Warriors, 128, Hawks, 111: Warriors All-Stars at their best

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceSubscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book.ATLANTA — Once Stephen Curry stepped on the court, a few things changed.The basket became wider and the floor became bigger. The Warriors suddenly played with joy and with ball movement. And Warriors coach Steve Kerr went from critiquing his coaching toward jokingly gushing about it …last_img read more

Transforming waste to wealth

first_imgLorna Rutto from Kenya has been namedthe Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards 2011laureate for sub-Saharan Africa.(Image: Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards) EcoPost uses 100% recycled plastics tomanufacture durable and eco-friendlyfencing posts.(Image: EcoPost) EcoPost has created opportunities forunemployed youth and women, whomake a living by collecting, sortingand cleaning plastic waste for reselling.(Image: EcoPost) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lorna RuttoEcoPost+254 721 953 768RELATED ARTICLES• Portable plant makes fuel from waste • Waste gives Such artistic inspiration • Waste drive reaps rewards • CSIR coating gives 40x shelf life • Plastic recycling major job spinner Wilma den HartighLorna Rutto from Kenya has been named the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards 2011 laureate for sub-Saharan Africa for her creative business idea of making fence posts from plastic waste.The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is an international business plan competition that was created in 2006 to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs.It was established by renowned French jeweller and watchmaker Cartier; the Women’s Forum, the first forum of its kind that advances women’s empowerment; global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company; and the INSEAD business school.Every year, six female entrepreneurs, each representing a major world region, are selected from 18 finalists. The Middle East and North Africa feature in their own award region, alongside Latin America, North America, Europe, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia-Pacific.Each of the six laureates receives US$20 000 (R161 000), coaching for one year, and networking opportunities.The awards initiative is playing an important role in helping women entrepreneurs succeed in the world of business.”Starting up in business has been a taxing venture since 2009, with a sharp decline in access to funding,” says Bernard Fornas, president and CEO of Cartier.“We are delighted to play our part in helping such enterprising women to develop and scale their businesses and bring bright ideas to the world.”A bright idea making a differenceA desire to clean up the environment, coupled with a good business idea, is what inspired Rutto to establish EcoPost, which uses 100% recycled plastics to manufacture durable and eco-friendly fencing posts.Her love for the environment was already evident from an early age when she started collecting discarded plastic to make earrings.”Though it wasn’t really the earrings I was interested in, I just wanted to find a way to get rid of all that plastic!” she says.Years later, she graduated with a commerce and accounting degree. She started her career in banking, but she never forgot her love for the environment.Shortly afterwards, she quit her job and established EcoPost, now known internationally for its contribution to solving Kenya’s waste problem.The company’s plastic fencing posts are versatile and suitable for fencing of farms, homes, national parks, game reserves and commercial premises such as cattle ranches and tourist resorts.They can also be used as support beams for houses, cowsheds and garages.Unlike wood, plastic fencing posts don’t rot; they aren’t prone to termite attacks; they are durable; cost-effective; easy to work with; and cannot be stolen for use as firewood.A solution for wasteThere is no shortage of recyclable plastic in Kenya. Nairobi alone generates more than 2 800 tons of waste every day, of which 20% is plastic.Rutto’s EcoPost initiative provides an alternative management solution to the country’s plastic waste dilemma.The Kenyan government banned the use of polythene bags, also known as “flimsy plastics”, in 2007. However, at the time the country was still producing millions of plastic bags.Although the new regulations are in effect, the ban is largely been ignored and plastic bags are still in use.Once the bags are discarded, they spoil the environment, or pile up in open waste tips or landfill sites.Any plastic waste that can go through the extrusion process, which breaks down raw plastic, can be used.“This includes plastic such as polypropylene and polyethylene – the material used to make those carrier bags that clog the landfills. We can recover and use all of these for our posts,” Rutto explains.In its first eight months of operation, Rutto and her team produced 5 000 posts and removed 300 tons of plastic waste from the environment. Every month, EcoPost uses approximately 20 tons of plastic waste.Plastic helps to save treesEcoPost is also helping to preserve Kenya’s forests and cut down on deforestation. The plastic posts are an affordable alternative to timber, which reduces the need for fencing material manufactured from wood.Kenya has about 2% forest cover, but the high demand for wood to produce fence posts for houses, plantations and game reserves is rapidly depleting the country’s remaining forests.For many years fencing posts were made from Red Cedar trees. However, these trees are now endangered and since 2007 it is illegal to chop them down.This is where Rutto’s EcoPosts are making a major difference. For every 25 posts sold, EcoPost saves a fully matured Red Cedar tree.Creating jobsThe business has created opportunities for unemployed youth and women, who make a living by collecting, sorting and cleaning plastic waste for reselling.EcoPost works in partnership with about 200 collectors and buys the waste from them at a rate per kilogram.Rutto says that by the third year of operation, EcoPost aims to create 100 direct and more than 500 indirect jobs. Currently EcoPost employs 15 permanent staff.She says that the demand for the product is growing so fast that soon they will have to expand their operations.The business has already bought a new extrusion machine that will make it possible to double the number of fence posts manufactured per quarter.She says the demand for their recycled plastic fence posts will also increase as timber becomes more expensive.Future plansFor Rutto the most rewarding aspect of her business is doing what she loves most – caring for the environment, helping people overcome poverty and making a contribution to solving Kenya’s waste problem.Before she was named as one of the winners, Rutto said in an interview that if she won, she would like to use her prize money to grow the business, improve the living standards of the women who work with the project and set up another ten waste collection yards.“It will provide a great entrepreneurial opportunity not only for me but also for the women who will set up and run the additional collection yards,” she explained. “It will also enable us to secure enough raw materials to take our business to the next level,”Now, she can do just that.last_img read more

Water quality workshop

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio has been fortunate that weather patterns this summer have been moderate and the Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) levels have not reached the levels of the past two years. Extremely high temperatures combined with heavy storm events can quickly cause HABs to return. Shallow lakes, such as Grand Lake St. Mary’s and the western basin of Lake Erie are particularly vulnerable to HABs due to the ability of sunlight to reach the floor of the water body and accelerate the growth of algae. And phosphorous levels in the soils, whether it be from farm fields, golf courses, failing home sewage systems, or lawns and landscaping will always be potential contributors to this problem. Rainfall runoff from our land picks up any available phosphorous and empties it into our lakes and streams. Phosphorous is a fertilizer which contributes to the growth of algae. To learn more about water quality and algae blooms in particular, plan to attend a workshop addressing these topics on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 7:00 pm at the Orange Township Hall, 1680 E. Orange Rd., Lewis Center. OSU Extension Biologist Eugene Braig will be the featured speaker who will address HABs and answer questions. Most importantly, we can all learn about how we can work together to reduce the phosphorous runoff causing algae blooms. The workshop is free; however please register with the Delaware SWCD by calling the office at 740-368-1921 or email [email protected] Reservations are due by July 29, 2016.last_img read more

PSG striker Neymar off on stretcher after twisting ankle

first_imgPolice teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico AFP official booed out of forum PSG’s game against fierce rival Marseille was heated, especially in the second half, with cheap challenges from both teams and 11 yellow cards — six of them for the hosts.“We were solid and we tried to control the game,” PSG captain Thiago Silva said. “It’s a shame that we lost an important player (Neymar) at the end.”The win moved PSG 14 points clear of second-place Monaco, with only 11 games left. Marseille is two points further back in third.PSG’s first two goals stemmed from Marseille’s mistakes at the back.In the 10th minute, PSG right back Dani Alves’ pass behind the defense was easily read by left back Jordan Amavi. But rather than clearing the ball properly, his soft sliding tackle knocked it to Kylian Mbappe, who skipped past another defender before drilling a low shot into the bottom right corner.ADVERTISEMENT The second goal came from the other side, as midfielder Adrien Rabiot broke down the left and his cross found Neymar, whose side-footed pass was turned into his own net by center half Jorge Rolando in the 28th.PSG’s third in the 56th owed nothing to fortune, as Cavani expertly controlled Neymar’s pass from the left with the inside of his foot, easily turned Rolando and smacked in a powerful shot past goalkeeper Yohann Pele for his league-leading 24th of the season.Mbappe shook his head disapprovingly when substituted, with winger Angel Di Maria replacing him for the last 30 minutes.Marseille threatened mainly from midfielder Dimitri Payet’s laser-like free kicks, but no one could get on the end of them.___SAME OLD MISTAKESLyon’s poor defending cost the team once again as right back Mathieu Debuchy scored a last-minute equalizer for local rival Saint-Etienne in a 1-1 draw.Debuchy, a recent signing from Premier League Arsenal, was left unmarked inside the penalty area to steer in a shot off the post from Remy Cabella’s left-wing cross.Lyon has only two points from the past five games — conceding 11 goals — and the club’s hopes of securing a top-three finish and a place in next season’s Champions League are fading fast. Fourth-place Lyon is five points behind third-place Marseille.A brilliantly executed goal from striker Mariano Diaz, his 15th of the season, gave Lyon a 19th-minute lead. He chested down a long pass from Brazilian defender Marcelo with his back to goal, flicked the ball around a defender with his right foot and then regained his balance before adroitly clipping it with his left past goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier.The two teams are bitter rivals with 17 league titles between them, including a French-record 10 for Saint-Etienne. But Lyon has been the superior team for many years, winning seven titles from 2002-08.SAVED BY THE WOODWORK Read Next PSG’s Neymar, center left, is tackled by Marseille’s Hiroki Sakai, during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille at the Parc des Princes Stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS — Neymar went off on a stretcher after twisting his right ankle late in league leader Paris Saint-Germain’s 3-0 victory against Marseille on Sunday.The Brazil striker was taken off with 10 minutes remaining, after going in for a challenge on Marseille defender Bouna Sarr.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Spurs stop 4-game slide, rope LeBron, Cavaliers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Nice was reprieved by the woodwork four times in a 0-0 draw at Bordeaux.Bordeaux striker Nicolas De Preville hit the crossbar in the first half and in stoppage time.The post was also hit by midfielder Soualiho Meite in the 12th minute and center half Paul Baysee in the 89th. Bordeaux is in eighth place and Nice remains ninth. PSG coach Unai Emery is hopeful that Neymar will recover in time for the Champions League game against Real Madrid on March 6. PSG trails 3-1 from the first leg in the last 16.“The first tests revealed a twist. We will do further tests,” Emery said. “For the match against Real, if I had to say ‘yes or no’ right now, I’d say yes.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNeymar had his head in his hands and appeared tearful as he was taken off. His standing leg jarred as he lost balance and the weight of his body went onto his ankle, which briefly buckled under him.“Of course I’m worried about Neymar,” PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola said. “His ankle was quite swollen. He’s an important player for us and I hope he comes back quickly.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more