird.She claimed she could do this as an EU citizen and the operation had been carried out in an EU country.But Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns struck out the case, saying there was no evidence that the clinic or the UK agent had directed their services towards the Irish market.Ms Harkin will now have to take a case in England or Poland, or both.DONEGAL WOMAN SCARRED BY BREAST SURGERY LOSES BID TO SUE POLISH FIRM IN IRELAND was last modified: July 23rd, 2013 by John2Share 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) Tags:CranfordDONEGAL WOMAN SCARRED BY BREAST SURGERY LOSES BID TO SUE POLISH FIRM IN IRELANDharkinKlinika LatrosWarsawlast_img read more

Thousands attend Rosa Parks funeral

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DETROIT (AP) — A soaring rendition of “The Lord’s Prayer” moved thousands of mourners at the funeral of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks on Wednesday, with a preacher bidding: “Mother Parks, take your rest.” Former President Clinton, his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, and others paid their respects at Parks’ open casket before the start of the funeral service that included the prayer in song by mezzo-soprano Brenda Jackson. Those in the audience held hands and sang “We Shall Overcome” as family members filed past the casket before it was closed just before noon. Bishop Charles Ellis III of Greater Grace Temple led the service for 4,000 people packed in to say goodbye to the diminutive figure who sparked a civil rights revolution by refusing 50 years ago to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Ala. “Mother Parks, take your rest. You have certainly earned it,” Ellis said. Mourners waited in long lines in the chilly morning to honor Parks. Hours before the funeral began, the line to get one of the 2,000 available public seats at the church extended more than two blocks in Parks’ adopted hometown. “The world knows of Rosa Parks because of a single, simple act of dignity and courage that struck a lethal blow to the foundations of legal bigotry,” said Clinton, who remembered riding segregated buses in his native Arkansas until Parks’ stand allowed him and others to break through that barrier of racism. Clinton once presented Parks with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Prior to the start of the service, black-suited ushers in white gloves escorted people to their seats. Former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry was there, as were Ford Motor Co. Chairman and CEO Bill Ford and the two men vying in next week’s election to be the mayor of Detroit: incumbent Kwame Kilpatrick and Freman Hendrix. Members of Congress, national civil rights leaders and those who had known Parks during her nearly half-century in Detroit filled the pews. The casket was flanked by large bouquets of white flowers and a white cross. Flower arrangements lined the stage steps and scores of choir members sat on or near the stage. More than 20 people were scheduled to give remarks. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who has called Parks “the mother of a new America,” was also to speak. Aretha Franklin was preparing to sing, and Philip R. Cousin, a senior bishop of the AME Church, had prepared a eulogy. “This will never happen again. There will never be another Rosa Parks,” said Moses Fisher, a Detroit native who waited waited in line for the chance to get a seat. As a white hearse carried Parks’ body from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, where viewing lasted until the pre-dawn hours, dozens of people holding pictures of Parks crowded around it. As it began moving, they shouted, “We love you.” Parks was 92 when she died Oct. 24 in Detroit. Nearly 50 years earlier, she was a 42-year-old tailor’s assistant at a department store in Montgomery, Ala., when she was arrested and fined $10 plus $4 in court costs for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery city bus. Her action on Dec. 1, 1955, triggered a 381-day boycott of the bus system led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in December 1956 that segregated seats on city buses were unconstitutional, giving momentum to the battle against laws that separated the races in public accommodations and businesses throughout the South. But Parks and her husband Raymond were exposed to harassment and death threats in Montgomery, where they also lost their jobs. They moved to Detroit with Rosa Parks’ mother, Leona McCauley, in 1957. Parks was initially going to be buried a family plot in Detroit’s Woodlawn Cemetery, next to her husband and mother. But Swanson Funeral Home officials confirmed Tuesday that Parks would be entombed in a mausoleum at the cemetery and the bodies of her husband and mother also would be moved there.last_img read more

Adult Stem Cells Eliminate Need for Embryo Killing

first_imgAs another fight looms over presidential policy on embryonic stem cells, here’s what the latest news shows about the efficacy of adult stem cells.Controlling Congestive Heart Failure (Tufts University). Researchers at Tufts are testing injections of adult stem cells in dogs for the control of congestive heart failure. “Stem cell studies of the heart-valve disease in dogs could benefit humans, too,” the subtitle says. How would it work? “Injecting stem cells into a dog’s bloodstream should allow them to travel to the heart, where they theoretically could promote regeneration of damaged valves.” That these are not embryonic stem cells is clear from a paper in the journal Stem Cells referred to in the press release: “Stem cells evaluated in these studies included mesenchymal stem-stromal cells (MSC, 17/19 trials), olfactory ensheathing cells (OEC, 1 trial), or neural lineage cells derived from bone marrow MSC (1 trial), and 16/19 studies were performed in dogs.”Stem Cells Could Restore Vision After Eye Disease (Live Science). This study uses induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC), which are adult cells coaxed back into a stem-like state without the need for harvesting embryos. “A new technique using stem cells can restore vision in mice that have end-stage eye disease, a condition that is thought to bring irreversible vision loss,” reporter Stephanie Bucklin writes. The iPSCs grow retinal tissue that is transplanted into the eye. Although the test results from mouse experiments are preliminary, the initial results at RIKEN are “very promising” for human treatments eventually. A related story in Medical Xpress says, “Stem cell therapy reverses blindness in animals with end-stage retinal degeneration.”Researchers use stem cells to regenerate the external layer of a human heart (Penn State). Using heart progenitor stem cells, researchers achieved successes that “bring them one step closer to regenerating an entire heart wall” using adult stem cells. One team member said, “We are making progress on that inner layer, which will allow us to regenerate an entire heart wall that can be used in tissue engineering for cardiac therapy.”Rebuilding the Salivary Gland After Radiation (UC San Francisco). Radiation treatments for head and neck cancers often lead to salivary gland damage. Researchers at UCSF are following the salivary stem cells in mice with fluorescent markers to see how they regenerate gland tissue by sending signals between nerves and tissue. Humans have salivary stem cells, but the signaling is disrupted after radiation damage. If they can understand the signaling in mice, it may have application to humans. One scientist “hopes that their research will one day enable the development of stem cell therapies for gland regeneration in human patients,” by calling their own salivary stem cells back into action.Embryos and EthicsGiven the successes noted above, why do some labs and their institutions still clamor for embryonic stem cells? (See yesterday’s post.) In some cases labs work with mice, which is ethically acceptable given one’s view of animal rights, but animal tests portend ethical issues if applied to humans.Scientists reprogram embryonic stem cells to expand their potential (UC Berkeley). These researchers are trying to coax embryonic stem cells to have the “totipotent” properties of a zygote. While mentioning induced pluripotent stem cells as an alternative to embryonic cells, the article makes no mention of ethics. But on a side issue, the article does debunk another “junk DNA” myth that retrotransposons are useless:Long regarded as “junk DNA,” retrotransposons are pieces of ancient foreign DNA that make up a large fraction of the mammalian genome. For decades, biologists assumed that these retrotransposons serve no purpose during normal development, but [Lin] He’s findings suggest they may be closely tied to the decision-making of early embryos.“An important open question is whether these retrotransposons are real drivers of developmental decision making,” said Todd MacFanlan, a co-author of the current study….Baby Farms of the Future? Docs Warn of Ethical Issues from New Tech (Live Science). Here’s a case where both iPSCs and embryonic stem cells could be used for evil. What if stem cells are used to make sperm cells and egg cells? What if they are united to become live human embryos? Could governments use these to build baby farms or armies of clones? Rachael Rattner shows that “in vitro gametogenesis” may be a new worry on the horizon. And since skin cells that drop off your body could be coaxed into iPSCs and used to make gametes, you could become a parent without your knowledge.Ethics Has ConsequencesWe end with contrasting issues the can result from policy about abortion.Armenia raises alarm as abortions of girls skew population (Medical Xpress). As with China after its one-child policy led many couples to abort girls, Armenia faces a gender crisis from sex-selective abortions rising in that region. Did anyone see this coming? “The majority-Christian Caucasus country of some three million has the third highest rate of abortions of female foetuses in the world, a figure that rose sharply after the breakup of the Soviet Union.” That must mean Christian-in-name-only, because Jesus Christ would certainly not approve such a practice. The Soviet Empire has its dirty hands on this problem: “Abortion is still the primary means of family planning in Armenia, as it was in the Soviet era, and it is available free of charge on the state health service.”A year on, mothers of Brazil’s Zika babies struggle (Medical Xpress). The flip side of abortion policy is caring for the mothers who carry their babies to term. Brazil has a new kind of crises: a flood of mothers having to care for babies with microcephaly, a brain handicap resulting from mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus. Many affected mothers have inadequate access to health care, and no knowledge of how to care for special needs babies who may never learn to speak and typically have multiple health problems, including blindness. On top of that, the culture in that country puts social stigmas on having a sick baby. “I have had to put my whole life on hold and live for the baby,” a mother named Brenda complains. “But as far as the government is concerned, you have to be extremely poor in order to receive a subsidy.”That last story is not substantially different from any other kind of situation involving the handicapped. The writer of the article assumes that government is the answer. Government can help, but there are many other relief organizations that can and do offer assistance to needy families. Here is a new need arising from a new virus that provides an opportunity for religious care organizations to step up and help, just like they do for other disasters. Some pregnant women were encouraged by governments and NGOs to test for Zika infection in order to decide whether to abort.Abortion is never the answer for those who value human life. The only policy to avoid the nightmare scenarios of baby farms, skewed gender populations and sales of baby body parts (see yesterday’s entry) is to view all human life as exceptional and worthy of protection. That said, we cannot just walk away from needy mothers who did choose life. Religious support organizations already do fantastic services for medical missions, wheelchairs for the world and other relief work. It would be good to see them prove to the Zika mothers that God-fearing pro-lifers are their best friends.(Visited 61 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Etihad’s first Perth flight touches down

first_imgA330-200 Arrives A330-200 Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today commenced daily, non-stop services between Perth and Abu Dhabi.  Dsepite todays inaugral flightbeing operated by an A340-600 , the Perth route will be serviced with an Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 262 seats – 22 seats in Pearl Business Class and 240 in Coral Economy Class.             Read: Etihad’s Economy and Business Class The inaugural flight – EY486 – touched down at Perth International Airport at 1.10pm where it was greeted by a water cannon salute and a traditional ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony by members of the local Indigenous community.  Perth is the fourth gateway to be served by Etihad in Australia alongside Brisbane, Melbourne and SydneyEtihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer James Hogan said Perth was a strategically important addition to Etihad Airways’ Australian and global network. “Today’s inaugural flight creates the first commercial air link between Perth and Abu Dhabi and marks the beginning of an exciting new era of partnership between the state of Western Australia and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi and Perth are each popular business travel and holiday destinations – attracting 2.8 million and 7.3 million visitors respectively in 2013 – and we are already seeing a strong commercial response to the new route from travellers in the UAE and Western Australia.”Mr Hogan also pointed to data which shows that Western Australia is the largest contributor to trade between the UAE and Australia, accounting for 57 per cent of the $A6.4 billion total in 2013. “With two-way trade between the UAE and Western Australia growing at an annual rate of between 25 to 30 per cent in recent years we are forecasting strong demand for our cargo business.” The new Perth flights offer an attractive and compelling proposition for travellers to and from the GCC countries, Middle East, Africa, Europe and USA with the convenience of one stop in Abu Dhabi. Cities such as Cairo, Dublin, London, Manchester, Doha, Jeddah, Beirut and New York will now be linked seamlessly with the Western Australian capital.  Mr Hogan noted interest in travel to Western Australia – particularly from the Middle East, UK, Ireland, Europe and east coast USA and pledged to work with the airline’s government and industry partners to develop these visitor markets.               Read: Etihad one of only 11 airlines in the world to be awarded the seven star double ratingBrad Geatches, Chief Executive Officer of Perth Airport said: “We are very excited to welcome Etihad Airways to Perth today. We have been working with the airline for some time now and it is pleasing to celebrate the arrival of the inaugural flight. We believe there is a significant opportunity to contribute to the state’s economic success by offering international tourists convenient connections to Western Australia – in 2013 alone tourism contributed $A7.7 billion to the West Australian economy through visitor spend.”The commencement of Etihad Airways’ Perth operations will add approximately 190,000 annual seats from Perth to the Middle East.Mr Hogan said Etihad Airways’ partnership with Virgin Australia enabled it to offer connectivity to towns and cities outside the Perth metropolitan area and brought new competition to these markets. “When the construction of the Domestic Pier at Perth Airport’s Terminal 1 is complete, Etihad Airways and its codeshare partner Virgin Australia will be co-located in one terminal enabling easy connections to Virgin’s domestic network, as well as regional connections in the nearby Terminal 2. Our partnership with Virgin Australia enables us to offer codeshare flights from Perth to 13 regional airports throughout the state of Western Australia. Guests can now connect seamlessly between Virgin Australia’s regional network and Etihad Airways’ global network with the convenience of through-checked baggage, a single ticket purchase and convenient transfer times.”Travellers can connect to Etihad Airways’ international flights by flying with Virgin Australia from Albany, Broome, Busselton, Derby, Esperance, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Kununurra, Karratha, Paraburdoo, Port Hedland, Ravensthorpe and Newman.Virgin Australia will also place its VA code on Etihad Airways’ Perth-Abu Dhabi flights. New Abu Dhabi-Perth schedule, effective immediately: Destination Abu Dhabi 22:10 Daily Perth                             Note: All departures and arrivals are listed in local timeRead: Etihad’s Nanny Service Frequency Flight No. EY487 Abu Dhabi Perth Daily EY486 13:10+1 23:25 15:55 Aircraft Origin Departslast_img read more

Celebrating 10 Years of Event Caches

first_img SharePrint RelatedMeet the German Robin Hood. — Schinderhannes (GC23VXF) — Geocache of the WeekJuly 17, 2013In “Community”North American Edition of Geocacher of the Month: Comment NowMay 19, 2014In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community” Share with your Friends:More The cache page for the first ever Event Cache starts with the modest quote, “Come have a beer and meet the people whose names you’ve been seeing in the log books. Austin seems to have enough people interested in geocaching to pull this off.” The date was March 24, 2001. The name of the event was “Austin Geocachers Happy Hour (GC389).”As it is defined today, an Event Cache is where local geocachers and geocaching organizations meet and discuss geocaching.Rich Carlson, Eoghan, along with Rachel Benavidez, Pumpkin Princess, hosted the first event. Rich and Rachel married in 2003.First geocaching event March 24, 2001Rich’s instructions for finding the group of geocachers at the coordinates were simple (and still work at Event Caches today): “Look for GPS units on the tables or someone wearing one of the Geocaching.com t-shirts.”Rich recently spoke to Geocaching.com about that first event one decade ago. He says: “In early 2001, interest in geocaching was really taking off. Lots of creative new cache types were being hidden. Austin went from one cache on January 1st to a couple dozen by early March, including micros, multis, letterbox and themed caches. As Pumpkin Princess and I sought out each new cache listed we saw a similar set of names showing up in the logbooks and started to get curious about what these other people were like. So I posted the coordinates to my favorite pub, offered the enticement of a free beer to the first finder, and hoped that someone would show.”More than a dozen people logged a smiley for the event. Rich knows why: “We’re social, story-telling animals. We love to tell tales of the hunt and feel a sense of community.” And there’s one more reason he says people love Event Caches: “Swag, of course.”As far as being the first to host a geocaching event Rich says, “That I was the one to host the first event is more a matter of luck than anything else. Using coordinates and posting the event as a cache was the obvious approach for a geo-get-together. I happened to be in the right place and find out about geocaching at the right time. Just like being FTF a new cache – if I hadn’t done it someone else certainly would have.”It wasn’t long before Event Caches wove themselves into geocaching culture. Rich says it all happened fast: “…that event has merged somewhat in my memory with the other events hosted and attended shortly after by TresOkies, 3Lanes, AustinExplorer & Coppertone, RoxBob & Martha,  DamnYankee, TxHiPowr, GoHorns, and others.”Rich says Event Caches fill a need in the geocaching community, by building community: “I can’t speak for what others get out of them, but I like that I get a chance to meet people who I know up front share a common interest. I also like getting to see the variety of interesting people drawn to geocaching.”Rich and Rachel are still active geocachers. They’re attending the Event Cache, ‘10th Anniversary of the First Ever Event‘ in Austin, Texas this weekend. More than a hundred geocachers are expected to attend the event.Join in the fun of swapping geocaching stories and meeting your fellow geocachers face-to-face. Find an event near you, explore our Geocaching Event Calendar.last_img read more

Getting to Zero Carbon in Menlo Park

first_imgRising sea levels are a threatCreating a model framework for a low-carbon city that could be inundated by rising seas in the next century may seem like a questionable endeavor. The elephant in the room of sea level rise is coming into sharper focus as the San Francisco Bay area grapples with the extent of its infrastructure and built environment that is projected to be flooded in the not-too-distant future.As the region begins to consider wetland restoration, levees, and other flooding protections, Menlo Park has specified minimum elevations above future flood levels for new buildings. For example, Facebook’s recent Building 20 has parking at ground level, underneath the building structure, effectively elevating it at least one story — a good example of how to create new infrastructure that is resilient to future flood levels.If the latest developments in Menlo Park are any indication of what’s to come, we’re seeing zero net energy buildings, significant new solar installations, rooftop parks, blackwater recycling, electric shuttle bus fleets, and a serious commitment to supporting alternatives to driving. And we’re just getting started on our path to zero carbon, laying a solid foundation to become climate neutral by 2025 and helping other small cities do the same. Net-Zero Families, Not Net-Zero HomesCalifornia Leads the Nation in Net-Zero ProjectsA Business Model for Net-Zero Energy Districts The Department of Energy Chooses a Definition for Net ZeroBlog Review: Thriving on Low Carbon Carbon Fees Are Not the Best Solution to Climate PollutionTracking Our Company’s Carbon Footprint Small cities can have a big impactWe need bold leadership from cities and local leaders now, more than ever, to achieve a stable climate for our future. A recent C40 report [C40 is an organization focusing on climate change issues] found that serious action is needed by 2020 just to limit global warming to 2 C°, deemed the upper “safe” limit by climate scientists and the Paris Agreement. Cities in particular are well poised to take ambitious action to lead the way. Small cities like Menlo Park can develop a framework for what zero carbon can look like in transit-poor, car-centric suburbs. Menlo Spark, together with assistance from Rocky Mountain Institute, has set out to do that. RELATED ARTICLES By DIANE BAILEYWhat happens when a small Silicon Valley city flanked by Stanford University and Facebook headquarters sets its sights on a climate-neutral future? A zero carbon pathway and a fresh approach to the built environment emerge. But how?About five years ago, two environmental quality commissioners in the City of Menlo Park, Chris DeCardy and Mitch Slomiak, resolved that this small city, a center of world-class innovation, could be a leader on climate action and needed to do more. In 2013 they convinced the City of Menlo Park to commit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by 27% from 2005 to 2020. Then they embarked on a feasibility study to see if Menlo Park could go even further, becoming climate neutral. It turns out to be entirely possible, leading to the creation of Menlo Spark, a non-profit with a mission to reach zero carbon in Menlo Park by 2025. It also turns out that small cities have an important leadership role to play on climate action, because they account for more emissions and represent a larger share of the population than big cities. The good news is that the City of Menlo Park just took a giant step toward that zero carbon framework by updating its General Plan to create a vibrant, modern, sustainable community. Cities don’t change overnight, but this plan creates a big opportunity with the addition of more than 2 million square feet of commercial development, 4,500 new multifamily housing units, and several hotels.The plan has a lot of forward-leaning policies that minimize GHGs from new development, promoting complete streets and mixed-use buildings to redevelop an aging industrial waterfront area and bring services to the disadvantaged community of Belle Haven. The accompanying zoning update also promotes a live-work-play environment that reorients streets toward pedestrians, public transit, and bicycles, and includes leading-edge sustainability standards. Going from car-centric to people-centricMenlo Park, just like the rest of Silicon Valley, has a serious jobs–housing imbalance that exacerbates long commutes, gridlock, and a lack of affordable housing. The 4,500 additional housing units envisioned by this new plan aren’t a magic bullet that immediately corrects the imbalance. But it’s a significant amount of new housing near a big job center, so much so that transportation models predict a large reduction in traffic (vehicle miles traveled) relative to the status quo.In response to community concerns about housing affordability and displacement, the plan encourages up to 20% below-market-rate housing for developments at a bonus zoning level. The plan also articulates a clear preference for the affordable housing to serve residents of Belle Haven who have been displaced. Here again, it’s not a silver bullet, but a solid start to addressing the local housing crisis.To help improve mobility, transportation demand management (TDM) plans are required for developments greater than 10,000 square feet, to reduce car trips by 20% below standard rates, with the possibility to reduce car trips more when future public transit improvements are in place. TDM plans could include, for example, participation in a transportation management association, preferred parking for carpools and vanpools, bikeâ€share programs, subsidies for alternative transportation such as free transit passes, alternative work schedules, carâ€share memberships, and emergency rides home. Other requirements include public paseos (parklets) to improve connectivity and bicycle parking standards. Getting to zero-carbon buildingsWhile the state of California is on track to usher in zero net-energy (ZNE) homes by 2020 and commercial buildings by 2030, Menlo Park tailored a novel approach that ensures zero-carbon buildings before the state ZNE standards kick in. To achieve a zero net-carbon city, collectively, the buildings must produce or procure enough carbon-free renewable energy to offset the buildings’ carbon-based energy consumption annually, including the carbon associated with energy generation and distribution (i.e., zero net-source energy/carbon). In contrast, a zero net-energy building doesn’t take the composition of the grid into account (i.e., zero net-site energy/carbon).Menlo Park’s updated zoning regulations now require new developments to use 100% renewable energy, not only for electricity, but for all energy, including natural gas (based on energy use with conversion between kWh and BTU), gently guiding a transition to electric, fossil-fuel-free buildings. The policy has a lot of flexible options built in to ease the transition, such as purchasing renewable energy from the local utility, installing solar or other renewables within the City of Menlo Park, or purchasing renewable energy credits equal to the energy demand of the project each year. This is a remarkable step; Menlo Park is the first area that we know of to extend renewable energy requirements to cover natural gas uses, which account for more than twice the GHG emissions of electricity.New buildings also will need to support local solar facilities, starting with an on-site renewable energy feasibility study and a requirement to install at least 30% of the maximum renewables feasible on-site. All new buildings will need to monitor and maintain energy efficiency by enrolling in EPA’s Energy Star Building Portfolio Manager. The new zoning regulations also usher in these sustainability upgrades:Buildings must be LEED Silver for 10,000 to 100,000 square feet, and LEED Gold for over 100,000 square feet. LEED standards will also apply to major renovations.Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers are required for new parking facilities.Recycled water (e.g., greywater) is required for large projects over 250,000 square feet and the projects must prepare an alternate water source assessment.Zeroâ€waste management plans are required. Diane Bailey is an environmental advocate, scientist, and the executive director of Menlo Spark. This post originally appeared at RMI Outlet, a website associated with the Rocky Mountain Institute.last_img read more

The Canon 5D Mark IV: The End of An Era

first_imgThe 5D was always for photographers. The Canon 5D Mark IV makes it official.All images and videos via Canon It’s finally here. The Canon 5D Mark IV has officially been announced and is available for pre-order. Photographers will be pretty happy, and videographers will continue to wonder what camera to get next.With an MSRP of $3499, the camera will still be a great option for photographers. The stills are great, and the upgrades from the Mark III are plentiful. Seeing that this is a community and blog focused on videographers, let’s talk about the video capabilities.We were pretty excited about the long overdue update, as detailed in the several camera rumor posts written this year. Yet with every new rumor, our interest waned. Now that the Canon 5D Mark IV is here, I know I’m personally full of disappointment. This camera’s video capabilities are the epitome of — MEH. Remember back in school when you really wanted that awesome new toy, and you annoyed your parents until they caved? Then when you got it, you played with it for a whopping two minutes before it broke or bored you? That is the Canon 5D Mark IV for me. Videographers clamored for 4K footage for years from a Canon DSLR, the 5D Mark IV delivers by shooting 4K video up to 30fps.This is credited as “the first full-frame Canon DSLR to shoot high-quality slow motion” if you need 120fps in 720p. Let’s be honest, this isn’t a slow-motion video camera. In fact, the Canon 5D Mark IV isn’t a video camera at all. It never was, and now we know it never will be. This DSLR was always built for photographers, and Canon just happened to luck into the video industry. If you want a Canon video camera, that’s why the Cinema EOS series exists.Canon released a whole series of videos for the launch of the 5D Mark IV. The video that got all the attention (and probably budget) promotes the camera’s photography specs and new internal updates. Take a look here.As far as videos promoting the video capabilities, the videos are lackluster at best. In fact, I can’t believe that most of these are officially released videos. Here is a short 3:20 clip (even though it feels much longer) showing off the 5D Mark IV at the beach.We know the photos will look great, so timelapse videos should look stellar. Why they released a demo timelapse video of a person building a wooden ship in a controlled studio environment that is in need of more light, I have no idea.I guess for those wanting to use the 5D Mark IV’s wifi capabilities with their phones to instantly post to social media, Canon released this vertical demo of slow-motion footage. It’s a very odd approach, as the footage doesn’t look much better had it been shot on the phone itself.These have to be the most bizarre product release videos I’ve ever seen from a major manufacturer. The only decent promo for the cameras video specs came from Bruce Dorn, who demonstrates shooting 4K and pulling stills from 4K footage.In the end, this camera will still make a ton of money, but I’m fairly certain that this iteration of the 5D will officially make videographers jump ship to the likes of Sony a Series or Panasonic Lumix G series.If you had any doubt on the camera’s intended audience, this should clear things up. This image is on the Canon Australia homepage. Actual Australian Ad via CanonFor photographers interested in specs, and videographers looking for something to complain about, here are all the camera details.Specs:Canon EF Mount30.4MP Full-Frame CMOS SensorDIGIC 6+ Image Processor3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD MonitorDCI 4K Video at 30 fps; 8.8MP Still Grab1080p up to 60fps720p up to 120fps61-Point High Density Reticular AFNative ISO 32000, Expanded to ISO 102400Dual Pixel RAW; AF Area Select ButtonDual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF7 fps Shooting; CF & SD Card SlotsBuilt-In GPS and Wi-Fi with NFCWhat are your thoughts on the Canon 5D Mark IV? Share your opinions in the comment section below.last_img read more

‘Glitches are a part of big events’

first_imgArrival of athletes from competing countries may have been disrupted amid concerns about security and organisational problems, but Indian triple jumper Renjith Maheshwary feels glitches are a part and parcel of multi- discipline events like Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Olympics. Having represented India at the 2006 Asian Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Maheshwary believes no major sporting event can be 100 per cent organised and according to plan.”I do agree that we shouldn’t have waited till the eleventh hour to complete the preparations, but minor hiccups are synonymous with mega sporting events.Although media reported the dilemma among competing countries regarding the safety and preparedness of our country, I was always confident that the Games would take place,” he told Mail Today .”The whole process of preparing the city for the mega event might have been slow, but trust me, the facilities are of international standards and the Games will be completed successfully.”Maheshwary said the athletes in the national camp in Patiala are focussed on the target. “We were never under the delusion that the Games would be cancelled. So we sweated it out at the camp.Being a part of the host country, we have to ensure that we put up a commendable performance. As a result, we concentrated on making use of the training facilities at Patiala rather than losing focus and concentrating on the turmoil in Delhi,” he said.”Also, the fact that we had a feel of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium – which is world- class to say the least – during the Asian All- Star Athletics Meet in July, further strengthened our belief that the Games would take place.” Many feel that the facilities at the National Institute of Sports ( NIS) are the best in the country.advertisementMaheshwary also feels that as sportspersons from different disciplines got to spend quality time together augurs well for India.”The authorities also ensured that we got to train according to our competition timings and never complained. For example, I have my event in the evening at the Games, so I used to train once in the morning and once at 7 pm in the evening. Although the tracks are generally closed at that time, they used to happily accommodate me,” he said.”But above everything else, the fact that we got to spend quality time with athletes from different disciplines like boxing, wrestling and women’s hockey team, among others, also proved to be fruitful. We got to know each other really well.” Maheshwary said interacting with the likes of boxer Vijender Kumar inspired him.”I personally interacted with Vijender and he shared his experience of competing at the various ‘A’ class competitions like the Beijing Olympics and World Championships last year.Just hearing those episodes was inspirational.” Maheshwary last represented India in the VTB Bank Continental Cup in Split, Croatia, as part of preparations. Although he finished seventh, he isn’t disheartened.”My major intention behind participating in this event was to compete with the likes of Britain’s Phillips Idowu and not (necessarily) to win the gold,” he stressed.”Although he is not participating in the Games, initially I had considered him to be my toughest competitor.But Idowu’s withdrawal doesn’t mean that it will be an easy walk in the park for me. I expect tough competition from the African and remaining British jumpers.” Maheshwary is aiming for the gold. “I hope to win nothing but the gold medal,” he said.Although people feel that the pullout of the foreign athletes has come as a dampener, he feels they have lost an opportunity to get a taste of the Indian culture.”Even though it is their personal decision to pull out, it won’t affect the credibility of the Games. Every mega event has a few stars pulling out if not for security reasons then due to injury. So this isn’t something new,” he felt.”I think they missed out on an opportunity to come and get a feel of our culture, warmth and hospitality.”last_img read more

Olympiakos’ Fortounis Gets Ban for Obscene Celebration

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Olympiakos midfielder Kostas Fortounis has been handed a one-match ban in the Greek league as punishment for an obscene goal celebration during a game this month.Fortounis will miss this weekend’s match against OFI on the island of Crete after the penalty was announced Wednesday.The 26-year-old Greece international mouthed obscenities toward opposing fans after scoring against AEK Athens on Oct. 7 during a 1-1 draw. He later apologized for the incident.PAOK currently leads the Greek league standings with 16 points from six matches, level with Atromitos. AEK and Olympiakos follow with 13 points.Olympiakos’ Kostas Fortounis, left, celebrates after scoring against AEK Athens during their Greek Super League soccer match at Olympic stadium in Athens, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more