Listen, Rita Moreno is an EGOT winner with a heart of gold, so we were more than thrilled to tail her to P.S. 212 in Hell’s Kitchen for a good cause. The actress extraordinaire was there to read to young students in Spanish and promote her new animated Latino children’s series, Nina’s World, airing on the Sprout Network. How lucky are these first graders to have a private audience with Ms. Rita?! View Comments
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Chelsea and Manchester United are refusing to leave Victor Moses, Alexis Sanchez alongside Chris Smalling on loan to Inter and Roma for the Europa League, according to Sky Sport Italia. Victor Moses Loading… These players are all on loan until June 30, but because the season is extended due to the three-month COVID-19 lockdown, the clubs must negotiate an extension for July and August. Inter director Beppe Marotta confirmed on several occasions they were having difficulty negotiating the extensions with Chelsea and Manchester United. Now Sky Sport Italia claim the clubs are content to allow these players to take part in the remaining Serie A games.Advertisement Read Also: Video: Liverpool stars wildly celebrate first ever EPL title win In the situation with Manchester United, it’s mainly because they are still in the Europa League, along with Inter and Roma. It’s reported they fear strengthening direct rivals for the tournament, as victory in the Europa League can provide a spot in the Champions League. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 However, they are putting roadblocks down for the Europa League in August. Promoted Content10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Characters Who Would Make Astounding Disney PrincessesA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day
Photo Credits: Ondine and The Dancers by Sylvia Perle, Percival Plinth Project, Olympia Art in Public Place Program. Photo courtesy City of Olympia.The City of Olympia is seeking up to 15 loaned sculptures from Washington State artists for temporary display of up to one year on Percival Landing and for consideration for the People’s Prize purchase of one sculpture for the City’s public art collection. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 For a project application, please visit: www.olympiawa.gov/plinthor call 360/753-8380 for an application to be sent. The application deadline is May 1, 2012, 7pm.
Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited concluded a very successful first year of its Drive One 4 UR School and Drive One 4 UR Community programs in Canada. The programs, which began in April, raised a total of $460,180 to date benefitting more than 158 schools and community organizations across Canada. Through this initiative, B.C. community members had the opportunity to raise up to $6,000 for each local school and community organization that participated by test driving a Ford or Lincoln vehicle during 25 one-day events across the region in 2010. Ford of Canada and B.C. dealerships, who pledged $20 for every person from a unique household who test drove a 2010 Ford or Lincoln vehicle at Drive One 4 UR School and Community events, donated a total of $52,620 for local schools and community organizations this year.“We are very proud of the impact that this program has had in communities across British Columbia,” said Gerald Wood, general manager, Ford of Canada Western Region. “We were able to help a number of schools and community organizations in 2010, and based on the terrific response and positive outcomes for these groups, we’re pleased to continue this program in 2011.”Local participants in 2010 included the Castlegar Rebels hockey team, which raised $6,000, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks, which raised $6,000 for youth hockey, and the Trail Smoke Eaters, which raised $4,000. Ford and Lincoln dealers across B.C. are looking forward to building on this success in 2011 for local schools and organizations in need.“During a tough economy, school and community fundraising is hit particularly hard,” said Herb Amaral, Crewchief for AM Ford. “Our dealership held five events this year and we were thrilled and touched to see so many people come out and support each event.”Ford of Canada’s Drive One 4 UR School and Community programs, in conjunction with local dealerships, will continue to partner with eligible schools and community organizations to raise money in 2011.This article is a press release from Ford Canada.
A Korean Air Boeing 777 has suffered an engine fire just prior to take off from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport according to Reuters.All 302 passengers and 17 crew were evacuated safely.World’s safest airlines 2016It is understood that the engine fire developed just as the Boeing 777 was about to start its take-off roll.According to local news sources 12 occupants received injuries in the evacuation.And in an extremely worrying trend passengers again ignored crew instructions and took their carry-on baggage with them.Passengers are risking their lives and those of their fellow passengers taking their baggage with them in an evacutaion.This Korean Air 777-300 (HL-7534) was delivered to the airline in 1998 and is powered by two Pratt and Whitney PW PW4098 engines.
Nedbank boasts the first-ever bank branch in Africa that entirely runs on renewable energy. Nedbank Western Cape regional manager, Pedro Rhode, said the new eco-friendly branch is a lesson in sustainability for the bank.(Images: Janine Erasmus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Mpho Sebelebele Nedbank communications team+27 11 294 4274+27 82 528 3432Janine ErasmusThe sleepy Cape Flats suburb of Lansdowne now boasts an African first – a bank branch entirely off the power grid. The new-look Nedbank branch, in Lansdowne Corner shopping centre, opened at the end of October and, said the banking group’s Western Cape regional manager Pedro Rhode, is an important lesson in greening and sustainability for the bank.“We are extremely proud that this is the first off-the-grid branch in Africa,” he said. “Two years ago we achieved a 30% saving; now we’ve taken it to 100%.”In 2011 the Nedbank branch in the small community of Du Noon in Milnerton, Cape Town, opened with one wind turbine supplying 30% of its power. The Lansdowne branch is powered by a hybrid system of three small turbines and an array of solar panels, making it entirely self-sufficient, although it can draw Eskom power in an emergency.In the months since it opened, Du Noon has prevented the release of 6.8 tons of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, and the burning of almost seven tons of coal. The Lansdowne branch will top that – it’s expected to offset the country’s carbon dioxide emissions by 71 tons a year.There are no plans to convert Du Noon to complete dependence on renewable energy yet. The branch’s turbine was installed for a different reason – to lessen the disruptive effect of power outages in the area.But the Nedbank team hopes the Lansdowne model will serve as inspiration for other businesses around the country, especially in rural areas where access to power is erratic or nonexistent. Decreasing dependence on coalThe hybrid system is so efficient it will sometimes generate excess power, which will be either diverted to the shopping centre for parking lot lighting and security systems, or pumped into the power grid.The system is fitted with a two-way meter that monitors power coming in and going out, instead of a single meter measuring consumption. Since the system went live, Eskom power intake has been measured at exactly 0kWh. It is capable of supplying the branch’s entire annual requirement of 70 000kWh – power enough to sustain six middle-income homes.“We can’t carry on consuming coal,” said Nedbank’s Ciko Thomas, the managing executive for consumer banking. He added that South Africa has to change the “bad reputation” it has from its dependence on coal, and that a greater focus on renewable energy is the solution.“Nedbank is taking responsibility for its energy consumption, and although we are notching up a few firsts in these areas, it’s not so much about the firsts themselves, but rather about being a leader in sustainability.” Using natural energyThe turbines are manufactured by Kestrel Renewable Energy, located in Port Elizabeth.“They’re entirely locally produced,” said James Carpy, technical director at Kestrel.The original plan was for the system to have larger turbines and fewer solar panels. Logistic problems, such as having to install power cables running through the car park, prompted a rethink: there are now three small turbines and a bank of 168 solar panels.The turbines – model E160I, the smallest produced at the Port Elizabeth plant – each produce 600W of power, so 1 800W comes from wind. The solar panels produce 245W of power each, meaning that the total generating capacity of the hybrid system is around 42kW.“The wind is relatively consistent throughout the year, with a peak in July,” said Carpy. “It complements the solar perfectly, as this drops off during the winter months, so this is a very good site for a hybrid system.”There were some problems – ideally a solar system should face due north, to expose it to the maximum amount of sunshine during the day. The roof of the Lansdowne shopping centre is 10 degrees off due north, so in the morning the collection is a little less than ideal, but, said Carpy, in the afternoon the panels collect a little more energy so it evens out.The roof itself was a challenge. It was initially unable to support the weight of all the panels, so specialist structural engineers were brought in to give advice and design extra holding strength.Another snag came from street lights next to the centre, which cast a shadow over a few of the panels.“Because solar panels work in series,” said Carpy, “if a shadow is cast over even one of the panels you lose the whole bank, so the frame had to be moved back a bit.”The installation was planned to take eight to 10 weeks, but because of the unexpected delay with the roof, it took about four months altogether. The total investment into the system was R1.8-million, with an operational cost outlay of about R200 000. This should be recouped within two years, as the annual saving amounts to R121 000. The wind components of the system are designed to last for at least 20 years, and the solar components for 25 years.The launch of the Lansdowne Corner renewable energy system was accompanied by two community sustainability outreach projects involving Belmore Primary and York Primary schools in the surrounding area. They were given vegetable tunnels and rainwater harvesting tanks, as well as sustainability workshops, allowing them to grow their own food.
After watching the U.S. Presidential debates, it’s clear the country could really use a non-combative way to discuss issues and disseminate information. Sites like Procon.org do this for national issues, ranging from legalizing marijuana to illegal immigration, but sometimes the most heated political discussions happen on the local scene. Instead of relying on fact-checking websites, the University of Washington started the Living Voters Guide, a site dedicated educating voters on issues and referendums in Washington state. The site is set up like a pro/con list, with issues and referendums clearly defined and pros and cons from users on either side. It’s an open discussion about the issues in the state’s political system that gives voters a clear idea of their fellow citizen’s views, without all ( or at least most) of the bickering. And here’s the coolest part: voters can request to have statements on the user-generated pro/con lists fact checked by librarians from the Seattle Public Library System within 48 hours.Not Fact-Checkers, Fact FindersTo get the facts straight, librarians at the Seattle Public Library use the typical tools of their trade: news articles, scholarly research, policy analyses and the Washington State Voters guide. Bo Kinney, Special Collections Librarian, says that a lot of this information is freely available to anyone online, but it may be buried within a lengthy article or report. “We are skilled at finding and evaluating the exact information that is most useful to answer a specific question.”However, it might not be entirely accurate to call the librarians on the site “fact-checkers.” They are more like on-call information finders. The system set in place at the Living Voters Guide is guided by the people that use it. They ask for topics brought up by others to be fact-checked and the librarians respond with direct research from a reliable source. Fact-checkers do this, too, but can sometimes be guided by entities that have a vested interest in their fact-finding results. Kinney admits, though, that there are some questions the librarians aren’t qualified to answer. These are usually ones that require legal research or are based on hypothetical or opinion-based claims. In those cases, librarians will point to research materials that might hold answers, and they can spotlight facts within opinions.“We’re not the final word on what is the truth,” Kinney says. “In fact, we expect that users may add additional information beyond what we are able to find. But we think that our efforts will help support informed discussion of political issues.” This election year is the first time the service will be offered on the site and will carry over to the California edition in collaboration with the University of Southern California and the University of California, Berkeley. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#New Media#politics#Social Web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… christina ortiz Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
Zico insists Barcelona ace Messi doesn’t need World Cup to be legendby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveZico insists Barcelona ace Leo Messi doesn’t need to win the World Cup to be considered an all-time great.Despite his enormous success with Barcelona, the biggest prize in international football has eluded Messi so far, with Argentina only reaching the final in one of the four World Cups the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has appeared at.Zico told Omnisport: “Football is a collective sport and many times it doesn’t depend on you playing well. It depends if the team is playing well.”Sometimes you decide games, but you can’t decide a competition.”So, Messi’s merit is not undone because he hasn’t won a World Cup. “[Johan] Cruyff didn’t win any World Cup and was one of the great players of history and he will always be. And many others the same. “It is too much me, and not us. If you take a young man he doesn’t ask about your career, he asks: ‘Have you been the best in the world? Have you been the best of this, or that?’.”Everything is based on being the best. Football is a collective game, not and individual game.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say