JP Calvo third-quarter injury dooms Letran to NCAA Final 4 exit

first_imgCarpio 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “He’s the best point guard right now in the NCAA and the UAAP so when he went down his players were concerned, everyone worried about Toto’s situation.”The Knights trailed by just four, 51-47, when Calvo went down and the Pirates exploited his absence going on a 15-0 run to take a 70-56 lead later in the third period.Things effectively went asunder for Letran when Lyceum built a 30-point lead, 98-68, with 6:23 to play.Napa said that he could force Calvo into the game but he didn’t want to risk his point guard’s future for just one game.“I saw that the players were worried when Toto went down, and I think it’s my fault that I didn’t prepare them for these kinds of things,” said Napa. “I don’t want to abrupt his career. I just have to appreciate what he’s done.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments The Knights were subjected to a Lyceum master class in the Final Four of the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament after last year’s runner swashed at them relentlessly for the 109-85 win with Calvo sitting out most of the third and fourth quarters.Letran head coach Jeff Napa said it could’ve been a different story had Calvo been on the floor leading the Knights and breaking the Pirates’ suffocating press.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“When Toto went down that was really a big blow for us,” said Napa in Filipino Friday at Fioil Flying V Center. “That was when the problem started, we lost our point guard but that wasn’t an excuse.”Calvo suffered a high ankle sprain on his left foot after an accidental collision with Lyceum center Mike Nzeusseu when the two went for the loose ball, in a time when the Knights were starting to build momentum. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Letran’s chance at finals berth started to slip away after its star point guard JP Calvo went down with an injury 16 seconds into the second half.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Perpetual gets ‘stern warning’ from NCAA for outside league controversy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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Lone Wolves to host Slopitch tourney before heading to Provincials

first_imgTom Graham 250-263-2526Randy Waldy 250-782-6886Wayne Wilmot 250-785-3516 The Lone Wolves slopitch team has announced that it will be hosting its first annual co-ed slopitch tournament at the end of August.The tournament, running from the 22nd-24th of August, will take place at the Taylor Ball Diamonds.There are spots for 16 teams (8 competitive, 8 rec), with a cost of $350 for competitive teams and $250 for recreational teams.- Advertisement -The Entry deadline is August 20th – and prize money will be announced once registration is complete.Proceeds from this tourney will help the Lone Wolves go to SPN provincials in Vernon the following weekend.For more information on the tournament, or on the Lone Wolves journey to provincials, you can call:Advertisementlast_img

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Triathlon: Kelly qualifies for world championships

first_imgLetterkenny 247 Triathlon club notes Margaret Kelly qualifies for world championshipsRace ReportLast weekend saw a return to longer races with two 70.3 races, an Olympic Triathlon, a Quadrathon and the Ballyare Ten K .Six club members flew out to Germany early on Friday to compete in the 70.3 European championship in Wiesbaden.This was a tough race very hilly and technical. There were two debutants taking part with four more experienced members. Brendan Meenan put his recent injuries behind him and had to contend with a dropped saddle for thirty k but raced well. The other debutant Evelyn Boyle battled well also. John Cannon went out as the Irish champion in his age group and coped well in his first race back after a bike fall. Clara Quigley also did extremely well considering she has missed a lot of training through illness . Club veterans Margaret and Pauric Kelly as always set the standard. Margaret finished sixth in her category and as a result has qualified for the world 70.3 championships in Tennessee USA in 2017.Closer to home there was another 70.3 race in Dublin. Fergus Callaghan in his first 70.3 race did an exceptional time as did Peter O’Donnell both comfortably breaking five hours .David Harvey just missed out on a sub five hour race followed home by Jonathan Edwards , Killian Nulty , Gavin Harris, Graham Parker and Paul McNulty. Killian has now to set a new target as 5.30 is history.In the Caroline Kearney Olympic race in Mullingar John Conaghan won his age group and Martin Donnelly showed no side effects from his exertions in Sligo the previous week. Adrian Crawford made his debut at this distance and narrowly failed to beat three hours.Most people are happy to complete a half marathon but Patrick McNulty completed a Quadrathon which is four Half marathons over four days. He got quicker as the race went on which is a great achievement. He was fifteenth overallIn the Ballyare ten k held in difficult conditions on a tough course Gavin Crawford finished second followed home by Shane Mc Nulty and Padraic Mc Cafferty.On the cycling front two junior members were in action in the Ulster Championship held in Ballymoney on Saturday. Ciaran Mc Gettigan narrowly missed out on a podium in both races while Aisling Diver raced well.Elijah Mc Ginley raced well in the community games and Ciaran backed up his performance winning the Ballyare novice race on Sunday. Club DuathlonThe date of 11th of September has been confirmed for the club Duathlon which will have spaces for non club members . Provisional details are as follows : Venue Saint Eunan’s Gaa ground.Sign on and parking at AuraRace start time 9.00Distance 2:10:2Presentation 11.00 AuraThis event will have spaces for non Triathlon club members. Contact any committee member for further details.Open water safetyThe club organizes a supervised swim session every Monday evening at six thirty pm for all members.A swim route is set up with a kayak to cover that swim route only. If anyone wants to use Gartan outside that time, please enter from the heritage centre entrance point and please make sure you have a swim partner and swim buoy for personal safety. There is a club shed for changing and the lock code is available from any committee member.Training continues as followsMonday: Gartan – Open Water Swim 6.30 pm (weather permitting)Tuesday: Aura track – Track session 7.50 pmWednesday : Aura Pool – Swim session 8.00 pmThursday : Foxhall TT or Brick 6.30pmSaturday : Aura club cycle 8.00 amSunday : Beginners cycle 9.00 amResults :European Half Iron man Championships735th Patrick Kelly 5.53.38 (97th in category)880th Margaret Kelly 6.06.05 (6th in category)1083rd Clara Quigley 6.26.56 (25th in category)1126th Brendan Meenan 6.32.03 (125th in category)1179th Evelyn Boyle 6.38.40 (27th in category)1278th John Cannon 6.56.12 9(16th in category)Dublin Half Iron Championships70th Fergus Callaghan 4.38.32107th Peter O’Donnell 4.47.32193rd David Harvey 5.00.24432rd Jonathan Edwards471th Killian Nulty 5.24.38639th Gavin Harriss 5.35.06948th Graham Parker 5.58.471358th Paul Mc Nulty 6.47.22Caroline Kearney Olympic34th John Conaghan 2.17.19 (1st in age catregory)99th Martin Donnelly 2.27 (13th in age category)312th Adrian Crawford 3.03.29Ballyare 10 k2nd Gavin Crawford 35.1119th Shane Mc Nulty 39.3424th Padraic Mc Cafferty 41.38Triathlon: Kelly qualifies for world championships was last modified: August 16th, 2016 by StephenShare 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

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CSSB men, women post 3-0 soccer wins

first_img The Athenas got 12 kills each from Hilary Bagshaw and Emily Bennett in defeating the Bulldogs 3-1 (30-32, 30-26, 30-21, 30-27) Friday. Alex Harrison notched 40 assists and Alicia Freeman managed a team-high 2 digs. Redlands was led by Lori Nakamur and Shelley Langford with 14 kills apiece. Jessica Walker chalked up 24 kills while Diana Lautenberger contribued 16. CHAFFEY WATER POLO Chaffey went into the Merced College tournament an underdog, but came out perfect for the day as it defeated both four-year schools Sonoma State, 7-6, and Saddleback, 10-5. The Panthers (13-3) were led by Nikki Rush and Petra Koulveldkoda who had five goals each for the day. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sophomore Lorenzo Loson scored twice and senior Barry Steele assisted on two goals Friday as host Cal State San Bernardino snapped a two-match losing streak with a 3-0 win over visiting Cal State Monterey Bay in a CCAA men’s soccer match. Kenny Castellanos put the Coyotes (6-5-1 overall, 5-3 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association South Division) on the scoreboard in the 13th minute as he went airborne to side kick a crossing pass into the frame of the goal from Steele. Loson nailed his fifth goal of the season in the 26th minute, heading in a free kick from beyond the penalty area by Steele. Loson tacked on his sixth goal in the 68th minute off a through ball from Russell Finch. CAL STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Aurora Medina scored twice on short-range goals as Cal State San Bernardino defeated visiting Cal State Monterey Bay, 3-0, in a CCAA women’s soccer match at Coyotes Premier Field. The win improved the Coyotes to 5-6 overall and 3-5 in the CCAA while the Otters find themselves in last place in the North Division at 1-9-1, 0-6-1. Medina picked up her first goal of the season in the 11th minute. She added her second goal in the 48th minute off a pass from Candice Carter. Valerie Evans capped the scoring with an easy one-touch past Valdez in the 51st minute. REDLANDS VOLLEYBALL last_img read more

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Vipers, Onduparaka play out dull encounter

first_imgVipers’ Kayondo (33) clears the ball against Onduparaka on Tuesday (Photos by Vipers Media)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Onduparaka FC 0-0 Vipers SCGreen Light Stadium, AruaTuesday, 26-02-2019ARUA – Vipers were held to a goalless draw away to Onduparaka on Tuesday afternoon.In an encounter that saw limited goal-mouth action, it was Onduparaka that threatened most with star-player Vianne Ssekajugo missing three glorious opportunities to win the game for his side.The first one came on 25 minutes with the right-footed forward lashing onto Solomon Okwalinga’s lofted pass but miscued it and in-turn collided with Vipers goalkeeper Fabian Mutombora as the ball went out for a goal kick.Moments later, Ezra Bida made brilliant run through the middle and somehow the ball found its way into the path of Ssekajugo who blazed over and wide while unmarked in the area, allowing the visitors to clear their lines.With 25 minutes of the game to play, Ssekajugo robbed Ibrahim Tembo of the ball and found himself one on one with Mutombora but his attempted lobbed effort could only find the top of the net.The other Onduparaka player who missed from a promising position was Bida who pounced onto lazy defending by Aziz Kayondo but the young attacking midfielder shot wide after making a brilliant solo run from the center circle.Vipers fail to get started:The Vipers IX that started against OnduparakaViper who came into the game off a 3-0 win at home to Bright Stars had a below average show, creating so little in terms of chances to try and win the game.Their only two chances came from set-plays with Tom Matsiko sending in a corner that eluded everyone and ended up on top of the net.Then Tembo sent a long throw, into the Onduparaka area but Mukwala’s delicate touch was comfortably dealt with by Nicholas Sswebato in the Caterpillars’ goal.The frustration of failing to create anything caught up with the Venoms as they saw two of their players booked, the only yellow cards of the game.First it was Tom Matsiko cautioned for a nasty foul on Okwalinga in the first half and then Captain Tadeo Lwange, in the second.Having started with Steven Mukwala, Vipers introduced top scorer Dan Sserunkuma in the last minutes but the dread-locked forward barely touched the ba to do anything about the result.Despite not winning, the point earn by Vipers sees the Venoms close the gap between them and league leaders KCCA FC, three points after the Kasasiro lost 2-1 at home to URA on the same day.For Onduparaka, they remain 6th on the table having gathered 31 points from their first 21 games.The other games played on Tuesday:-KCCA FC 1-2 URA FC-Ndejje University FC 0-1 Express FC-Maroons FC 3-0 Paidha Black Angels FC-Kirinya JSS 2-1 Mbarara City FCComments Tags: onduparaka fcStarTimes Uganda Premeir LeaguetopVianne Ssekajugovipers sclast_img read more

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Read to your children today

first_imgDuring World Read Aloud Day in 2015, the Nal’ibali story reached the ears of nearly 166 000 children thanks to the efforts of parents and caregivers who took part. (Image: Nal’ibali)The Nal’ibali national reading-for-enjoyment campaign invites people from across the country to enjoy their story during this year’s World Read Aloud Day on Wednesday, 24 February.Reading out loud to your children is an important part of developing a young child’s understanding of language and this, coupled with a story that appeals to the child, can develop and reinforce a love of reading.To mark the day, the Nal’ibali campaign has issued a brand-new story for the enjoyment of adults and children throughout the country. It calls on parents and caregivers to read its new story out loud to the children in their care.This year the campaign has also called on the help of celebrated South African musician Yvonne Chaka Chaka to lend her support in making this year’s campaign a success.The Princess of Africa, as the singer is known, will be giving her own special reading in isiZulu to children at Orlando Stadium in Soweto together with players from the Orlando Pirates Football Club. The footballers will also launch their own reading club, the Orlando Pirates Reading Stars.This year the campaign has also called on the help of celebrated South African musician Yvonne Chaka Chaka to lend her support in making this year’s campaign a success.A READING NATIONDuring World Read Aloud Day in 2015, the Nal’ibali story reached the ears of nearly 166 000 children thanks to the efforts of parents and caregivers who took part.“If we want our children to grow up as strong and powerful readers, we must demonstrate reading for them,” said Jade Jacobsohn, the managing director of Nal’ibali.“When you read aloud to a child, you show them what reading looks like and how to make sense of text. Exposing them to new words and expressions used in stories helps to develop their vocabularies and provides a rich pool of language for children to draw from when they want to read and write on their own.”Carole Bloch, the executive director of Praesa, the Project for the Study of Alternative Education South Africa, said that the power of reading out loud was enriching for parents and children. It was a way of establishing foundational knowledge and motivating young children as they learned to read.Praesa was one of the bodies most heavily involved in the establishment of the Nal’ibali campaign as a co-founder and major contributor to the successes of the campaign.To boost the number of children who benefited from the event in 2015, the campaign sought the input of other organisations, such as partners Rotary District 9350, Western Cape; Love Life Nongoma; the Family Literacy Project and Zisize Ingwavuma Educational Trust in KwaZulu-Natal; and the Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal departments of education.As a collective, these organisations have pledged to read to as many as 100 000 children across the country.Now, Nal’ibali is calling on teachers, librarians, parents and grandparents, caregivers, reading club leaders and fellow literacy organisations to do the same.“Last year through a huge and wonderful celebration we created something very special: a joyful reading of the same story in 11 different languages to children across South Africa,” said Bloch.“There are over 17 000 000 children in South Africa with only around 5% being read to by their caregivers. World Read Aloud Day celebrates the joy of sharing a good story and we hope that even more adults in South Africa will join us this year.”GET READING OUT LOUDThis year’s story is entitled Neo and the Big Wide World, and is written by Vianne Venter. It is available for free for download on Nal’ibali’s website and mobile site.It has been translated into all 11 official South African languages as well as Braille and South African Sign Language to make sure everybody can enjoy the story in their preferred language.Members of the public are encouraged to sign up via either one of these sites and share how many children they will be reading to and add it to the national tally.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in developing South Africa and its citizens? If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

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OSU Extension winter programs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are now into our second year for fertilizer certification for those applying fertilizer to 50 acres or more. Ohio State University Extension will be busy with meetings for Fertilizer Certification again this coming winter months, also known as meeting months. Last December the Ohio Department of Agriculture rolled out the new rules to become certified to apply fertilizer in Ohio. We have in the past two weeks been trained on how to deliver the fertilizer certification program in our counties, and then planned dates and posted those meetings. Some will even occur before the first of the year.To find meeting plans for your area of Ohio, go to: pested.osu.edu/NutrientEducation/. Information is also there to understand who needs the certification, and where to sign up for and attend meetings. If you have a Pesticide Applicators License, then likely you will also need to be certified for fertilizer applications over the next two years. As you re-certify for your pesticide license, you can also choose to be fertilizer applicator certified at a two-hour meeting. If this is your year for pesticide license re-certification then you can find those meeting locations here: http://pested.osu.edu/privaterecert.html. For those new or younger folks who will be applying fertilizer, you will attend a three-hour long program. Check the same website just look for those comprehensive three-hour meetings.And as we get closer to winter meeting season we will post those regional and area agronomy and update meetings. Our Agronomic Crops Team calendar is pretty thin now, but will be full before Christmas. So check our website: http://agcrops.osu.edu/calendar, for the events and their locations.A couple of events already in the works are:The Ohio No-Till Conference is Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the Der Dutchman Restaurant, 445 S. Jefferson, Plain City. The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is $40 (before Dec. 1) and $60 at the door.Another very popular program is the West Ohio Agronomy Day (and evening, too). Held Jan. 11 in St Michael’s Hall in Fort Loramie to benefit growers in Shelby, Darke and Mercer counties, but attracts growers from Auglaize, Champaign and Miami, too. Speakers this year come from Purdue University, Ohio State University as well as industry. Local county Extension educators will be there too to help deliver the goods on how best to enter the New Year. For more information and to register contact Debbie Brown, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, OSU Extension, Shelby County at phone 937 498-7239 or by email: brown.1522@osu.edu.Another couple of dates for February include two Agronomy Workshops that will be held Feb. 15 and 16, 2016 at Selby Hall on the Ohio State University OARDC Wooster campus. Field Crops Management 201 — a basic to general look at the topics and Field Crops Management 401 — builds on day one to more advanced levels.While the days are planned to build on each other, you may attend one or both days. The program will start with registration at 8:30. Lunch, breaks, handouts and recertification credits for Pesticide Education and CCA-CEUs will be included. Registration cost and details will follow soon, but for now hold the dates. For more information contact Pierce Paul at paul.661@osu.edu or by phone 330 263-3842.last_img read more

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The True Cost of Electricity

first_imgUpstream operationsUpstream operations take place before electricity is generated. For fossil-fuel and nuclear generators, the largest upstream external costs are associated with producing, processing, and transporting fuel. For solar and wind, the main upstream impacts are associated with manufacturing and transporting materials required for the solar panels and wind turbines. The price we all pay for electricity generally does not reflect the “true costs” of producing it. As described in a recent blog post, generating electricity creates harmful pollution, damaging the environment and public health. This comes with a cost, but it is not necessarily paid for by those generating the pollution or purchasing the electricity. These types of costs are known as “external costs.”For example, a coal-fired power plant releases pollution into the atmosphere, which adversely affects the health of residents in nearby communities. This pollution is an example of an external cost because it causes health problems that neither the plant owners nor the electric users pay for (unless they live near the plant and pay the cost through their health bills).From coal mining and energy production, to distributing and using that energy, to disposing of waste products, electricity has many external costs. By examining them, we can better understand the true cost of electricity and how it varies depending on the technology or fuel used to generate it. The external costs associated with upstream operations can be significant. Natural gas, for example, burns cleaner than other fossil fuels such as coal. However, methane, the primary component of natural gas, is a very potent greenhouse gas – up to 84 times more powerful than carbon dioxide in the first 20 years it is released into the atmosphere. Leaks and intentional releases of this damaging pollutant during the production, delivery, and use of natural gas, if not addressed, have the potential to negate the environmental benefits of natural gas over coal.The potential dangers of methane from natural gas operations can be most starkly seen in the recent, massive methane leak at a natural gas storage facility in Aliso Canyon, California. After a well in the facility failed, it leaked a total of 97,000 metric tons of methane before the gas company was able to plug the leak. This is the short term climate equivalent of burning almost a billion gallons of gasoline. RELATED ARTICLES Climate impactsIn addition to the types of pollution described above, fossil-fuel power plants also release greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide into the atmosphere – the main culprit of climate change. The carbon intensity of electricity generation varies significantly by fuel and technology, with coal and oil generation producing the most carbon and certain renewable energy, like solar and wind, producing none. However, as mentioned earlier, these renewables do produce carbon in upstream operations. The graph (above) shows the total lifecycle carbon emissions for each technology, including upstream and downstream emissions.A coal-fired plant emits about one ton of carbon for each 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity it generates over its lifecycle. In 2013, the U.S. government updated its estimate of the cost to society of each ton of carbon emitted (also known as the “social cost of carbon”) and valued it at approximately $40 per ton. Based on that estimate, the climate-related damages from coal plants equal 4 cents per kilowatt-hour on average. However, $40 per ton is an underestimate because not all climate damages are considered in this figure.Overall, the electric power sector contributes significantly to the nation’s carbon emissions – equaling almost 40% of total U.S. emissions in 2015. Based on the social cost of carbon, climate-related damages from the power sector were nearly $80 billion in a single year. That cost is mostly borne by current and future generations through increased frequency of extreme weather events like flooding, drought, storms, and so on. Downstream operationsDownstream operations take place during the generation of electricity and its subsequent transmission and distribution to customers. Downstream operations potentially affect health, climate, and water.Pollution from fossil-fuel power plants makes up a significant portion of the downstream external costs associated with electricity generation. The U.S. Clean Air Act regulates and limits the amount of common pollutants power plants can release, including particulate matter (PM), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and oxides of nitrogen (NOx). Emissions of SO2 and NOx also are regulated under various cap-and-trade programs. While these programs have substantially reduced SO2 and NOx pollution, the remaining emissions from fossil-fuel generators still have adverse health impacts, including premature death and asthma.A National Research Council study in 2005, for example, found these health-impacting pollutants from coal- and gas-fired power plants, respectively, cost society 3.2 cents and 0.16 cents per unit of generated electricity (kilowatt-hour). With an average household in the United States using about 11,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, the health cost associated with that electricity consumption would be about $350 per year if it all came from a coal plant.center_img Transforming the Electric SystemSolar Energy Can Make the Grid More ResilientWhen Will Rooftop Solar Be Cheaper Than the Grid?New York Utility Finds Big Payoff in New IdeasRethinking the GridThe Cheapest Way to Scale Up Renewable Energy?An Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems Ferit Ucar is a senior clean energy economist with the Environmental Defense Fund. This post originally was published on April 28. Water ImpactsCertain power plants need large amounts of water to operate, reducing water quality and intensifying drought in some areas. These plants occasionally release chemical pollutants into nearby lakes or rivers. Even when these instances are limited and regulated, there are still occasional, accidental releases like the 2014 Dan River coal ash spill in North Carolina. Importantly, solar and wind require no water to produce electricity, making them a less costly choice in terms of water impacts.So what should we do with these external costs now that we know more about them? Incorporating the health and environmental costs of electricity into the price we pay for it is one solution for which Environmental Defense Fund is advocating. Doing so will help reduce pollution and ensure a level playing field for clean energy in our electricity markets, creating a cleaner system for everyone. This is the second of a four-part series that takes a deep dive into the economics of our electric system and the role pricing can play in accelerating the clean energy economy. The first article in the series was Transforming the Electric System.last_img read more

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The Hackers Are Winning

first_imgdan rowinski Tags:#cybersecurity#hackers#security After almost two decades online, I have never been more paranoid about my security, identity and theft.Since the start of 2013, the following has happened:My Twitter password was compromised.So was the password on my Evernote account.My Yahoo email (which I hardly use anymore) was hacked and sent spam to everybody in my contacts.And, the kicker of them all, my debit card was compromised while I was traveling in Manhattan.That’s just my personal journey for the first two and a half months of the year. I am not alone. Millions of Internet users have been affected by security breaches so far in 2013. Even the big companies of the Internet have seen breaches. Apple, Facebook and Microsoft have all admitted to being penetrated in one form or another. High profile Twitter accounts have been hacked, like those of Burger King and Jeep.It’s time to admit it. The hackers are winning. Are They, Really?Assaying blame for hacks is a difficult endeavor. On one hand, people say we need to rebuild the Internet to make it more secure by default. Their theory is that the Web is, by its very nature, a hodge-podge mix of vulnerable nodes and standards that is aging and easy to exploit. This is largely true. Hackers hoard zero-day vulnerabilities like squirrels preparing for winter, and a motivated hacker can basically bust through anything.On the other, many security experts argue that security starts with the individual. If you get hacked, you are basically at fault for violating basic security protocols — for instance, by failing to change your passwords or by clicking on suspicious links. “There’s no simple answer to this question,” Catalin Cosoi of antivirus company BitDefender wrote in an email to ReadWrite. He continued:Hackers, scammers and malware writers have two main advantages: they have access to a lot of money (either by sponsorship or classic fraud) and they don’t have to obey any software practice (their “software” doesn’t have to be properly tested, it can have bugs, doesn’t have to work on any operating system and it really doesn’t matter if it crashes a few machines). However, no one wants to complicate their lives more than needed or pay more that it actually makes, so if the hack gets very complicated, they will simply move to someone else.Reactive Measures & The Myth Of The Impenetrable FortressAntivirus companies like Bitdefender are, by their own admission, highly reactive. They wait for a new virus to show itself on the Internet and then create a way to inoculate against it. This reactive approach has been going on for almost 20 years and it is increasingly becoming an untenable model.“It works the same way human medicine responds to illness: once you identified the stream or the behavior, you can create vaccine for it,” Cosoi said. “But we can’t find a cure for an illness that doesn’t currently exist –- at least not without significant costs. What we can do, though, is find ways to boost the immune system to make it less prone to future infections. In the security industry, we call this raising the cost of the attack.”Spammers and malicious hackers have the stereotype of being inherently lazy. Like any stereotype, this is both true and false.When it comes to getting people’s money, most spammers prefer the path of least resistance. This leads to the quantity-over-quality approaches such as hacking Yahoo email accounts and spamming every contact from the user’s address book. The easy route is to just get one person on the hook and then spread the virus through them, multiplying the scale of the attack with each successful infection.When Cosoi talks about “raising the cost of the attack,” he means that if it was harder to perform these types of attacks, they would slow to a trickle. The fact that they are so easy for spammers means they will continue. On the other hand, it is nearly impossible to keep a motivated hacker from getting something he or she really wants. These types of black hats are fewer and further in between but are infinitely more dangerous than your average spam-net. They usually don’t target average users. Instead, they target the enterprise behind the user, which can lead to widespread breaches that affect everybody. As security researcher Graham Cluley at Sophos put it to me via email:Regular Joe User isn’t being targeted, and don’t have to follow any different rules than the ones they should have been following for some years now to deal with the approximately 100,000 new unique samples of malware we see each day.Is It Your Fault?Some in the security industry think that breaches (both enterprise and individual) are inherently preventable. Just be smart and you’ll be fine, right?“The sky is not falling,” said Cluley. “Burger King, Jeep and others who have had their Twitter accounts hacked have probably fallen victim because of human weakness. Chances are that they followed poor password practices, like using the same password in multiple places or choosing a password that was easy to crack.”I can half believe that sentiment. It’s very easy to imagine some intern manning the Burger King Twitter account might have a poor password or has been clicking on linkbait spam. That doesn’t negate the fact that Twitter itself was hacked, exposing the passwords of some of its more popular and influential users.I’m highly aware of suspicious links and attempts to spearphish me (a tactic where a specialized message with a poisoned link is sent to an individual as opposed to spammed to the masses). I don’t click on links that might be malware.Caution Only Gets You So FarAnd yet, my caution hasn’t protected me. For instance, I was not spammed or phished on Yahoo. I hardly use the account and only became aware of the hack when my Yahoo email started spamming my Google email (oh, the irony). This hack was on the Yahoo side, not the fault of an individual. Same goes for my password compromises on Evernote and Twitter. Unless I’m completely missing something, these breaches were not my fault. I was a victim caught in a larger game of cat-and-mouse between the hackers, security companies and susceptible enterprises. “There are no shortage of attackers with the necessary skill, motivation and financial resources to break into a given enterprise and steal data,” said Michael Sutton VP of security research at Zscaler, a company that focuses on detecting breaches. “When companies such as Twitter, Apple and Facebook, with sophisticated security teams and more than adequate means to attract the very best talent cannot stop every attack, we must accept that the goal of building an impenetrable fortress is unachievable.”Security Starts With The Individual (Who Can Still Be A Victim)Researchers like Cluley have long advocated that security starts and ends with the individual.“The takeaway from all these security stories is that each of us has a part to play in the fight against the bad guys — whether it’s on our home computers (ensuring they don’t get hijacked into a botnet) or in the workplace,” Cluley said. “Report suspicious activity, think before clicking on unsolicited attachments or links, keep your OS, your PDF reader, your anti-virus up-to-date with the latest security patches.”The argument is a sound one and similar to how entities like the World Health Organization have gone about fighting outbreaks of epidemic disease: educate people to take care of themselves. Sometimes though, it doesn’t matter how much you know or how assiduously you take care of yourself — you are going to get sick (or hacked) and there is nothing you can do about it.So, are the hackers winning? When people still do everything right and still become victims, you tell me. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?center_img Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni made $26.5 million last year, Sachin Tendulkar $18.6 million

first_imgIndia’s “Captain Cool” Mahendra Singh Dhoni and batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar lead world’s highest-paid cricketers with as many as six Indians making it to the Forbes list of top ten.Dhoni’s success on the pitch, including leading India to its second ever Cricket World Cup championship “had helped turn him into India’s biggest celebrity,” said the reputed US business magazine noting “the fame has paid off: last year, Dhoni made an unprecedented $26.5 million,”But only a small portion of that payout, about $3.5 million, comes directly from Dhoni’s on-field play, it said. The remaining sum of $23 million comes from his impressive list of nearly 25 endorsements, including PepsiCo, Reebok and Sony.Fellow Indian Sachin Tendulkar, “arguably the greatest batsman to ever step onto a cricket pitch, was the game’s highest-paid player before Dhoni’s rise to fame.””The Little Master is adored by cricket fans both young and old, and his popularity in India helped him make $18.6 million last year,” Forbes said.Like Dhoni, the vast majority of Tendulkar’s earnings came courtesy of valuable sponsorship deals. Tendulkar currently has 16 sponsors, including Adidas, Coca-Cola, Castrol and Toshiba, and they paid a total $16.5 million “for the all-time great’s services.”The next three spots on the Forbes list are also held by Indians with Gautam Gambhir ($7.3 million) ranked third, Virat Kohli ($7.1 million) fourth and Virender Sehwag ($6.9 million) fifth. Yusuf Pathan ($3.7 million) takes the tenth spot.Four Australians led by Shane Watson ($5.9 million) take the sixth to ninth spots. He is followed by Australian captain Michael Clarke ($4.9 million), Brett Lee ($4.8 million) and Ricky Ponting ($4.1 million).advertisementlast_img read more

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