Who leads among win-win Pinoy warriors?

first_imgGenesis Servania was not successful in his challenge to unbeaten WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez in their clash in Tucson, Arizona, last Saturday. Servania floored Valdez in the fourth, but was himself decked in the fifth. It was a compelling contest and Servania, who fights out of the Kashimi gym in Japan, said he would continue his hot hunt for a world crown. He used to be a major fighter in the ALA Stable.The week before last, Milan Melindo of the ALA Stable, retained his IBF light flyweight crown in a thrilling and bloody battle in Cebu. Melindo is seeking to unify the world light flyweight crown.It was not a simple comeback win for Donaire, 34, who lost his WBO super bantamweight crown to Jessie Magdaleno of Mexico last November. Donaire, 38-4, 24 KOs, announced he has been renewed by a new diet and a new coach (Max Baffel), at the same time swearing the presence of his wife Rachel in his corner to shout out instructions was a major factor in his return to the mainstream.Donaire, the 2012 Fighter of the Year, is now recognized as the WBC Silver featherweight belt owner.ADVERTISEMENT Dancers, Amit pile up silvers for PH delegation; Bowlers shoot for gold OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson All these winners appeared solidly headed toward a world crown challenge.Jhack Tepora, 21-0, 16 KOs, scored a stunning second round stoppage of former African world titlist Lusanda Komanisi in East London, South Africa, to capture the WBO Intercontinental featherweight crown in his first international outing. His handlers at Omega Pro Sports International wasted no time to announce Tepora would be seeking a crack at the world title in the crowded featherweight division.Before Tepora’s stunning triumph, the sensational Frank Duno of Sanman Gym in General Santos City scored an impressive decision over seasoned Mexican lightweight Juan Pablo Sanchez at The Forum in Inglewood, California.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe victory was a followup to Duno’s stunning stoppage last March of then unbeaten Golden Boy standout Christian Gonzales of Mexico. The 21-year-old Duno, handled by former world flyweight champion Rodel Mayol, is now with the Golden Boy stable of Oscar de la Hoya.At Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, Nonito Donaire Jr. dominated Mexican Juan Pablo Sanchez in a well-attended featherweight contest. How to help the Taal evacuees 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 In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide DAY6 is for everybody It’s doubly hard looking for the next big star in Philippine boxing following bright results from abroad last week.No, there definitely was no lack of worthy contenders.Fact is the search for the next Manny Pacquiao has become crowded following win-win stands by Filipino boxers in foreign rings.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Can basketball save the world? New NYU course says yes

first_imgMOST READ Russell Westbrook ties for 3rd in triple-doubles as Thunder beat Cavs LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The theme is how it can save the world.That’s the ambitious belief of professor David Hollander, who has seen the game grab people from his hometown gymnasium in New Jersey all the way to pickup courts in China, and in so many other places in between.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Basketball seems like one of the few things that everybody in the world is OK with,” Hollander said. “Even the most closed societies, like North Korea, who wouldn’t allow anybody in, was OK with allowing a group of basketball players and Dennis Rodman.”Hollander, in his 11th year teaching in NYU’s sports business program, had been developing ideas for a basketball-themed course for years, but it wasn’t until seeing the way his passion was articulated in the recent “Basketball: A Love Story” documentary that aired on ESPN that the plans really kicked into high gear.center_img A boy dribbles a basketball on a street in Manila on July 19, 2016. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)One of the producers working with Dan Klores, the filmmaker behind the project, was taking classes at NYU and told him of Hollander’s interest. Hollander came to an early screening of the 10-part series and outlined for Klores how he was going to combine his ideas with aspects of the film to highlight the importance of the game to politics, culture, the arts and more.That led to “How Basketball Can Save The World: An Exploration of Society, Politics, Culture and Commerce Through the Game,” a four-credit course that will debut for the summer 2019 session — right as the NBA postseason heats up — with plans to be available as an elective to undergraduate and graduate students in the traditional fall or spring semesters.Hollander’s selection for the title was borrowed in part from Franklin Foer’s book “How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization.”Klores thinks save might be too big of a word — “help is a safer word,” he said — but he otherwise agrees with Hollander about what the game can accomplish.Soccer remains the world’s most popular sport, and FIFA President Gianni Infantino thinks it can bring peace to the Middle East, a central theme of his pitch for an expanded 2022 World Cup in Qatar. But Klores thinks basketball, invented in the U.S. by a Canadian and now being played by more than 300 million people in China, has a more extensive reach.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Typhoon victims play basketball with a hoop made out of wood from destroyed houses in Jaro on November 18, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP)“It has become a global common denominator, and what I mean by that is you can go almost any place around the world, there’s only a few things we really all share,” Klores said. “You can introduce food, you can introduce God, you can introduce sex or love, you can introduce music and I think you can introduce basketball.“As popular as soccer is, you can’t do that in the United States yet — a big part of the world. But you can go anywhere in the world now and the ball, particularly the basketball, has historically opened doors and opportunities and cultures to one another.”The NBA has offered its support, perhaps in the form of providing speakers or access to its events and facilities. The sport might not be able to rescue the world, but a league filled with international players knows it can have an impact.“It’s not a question of saving the world, but we have certainly seen firsthand the impact and the difference the game of basketball and the outreach work done by current and former NBA and WNBA players and coaches has on communities and people all over the world,” NBA president of social responsibility and player programs Kathy Behrens said, “from teaching how values of the game like respect and teamwork build bridges in communities (off the court) to promoting physical fitness and positive mental health, particularly among young people.”The course plans to chart basketball’s growth in popularity, from its appeal to Irish and Jewish immigrants in urban U.S. areas to the way success in the sport has provided a national pride for countries in the former Soviet Union or Yugoslavia, such as Lithuania and Serbia. It also examines the game’s role in politics, from U.S. relations with basketball-crazed China to Rodman’s friendship with Kim Jong Un and visits to North Korea.“There’s something about basketball that seems to reflect what society is going through and that certainly was true of society’s struggles with race in the ’60s and even until now,” Hollander said. “It was certainly true of society’s engagement of culture — hip-hop, fashion, the sneaker business — and it continues to be true in terms of society’s open question faced today: How global do we want to be?”Klores and his team conducted more than 500 hours of interviews with people connected to basketball for his documentary, and he’s eager to see the sport’s history taught to young people. He and Hollander say there are plans to develop a textbook so the course could be taught at other colleges, or even adapted to the high school level.Perhaps some who take it will go on to find ways to use basketball to make a difference.“I met so many people in this film that there’s no question in the world they are better leaders and I’d vote for president of the United States way before I’d vote for a bunch of these characters,” Klores said. “You ask me, I’d pull the lever for Mike Krzyzewski, for Pat Riley, for John Thompson. I’d vote for them. That’s who I’d want to follow. I don’t think it’s an accident that they come from basketball.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Inmates play basketball in the Quezon City jail in suburban Manila on September 25, 2018. (Photo by Noel CELIS / AFP)NEW YORK — Basketball is moving from the court to the classroom at NYU, though students won’t be tested on dribbling or shooting.Nor will they spend much time on the game’s role as exercise or entertainment.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Undocumented exit phenomenon points to organised migrant smuggling

first_imgDear Editor,During the period when members of the Muslimeen were incarcerated for the insurrection in Trinidad and Tobago, a story was told of seven Haitians being placed in the cells with the Muslim brothers, that same evening, the Haitians started drawing frantically on a wall of the cell, they were drawing a picture of a large sailing ship “we are leaving tonight, do any of you wish to come with us?” they asked. One man laughingly said, “yes, anything to get out of here”. The next morning, the Haitians were gone, the picture of the ship along with them, and the one man who said he would accompany them…found dead on the floor, no cause of his death ever determined. Guyana’s Haitian visitors are also vanishing without a trace, and have become a cause for national concern.In September 2015, after it was revealed that the (then) new APNU/AFC Administration had introduced a policy that Haitians must show cash and return tickets before they could enter Guyana, I wrote that “What pains me, however, is to see Guyana join that line of oppressors; we should be embracing our Caribbean brethren, treating them with respect and dignity, and dare I say it, some preference. Instead, I see a denigration of a proud people by hollow men, new to power, devoid of consciousness, the nouveau riche of the Caribbean; how soon we forget” – (SN 29.9.2015). It would seem that on that occasion my plea did not fall on deaf ears and our Haitian brethren have been accorded more humane treatment since.We are, however, now faced with mounting evidence that Guyana has become a transit point for Haitian people; this migration in itself is not problematic or cause for worry, what is, however, is the lack of documented exit from Guyana. This undocumented exit phenomenon points to organised migrant smuggling.Migrant smuggling is “a crime involving the procurement for financial or other material benefit of illegal entry of a person into a State of which that person is not a national or resident”. Migrant smuggling affects almost every country in the world. It undermines the integrity of countries and communities, and costs thousands of people their lives every year. UNODC, as the guardian the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime (UNTOC) and the protocols thereto, assists states in their efforts to implement the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air (Migrants Protocol)”.Guyana is a signatory to this protocol.Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix is unconcerned and stated that Guyana is being used as a stepping stone by the Haitians for greener pastures. Of the 8600 Haitian arrivals in 2019, 13 have left Guyana legally. The Minister also said “We have found that their intention is to get to relatives in Suriname, Cayenne, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela. We have traced legal departures but there is a number we cannot account for, and those we suspect left illegally (backtrack)”. Guyana will probably be placed on some sort of blacklist and sanctions will be applied unless the attitudes in Government change quickly.There is no doubt that the Haitians are willing participants in the smuggling, however, the Government must investigate why exits are not being documented; if any abuse of persons is occurring during their stay in Guyana; if false documents of any kind are being produced and issued to these persons during their time in Guyana. Protection of our Haitian brethren during their time on our shores is a duty that should not be taken lightly.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Bartica power plant commissioned

first_imgPresident David Granger, on Saturday commissioned a US$3.4M power station at Dogg Point, Agatash in Bartica, Cuyuni-Mazaruni (Region Seven), where he noted that it will bring unprecedented relief to residents who have experienced severe power outages over the years.The newly commissioned Bartica Power PlantIn his address at a simple ceremony, the president said it is inconceivable that Guyana can be on a path of development and ignore the evolution of its hinterland communities.He is quoted by the Public Information and Press Services Unit of the Ministry of the Presidency as saying that the hinterland development must be accelerated to ensure greater equality and the Government has started to reduce and remove hinterland underdevelopment. In this regard, he noted that energy security is essential to hinterland evolution as the enlargement of the economy, the expansion of employment opportunities and the improvement in the quality of life, require investments in energy generation. This is so, particularly in regions where investment and income levels are below the national average, he said.The Head of State noted that while the Government is committed irrevocably, to moving closer to the goal of 100 per cent renewable energy use by 2030, it also recognizes the importance of ensuring adequate, accessible and affordable energy supplies during this period of transition.He said the energy security during the transition phase will deliver development and that transition measures will be implemented and initiatives undertaken to ensure that the demand for energy is met during the transition phase.In the interim, the President noted, the new power plant will greatly enhance operations and business in the town.“The new 3.3 megawatt Power Generation Plant, which is being commissioned is of great importance at the municipal, regional and national levels. The new Bartica Power Plant replaces the old plant, which has inflicted intolerable electricity disruptions on the town. Those days are behind us. This plant will guarantee a stable and reliable supply of electricity. The Plant’s generating capacity will exceed the town’s peak demand, with sufficient spare capacity to cater for the town’s short to medium-term power needs. The Plant will not displace the renewable energy sources which will one day power, entirely, Bartica,” he is quoted as saying.The President added that the Plant, at the municipal level, will assure the town’s households, businesses and Government agencies an adequate, stable and reliable source of electricity, will eliminate the frequent power outages and will encourage business expansion, since its total generating capacity exceeds the existing peak demand for power.last_img read more

Drive point home about 405 gridlock

first_imgFor once, Giants and Dodgers fans agree! The CTC will take this matter up on Feb. 28. It’s critical for the people of L.A. to add their voices to the growing chorus demanding full funding for the 405. Please take some time to let the members of the commission know that they shouldn’t leave California’s most frustrated drivers stranded. You can reach the commission directly by phone at (916) 654-4245 or by e-mail at California_Transportation_Commission@dot.ca.gov. Antonio Villaraigosa is the mayor of Los Angeles.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CALIFORNIA voters approved a record $20 billion transportation bond last year because they believed it would help relieve traffic congestion on the state’s busiest highways. Three months later, a proposed funding plan before the California Transportation Commission proffers a paltry vision that won’t shave a split second from the worst commute in the nation: northbound Interstate 405 through the Sepulveda Pass. This proposal was greeted with howls across the state, but the disappointment is especially pronounced here in the Southland, which bears one-third of the state’s traffic burden. If the CTC’s members had ever sat in traffic on the 405 during rush hour, they would surely agree that we can no longer afford to postpone investments in this critical roadway. At peak driving times, traffic on the 405 is as thick as freshly poured concrete. You can walk faster than the flow of cars, which idle through the day as frustrated drivers fume. Three hundred thousand Westside and San Fernando Valley commuters are subjected to this routine daily. During the election, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger pointed to the 405 as a prime example of the kind of gridlock Proposition 1B would address. Sixty-five percent of L.A. County voters approved the bond, putting their faith in the promise that the state’s most critical needs would be addressed first. Now that voters have held up their end of the bargain, it’s time for the CTC to do the right thing. The governor, the speaker of the Assembly and even members of the commission itself have expressed dismay at this shortsighted plan. They’re standing behind the people of Los Angeles as we demand our fair share of transportation dollars. Twenty-eight percent of California residents live in L.A. County, yet under the current proposal, the region would receive only 12 percent of the available transportation funds. That’s plain wrong.We were promised traffic relief, and we are paying for it. Promises made should be promises kept. Even the newspapers in Northern California, whose readers face critical needs for resources at home, recognize the fairness issue at stake. “Los Angeles is getting a raw deal,” declared the San Francisco Chronicle. “Put money where it will help most,” opined the San Jose Mercury News, adding that the current proposal’s funding strategy is akin to “sprinkling a few gallons of water over a parched garden.” last_img read more

Does L.A. have ace in hole for games bid?

first_imgChicago’s glossy presentation folder contained numerous references to its ability to deliver “compact” games – a thinly veiled slap at Los Angeles’ sprawling urban area. If Los Angeles hosts the games, events are expected to also be held in Pasadena, Anaheim, Monterey Park, San Diego, San Francisco and even Las Vegas. Chicago has proposed $1.6 billion in construction if it wins, including building an Olympic stadium, aquatics center and athletes village on Lake Michigan. Los Angeles, meanwhile, focused on the wallet. The city is touting its existing facilities and a commitment by Staples Center and the Home Depot owners to spend $150 million for new training facilities, office space and a 150-room hotel and conference center. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger also signed legislation authorizing $250 million to cover any cost overruns of the games. And then there’s the mystery contribution that Villaraigosa mentioned Friday. “It’s something we’ve been working on,” Villaraigosa said. “It very clearly is a way to demonstrate the lengths that we will go to to ensure that these will be successful games. “There won’t be any cost associated with it that is not guaranteed.” Los Angeles has hosted the Summer Games in 1932 and 1984. If Chicago is chosen, it will be the biggest event in the city since it hosted the World’s Fair in 1933. Olympic selection expert Robert Livingstone said Chicago deserves the chance to host. Having hosted as recently as 22 years ago, he said, will be a significant hurdle for Los Angeles among members of the International Olympic Committee. The IOC will make its decision by 2009. “I don’t think the Olympics is a real `wow’ factor for L.A., and the IOC looks for that,” Livingstone said. He also noted that while IOC officials say they want more frugal games, they ultimately go for cities that promise to spend big for new stadiums. That’s another mark in Chicago’s column. “I would hope that the USOC – if they are serious about America winning – that they pick Chicago,” Livingstone said. Villaraigosa and members of the Southern California team, however, insist that having hosted before is a benefit. The third time, they said, will be the charm. “We certainly feel anybody would want to come to L.A. for a third time, a fourth time. I live there. I love it,” said Barry Sanders, chairman of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games. “It’s a great advantage,” he said. “No one would say the fact that you’ve contributed twice to the Olympic movement is a drawback.” As the two city teams wrapped up press conferences Friday and finished their practice sessions, members of both admitted to nervous stomachs. Wearing a “2016 Los Angeles” lapel pin, Villaraigosa called the Angelenos’ mood one of quiet confidence. “We have what it takes to sponsor these games,” he said. lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The U.S. Olympic Committee is set to decide today whether Los Angeles or Chicago will carry the nation’s torch for the 2016 Summer Games, even as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa hinted the city still has another perk it will throw into the mix. “We are going to be able to demonstrate that we are able to indemnify the Olympics more than any other city can,” Villaraigosa said Friday as the Southern California delegation prepared its final presentation for the 11-member committee. Villaraigosa declined to offer specifics but said Los Angeles will tell the panel about an additional private funding guarantee if Los Angeles is chosen to host the games. Today’s winner will be the U.S. nominee for the premier global sporting event, vying against international locales including Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Prague and Madrid. So will the committee pick deep-dish pizza or veggie wraps? Skyscrapers or sandy beaches? Will the USOC be taken in by the promise of a gleaming new stadium on Lake Michigan or the comfort of already-existing facilities in Los Angeles? “We’ve got two great cities that could host an excellent Olympic Games,” Jim Scherr, the USOC’s chief executive officer, said less than 24 hours before the board’s decision. Villaraigosa and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley flew Friday to Washington, D.C., to prepare for their cities’ final Olympic pitches. Both called one another “great friends” and insisted Los Angeles and Chicago are not really competing. The goal, each maintained, is to show off each city’s benefits and prove its ability to win 60 of the International Olympic Committee’s 115 votes. Not, they said, to flaunt the other city’s drawbacks. Beneath the niceties, however, competition was fierce. last_img

‘Finally started fulfilling his potential!’ – Fans react to Oxlade-Chamberlain

first_imgFans have been hailing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s ‘strong performance’ for Arsenal v Manchester United.The Gunners were 2-0 winners at the Emirates, ending the Red Devils’ unbeaten run in the league which stretches back to October.READ MORE: Arsenal FC player ratings: How Gunners players scored in the win over Manchester United in the Premier LeagueIt was also a first win over Jose Mourinho in the league for Arsene Wenger and it keeps the club’s hopes of a top-four finish alive.Second-half goals from Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck put the north Londoners on the way to victory against a much-changed United side.Both strikes were set up by Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has been playing in a new position in recent weeks.Since reverting to a 3-4-3 formation with flying wing-backs, Oxlade-Chamberlain has been chosen ahead of Hector Bellerin and he is excelling in the role.He has previously been linked with a move away from the Emirates, with Liverpool reportedly interested, but his performances of late have convinced fans of his capabilities.See below… Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: The 23-year-old picked up the plaudits 1center_img READ MORE: Arsenal FC player ratings: How Gunners players scored in the win over Manchester United in the Premier Leaguelast_img read more


first_imgMore than 1,000 people put to to line today in the annual festive 5k run by Finn Valley Athletic Club.Runners, joggers and walkers all took part in the fun event, with the race being won by Chris Johnston of Letterkenny AC and the first lady home was Olympian Catriona Jennings.In the master section FVAC’s Kieran Carlin came home first in a time of 16.48. It was a great turn-out – the biggest ever –  so race director Patsy McGonagle and his team Mark Connolly and Neil Martin can be well pleased.We’ll have all the results a little later. MORE THAN 1,000 PEOPLE TAKE PART IN FINN VALLEY FESTIVE 5K was last modified: December 26th, 2012 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) Tags:000 PEOPLE TAKE PART IN FINN VALLEY FESTIVE 5KMORE THAN 1last_img read more

Eskom, SABC to give ‘power bulletins’

first_img16 May 2013 Eskom has partnered with the SABC to give South Africans daily real-time information on the power system, the power utility said on Wednesday.“The new power bulletin initiative announced today aims to encourage South Africans to shift their energy usage during the peak demand period: every evening between 5pm and 9pm,” Eskom said in a statement.In terms of the agreement, the SABC will use all three of its television channels and 18 radio stations at various times to urge households to help reduce the electricity demand during peak hours.The bulletins will be aired especially in the mornings and afternoons, Eskom said.“The power bulletin will be flighted on television immediately after the news, starting with the 5.30pm news bulletin through [to] 7.30pm.”The announcements, which will follow the weather forecast format, will run for 60 seconds on all three television channels for five days a week until the end of the year.The radio announcements will be run three times a day – morning, midday and afternoon – and will also continue until December.“The power bulletin will not replace the power alert campaign that is currently running on eNCA, eTV, DStv, and the SABC television channels.”Eskom said South Africa experienced the highest demand for electricity during the winter months, particularly at night, when demand increased by more than 3 000 MW in one hour.This is equivalent to the output of a large power station and more than the total energy use of some neighbouring countries.“Taking four simple steps over the four hours of the peak period can reduce demand for energy during peak times.”These steps are: to switch off all geysers and pool pumps during peak hours; to switch off all non-essential lighting; to find alternatives to electrical heaters, such as dressing warmly or using gas heaters; and to respond to alert messages by switching off all appliances not in use.Eskom said it usually performed most of its planned maintenance in the summer months. However, this winter would be different.“Eskom will for the first time plan to do extensive, long duration maintenance work to improve the reliability and performance of its power stations.”This meant the power system would be constrained in the next few months.“The proposed planned maintenance over the winter period is considered fixed, and must be implemented,” said Eskom CEO Brian Dames.“We therefore urge all customers to partner with us to save electricity. This will ensure that adequate space is created for the planned maintenance, while ensuring there is sufficient operating reserve.”“The electricity supply system continues to be constrained, but we have put comprehensive plans in place to manage this,” said Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba.“As we approach the winter and make South Africans participate in monitoring their own personal impact, Eskom and the SABC have collaborated to create an exciting initiative to educate and inform consumers about the country’s electricity status,” he said.Sapalast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — November 10, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 11-10-17Two and a half more fully dry days over the region today and tomorrow as sunshine remains the dominant player. Clouds will likely start to increase tomorrow evening, although a full thickening of clouds will hold off until we get to Sunday morning. Temps will be cool, but should start to really build up tomorrow ahead of our next frontal boundary arrival on Sunday.Rains arrive Sunday mid-afternoon and will continue off and on through the overnight Sunday night. We expect showers to give a few hundredths to up to .4” over about 70% of the state.Dry weather is back for Monday afternoon and Tuesday. Sunshine should be dominant for the period, particularly on Tuesday, with south winds start developing Tuesday ahead of our next potential wave coming in Wednesday. Those south winds will moderate temps for at least midweek, and we think even most of the balance of the week. Rains look stronger again this morning, with better coverage, and that means we will put .2”-.75” rains in over a full 80% of the state. The map above shows a snapshot of the set up around midday on Wednesday.Our next wave is in for the last part of the week next week and weekend. Models are in some disagreement on when and how the front moves through. We look for .2”-.6” rains over 80% of the state for anywhere from the 17th through the 19th. We have plenty of confidence in the system’s development. Timing is where we are still somewhat up in the air. An arrival around the 19th would be where our bias is at this point, matching our previous forecasts, but models have a wide range of solutions at this time. Therefore, we are keeping our forecast the same for now. South winds ahead of the system keep temps near to slightly above normal the second half of next week, and could help enhance precipitation and strengthIn the extended period, while high pressure remains in control early on, we still are keeping an eye on the period just ahead of and through the thanksgiving holiday. A strong front still has the potential to make life interesting in that period with rains up to 1.5”.last_img read more