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Locker Room delivers big punch for Jackie Bell KO

first_imgLocker Room Sports are the new title sponsors of the KSAFA/Jackie Bell Knockout competition, which was launched at Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records yesterday. Jamaica Yellow Pages’ three-year sponsorship ended last season, and with the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) in search of a new sponsor, Locker Room stepped up to the plate. KSAFA President Stewart Stephenson said the cost of outfitting the teams had doubled from last year, and the association had difficulty obtaining the amount required. But they were able to negotiate a deal with Locker Room, who decided to bear the $680,000 difference to dress the teams for this year’s competition. “As a result of our successful negotiations with David Shirley of Locker Room Sports, the company will provide branded gear for all participating teams and, therefore, this season, the title sponsor for our competition is Locker Room Sports,” Stephenson told the gathering. Shirley admitted that “it was a tall order”, and “the numbers wouldn’t add up” at the end of the day. “When you look at your business module and cost and the projected profit, when we worked the numbers, we would be in a losing position on the deal. But in this particular case, we feel a responsibility to give back. There is an opportunity to build relationships with 34 teams and help them participate, as the young men really look forward to it, and we are just doing our little part,” he said. He added that it was also a mark of respect to Winthorpe ‘Jackie’ Bell and his family for their contribution to Jamaica’s football. “The Bells have been a cornerstone of football and our football history. He (Jackie) is truly a legend, and sometimes we have to remember the people who have opened doors for others, so it’s good to show this respect,” said Shirley. The tournament kicks off next week Saturday, November 14, with nine games. The two feature games involve a Kingston 20 rivalry between Duhaney Park and Pembroke Hall, and a Spanish Town Road derby between Greenwich Town and neighbours Whitfield Town. In other other games, Shortwood are up against Santos, Olympic play Police National, Molynes take on Cooreville, Rae Town meet New Kingston, Red Hills oppose Mountain View, Stony Hill face Constant Spring, and JDF tackle Central Kingston. The prize monies for this year’s tournament remain the same, with the champions set to take home $400,000, second place $250,000, third $150,000, and fourth $100,000. Meanwhile, there will also be an added feature to this year’s competition, as the association is said to be in negotiations with a major television station to provide live coverage from the quarter-finals through to the final. “We are concluding a five-year contract deal with the network, and the funds from the deal will be used to underwrite the budget for this season’s competition,” Stephenson commented. Waterhouse are defending champions. KICKS OFF NEXT WEEKlast_img read more

PBA D-League: Perpetual Help picks up 1st win, slips past Diliman College

first_imgPhilippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kevin Gandjeto posted 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Dragons, who fell to 1-2 in the Foundation Group.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chiefcenter_img Asian Cup hosts UAE punished for shoe, bottle barrage MOST READ Jeffer Egan leads Perpetual. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–University of Perpetual Help fended off Diliman College-Gerry’s Grill, 71-65, for its first win in the 2019 PBA D-League at Paco Arena in Manila.The Altas led by as much as 14 points but needed late baskets by Jielo Razon, Tonton Peralta and Jeffer Egan to hold on.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES “I thought we did very well in the first half because of our defense and I think that propelled us in our offense. But in the third quarter, it was a simple collapse on our part,” admitted Perpetual Help coach Frankie Lim.Perpetual Help took a 38-24 halftime lead but Diliman College went on to tie the game at 50 in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsRazon’s 3 put the Altas ahead, 62-61, before Peralta and Egan put the finishing touches.Egan showed the way for the Altas (1-2) with 25 points while Peralta and Razon had 13 and 12 points, respectively. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View commentslast_img read more

Chinese buyer attempted to avoid paying US$5M debt – Jagdeo

first_imgMissing GT&T SharesThe Chinese company that had purchased the 20 per cent shares held by Government in the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) had attempted to coerce Guyana’s Ambassador to China into not making its final payment and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is of the view, “if they don’t pay we will have to legal action.”Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo made the disclosure on Thursday when he sought to clear the air on the seemingly missing US$5 million.The Chinese buyer – Datang Telecom Technology and Industry Group – had agreed to pay US$30 million for the 20 per cent shares Government held in the telephone giant but the company has since refused to pay its final tranche of US$5 million.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon had travelled to China after the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government took office to ascertain the whereabouts of the missing payment.He has since said that National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) will have to make the pronouncements on the money.However, Opposition Leader Jagdeo on Thursday said that the Chinese buyer never made its final payment for the shares.Seeking to provide some context on the deal that would have been initiated during his tenure in Office, Jagdeo said the sale of the shares was publicly advertised but this process saw the highest bidder coming at US$7 million for the 20 per cent shares.This, he said, was found to be unsatisfactory by Government but when it got wind that the Chinese company was interested, negotiations were embarked on and a sale price of US$30 million was agreed on.The company had agreed to pay an initial US$25 million when it signed the agreement with the final tranche being paid within two years.This did not occur, and according to Jagdeo, during this time there arose a big issue which led to a back-and-forth between NICIL and the Chinese company which had refused to make its final payment, claiming that it did not get its ‘Golden Share’ allowing it greater representation on the board of directors at GT&T.According to Jagdeo the Chinese company made an issue of the fact that they did not get the directorships on the board as was purportedly promise and as such did not want to pay.Jagdeo said the company had even engaged the then Guyana Ambassador to China, Pro David Dabydeen and had claimed that he gave approval to not pay the remaining US$5 million.The former President now Opposition Leader has staunchly denied this, telling the media Thursday that the Ambassador had said ‘no.’“We are saying the money was not paid,” declared Jagdeo.He suggested that if Government maintains otherwise then all is required is to request of the company to whom the money was paid.Jagdeo is unyielding that the Chinese buyer had attempted to coerce Ambassador Dabydeen into entering some sort of agreement to not pay the outstanding amount but this never materialised.According to Jagdeo the Chinese company could use whatever reason it wants but “if they don’t pay we will have to legal action.”At a post-Cabinet press briefing at the Ministry of the Presidency on April 20 last, Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Raphael Trotman, had said the administration is currently trying to locate the US$5 million outstanding to the Government.Trotman told the media that Minister Harmon discovered that the money was paid to NICIL before May 16 last year. It is unclear to whom specifically the money was paid.“What I can say is that Mr Harmon has been able to retrieve some documents which tell a different story, and that story is that the $5 million was paid; and we are trying to track down to whom, when and where; and that was before May 16, 2015,” Trotman said.Former President Donald Ramotar has denied that the US$5 million owed by the Chinese company had been paid to his administration prior to the May 11, 2015 general elections.“The claim by the APNU/AFC Government that the money was received is a lie, and I challenge the Government to present the ‘documents’ it has received, so that the veracity of the evidence can be tested and authenticated,” the former President had said.last_img read more

Lawmaker says tribes make threat

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO (AP) — One of California’s richest Indian tribes has signaled it will spend millions of dollars to kill a February ballot measure that would extend lawmakers’ terms if they fail to pass a sweeping expansion of Indian casino gambling, a key lawmaker said. The threat, which a spokesman for the tribe disputes, illustrates just how influential gambling tribes have become in California politics. It also brings into focus what may be the hammer behind an unprecedented $20 million lobbying effort started this week by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, which operates a casino on its reservation west of Palm Springs. The 1,000-member tribe stands to win the rights to 5,500 new slot machines — enough to fill more than two Las Vegas-sized casinos — under a compact negotiated with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was one of five compacts Schwarzenegger negotiated with wealthy Southern California tribes, allowing them to install as many as 22,500 additional slot machines and offer card tables and other casino games. In exchange, California would get a share of the annual revenue, although the amount is in dispute. The Senate approved the deals earlier this month, sending them to the Assembly, where their fate is uncertain. Assembly Democrats have close ties to labor unions, which oppose the compacts because they do not allow casino workers to unionize. Without Assembly approval, the compacts cannot take effect. On Monday, the Morongo tribe launched a barrage of television commercials, mailings and automated calls targeting constituents of Assembly members who will either vote on the casino expansion or who have previously sided against tribes. The commercials tell voters their lawmakers are “missing a crucial opportunity” to use new casino tax revenue to pay for classrooms and other needed state services. “It’s a bully tactic,” said Alberto Torrico, D-Fremont, chairman of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee, who has vowed to scrutinize the deals and likely delay hearings on them until after next year’s budget is resolved. Such a delay also harms the governor, who is relying on the additional casino revenue to deliver on his promise to close the state’s chronic deficit in the budget year beginning in July. Torrico said the Morongo tribe’s campaign has gone further than targeting certain Assembly districts. Behind the scenes, the tribe’s efforts have raised the possibility that it will continue its campaign into next year and fight the term-limits modification initiative that is headed for the Feb. 5 presidential primary ballot, he said. “They’re sending that signal. That’s been the rumor … we’ve heard that a big chunk of this is to fight term limits,” Torrico told The Associated Press. “They’ve already targeted (Assembly) members; that’s nothing new,” Torrico said. “Now, they’re saying they are willing to set aside $20 million, and if you’re saying that, you’re saying you’re willing to set aside millions more in February.” Patrick Dorinson, a spokesman for the Morongos, said any suggestion that the tribe is looking beyond its compact vote in the Assembly is false. He said the tribe’s campaign is designed to inform voters about the hundreds of millions of dollars in state tax revenue and other benefits that would be generated by casino expansion. “The main focus for Morongo right now is ratification of the compact, period. There have been no discussions about anything else,” Dorinson said. “Any suggestion that the tribe is using this effort for any purpose other than ratifying the compacts is just not accurate.” Regardless, Torrico said lawmakers are taking all threats seriously. He said he is supported by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, and said Assembly members will not be bullied. Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles, said lawmakers must take the aggressive campaign by the Morongo tribe seriously. “It would tick a lot of people off, and they know that, but the Indians are not bluffing,” Stern said. “This is a real threat. The tribes have unparalleled resources, and a targeted campaign against term limits would probably sink term limits. If they spend $20 million, or even $10 million, that could be it.” The term limits measure technically cuts the number of years a lawmaker can serve in the Capitol from 14 to 12. But it allows them to spend all that time in one house, eliminating a constant — and costly — game of legislative musical chairs. The state’s current lame-duck legislators would benefit most from the law’s modification because they would be allowed to extend their terms in their current seats. Nunez, for example, could extend his reign as Assembly speaker for another six years, instead of being termed out next year. Some political analysts and lawmakers said they don’t believe the Morongo tribe will face off with the Legislature over the term-limits measure. A loss for the initiative also would knock out lawmakers who are friends that the tribes have cultivated for years. One is Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland. He helped guide the gambling compacts’ passage in that chamber and stands to gain four more years in office with passage of the ballot measure. Whether Morongo extends its efforts into February, analysts say the tribe’s $20 million lobbying effort to attack lawmakers before a vote is unprecedented. Morongo’s plan rivals the $23.6 million telephone giant AT&T spent last year to influence legislation giving the company access to California’s cable television market. AT&T’s efforts, however, were almost exclusively centered on statewide television commercials and contributions to gain lawmakers’ favor. The amount of money Morongo is prepared to spend also is on par with a larger ballot-measure fight. The $20 million the tribe has set aside for the effort dwarfs the $1.1 million it spent on all midterm elections in the state last year. It would equal the amount the tribe has spent since 2004 on all political efforts in California. That includes the $8.5 million it spent in 2004 to support a ballot measure that would have allowed unlimited gambling in exchange for a flat tax on casino profits. “Clearly, the amount of money they’re talking — it’s hardball,” Stern said. “But it’s also a small investment compared to what they stand to gain.” The expansion could bring in billions of dollars to the Morongos over the life of the contracts, experts say. Dorinson said the Morongo’s efforts, which other tribes have not yet joined, is within bounds. “There’s some basic fundamental rights in America such as free speech and the right to petition the government, and this campaign is based on those rights. We are using it to inform the public,” he said. Cheryl Schmit, director of Stand Up for California, which is lobbying against casino expansion, sees it differently. “It’s the tribe using their checkbook politics to influence the policies that they want,” she said. “We’re not talking about poor tribes any more.” Tribal gambling in California has evolved into a $7 billion-a-year industry. Last fall, the Assembly rejected one of the deals — for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians — after labor unions charged that it would undercut workers’ rights. Those unions also oppose many of this year’s compacts. Torrico has promised no action on the casino agreements until he conducts lengthy hearings on potential impacts to workers and on fiscal provisions that appear to limit the state’s ability to audit the tribes’ slot machine winnings. At a minimum, the Assembly Democrats’ efforts appear poised to bog down the tribes’ bills at least until June, after Schwarzenegger has submitted his revised budget proposal. Torrico said the casino bills do not have enough votes to make it out of his committee and might be so flawed that they may never win approval from the full Assembly. But he said the governor could step in and help negotiate fixes that would make the compacts more palatable to skeptical lawmakers. “It’s ironic that the tribes that had so much good will … for being bullied in the past, are now going to bully us,” Torrico said.last_img read more

VIDEO: Watch what awaits Arsenal in the Champions League – Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez

first_imgArsenal have been handed a nightmare tie in the Champions League as they take on current holders Barcelona.Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez have all been in incredible form in 2015 and will be giving Arsene Wenger sleepless nights over the European break.Watch the video above to see what awaits Arsenal!last_img

FRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: ON-THE-RUN CROOK TO APPEAL JAIL TERM – BUT WILL HE TURN UP?

first_imgCONVICTED CROOK Francois de Dietrich is to appeal his 18 month jail sentence in the North next week – but it’s unclear if the on-the-run conman will appear in court in person.Lawyers acting for the ERIC Solutions boss have lodged an appeal at Belfast High Court.More than 200 people from Donegal had given him money to invest for them – but investigators believe he was operating an illegal Ponzi scheme. He didn’t have legal permission to run any sort of investment scheme. A former employee in France has told us De Dietrich’s wife and children have returned to northern France and his former boss is living in Estonia.The UK Financial Services Authority began court action last October, winning an injunction banning him and his company ETIC Solutions from taking any more deposits.Last month, the High Court ordered that de Dietrich be sent to jail for contempt of that injunction. He had been given five chances to cooperate with the court.Mr de Dietrich has said: “My businesses are legitimate and as a consequence of the FSA action I have been unable to trade, which has led to the loss of many jobs.” The Frenchman – whose estate agency business and restaurant have closed – has a long record of dishonesty.Earlier this week a Dublin court hearing a case brought by two Donegal businessmen heard how they had been introduced to the investment scheme by former Donegal GAA player Tommy Ryan.FRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: ON-THE-RUN CROOK TO APPEAL JAIL TERM – BUT WILL HE TURN UP? was last modified: February 9th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WOW! DONEGAL’S DEMPSEY SETS INCREDIBLE NEW IRISH RECORD

first_imgFROM PATSY MCGONALGE: Dempsey Mc Guigan became the first Irish junior athlete in history to throw the hammer in excess of 70m today, getting out to 70.02 at a meeting in Eton outside London.It also marks the qualification mark for the world juniors in Barcelona later in the Summer.The Finn Valley lad can now concentrate on building on this and being competitive at a serious level through the season . The Red Hughs held a 5k from the local gaelic grounds with local man Joe Carlin the inspiration behind it with the aid of Mark Connolly and a host of local stewards it drew a most encouraging response of 300 plus won by the ever improving local man Gerry Gallagher with Miriam Bonner womens lead athlete the twins Sarah and Kate Byrne filling the minor spots.This weekend Strabane stage a track and field meeting Sunday at Melvin Park . Details to be had at Finn Valley club Centre .While for the walking /running fraternity there is the North West 10k . Pre entry is earnestly requested .www.northwest10k.com .Training is in  full swing Tuesday /Thursday and Sunday morning in addition to additional training slots as required. WOW! DONEGAL’S DEMPSEY SETS INCREDIBLE NEW IRISH RECORD was last modified: April 29th, 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:WOW! DONEGAL’S DEMPSEY SETS INCREDIBLE NEW IRISH RECORDlast_img read more

Picture Special: Rosses Community School hosts road safety event

first_imgTransition year students from secondary schools across west Donegal last week travelled to Dungloe to attend a road safety event at the Rosses Community School.The Donegal Local Development Company and RSA-run event highlighted the devastating impact of road traffic accidents and encouraged the students to practice safe driving.at the Donegal Local Development Company & road Safety Authority Transition Year Road Safety event in Rosses Community School, Dungloe on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonStudents experienced a roll-over in a specially set up simulator, and experienced a crash in virtual reality. The Fire Service and Ambulance Crews also demonstrated a car crash rescue. Fire Service and Ambulance Crews demonstate a car crash rescue at the Donegal Local Development Company & road Safety Authority Transition Year Road Safety event in Rosses Community School, Dungloe on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonBrian O’Donnell, Donegal County Council Road Safety Officer also attended the event, along with members of An Garda Síochána.Garda, Patrick McGlynn, Garda PJ McHugh and Garda, Rory Harrison at the Donegal Local Development Company & road Safety Authority Transition Year Road Safety event in Rosses Community School, Dungloe on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonDLDC staff Kathleen Doherty, Margaret Doherty, Angela Ferry, Aisling Sharkey, Andrew McNulty and kathy Cunningham at the Donegal Local Development Company & road Safety Authority Transition Year Road Safety event in Rosses Community School, Dungloe on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonUltan Doherty with Rosses Community School students at the Donegal Local Development Company & road Safety Authority Transition Year Road Safety event in Rosses Community School, Dungloe on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonBrian O’Donnell, Donegal County Council Road Safety Officer and Pat Boyle Ferry with students experiencing a crash in virtual relaity at the Donegal Local Development Company & road Safety Authority Transition Year Road Safety event in Rosses Community School, Dungloe on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonGarda Ignasus McCready demonstarting breathaliser testing at the Donegal Local Development Company & road Safety Authority Transition Year Road Safety event in Rosses Community School, Dungloe on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonFiona Timoney, John Shovlin, Max Coriskey, Rosses Community School and Carleen Gallagher at the Donegal Local Development Company & Road Safety Authority Transition Year Road Safety event in Rosses Community School, Dungloe on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonLauren Ferry with Alexandra Teixeira, RSA at the Donegal Local Development Company & Road Safety Authority Transition Year Road Safety event in Rosses Community School, Dungloe on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonTara McKinley and Chantel McFadden at the Donegal Local Development Company & Road Safety Authority Transition Year Road Safety event in Rosses Community School, Dungloe on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonStudents experience a roll over at the Donegal Local Development Company & road Safety Authority Transition Year Road Safety event in Rosses Community School, Dungloe on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonTierna Collins and Caolin McGee, Pobal Scoil Ghaoth Bobhair at the Donegal Local Development Company & road Safety Authority Transition Year Road Safety event in Rosses Community School, Dungloe on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonRosses Community School students with Brian O’Donnell, Donegal County Council Road Safety Officer at the Donegal Local Development Company & road Safety Authority Transition Year Road Safety event in Rosses Community School, Dungloe on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonPCC Falcaragh students at the Donegal Local Development Company & road Safety Authority Transition Year Road Safety event in Rosses Community School, Dungloe on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonGairmscoil Chú Uladh students at the Donegal Local Development Company & road Safety Authority Transition Year Road Safety event in Rosses Community School, Dungloe on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonPobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, with Margaret O’Donnell, Brian Ferry and Ultan Doherty students with at the Donegal Local Development Company & road Safety Authority Transition Year Road Safety event in Rosses Community School, Dungloe on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonAraranmore Students at the Donegal Local Development Company & road Safety Authority Transition Year Road Safety event in Rosses Community School, Dungloe on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonRosses Community School Students at the Donegal Local Development Company & road Safety Authority Transition Year Road Safety event in Rosses Community School, Dungloe on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonPCC Falcarragh Students at the Donegal Local Development Company & road Safety Authority Transition Year Road Safety event in Rosses Community School, Dungloe on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonTrevor McConnell, McConnell Motorsport, Catherine Kelly and Eymer McGyver, PCC Falcarragh at the Donegal Local Development Company & road Safety Authority Transition Year Road Safety event in Rosses Community School, Dungloe on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonSean Stewart,PCC Falcarragh Leah McHugh, Ballnamore Vocational School and Art McCarrick, Motorsport Ireland at the Donegal Local Development Company & road Safety Authority Transition Year Road Safety event in Rosses Community School, Dungloe on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonBrian O’Donnell, Donegal County Council Road Safety Officer, Louise McGeever, Road Safety Authority and Aisling Sharkey, DLDC at the Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC) & road Safety Authority Transition Year Road Safety event in Rosses Community School, Dungloe on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonPeter McGee, Tirconaill Cycle Club with Aran Mor Students at the Donegal Local Development Company & road Safety Authority Transition Year Road Safety event in Rosses Community School, Dungloe on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonPicture Special: Rosses Community School hosts road safety event was last modified: March 14th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Donegal Local Development CompanydungloeRCSroad safetyrosses community schoolRSAlast_img read more

Friday’s QPR quiz – put your Rangers knowledge to the test

first_imgHow much do you know about QPR? Test your knowledge by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Nudging Us Toward an Efficient Future

first_imgI read an article in The New York Times today about the concept of “nudging” people towards better behavior. The story noted that after etching images of flies in the urinals at the Amsterdam airport, “spillage” on the men’s room floor dropped by 80%. An expert in behavioral economics stated “Men evidently like to aim at targets”.This is an example of a “nudge” – a harmless bit of engineering that manages to “attract people’s attention and alter their behavior in a positive way, without actually requiring anyone to do anything at all.” Great little story, and I would probably be similarly influenced were I to pass through the Amsterdam airport.This led me to think about where nudging would be effective in changing our behavior for the better regarding energy efficiency. The article reminded me of one of the first nudges I recall affecting my personal behavior. After buying an SUV several years ago (before I saw the light), I was captivated by the instantaneous and cumulative miles per gallon display on the dashboard. You could watch your mileage drop as you accelerated and increase as you coasted. It became a game for me, and I found myself always striving for the best mileage. Unfortunately, this vehicle barely got over 12 MPG on a good day, making me feel like I was always losing the game. I now drive a Prius, also with live mileage data, and I now enjoy playing the game while driving. On good days I can get over 45 MPG, and it continues to be fun to “win” as well as slightly disappointing when my attention slips and I “lose” a little. I think that every vehicle should have these mileage gauges in them, and people should be trained to drive efficiently. I get (a slightly sadistic) joy out of tooling down the road at or lower than the speed limit, watching people accelerating past me only to have to stop at a traffic light, to which I coast up right behind them as it starts to change, having used little or no fuel to get to the same place they just arrived.Driving is like sitting on the couchI may be (probably am?) different than most people, but I have heard anecdotal evidence that driver’s behavior does change when they have instantaneous feedback on their mileage. Similar evidence exists for home energy use. The July/August issue of Home Energy Magazine reported on a study of homeowners using household energy monitoring devices. They calculated an average energy savings of approximately 10% in homes which monitored their energy usage on a real time basis. Very interested owners saved as much as 13%, while even those who were totally apathetic still reduced their power use by more than 2%. I installed a TED (photo) in a house I built and the clients almost immediately changed their behavior, if only slightly, regarding power usage. While simple versions of these monitors cost less than $150.00, more sophisticated systems can run to many thousands of dollars. Regardless of the price, it seems apparent to me that with just a little nudge, almost anyone will make the changes necessary to lower their consumption. If it is possible to cut power usage by an average of 10% with a simple, inexpensive device installed in every house, what is keeping us from doing it? While there is much debate about the value of mandates, it seem to me that if at the time of sale, every home had a monitor installed, we could save a significant amount of power in a short period of time. I imagine that realtors and builders will jump up and down and start screaming about anything that might raise the cost of a house by a fractional percentage, but we need to ignore those cries and start making the simple choices that will begin to lead us on the path to efficiency (and sanity).last_img read more

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