Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ The veteran guard even got some welcomed rest.Neither Simmons nor Redick played in the fourth quarter for Philadelphia, which won its third consecutive contest without All-Star center Joel Embiid. Embiid had surgery on Saturday after suffering an orbital fracture in his left eye in Wednesday’s 118-101 win over the Knicks. Embiid will be out for the remainder of the regular season and is slated to return for the playoffs, although his exact return date is not known.Marco Belinelli added 17 points for the 76ers (47-30), who also didn’t have starter Dario Saric (cellulitis right elbow).Spencer Dinwiddie had 16 points for the Nets (25-53).Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson was displeased with the effort.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Batang Gilas falls to Australia in Fiba Asia U-16 “From a physical and mental standpoint, we weren’t focused and ready to play,” he said. “It was evident. We were not engaged physically or mentally and that’s what happens. It was a layupathon.”The 76ers were up 61-49 at the half and took control in the third quarter. Philadelphia scored 11 of the first 12 points of the period, capped by Redick’s fast-break layup with 8:36 left that made it 72-50. They went on to outscore the Nets 32-22 in the period to take a 93-71 advantage into the fourth.TIP-INSNets: Atkinson said he wants rookie Jarrett Allen to focus on improving his rebounding this offseason by bulking up and developing a more “assertive” mentality. … Brooklyn lost the rebounding battle 56-36.76ers: The 76ers unveiled a sculpture of Hall of Famer Julius “Dr. J” Erving on Tuesday at their practice facility in Camden, New Jersey. Erving rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell prior to tipoff. … Brown said it’s unlikely that guards Markelle Fultz and Simmons would see the court together during the playoffs, explaining that he needs to surround both with shooters. The duo did see time together in the third quarter against the Nets.IMITATE THE PROCESSAtkinson is trying to model the Nets’ rebuild after the 76ers. “I observed closely their whole process and how they built this,” he said before the game.WALKING WOUNDEDNets F DeMarre Carroll (left hip strain) limped to the locker room 3 ½ minutes into the second half and didn’t return. He finished with 10 points in 18 minutes. Atkinson didn’t have an update afterward. Brooklyn G Allen Crabbe (illness) didn’t play. Joe Harris replaced him in the starting lineup and had 13 points.G Isaiah Whitehead had season-ending surgery on Tuesday to repair a ligament injury in his right wrist. Whitehead averaged 6.3 points in 16 games for Brooklyn.Saric won’t make the trip to Detroit for Wednesday’s game against the Pistons. Brown expects him to return for Friday’s home contest against Cleveland.UP NEXTNets: At Milwaukee on Thursday night. 76ers: Host Detroit on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery “We don’t hide from our goal,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. “We want home court.”If the playoffs started on Wednesday, the 76ers would host a first-round series. They remained a half-game behind third-place Cleveland and in front of fifth-place Indiana, which began Tuesday a half-game behind Philadelphia. The 76ers have five games remaining, including Friday’s home contest against the Cavaliers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownRedick said that goal helped Philadelphia easily dispatch the Nets, who merely are playing out the string.“It’s tough when you’re not playing for anything,” Redick said. “We have to take advantage of teams that aren’t playing for anything. We really imposed our will defensively and the force we played with offensively.” Philadelphia 76ers’ JJ Redick, left, shoots the ball as Brooklyn Nets’ Jahlil Okafor, right, reaches up to block it during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 121-95. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA — The focused 76ers have their eyes and hearts set on home-court advantage in the playoffs.J.J. Redick scored 19 points and Ben Simmons had 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead Philadelphia to its 11th straight victory, 121-95 over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night. That kept the 76ers in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with five games remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, center, goes to the basket against Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. The Celtics won 111-109. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, California—Instead of dwelling on his mistake that let Sacramento tie the game in the closing seconds, Gordon Hayward made it moot.Hayward made up for a costly foul by hitting a tiebreaking shot with 2 seconds to play that helped the Boston Celtics overcome the absence of injured star Kyrie Irving in a 111-109 victory over the Kings on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Hield’s free throws then tied the game before Hayward delivered the game-winner for Boston.“Everyone was tight on their man,” Hayward said. “It was almost just like 1-on-1. The lane kind of cleared out and I was able to make the move.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It shows you the confidence he still has,” teammate Marcus Morris said. “It’s building and building. A lot of people are trying to write him off and say he’s not going to be who he was. As a player, that’s tough. ”Jayson Tatum led Boston with 24 points, Al Horford had 21 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and Hayward finished with 12 points.Barnes scored 24 points and Hield added 23 for the Kings, who have lost four of five and trail San Antonio by four games in the race for the final Western Conference playoff spot.“It’s always a tough one to lose a close game like that,” point guard De’Aaron Fox said. “Sometimes it comes down to a few key possessions. They made a lot of tough shots.”The Kings erased a six-point deficit in the final three minutes thanks in part to two drives by Fox and a hustle block by Hield that prevented a fast-break layup for Marcus Smart.ADVERTISEMENT United VC ends first round with win over PLDT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Hayward fouled Buddy Hield on a 3-point attempt with 7.6 seconds left, allowing Sacramento to pull even. Boston had no timeouts and inbounded the ball to Hayward, who went the length of the court before hitting a fall-away for the win.“It felt good more than anything because I almost lost us the game with the foul,” he said. “I was trying to get that one back for us. More than anything, just happy for our team and we found a way to win these last two games, especially with what we were going through. It’s been a roller coaster and we want to be on an up when we get to the playoffs.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHarrison Barnes then missed a 3 at the buzzer, giving the Celtics their second win in two nights to start a four-game California swing. Boston had lost five of six before starting this trip with a 33-point win at two-time defending champion Golden State and then the dramatic victory over the Kings the following night.Hayward scored 30 points against the Warriors and is rounding back into the form he showed before suffering a gruesome ankle injury in the opener last season after signing a $128 million, four-year deal to join the Celtics. MOST READ Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments
JetBlue said it waited too long to call for help to get passengers off the planes because it had hoped the weather would let up and flights could proceed. Bad weather delays and cancellations led to a spike in customer complaints that flooded the company reservations system, and many of pilots and flight crews ended up stuck in places other than where they were needed. When the weather struck Feb. 14, JetBlue didn’t have a system in place to reroute so many stranded flight crews, something it said it is working to rectify within a few weeks. “What we did was wrong and we didn’t have a plan,” Neeleman said. He called last week a “somber” time. To prevent future breakdowns, Neeleman said JetBlue will put in place a reserve force of employees in the New York area who can aid the airline in a crisis. “Had we had that in place for this event, it would have been much better,” Neeleman said. Neeleman said JetBlue’s reservation operations center in Utah was also overwhelmed. “We are addressing that very aggressively,” he said. Since those “cascading events,” Neeleman has been making the media rounds, trying to convince investors and customers that the airline will recover as it struggles to keep fares down and earn a profit in the face of mounting costs related to fuel and other issues. “This is a great company,” he said. “We’ve had seven years of unbelievable service.” The debacle is sure to hurt JetBlue’s bottom line. Prudential analyst Bob McAdoo wrote in a note to investors that “revenues and added expenses will cost the company about 4 to 6 cents in the March quarter.” Neeleman said he expects JetBlue to hand out $26 million in refunds and credits and another $4 million in incremental expenses such as paying overtime for crews and chartering airplanes. Neeleman said the company would provide more details about those costs in a filing later Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It’s not clear if the damage to JetBlue will hurt its future prospects. McAdoo suggested the effects would be temporary. “Although the press coverage of JetBlue’s problems has been widespread, the problems experienced are not likely to be repeated nor any negative impact on the company’s reputation be long lasting,” he wrote in a note to investors. “Other new airlines have experienced similar problems with few lingering image problems.” Terry Trippler, an airline expert, said JetBlue will overcome this public relations nightmare. He said the airline should be able to continue to tout its service and discounted fares. “People will forgive them for this bad week, and people will continue to book JetBlue,” he said, because travelers get a “fair price and good service.” But he questioned the bill of rights, saying it could set a bad precedent and will likely reverberate throughout the industry. “If you start paying people when you’re late, other airlines could be forced to join and then you’re in a bidding war,” Trippler said. “And when you’re selling tickets for a $100 and giving $100 vouchers away, something has got to give. It doesn’t make good economic sense.” David Stempler, president of the Air Travelers Association passenger advocacy group, said the bill could also put “subtle pressure, for instance, on pilots or mechanics who might rush what they’re doing to avoid some of these penalties.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Under the bill, if JetBlue cancels a flight within 12 hours of its departure because of problems within its control, customers can ask for a full refund, a credit or a voucher. If the airline delays a flight in a situation within its control, passengers would receive vouchers ranging from $25 to the full amount of a round-trip ticket, depending on the length of the delay. Compensation also would be made if a plane lands but can’t taxi to its gate within 30 minutes. And if a plane’s departure is delayed for more than three hours, passengers will be eligible for vouchers of at least $100 and up to the value of the ticket. JetBlue also vowed to deplane passengers if an aircraft is delayed on the ground for five hours. The airline said it was fully operational on Tuesday after a sequence of events led to the cancellation of 1,096 flights, tarnishing the reputation of a carrier known for its low fares and customer service. More than 100,000 passengers were affected. Snow and extreme temperatures last week froze equipment and grounded the company’s planes at JetBlue’s terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, trapping certain passengers inside the plane for as long as 10
0Shares0000Douglas Ross (L), Conservative Party MP, during the UEFA Champions League group D soccer match between FC Barcelona and Olympiacos Piraeus at Camp Nou in Barcelona Credit: EFELONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 27 – British lawmaker Douglas Ross says he will no longer referee football matches while parliament is sitting — meaning his dream of officiating at next year’s World Cup is over.The Scottish Conservative MP was criticised for missing a vote on welfare policy in the House of Commons earlier this month to help officiate in the Champions League. He said his decision meant he will no longer be able to referee at most international matches, adding that his “dream” of officiating at the World Cup in Russia is now over.Ross defended his decision to miss a debate earlier this month, stating that he knew he would not be able to speak in it, while arrangements had been put in place to ensure his absence would not affect any vote.However, he said he had reflected on the criticism he received.He said his role as an MP was his “number one priority” and he had realised he could no longer do both jobs.“I’m greatly indebted to the many local people who expressed their support for me to continue to referee as well as be their MP,” Ross said in a statement to local press in his constituency.“And while I have one of the highest voting records of any MP and many of my political opponents, and fiercest critics of late, have several outside jobs and interests, I know that the fury my last match caused will be repeated any time I am appointed to a match when parliament is sitting in the future.”Ross had missed a debate to work as an assistant referee at the Barcelona v Olympiakos game in Spain on October 18.Theresa May was forced to defend him when Scottish National Party MP John McNally brandished a red card, saying members of the public were “expected to turn up to their day jobs or face sanctions.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
RAPHOE NOTES:Family Resource Centre:PARENTS PLUS – RAPHOE STARTING WEDNESDAY 12TH NOVEMBER. SUPPORTING PARENTSHave you a child / children aged from 6 -11 years old?Does it ever feel like world war 3 is breaking out in your home when it’s time to get homework started or when bedtime is mentioned?Do you find it hard to get your child’s attention and end up getting becoming more frustrated? Do you ever feel just at a loss as to what to do next (who hasn’t?)Raphoe Family Resource Centre and Springboard Family Support Project are now taking names for a Parents Plus 8 week programme.The Parents Plus Children’s Programme offers Parents an opportunity to come together in a relaxed and friendly environment to share idea and learn new techniques to help children be more co-operative and maintain boundaries, help them learn and reach their full potential.For further information please contact Melanie @Raphoe FRC on 074-9145796 or Celine @ Springboard Family Support Project on 074-9173918BABY MASSAGE Baby massaging session for babies 6 months or less begins Friday 7th November for 5 weeks 9:45 – 10:30. There is no cost for this activity.Please bring a towelYOUTH CAFÉ:The Wednesday night Youth Café runs from 7-9pm at €2per week. New members are always welcome. AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMME:Tuesday; 3-4pm 3rd & 4th Classes Homework Support;4-5pm 5th & 6th Classes Drop-in;Wednesday; 2-3pm Junior & Senior Infants Play time;3-4pm 1st & 2nd Classes Homework Support;Thursday; 2-3pm Junior & Senior Infants Play time;3-4pm 1st & 2nd Classes Homework Support.Parents/guardians of 5th & 6th Class children please note that Tuesday from 4-5pm is now drop-in with activities such as pool, table-tennis etc. Thank you for your continuing support and cooperation.LITTLE SMILES WITH BIG DREAMSLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a parent and toddler group that meets every Wednesday morning at 10:30am – 12 noon in the Family Resource Centre. Anyone who is in care of a child where it is an aunt / uncle/ child-minder or grandparent is welcome. The kiddies can get involved in Messy play, free play, story time and music time where the adult can enjoy a cuppa tea and meet other adults. Parent and Toddler are a great way to enhance your little one confidence and meet others their age. A light lunch is provided and a small cost of 50 cent per family.HEALTHY WALKSIf you are in and around Raphoe and would like to keep fit; join us on our Healthy walk every Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. The group meets in Raphoe Family Resource Centre. Everyone Welcome.SINCERE THANKSRosalind and Frank Mc Brearty would like to extend sincere thanks to all those who generously supported their Tea/Coffee morning on Saturday 18th October at their home, Tullyrap, Raphoe in aid of the Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation in Kenya, West Africa.RAPHOE FRIDAY SENIORS CLUB:The Club Meet every Friday in the Volt Hall from 10:30am until 1pm. For further information please contact the Secretary on 074-9145462 or the Tidy Town Office on 074-9145692. The Club are having a Halloween fundraising draw. Lines @ €2 will be available soon. Prizes include a luxury Mark’s & Spencer Voucher, Halloween Hamper and much more. Thank you to Marks & Spencer’s and Lifford Credit union for their recent kindness and generosity. Please support our Draw.DD LOCAL: RAPHOE FAMILY RESOUCE CENTRE HOST FAMILY SUPPORT PROJECTS was last modified: October 31st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CommunityDD LocalnewsNotices
OAKLAND — The Raiders best home option for the 2019 season appears to be the place they have played since 1995: The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.The Coliseum’s chief negotiator Scott McKibben confirmed he spoke with Raiders president Marc Badain on Friday, one week after they resumed talking about playing nine home dates in Oakland.Also, a source with knowledge of the negotiations said Friday that stadium authority board is prepared to call an emergency meeting to vote on a new lease …
(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Welcome to a menagerie of believe-it-or-not creatures that once inhabited our planet (or still do).Saber-tooth swimming otter-bear (Live Science, PhysOrg): “A mysterious, carnivorous marine mammal that lived 23 million years ago clamped down on its mussel dinner similar to the way a saber-toothed tiger grasped its larger prey, scientists have found.” The big sea-otter-like mammal had the bite of Smilodon without the saber teeth, but is only known from a few fossils. Lack of post-cranial fossils didn’t stop artists from drawing pictures of humpbacked, clawed hunters resembling grizzly bears.Humvee armadillo (Current Biology, Science Daily). The mysterious glyptodonts of the Ice Age have been reclassified as a subgroup of armadillos, but these armed mammals would dwarf any alive today. With spiked tails and armor reminiscent of ankylosaurs, they were as big as a car and roamed the world alongside saber-tooth cats and giant ground sloths in South America. See the BBC News for a short video about them.Barrel-chested giant globetrotting turtle (Live Science): This article describes pareiasaurs, large “turtle relatives” with round abdomens, stubby legs and ugly faces (if inferred correctly from bones). Despite their rotund appearance on short legs, they apparently found their way to China, Russia, South Africa, South America and Europe. Found in Permian strata, pareiasaurs enjoyed a global success in what is claimed an evolutionary short period of 10 million years. The article doesn’t mention ancestors, and doesn’t elaborate on the alleged relationship to turtles.Baby dragons (Live Science): That’s what Live Science calls them: baby dragons, ready to hatch in a Slovenian cave. But are they “human fish” instead? No, neither: they are cave salamanders with a fleshy pink appearance and frills that look downright dragonian. People in the 1600s thought they were baby dragons when some washed out of a cave. Strangely, they are born with functioning eyes, but the eyes degenerate in the cave environment. Called olms, they hatch from eggs, taking 14 years to reach maturity. Some can live 70 years.Frozen Survivor (PhysOrg): A water bear (tardigrade) has survived 30 years frozen in ice, this article says. Despite their small size, they are remarkably complex and durable (see Evolution News & Views for discussion of the challenge tardigrades present to arthropod phylogeny).The approximately 0.2 mm long tardigrades were retrieved from a frozen moss sample collected in Antarctica in November 1983. In May 2014, the moss was defrosted (at 3 °C for 24 h) and soaked in water (for an additional 24 h). Two individuals and one egg were collected from the sample and reared on agar plates with algae provided as food. One of the revived tardigrades and the juvenile that hatched from the revived egg went on to continuous reproduction successfully.Underwater butterflies (Live Science, New Scientist): They are mollusks of the snail variety, but they “fly” underwater in a manner similar to butterflies. Endowed with “wing-like appendages that allow them to swim,” these shy, fragile “sea butterflies” use the same mechanical principles as their aerial analogues to propel themselves, scientists have found using 3-D cameras. How could such different animals use the same flight mechanisms? You guessed it: “convergent evolution.”Even though gastropods and insects diverged from a common ancestor 550 million years ago, sea snails use the same clap-and-fling mechanism flies use, which involves bringing their wings together then quickly pushing them apart.This shows evolutionary convergence on a similar locomotion technique to move through a similar environment. Due to their tiny size, the balance of inertial and viscous forces sea snails come across in water is similar to that experienced by flies in air.Empty sock without a tree house (Science Daily): Nature reported that weird flatworm-like creatures without brains, eyes or guts have finally been assigned an evolutionary place in the tree of life. Called Xenoturbella, these “acoel” (“no cavity”) marine flatworms, just an inch or more long, have confused scientists for years. “Sometimes it is the most unassuming animals that cause the most consternation,” the article begins. A new classification announced in Nature places them at the base of bilateria (animals with bilateral symmetry), but scientists will undoubtedly puzzle more about them. Live Science says, “They have no digestive system, no excretory system, no reproductive organs, but they probably don’t worry about that too much because they don’t have brains, either — just a neural network.” Leave it to a Darwinian to smirk, “‘These features means that we humans also crawled the ocean floor next to mud and grains of sand 560 million years ago,’ Hejnol explains with a smile on his face.”Hejnol should reflect upon the fact that a smile on his face requires the coordinated action of many muscles, nerves, and thousands of irreducibly complex molecular machines. You can’t get there from an empty sock. Each of these creatures, even the flatworm, is (or was) matched to its environment with similar complexities at the cellular level. You can learn about them without having to tell stories about how they morphed into each other over millions of years, diverging and converging in mysterious ways.
RELATED ARTICLES Vermont Utility to Develop New Grid TechnologyVermont Utility Is the First to Offer Tesla BatteryTesla Will Sell Home BatteriesThis Vermont Park Is Going Off-GridHeat Pumps Get a Leg Up in VermontLiving Without Electricity BillsVermont Raises Net-Metering Limits Green Building in the Cheap Energy EraDo Wood-Burning Power Plants Make Sense?‘Plug-and-Play’ Solar is Closer to Market The world of energy is filled with new promise — promise for a cleaner, greener, more cost-effective distributed future. But, alas, in a world where for generations utilities have done the same thing in the same way, change is being hampered by our industry and is moving too slow.At Green Mountain Power we launched an ambitious energy vision eight years ago to deliver a future that was different: one low in cost, low in carbon, and incredibly reliable. More recently, we embraced a future that ambitiously leverages distributed energy in ways hard to imagine years ago, and we are laser-focused on becoming a customer-obsessed energy company of the future.We’re working hard to accelerate the transformation of our current energy delivery system while improving the quality of life of our customers, improving the reliability of our services while reducing their costs and their carbon footprint. A partner in clean-water programIn late 2015, GMP announced an innovative new project called Clean Power, Cleaner Lake, which is a substantive effort to reduce phosphorous, the leading cause of pollution, in our treasured Lake Champlain basin. GMP is partnering with farmers and local leaders to build a community manure digester that will reduce the amount of phosphorus runoff into the lake by a third of the EPA’s goal for phosphorous reduction by farms while producing clean, renewable energy.These same energy sources will be used to create local microgrids, improving reliability and resiliency and helping to accelerate adoption of distributed generation technologies in homes and businesses. This is just one example of our focus on delivering new innovations that will dramatically improve our state while we continue to provide clean, cost-effective, and reliable power.We don’t have all the solutions yet, but from our eHomes to digesters, microgrids to battery storage, we’re envisioning a dramatically different future for our company and our customers — and we’re working hard to bring that future to them as quickly as we possibly can. Our work empowers customers like never before to engage them in shaping Vermont’s clean energy future. This transition will take a long time, like all transitions, but we aim to shorten the distance toward that meaningful end goal.GMP is leading through innovative partnerships to offer customers a suite of products and services including eHomes, a total home energy solution that can include weatherization, efficiency measures, heat pumps for space and hot water, energy-control devices, battery storage, and localized generation — making homes more efficient and affordable while reducing energy use and carbon emissions.We were thrilled to become the first U.S. utility to offer customers the Tesla Powerwall battery. This is our energy future.To lead such a transformation that goes against the industry current, it is important for the organization be guided by a clear and inspiring mission. In December 2014, GMP became the first utility in the country to receive the distinguished B Corp designation in recognition of its deep commitment to creating positive change in the community and the environment.We fully embrace the mission to “do good” in all things we do, putting customers first and seeking to make Vermont a better place to live, work, play, and conduct business. At GMP, we believe in spurring socioeconomic change for residents, helping people save money, improve their quality of life, and control their energy use. GMP is demonstrating that clean energy can make communities stronger and healthier while enhancing the electric system’s resiliency and reliability.And we are laser-focused on costs — we have a “cut prices dramatically team” that meets weekly. GMP customers have had three bill decreases in the last four years. Creating a new business modelIn GMP’s world, we see clean, locally grown energy produced and used closer to where it’s generated. We see that we need to move away from the bulk delivery system, one that relies on a centuries-old model of poles and wires to independent community-based solutions and a series of microgrids that rely on distributed, clean generation and innovative energy storage solutions. A common commitment to the environmentGMP’s B Corp designation is a reflection of what our customers already know: Doing good for Vermont is a smart business choice. In a small state where we know our neighbors and share a common commitment to the environment, we can help lead the way towards a greener, more affordable energy future for our customers.In Rutland, Vermont, the community that hosts our operations headquarters and our Energy Innovation Center, where we develop new products and services for our customers, we have invested not only in our operations, but in the community itself. Our work is helping to power a revitalization, and in partnership with others, a more vibrant, economically strong community.GMP pledged, in partnership with the community, to make Rutland the solar capital of New England, and this past year we realized that goal when our Stafford Hill solar project, which combines solar generation with battery storage, went online. We are also working with local leaders to create the “energy city of the future,” with a network of electric vehicle charging stations, a microgrid that is powered by solar and battery storage, community solar projects, numerous solar businesses, and complete home energy services through our eHome program.The impacts are significant and overwhelmingly positive. In the past three years, the downtown occupancy rate has increased from 87% to 95%. Our work has been part of a broader community effort that over that same period has helped slash crimes like burglary, shoplifting and family disturbances.The Department of Energy tells us that our comprehensive approach in Rutland is the first of its kind in the nation. GMP plans to take this new model of energy transformation to communities and residents across Vermont. Mary Powell has been the CEO of Green Mountain Power (GMP) since 2008 after serving for seven years as the utility’s chief operating officer. GMP, a wholly owned subsidiary of GazMetro, a publicly traded Canadian corporation, has 260,000 customers and annual revenues of more than $640 million.
Three Pune-based youth were killed and five others seriously injured after a truck collided with their two-wheelers on the Pune-Satara road early on July 23.The deceased, identified as Aniket Randive, 23, Sushil Kamble, 23, and Suraj Shinde, 24, lived in the Taljai Tekdi area of Pune.According to the police, the eight were celebrating a friend’s birthday till late on July 22 night.Following this, the eight proceeded towards Shivapur on the outskirts sometime after midnight on three two-wheelers when a truck hit them from behind near Kondanpur around 1 a.m., around 25 km from the city.Such was the force of the collision that two were killed on the spot as their vehicles were flung off the road, while a third one died during treatment at a nearby hospital where all injured were rushed. Officials are investigating the cause of the accident. On July 21, in a similar accident nine students were killed on the spot along the Pune-Solapur highway early on July 21 morning after their car, which was apparently over-speeding, hit a divider and collided with a truck.
Islamabad, Mar 16 (PTI) Pakistan today summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner to convey its unhappiness over Indian governments refusal to grant permission to five of its Delhi-based diplomats to travel to Kolkata to watch a World Cup T20 cricket match involving Pakistan.India, yesterday, did not give travel permission to five out of seven Pakistani diplomats because they were seen as having links with “ISI and defence” organisations.Foreign Office summoned Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh and told him that clearance should be given to other diplomats also as it was a “big sporting event” and these diplomats were travelling to Kolkata to encourage the Pakistan cricket team, according to sources.Sources in Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi had termed the denial of travel permission as “unfortunate” and said, “India despite being the host of the World Cup is refusing to fulfil its obligations and creating hurdles,”.Pakistan is playing Bangladesh in a Super 10 Group 2 encounter at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata today. Pakistan and India will also play at the same venue on March 19. PTI PYK NSA AKJ NSA