Local Roundup: Jeffrey Kersten dazzles as Humboldt Crabs record 2-1 win over California Expos

first_imgArcata >> Starting pitcher Jeffrey Kersten put in the strongest start of the young 2017 season, striking out 10 in eight impressive innings as the Humboldt Crabs recorded a 2-1 comeback win over the California Expos at the Arcata Ball Park on Saturday night.Humboldt (5-1 overall) scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to complete the comeback.Crabs first baseman Ryan Myers tied the game with an RBI double to score center fielder Jeremiah Burks. Moments later, Myers scored on a …last_img read more

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Richard Sherman says he’ll apologize to Baker Mayfield for handshake drama

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Upon further review, it turns out Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield didn’t refuse to shake hands with Richard Sherman and other 49ers before Monday night’s game.Sherman, who accused Mayfield of disrespecting the 49ers by not properly greeting them on the field for the coin toss, admitted he was wrong and intends to apologize to Mayfield.Shortly after Sherman’s postgame claim about the missing handshake from Mayfield, there was video evidence to contradict the 49ers …last_img read more

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Non-violence campaign kicks off in South Africa

first_imgChildren should be able to grow up and live in a safe environment. Minister Lulu Xingwana will launch the South African campaign. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Themba Maseko Government spokesperson +27 12 314 2150 RELATED ARTICLES • A woman’s place is everywhere! • Anti-abuse campaign hits SA • NGO fights for gender equalisation in SA • Crime in South AfricaRay MaotaThe safety of women and children is the focus of this year’s 16 Days of Activism campaign, which runs from 25 November until 10 December 2010.The UN-headed drive begins on the International Day of No Violence Against Women and ends on International Human Rights Day.Internationally, the campaign concentrates on crimes committed against women, but in South Africa this has been extended to include children to create awareness of their rights.Origins of the campaignThe 16 Days of Activism campaign originates from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), a women’s human rights group, in 1991. This year is the 20th edition of the campaign.Participants at the institute chose the dates, November 25 and December 10, to symbolically link violence against women and human rights, and to emphasise that such violence is a violation of human rights.Each year the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership develops a theme for the international campaign in consultation with women’s organisations around the world. This year’s theme is Structures of Violence: Defining the Intersections of Militarism and Violence against Women.According to the CWGL: “Militarism is a distinctive way of looking at the world; it influences how we see our neighbours, our families, our public life, and other people in the world. To embrace militarism is to presume that everyone has enemies and that violence is an effective way to solve problems.”The campaign aims to raise awareness around human rights and gender-based violence, strengthen existing structures to work with victims of violence and create safe places for women before violence occurs.Wear a white ribbonThis year marks the 11th anniversary of the campaign in South Africa, with the media launch taking place in Cape Town.It will be led by the Minister of Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana and supported by other ministers, leaders of civil society organisations and additional senior government officials.“We call on faith-based organisations, non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations, civil society organisations and other stakeholders to observe and work on programmes aimed at ending violence against women and children,” the Commission for Gender Equality in South Africa said in a press statement.“We also call upon all interested parties to join us in various provincial programmes as we accelerate our efforts to fight all forms of violence against women and children, in an endeavour to create a society free from gender oppression and inequality,” it continued.South Africans are urged to wear a white ribbon for the duration of the campaign as a symbol of peace and promise never to commit or condone violence against women and children.Another way to support the campaign in South Africa is to join the Cyber Dialogues initiative, through which the public can discuss issues relating to the abuse of women and children, share experiences of these violations and come up with solutions.People can also make donations to the Foundation for Human Rights, which distributes money raised during the campaign to various non-governmental organisations.South African’s are also urged to encourage victims to speak out on their abuse to raise further awareness and help the healing process.last_img read more

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Federal Agencies Begin Efficiency Policy Rollbacks

first_imgMore than 600 days into the Trump administration, amid constant reports of regulatory rollbacks, there’s been surprisingly little damage to energy efficiency… yet. But now the administrative winds are starting to blow, rulemaking procedures are underway — with a couple of open comment periods — and we are working hard to hold onto the energy savings we have been helping to build. The Obama administration had some remarkable successes on energy efficiency. We estimated that its appliance, vehicle, and power plant standards alone should save over 10 quadrillion Btu per year by 2030 (equivalent to about half of U.S. home energy use), and should cumulatively save consumers over $2.5 trillion in energy bills by 2040. How resilient are those policies and programs? Here are some local weather reports:RELATED ARTICLESNo Reason to Delay Efficiency StandardsPresident Obama Orders Energy Department to Raise Appliance Efficiency StandardsStates Step Up for Progress on Efficiency StandardsCalifornia Gets New Light Bulb Efficiency StandardDoes Cheaper Solar Mean We Can Forget Efficiency? Vehicle standards are facing a gale The Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed to roll back the fuel economy and emissions standards for cars and light trucks for 2021-2025 (EPA had already determined that the standards set in 2012 are too high), and to block California and other states from implementing higher standards. This would waste 14 billion gallons of fuel a year. The draft is open for comment through October 26, and ACEEE already gave preliminary testimony. EPA is chopping away at the standards for heavy trucks as well, issuing a proposed rule to exempt gliders (new trucks with old engines), and considering repeal of the standards on truck trailers. There already are lawsuits related to all of the vehicle standard issues, with a stay on the trailer standards. Clean Power Plan EPA last year proposed repealing the rule on greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, and recently proposed a much weaker replacement rule that would only seek modest efficiency improvements at the plants (and gave it a different catchy name, the Affordable Clean Energy rule). It is open for comment through October 31. Meanwhile, the Clean Power Plan also is blocked by a court stay. Appliance standards frozen in place Due to a unique provision in the law, the Department of Energy (DOE) cannot weaken existing standards, so most of the standards appear to be safe. But the agency also has not proposed a single update and has now missed a dozen legal deadlines. And four standards that the Obama DOE had issued but not yet published in the Federal Register remain in limbo after 20 months (DOE has appealed a court order to publish these standards). Worse, DOE is preparing a draft rule that could try to roll back one of the biggest-saving rules ever — a definition that applies 2020 light bulb standards to a wider range of commonly used bulbs. Mysteriously, a document on full repeal of the definition appeared on, and then quickly disappeared from, DOE’s website. Such a rollback would be taken to court. DOE is also working on procedural changes that could weaken the program. Manufactured housing standards A 2016 DOE draft rule based on a consensus agreement between manufacturers and efficiency advocates has never been finalized. Now DOE is considering a weaker standard or maybe no standard at all, while the Department of Housing and Urban Development considers weakening the existing HUD code for manufactured homes (in which the energy provisions have not been updated since 1994). All of the above are proposed or potential actions. There have been a couple small final actions. HUD reversed its earlier support for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, barring the Federal Housing Administration from insuring mortgages on homes with PACE assessments. And DOE issued a required determination (only a few months late) that ASHRAE 90.1-2016, the model standard for commercial buildings, saves energy. This will encourage more states to update their commercial building energy codes. Meanwhile, federal energy efficiency programs continue working despite roadblocks. Energy Star is still the leading mark of energy efficiency, and has set and updated some product specifications, despite a White House attempt to end it and a draft bill that would have gutted it. Congress seems set to pass level funding for the second year in a row. And although the administration proposed drastic cuts to DOE efficiency programs, Congress actually increased funding for this year when it finally passed a bill in March, and has slightly increased funding for next year. Although the money is there, getting it out the door has been an increasing problem, made even worse because there still is not a Senate-confirmed assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy at DOE. While the near-term forecast does not look good, we are working to limit the damage as much as we can. And as unpredictable as the course of a storm may be, we know that the one certainty about the weather is that it will eventually change.   Lowell Ungar is senior policy advisor at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. This post originally appeared at the ACEEE Blog.last_img read more

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Court says no to plea for CBI probe against Unnao doctors

first_imgA Delhi court has refused to direct the CBI to initiate a probe against the doctors who had treated the father of the Unnao rape survivor when he was injured and in judicial custody, saying it was the prerogative of the CBI to conduct the prosecution.District Judge Dharmesh Sharma was hearing a plea filed by the counsel of the woman, who was allegedly raped by Uttar Pradesh MLA Kuldeep Sengar in 2017.The court, however, said that if during the course of the trial any evidence surfaces about the role played by any of the doctors in the entire episode, appropriate orders would be passed.Senior Public Prosecutor Ashok Bhartendu had opposed the plea saying that nothing has come up in their investigation so far to call the doctors as accused before the court.The plea, filed by advocate Dharmendra Mishra, had alleged that the doctors at the district hospital deliberately did not examine the father of the woman properly at the behest of Sengar.Charges framed The court had earlier framed charges against Sengar and nine others for allegedly assaulting and framing the rape survivor’s father in an arms case and murdering him in judicial custody.last_img read more

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Single emergency helpline no112 launched in capital

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday launched the single emergency helpline number ‘112’ for immediate assistance.The citizens of Delhi can avail the facility of three emergency services (police, fire services, and ambulance) by dialing a single number. Minister of State for Home Affairs (GOI), G Kishan Reddy inaugurated Emergency Response Support System (ERSS-112) and launched “Prakhar” (street crime patrol van). According to police in this new system, the call simultaneously passes to the police control room as well as to at-least nearby five persons through a mobile application which are volunteers to help the people in need. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesPolice said that in case of emergency, a person can dial 112 from phone or pressing power button thrice on smartphone quickly to activate a panic call to Emergency Response Centre (ERC). This call immediately passes to the control room for providing immediate police assistance to the distress caller. The distress calls can also be made through social media, e-mail, SMS. Minister of State (Home) also flagged off “Prakhar” vans fleet for patrolling at 15 crime hot spot locations. Delhi Police inducted 15 Scorpios with modern devices for extensive patrolling in street crime-prone areas of Delhi. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarCommissioner of Delhi Police Amulya Patnaik underlined that ERSS-112 is a flagship project of MHA and it will expand the grievance redressal system of police and other civic agencies. “It will prove to be a big step in the long run,” said Police Chief. The top cop further said that over the years, Delhi Police has taken several steps such as identifying vulnerable spots, enhanced visibility, anti-snatching squads, all-women patrolling and YUVA scheme resulting in the decline of over 20 percent in street crime like snatching and robberies. Prakhar street crime control patrol was conceptualized under ‘Safe City Project’ to curb street crime. MoS said the Ministry has given utmost priority for modernization of police force with zero tolerance towards crime and terrorism. The strength of Prakhar vans will augment in due course with a target of 100 such vans for the city. He also lauded the efforts of Delhi Police in curbing street crime and hoped these initiatives will make the city safer for citizens.last_img read more

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Champ fires 67 leads Safeway Open by three

first_imgSan Francisco: American Cameron Champ, who is playing this week with a heavy heart, fired a bogey-free five-under 67 to seize a three shot lead after the third round of the PGA Tour’s Safeway Open. Champ rolled in five birdies on Saturday as he seeks his second title on the US Tour after winning the Sanderson Farms Championship last year. He has a 14-under 202 total at the Silverado Country Club course in Napa, California. “I am executing everything,” Champ said. “I am not making the little mistakes I was before. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju “I felt like I left something out there last two or three holes.” Champ is three strokes ahead of last week’s Sanderson Farms winner Sebastian Munoz (67) and Adam Hadwin (67) and Nick Taylor (70). Former PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas is a stroke further back following his one-under 71. Champ’s grandfather, Mack, is in hospice battling stomach cancer. The family has been dividing their time between the hospital in Sacramento and the nearby Napa golf course. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters “It’s been a pretty emotional week,” Champ said after battling the windy conditions on Saturday. “He just made me realize there’s a lot more to life than golf.” Defending champion Kevin Tway missed the cut by just one shot after ending second round with a bogey on No. 18. Phil Mickelson also fell below the cutline in his season debut with a 69 on Friday. Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo saw his bid to make a PGA cut fall apart on the front nine Friday. Romo, playing the tournament on a sponsor’s exemption, made bogeys on six of his first nine holes. Romo, who shot a two-under-par 70 on Thursday, finished his Friday round at six-over 78. Akshay Bhatia, 17, who was making his second PGA start, also missed the cut with a four-over 76 on Friday. The Tour heads to Las Vegas next week for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.last_img read more

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Light rains over next 34 days to keep Delhis humidity pollution levels

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi may witness scattered rains over the next three-four days which will help reduce humidity and keep air quality within “satisfactory” levels, the weather office said on Monday. An official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said scattered light rains are expected in the national capital over the next three to four days which will help check humidity and pollution levels. Mahesh Palawat of Skymet Weather, a private forecaster, said Delhi’s air quality is unlikely to witness a sharp deterioration due to on and off light rain and favourable wind direction. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar “Until mid-October, there’s no chance of smog from Punjab and Haryana to travel to the Delhi-NCR region as winds are blowing in the opposite direction,” he said. On Monday morning, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recorded the city’s air quality index at 55, which falls in the “satisfactory” category. An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in Dwarka The Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) said satellite data indicates some sporadic biomass burning signatures in north India, but Delhi’s air quality is very unlikely to be influenced in the next two days. The SAFAR said it is not expecting any “drastic” deterioration in air quality until the second week of October. This is mainly because strong, moist easterly winds are opposing any transport of polluted biomass plume from the north of the NCR region. “Even a change in the wind direction towards Delhi won’t drastically impact Delhi’s AQI for at least 10 days,” it said. However, the condition is likely to change from October 7, as models indicate development of a weak anticyclone over the region as part of monsoon withdrawal, the SAFAR said.last_img read more

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