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San Beda trumps San Sebastian for 10th straight win

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first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson A costly, catty dispute finally settled Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A costly, catty dispute finally settled Some Olympic leaders impatient with onslaught of scandals Break new ground “It’s our defense that stepped up in this game, and we had a tough time preparing for San Sebastian,” said San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez.“They have a good coach [in Egay Macaraya] and good players like [Michael] Calisaan.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSan Beda outrebounded San Sebastian, 45-25, and held the Stags to 37.88 percent shooting from the floor.Although the Red Lions made just 21 field goals in 47 attempts, they made up for it from the stripe going 25-of-33. LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendcenter_img MOST READ Javee Mocon led San Beda with 17 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, and two blocks while Davon Potts added 16 points.Calisaan practically carried the Stags’ offense with 23 points on 9-of-20 shooting.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winning start Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda continued the second-best winning streak in the NCAA season 93 men’s basketball tournament after taking down San Sebastian 76-65 Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Red Lions won their 10th straight game and improved to 11-1, half a game behind league leader Lyceum with a 12-0 card, while the Stags dropped to 5-6.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Evergreen Gardenex turns nine

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first_img20 April 2004The ninth edition of the evergreen Gardenex Garden and Flower show takes place at The Dome @ Northgate from 22 to 25 April, presenting an opportunity for trade buyers to view new products, delving into traditional as well as new markets.Gardenex has become the premier show of its kind in South Africa, providing a platform for local and international representatives from the flower and plant industry to exchange ideas and technology, while highlighting a wide variety of industry leaders in flora, gardening and landscaping.The show attracts a large number of foreign exhibitors and visitors, while many official delegations attend to explore opportunities for co-operation on technical and commercial matters.Visitors will also find floriculture and landscaping products and services, garden furniture and accessories, and interesting design ideas. It’s all about diversity, innovation and opportunity.Gardenex 2003 attracted just short of 24 000 people, confirming the expo as the largest and most popular floriculture show in the southern hemisphere.The organisers, South Africa RAI, say exhibitors will include:Manufacturers of hothouses and tunnels, agricultural equipment and machinery, garden and gardening equipment.Chemicals,fertilisers and ancillary technology and services.Nurserymen, seed growers, fresh produce growers, marketing associations and distributors.Flower growers, importers and exporters.All related consumer gardening products, services and hardware.Simon Robinson, director of South Africa RAI, said the exhibition would bring together “over 170 of the country’s finest breeders, propagators, growers and general suppliers to the floriculture and landscaping industries.“Past exhibitors have found Gardenex to be an effective method of targeting specific niche markets in a cost-effective way, marketing their products and services to suppliers, distributors and the general public.“Gardenex 2004 exhibitors and visitors are invited to take part in a multi-faceted programme of colourful, interactive industry events. The events will provide insight into horticulture and landscaping and will give flower and garden enthusiasts the opportunity to see for themselves the spectacular results that they can achieve in their own gardens.”For more information, visit the Gardenex website.Source: South Africa RAIlast_img read more

New vaccines are saving South Africa’s children’s lives

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first_img6 May 2015Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi says the South African government needs to change its budget strategy to strengthen the public health system if the country, along with other African states, is to take the continent forward.Delivering his budget speech to Parliament on Tuesday, the minister said the strategy would also prioritise the prevention of disease and promotion of health to ensure that people get good quality health care.Motsoaledi said the need for stronger public health systems was crucial if outbreaks of diseases such as ebola, meningitis, tuberculosis, HIV and Aids, and polio were to be prevented and managed.A recent WHO conference recommended that instead of vertical programmes, or separate budgets, to fight diseases, governments should instead invest in strengthening public health systems.“We believe that what will help Africa are strong health systems which, in turn, will withstand whatever outbreak emerges because . we actually do not know what will follow next.The Minister said that in the 2014/15 financial year, his department had been putting in place plans to strengthen the public health system.“This will include preventing disease, promoting health and making sure that our people get good quality health care. This is our mandate and this we shall pursue with vigour. This does not mean vertical programmes are to be abandoned. It simply means that strengthening health care systems will be our flagship while vertical programmes will be supportive,” he said.Prevention is better than cureMotsoaledi said that while curing diseases was usually regarded as a scientific achievement, prevention was not given the same stature.He said this was the reason why in the public health sector, any negative event that happened was immediately regarded as a collapse of the health system.“No matter what detractors will say, we shall not abandon or weaken the preventative aspect of the health system. On the contrary, it is going to be the foundation of our programme of health system strengthening,” he said.To pursue the goal of prevention, the department of health introduced new vaccines in 2009 in its routine immunisation programme, including the Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and the rotavirus vaccine.“Pneumococcal diseases include very dangerous diseases like meningitis and severe pneumonia. These are the leading causes of death of children five years and under globally. In South Africa, pneumococcal disease comes only second to HIV and AIDS in causing deaths of under fives,” he said.The impact of the new vaccines have been monitored by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), which reports that the incidence of invasive pneumococcal disease in children under the age of five had decreased by 70% since the introduction of the vaccines. The number of children under the age of two admitted to hospital with rotavirus-caused diarrhoea had decreased by 66%.The government had budgeted R450-million a year for pneumococcal vaccines and R200-million a year for a vaccine offering protection against rotavirus. This, together with better programmes for the treatment of HIV/AIDS, had contributed to a significant improvement in South Africa’s childhood mortality rate, Motsoaledi said.SAinfo reporter and SAnews.govlast_img read more

101st Ohio Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When December 4–5WhereHyatt Regency Hotel and Columbus Convention Center 350 North High Street, Columbus, OH. 43215What“Embracing a New Century” is the theme of the 101st Ohio Farm Bureau Annual Meeting as Ohio Farm Bureau wraps up its centennial year and looks ahead to the next 100 years.During the two-day event, delegates to the meeting will ratify the official policy positions for 2020 and will elect members of the state board of trustees. Awards will be presented to the Outstanding Young Farmer and Excellence in Agriculture winners, and recognition will be given to county Farm Bureaus, volunteers who excelled in the membership campaign and to Distinguished Service and Ezra C. Anstaett recipients. The semi-finals of the Discussion Meet also will take place.Also happening during the annual meeting is Foundation Night Out Dec. 4. It is an exclusive reception featuring drinks, desserts, entertainment and networking. This year’s theme is a night at the races. Pre-recorded thoroughbred and harness horse races will be shown and used for various raffles. Proceeds from the event will help to fund over $300,000 in student scholarships and grants focused on agricultural education, the environment and economic issues. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased online.For more information about the annual meeting or Foundation Night Out, contact county Farm Bureau offices.AgendaWednesday, Dec. 4, 20198 a.m. – 5 p.m.        Registration Open    9 – 11:15 a.m.        Pre-Policy Amendment/Changes Session8:45 – 9:45 a.m.        Discussion Meet Heat #110:15 – 11:15 a.m.        Discussion Meet Heat #2 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.        Kickoff LunchRemarks from Nationwide Kirt Walker, CEO, Nationwide InsuranceDistinguished Service Awards Young Agricultural Professionals Awards2:15 p.m.        OFBF Opening Ceremonies    President’s Address, Frank Burkett IIIGeneral SessionCredentials ReportMinutes of 2018 Annual MeetingTreasurer’s ReportCode of Regulations ReportPolicy Development Committee ReportPresentation of Proposed Policies5 p.m.        Recess5:30 – 8 p.m.        Trustee Dinners    8 p.m. -12 a.m.        Foundation Night Out Thursday, Dec. 5, 20197 a.m. – 4 p.m.        Registration Open  7:30 a.m.        Trustee Elections 9:15 – 11:15 a.m.       General Session Resumes  11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.        Delegate Lunch Executive Vice President’s Address, Adam Sharp, OFBF Executive Vice PresidentMembership AwardsCounty Achievement Awards2:15- 3:30 p.m.        General Sessionlast_img read more

The Fine Print on Energy Efficiency

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first_imgHave you ever seen one of those big yellow cards on refrigerators, washing machines and other new appliances? These government-mandated notices indicate about how much energy the average U.S. consumer will save by replacing their older model at home with one of these shiny new things. Trouble is, different people use their appliances very differently — so most of us aren’t average consumers. When we researched how behavioral differences varied, we found that Americans use vastly different amounts of energy to light our homes, watch TV, and make toast. As a result, we determined that the money and carbon pollution that can be saved from swapping out inefficient televisions and dryers for more efficient ones depends above all on what kind of consumer is buying.RELATED ARTICLESAre Energy-Efficient Appliances Worth It?Choosing an Energy-Efficient RefrigeratorNet-Zero Families, Not Net-Zero HomesU.S. Lags in Energy EfficiencyAll About Washing Machines Consumers have different expectations The biggest driver of how much money consumers can save by using more efficient appliances is their behavior. For example, 14% of the population either watches TV or leaves their television on for an average of 7.7 hours per day, while half of Americans watch only an hour a day. And while 45% of U.S. households do laundry between two and four times every week, 10% of us are running between 10 and 15 loads. Another 8% use their washers and dryers once a week or less. If you don’t use an efficient appliance very often, it’s harder to get the savings needed to compensate for the cost of buying it. For example, a standard top-loading washing machine that is about $200 cheaper than an efficient model that uses up to 50% less energy. To justify the more efficient model, a consumer wants to save more than the extra $200 sticker price in their utility bills before replacing the appliance, typically about 11 years later. We found that a household’s bottom line for buying a high-efficiency washing machine versus a standard one ranged from a $100 loss to saving $1,560. Where you might land on this spectrum depends on how many loads of laundry you and yours do every week and to a lesser extent, where you live. People who do the most laundry save the most money on electricity when they use efficient washing machines, regardless of what electricity costs. (Source: Eric Williams, Ashok Sekar and Eric Hittinger) With this big a range, knowing the average savings isn’t much help when you’re deciding whether to spend the extra money on an efficient model. For some appliances, however, behavior plays a smaller role. Unless you hold your refrigerator door open for hours at a time, it probably costs you the same amount to run it as it would in anyone else’s home. Demographics, behavior and geography Demographics play a big role. Heavy television watchers tend to be elderly and retired. Families that constantly do laundry usually have little kids. Personal preferences matter as well. For example, two single people with similar jobs may watch different amounts of television depending on how they spend their free time. It also matters how much you pay for electricity and natural gas, which depends on where you live. For instance, the average U.S. residential electricity rate in 2017 was about 13 cents per kilowatt-hour, the energy it takes to power a laptop for two or three days. But in Washington state, a kilowatt-hour costs less than a dime, while people in Hawaii had to pay 29.5 cents per kilowatt-hour — making it the most expensive state for ratepayers. Likewise, the environmental benefits of energy-efficient appliances varies from place to place. When consumers need less electricity, local utilities don’t have to generate as much of it. Ratcheting down production at a coal plant will reduce a lot of carbon emissions, while turning down a hydropower plant won’t because it doesn’t emit carbon to begin with. The benefits of using less energy to do your laundry for society and the planet depend, therefore, on how your region is generating electricity. When we calculated this effect using real-world data, we found, for example, that saving the same amount of energy in coal-dependent Pennsylvania reduced 4.4 times more carbon than in hydropower-rich Washington state. Getting better energy info Based on our findings, we believe that the government and utilities should pay more attention to the many differences between consumers, including where they live, to make the most of their efforts to increase appliance efficiency. For example, we calculate that families with three or more kids save on average $570 from an efficient washer before replacing it, and 25% of them save more than $1,000. These families have a bigger incentive to buy an efficient washer compared to an average consumer, who would only save $125. Getting a good estimate for how much they personally will save could influence and expedite their decision to upgrade their laundry room. Ensuring that the public has this information could also help the environment. The consumers who would save the most money are also the ones who can potentially reduce their carbon emissions the most by using more efficient appliances. Making it happen We also see some straightforward ways to make this happen. First, consumers should be able to find out what their own potential energy savings would be. Tailoring this information could be accomplished relatively easily with a simple app for use by customers and sales staff. Apps like these are already helping homeowners see how much money they might save in the long run from installing rooftop solar panels. Utility rebate programs can also be improved with a more personalized approach. Many utilities will offer money back if their customers buy an efficient appliance. Utilities could encourage larger savings by targeting the kind of people likely to save more with an efficient appliance. In addition to the yellow energy use labels, the U.S. government also runs the Energy Star program, which certifies efficient appliances. Despite coming under attack from the Trump administration, these programs have been low-cost and effective ways to promote energy efficiency. But personalized information has potential to take promoting energy efficiency to the next level. It’s one of those everybody-wins situations: Utilities will save more energy and customers will save more money. With carbon emissions declining more swiftly, the whole world benefits as some progress will be made toward slowing the pace of climate change.   Eric Williams is professor of sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Ashok Sekar is a postdoctoral fellow with the Energy Systems Transformation Research Group at the University of Texas at Austin. Eric Hittinger is associate professor of public policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology. This post originally appeared at The Conversation.last_img read more

Separatists denounce NIA raids

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first_imgSeparatist leaders in the Kashmir Valley described the National Investigation Agency raids on their leaders and supporters as “diversionary tactics aimed at shielding atrocities and barbarism committed against the civilians in J&K”.“These raids are nothing but attempt to divert attention from the real issues New Delhi is facing in Kashmir now. We faced worse in 1996 and 1999. Situation in Kashmir is only worsening that demands an immediate solution,” JKLF chief Yasin Malik said.last_img read more