Earth: It Gives You a Lifetime, Can You Give It an Hour?

first_imgWhy turn out the lights?One of the neat things about Earth Hour is that it creates a “rolling blackout” (of the good kind) across the planet. As each time zone reaches 8:30pm, people turn out their lights to show their support. Last year that included 12,000 landmarks and participants in 187 countries. This visible (or invisible?) display is meant as a symbolic gesture. Its goal is awareness and longer-term behavior change, not simply to reduce the electricity demand for an hour. That said, the connection between turning out the lights and taking climate action is strong. Throughout most of the world, the majority of electricity is created by burning coal or natural gas – both of which create carbon emissions. Think of Earth Hour as your first step toward taking meaningful climate action.So, it’s dark… now what?I hope you’ll join us by turning off the lights where you are at 8:30pm on Saturday night. What you do once the lights are out is up to you (keep it clean, people). Some of the larger cities have public events – Singapore has had a week-long event with concerts, festivals and a count-down to dimming the skyline Saturday night. Some local Planet teams have organized events and learning opportunities. Planet Bangalore, for example, has a selfie kiosk they’ll be setting up for Earth Hour and Planet Malaysia published a list of “Fun things to do in the dark.” Or you may choose to dine by candlelight or even just go out and look at the stars for a change. What you do is up to you.The important thing is to re-establish a connection with nature.And why is Dell involved?Climate change is an economic, social and environmental challenge with increasingly evident consequences. It is affecting the natural systems around us, changing migration patterns and growing seasons, increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather and drought, and damaging our oceans.Our products use electricity, and unless you are purchasing 100 percent renewable electricity, that means you are creating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by using them. We continue to work hard to reduce the “embedded emissions” on our end: we work with our suppliers to set GHG emissions reduction targets, we sourced approximately one-quarter of our electricity needs from renewable generation (both purchased and electricity we generated on-site), and we’ve reduced the energy intensity of our entire product portfolio by an astounding 54 percent since 2011.This last one is especially important to our customers, because it affects their carbon footprint (and, obviously, their electricity costs).It’s also important because of the role technology is likely to play in helping the world address climate change. It will take a wide range of concerted, collaborative actions, many of which will be enabled by the products and services we provide. High-performance computing, cloud storage, virtualization, big data analytics and the Internet of Things all have important roles to play in understanding how the climate is changing and in changing the way we manage our world to use less energy, water, and other resources.I’m ready – let’s fight climate changeSo Mother Nature thanks you for your commitment to turn out the lights on Saturday at 8:30pm. Help us let the world know Dell has been participating and show us your selfie of what you do in the dark, tagging #EarthHour and #LegacyofGood. No idea what to do? Host a party, have dinner by candlelight, or find some friends and play.Beyond Saturday, there are plenty of resources out there for you:To learn more about Earth Hour, you can visit their site.Join forces with one of the many environmental organizations working hard to preserve the You may even have an environmentally-focused employee resource group at your own workplace.Find out how Dell is Building a Legacy of Good. This Saturday (March 24) at 8:30 pm, millions of people, businesses and landmarks around the globe will set aside an hour to host events, switch off their lights and make some noise for action on climate change.It’s called Earth Hour, and I’m proud that Dell is once again turning off logo signs on many buildings and darkening areas (where it won’t interfere with safety or security) from 8:30-9:30pm local time. Dell Facilities, Planet ERG and the Legacy of Good team have been working together to support the effort. This story shares one example of how Dell is committed to driving human progress by putting our technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and the planet.We invite you to explore our FY17 Annual update on our 2020 Legacy of Good Plan at read more

New Police recruits join the Dominica Police Force

first_img Share Tweet Share Share 50 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNews New Police recruits join the Dominica Police Force by: – June 22, 2011 Sharing is caring! Police PRO, Inspector Claude Weekes.Thirty-eight new police recruits have been enlisted into the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force.Eight female and thirty male officers, have been engaged in orientation activities at the Police Training School, effective June 15th.Police Public Relations Officer Inspector Claude Weekes says this addition to the police service brings the compliment of police officers to 483.Inspector Weekes says this continued injection of human resource into the service will enable the police force to have more officers on the streets.He says that during the three-month training programme, the officers will cover a range of pertinent topics that will be beneficial in the execution of their duties, as police officers.In recent years, the Government of Dominica has injected a significant amount of resources in the police force.Inspector Weekes says the police force is encouraged by this trend, especially as security now demands greater attention in many countries.Earlier in January over twenty recruits graduated from the Police Training School.Weekes said this has impacted positively on the morale of the police, and there has been a significant reduction in crime on the island.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

43 tracks to receive sanction awards at IMCA national banquet

first_imgLINCOLN, Neb. – Forty-three tracks, representing 22 states and Canada, will be honored with sanction awards during the Nov. 24 IMCA national banquet.In all, 55 track awards will be given in recognition of a cumulative 790 years of sanctioning one or more divisions with IMCA.A 35-year Stock Car award goes to Marshalltown Speedway while Arlington Raceway is recog­nized for 30 years of sanctioning its Modified, Sprint Car and Stock Car divisions.Thirty-year plaques also go to Shawano Speedway for Modifieds and Luxemburg Speedway for Stock Cars.Receiving 25-year awards are Abilene Motor Speedway, Dawson County Raceway, Montezuma County Fairgrounds Speedway and U.S. 30 Speedway for Modifieds and Independence Motor Speedway for Stock Cars.Twenty-year plaques will be presented to Hancock County Speedway for Modifieds and Stock Cars; Lee County Speedway, Merced Speedway and Rattlesnake Raceway for Modifieds; Quad City Speedway for Late Models; 281 Speedway, Boyd Raceway and Kossuth County Speedway for Stock Cars; and Beatrice Speedway for Hobby Stocks.Tracks to be honored with 15-year awards include Atomic Motor Raceway and Dodge City Race­way Park for Modifieds; Estevan Motor Speedway for Stock Cars; Cardinal Speedway and Daw­son County Raceway for Hobby Stocks; and 281 Speedway for SportMods.Awards for a decade of sanctioning go to Davenport Speedway for Modifieds; Raceway Park for Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods; Estevan Motor Speedway and McLean County Speedway for Hobby Stocks; Lee County Speedway and Montezuma County Fairgrounds Speedway for SportMods; and RPM Speedway and Stuart Speedway for Sport Compacts.And five-year plaques go to Cotton Bowl Speedway for Modifieds, Stock Cars and SportMods; Big Sky Speedway, Buffalo River Race Park, Electric City Speedway, Gallatin Speedway, and Thunder Mountain Speedway for Modifieds; Bakersfield Speedway, Diamond Mountain Speed­way and Salina Speedway for Stock Cars; Casper Speedway, Cocopah Speedway and Desert Thunder Raceway for Hobby Stocks; Norman County Raceway, Southern Oregon Speedway and Sweetwater Speedway for SportMods; and Southwest Speedway for Sport Compacts.Drivers winning champion­ships and rookie of the year awards will be honored and sponsor awards presented during the banquet, at the Marriott Cornhusker Hotel in down­town Lincoln.Cocktails are at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. and the awards ceremony to follow.  Tickets are $35 each and available by calling the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201.An order form was published in the October Inside IMCA newsletter and a list of names of those attending should accom­pany each ticket order. Order forms are also included in congratulatory letters to drivers mailed after point standings became official on Monday.Banquet goers can go to the site or call 866-706-7706 to make room reservations or for more information.RSVPs are also requested from those planning to attend the Friday, Nov. 23 open house at the Smith Collection of American Speed, on the Speedway Motors campus in Lincoln.last_img read more

State can enter Stage 4 starting Friday

first_imgStatewide —During the State’s COVID-19 Press Briefing on Wednesday, Governor Eric Holcomb announced that Indiana will move to Stage 4 of the #BackonTrackIndiana plan two days early, starting Friday, June 12.What this means is that social gatherings of up to 250 people can take place, retail stores and malls can open at full capacity, and in-dining restaurant services can open at a 75% capacity.Starting Friday several businesses will be able to open at a 50% capacity including bars and night clubs, cultural entertainment such as zoos and museums, amusement and water parks, and racing facilities.Charity gaming and casinos will be able to resume business starting Monday, June 15th and playgrounds can reopen.last_img read more

Bladow ready for return to starting lineup

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoDuring her freshman year, Amy Bladow played in 109 of the Wisconsin women’s volleyball team’s 123 games. The last two years, however, she has only played in 82 of Wisconsin’s 230. Now as a senior, Bladow is ready to get back on the court full time, become a team leader and help the Badgers achieve their goals of winning the Big Ten and making it to the Final Four.”I think as a senior on the team, I’m definitely going to have to step up into a leadership role this year,” Bladow said. “With Aubrey Meierotto and Shelia Shaw leaving last year, those are some big shoes to fill. I think that Katie Lorenzen, Maria Carlini and myself are all three going to have to step up this year and really try to take the leadership role on this team.”However, for Bladow, volleyball wasn’t always a passion of hers.”I tried out because my dad made me in the seventh grade,” she said. “I was a basketball player for the a long time, and he was like, ‘I think you should try it,’ and he made me do it. And I cried for two whole days straight because I didn’t want to do it, but I ended up going, and I made the team.”From there on, Bladow went on to play high school and club volleyball. When it came time to choose a school to attend to play volleyball and get an education, she knew right away Wisconsin was the place she wanted to come.”I went on a lot of visits to a lot of different schools, and everyone kept telling me while I was visiting, ‘When you go somewhere you will know; you will just get that feeling on the inside, like that’s where you are supposed to be,'” she said. “As soon as I took a tour of Wisconsin and met with the coaches and toured the facilities and everything, it just clicked. I was like, ‘This is where I’m supposed to be. This feels like home.'”During her freshman year in Madison, Bladow teamed with former Badger and two-time all-Big Ten player Shelia Shaw in the middle, but before the beginning of her sophomore year, Taylor Reineke came in and beat Bladow out of her spot, forcing her to more of a reserve role and limiting her playing time.”In my sophomore year, Taylor Reineke came in, and [Reineke] is super tall and super athletic, and she’s a great volleyball player,” Bladow said. “She just beat me out for my spot in the middle, and she deserved it. [Reineke’s] an awesome volleyball player. She was just really strong, really consistent and held her own really well even as a freshman; she was a stud. She came in and earned that spot and got to play a head of me, and I was fine.”Even though Reineke beat her out of the starting middle spot, Bladow has used the last two years to become a better player.”I’ve learned a lot from Taylor; just as a volleyball player, she has taught me a ton, especially about blocking in the middle,” she said. “In practice, I’m always asking Taylor what I am doing wrong. ‘Why am I not blocking that ball, I feel like I’m doing something wrong,’ and she helps and she corrects me.”And head coach Pete Waite sees the time spent on the bench the last two years has helped her improve her game.”She has always brought a lot of energy, and that is one thing she always did, even from the bench,” Waite said. “She was really pushing the team on and off the court. What I think she learned from being on the sidelines is how hard she has to work in practice to become more disciplined as a player to raise her level of her game.”Waite also sees a big difference in her game and the way she worked to become better from last year to the spring season.”There were times in her game in the past where she wasn’t working as hard as she could,” Waite said. “I think she wasn’t correcting things and raising the level of her game as fast as she could. She really has had a goal this spring to give it everything she had, and we’ve all seen the results of that.”All of Bladow’s hard work over the past three years has helped her get closer to getting back in the starting lineup.”We are still determining [the starting lineup],” Waite said. “I think she has become much more of a leader because she has worked very hard on all of her skills. She has become much more disciplined in everything she does, and we’re excited about it, and we can tell she is, too.”I think as a senior coming into the season, she has shown the ability to take charge out there, and she is a very powerful athlete, so those are all great things that we want in the lineup.”One thing is for certain, whether Bladow makes it back in the starting lineup, she will be the team’s emotional leader next year just like she has been in years past.”I think my role is kind of like the spark plug,” Bladow said. “I think I just bring a lot of energy and a lot fire to the team. I know that I’m really loud. I love to cheer for everyone, and I think that will be one of my biggest roles on the team, to just keep us pumped up and motivated all the time. Especially in practice sometimes you don’t always want to do every single drill because it is toward the end of the day and it might get monotonous or something.” Just like any senior, Bladow wants to end her volleyball career at Wisconsin by going out on top.”One of my personal goals is to go out with a bang,” Bladow said. “I think it says a lot the last two years we lost to the national champs. We really, really would like to make it to the Final Four this year. I think that is a huge goal for us, and for me personally. As a senior, you always want to go out on top.”We are always looking to finish first in the Big Ten, too. There are such great teams in the Big Ten in Penn State, Minnesota and Michigan. Everybody’s always vying for that first-place spot. I think that just with the talent that we have this year, it is a definite possibility for us. We could actually make it happen. A really great way to go out would be to win the Big Ten and make it to the Final Four.”During the spring season, Bladow has been playing on the right side, besides playing her normal position in the middle. This has helped improve her chances of being in the starting lineup.”The fact that she was able to play both makes her more versatile and more valuable to us,” Waite said.Regardless of where she ends up playing this year, Bladow isn’t really concerned, just as long as she is on the court.”I feel pretty comfortable playing both positions,” Bladow said. “I just want to play. If [Waite] wants me to set, I’ll be like, ‘Yeah, put me in coach.'”last_img read more

Proof that Mario Balotelli isn’t lazy?

first_imgOh Mario! Blessed with buckets of talent, Mario Balotelli has struggled to live up to the initial hype that surrounded him when he burst on to the professional scene for Inter aged 17.He has since bounced between some of European football’s biggest clubs and now finds himself under the spotlight at Liverpool for a whole new set of reasons.Balotelli’s struggles since pitching up at Anfield have seen many quick to lambast the striker for a perceived lack of work-rate and effort. But is that entirely true?Above is a video that goes someway to dispel the myth that Balotelli is a ‘lazy’ player, but is this just an isolated example?Liverpool fans, do you consider Balotelli to be lazy or just unlucky? Comment below…last_img read more