Last drop of oil?

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaTifton, Ga. – The era of oil-driven energy is coming to anend, said Jim Fischer, a senior technical advisor with the U.S. Department of Energy.”The world consumes two barrels of oil for every barrel discovered,” Fischer said during the Georgia Bio-energy Conference at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Ga., Aug. 1–3.The world has been using more oil than it has been producing for the past 20 years, he said. And by the year 2020, the world’s population will have increased its need for energy by 60 percent.”So as we reflect on the energy situation, let’s keep in mind that we’re not at our last drop of oil,” he said. “But we’re getting close.”The United States uses about a quarter of the world’s oil supply but only has about 2 percent of its reserves. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) nations use 7 percent and have 77 percent of the reserves.Biofuels could provide a way to oil independence, said John Sheehan, an analyst with the U.S. Department of Energy. But gasohol was never proposed as a way of avoiding all fossil fuels, such as oil, coal and natural gas. “It was proposed as a way of reducing oil consumption,” he said.There are ethical questions in regard to using food crops for fuel, he said. There are trade-offs and “no free lunch.”For example, a typical corn ethanol plant uses 6 to 7 gallons of water to create 1 gallon of ethanol, he said.If the United States wanted to replace its transportation fuel needs with biofuel, how much land would it take?Sheehan said it would take a billion acres of switch grass, a plant with many good bioenergy and environmental benefits, given the current state of technology. The United States has only 400 million acres in total farmland now.The only way to reduce that large of a land demand, he said, would be through improving vehicle efficiency and the bioenergy technology process by capturing more useable energy at the end of the process.”It’s very easy to do this technology or any technology the wrong way,” Sheehan said.last_img read more

New suit filed against USC, Tyndall

first_img“Normally, this routine procedure would take no more than a few minutes,” the lawsuit read. “Instead, Tyndall spent an excessive 30 minutes to complete the pap smear in order to prolong his sexual gratification.” The suit claims that USC concealed complaints made by female students and knew about his alleged sexual abuse as early as the 1990s.  The three women allege that USC knew about Tyndall’s abuse and covered it up during the nearly 30 years he worked at Engemann. Several lawsuits have been filed against Tyndall and USC since the Los Angeles Times first reported on the allegations in May 2018.  “Subsequent examinations by other doctors have never uncovered the abnormalities Tyndall claimed Plaintiff Jane Doe J.E. had,” the lawsuit read. “[She] was encouraged to return to the Student Health Center only for Tyndall’s sexual gratification.” One of the defendants, named Jane Doe J.L. in the suit, attended USC from 2003 to 2006 and visited Tyndall approximately five times. The suit claims that Tyndall, in order to receive sexual pleasure, performed multiple medically unnecessary gynecological exams on Jane Doe J.L., all without  chaperones present. For plaintiff Jane Doe J.E., who attended USC from 1988 to 1991, Tyndall allegedly took pictures of her nude, which he told her would be used for medical purposes, the lawsuit read. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was told she had abnormalities and was encouraged to see Tyndall on multiple other occasions.  In a statement, USC said it is aware of the recent lawsuit; however, the University is prioritizing settling as many cases as possible through the $215 million class action settlement. Three women are suing USC, former campus gynecologist George Tyndall, the Engemann Student Health Center and Keck Medicine of USC separately from the more than 500 women who are already involved in a class action lawsuit. (Daily Trojan file photo) According to the lawsuit, Tyndall also allegedly asked questions about the plaintiff’s personal life and sexual relationships.  The lawsuit alleges that USC never reported Tyndall to the Medical Board of California or law enforcement during his 28 years working at the University. It alleges that Tyndall primarily targeted Chinese students because foreign students would be unaware of typical gynecological practices. On Feb. 12, USC filed an agreement for its $215 million class-action lawsuit, which detailed the amounts that will be distributed to all of Tyndall’s former patients using health center records.  “In addition to the monetary relief offered in the settlement, USC continues to make sweeping changes to prevent all forms of misconduct on campus, including establishing an Office of Professionalism and Ethics and an Office of Ombuds Services,” USC wrote. Another plaintiff, Jane Doe M.S., attended USC from 2011 to 2014. The suit states that the plaintiff’s pap smear appointment with Tyndall was the first time the plaintiff had visited a gynecologist in the United States, and she did not know what constituted typical gynecological procedures. According to the suit, Tyndall diagnosed Jane Doe J.L. with HPV, but this diagnosis was never confirmed through further examinations by other doctors.  Three more victims of former campus gynecologist George Tyndall are suing USC, the Engemann Student Health Center, Keck Medicine of USC and Tyndall, separately from the more than 500 women who are already involved in a class action lawsuit.last_img read more

Yasiel Puig to minors, future with Dodgers in doubt

first_imgDENVER >> Yasiel Puig is expected to officially be assigned to the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Thursday. He will have 72 hours after that to report to his new team.Whether he ever plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers again is very much in doubt.“I don’t want to handicap that situation,” Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said Tuesday at Coors Field. “It certainly is a possibility. Beyond that, it’s just speculation.”The Dodgers certainly didn’t offer a clear process for Puig to work his way back to Los Angeles. In fact, Zaidi gave the impression that Puig was given the news about his demotion — when the Dodgers were unable to trade him before Monday’s non-waiver deadline — through his agent and not directly from the Dodgers. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he has not spoken with Puig since the outfielder was told not to show up at Dodger Stadium for Monday’s flight to Denver. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I don’t want to get into that level of detail,” Zaidi said. “But suffice it to say, he understands the message from us and what we hope he accomplishes down there.”Roberts spoke vaguely of swing mechanics and a more consistent approach, both off the field and at the plate. But what the Dodgers really hope Puig accomplishes in Triple-A is to regain enough value for them to eventually trade him, whether it is later this month (after clearing waivers) or in the off-season.“Everything is on the table right now,” Zaidi said. “We have discussions with almost every team about a lot of our players. So I wouldn’t want to single him out and talk about that.”Puig’s behavior has been less of an issue this season. While Zaidi said Puig’s demotion was “a domino effect” of being able to upgrade in right field with the acquisition of Josh Reddick, neither Zaidi nor Roberts went so far as to call the move strictly a baseball decision. Asked if he had found himself devoting more time and energy to Puig than any other player, Roberts responded with just one word — “Yes.”If Puig’s time with the Dodgers can be salvaged it will clearly require a commitment on his part to become more professional in his preparation and work ethic.center_img “We can all continue to grow. But — Yasiel can continue to grow. I’ll leave it at that,” Roberts said. “I mean, there’s definitely been good moments of quality work. But that needs to continue to be consistent.“This is something that we expect him to understand is not punitive. It’s for his growth, to become ultimately a better baseball player.”Late arrivals at the ballpark, poor work habits and a lack of preparation might have been tolerated when Puig was playing at an All-Star level. But he has been a fairly mediocre player — for all his highlight-reel physical skills — for some time now. Puig has no longer been able to overpower the game with his athleticism as he did when he burst onto the scene in 2013. Since the start of last season, he’s hitting .258. (.321 slugging, .411 on-base percentage) with 18 home runs in 160 games while always being just another sprint down the first-base line away from a hamstring injury.But Zaidi said it was not fair to characterize this week’s move as a sign that the Dodgers had simply run out of patience with the 25-year-old outfielder.“Look, a lot of this is circumstantial as I have said. You can never assume you’re going to make a trade,” the GM said. “The fact that we were able to get a right fielder that we believe is an upgrade for this team right now did have a little bit of a domino effect in terms of what his role was going to be and where he was going to play moving forward. That’s really the primary element here.“So I don’t think that (saying the team ran out of patience with Puig) is a fair description because there are a lot of ways the last 48 hours could have unfolded where he would be playing right field for us today. The primary thing was the trade deadline, looking for targets, looking for ways to improve the team. That was the primary driver.”last_img read more

English Girls’ Open Championship – Daily Highlights

first_img1 Aug 2019 English Girls’ Open Championship – Daily Highlights Tags: Charlotte Heath, English Girls Championship, Gog Magog Day three round-up:Germany’s Marie Bechtold (pictured above) followed in the footsteps of compatriot Celina Sattelkau when she won the English Girls’ Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at The Gog Magog Golf Club in Cambridge.Sattelkau became the first overseas winner of the championship 12 months ago at East Devon and now Bechtold has repeated that feat but only after withstanding a late charge from English International Caitlin Whitehead.Bechtold was seven shots clear of Whitehead after opening rounds of 71, 71 and 68 but in the end needed a birdie on the penultimate hole to regain the lead before going on to par the last to card a 73 and finish one shot ahead of her English rival on five-under par 283.Whitehead, from Carus Green in Cumbria, had looked out of contention heading into the final 18 holes on one under par but three successive birdies from the 11th followed by a further birdie on the final hole gave her a 67 and brought her to the brink of battling her way into an unlikely play-off.It was also a superb last day for Whitehead’s international colleague Jessica Baker, from Gosforth Park Ladies, who opened with rounds of 81 and 72 to squeeze through the cut by two shots but then fired two successive six-under par 66s to storm up into a share of third place with Germany’s Chiara Horder and France’s Pyrene Delample on three-under par 285.Further down the leaderboard, English first round leader Charlotte Heath closed with a one-under par 71 to finish sixth on one-over par 289 while a 71 from last year’s runner-up, Kirsten Rudgeley from Australia, saw her claim a share of seventh place with Ffion Tynan from Wales two shots further back.Day two round-up:France’s Pyrene Delample and Germany’s Marie Bechtold hold a slender one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the English Girls’ Open Amateur Championship at The Gog Magog Golf Club in Cambridge.Both girls carded second round scores of 71 to be tied on two-under par 142 one shot ahead of Carys Worby from Wales and English first round leader Charlotte Heath. Worby added a 72 to her opening 71 but Heath dropped a couple of places after posting a 75.There is a distinctly foreign hue to the leaderboard heading into the final two rounds to be played tomorrow. Austria’s Anna Neumayer shot a second successive 72 to share fifth place with Germany’s Maya Obermueller on level-par 144 while Australia’s Trinity Francis returned a 70 to move into a tie for seventh place alongside compatriot Kirsten Rudgeley, England’s Jessica Adams and Germany’s Chiara Horder on 145.Two other Germans are also well-placed to emulate their compatriot Celina Sattelkau, who won the championship last year at East Devon, because after two rounds Julia Ley and Charlotte Back are sharing 11th place with England’s Caitlin Whitehead on 146.Day one round-up:English international Charlotte Heath holds a two-shot lead after the first round of the English Girls’ Open Amateur Championship at The Gog Magog Golf Club in Cambridge.Heath, from Huddersfield Golf Club, who represented her country at the recent European Girls’ Team Championship, raced to the turn in four-under par 32 and then came home in level par 36 to post a 68.Her nearest challengers are German duo Maya Obermueller and Chiara Horder, who share second place on 70. There are both attempting to emulate their compatriot, Celina Sattelkau, who became the first overseas winner of this championship 12 months ago at East Devon Golf Club.It proved to be a good day for the large German contingent because Marie Bechtold goes into the second round in a share of fourth place alongside English international Caitlin Whitehead, France’s Pyrene Delample, Australia’s Kirsten Rudgeley and Carys Worby from Wales on one-under par 71.The full field plays the second round before the leading 40 competitors, and those tied for 40th place, play a further 36 holes on Thursday.center_img Photo credit Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun gets ready to blow out candles on 30 years of swimming, cycling and running

first_img“We’re up over 300 registrations,” said Kim Irving, in charge of registration for the Cyswog’n’Fun.”This being our 30th anniversary we wanted to have a good turnout so we offered a $30 (early bird) fee, which seemed to help.”The action begins with the starter’s pistol at 8 a.m from the beach at Lakeside Park.Competitors take to the water for the 1500 meters swim — short course, 500 meters — before switching gears to the bike for the 39 km trek on along beautiful Kootenay Lake to Kokanee Park and back.Short course participants turn at Lower 6 Mile Road.After the cycle, it’s running shoes time as competitors trek along the waterfront, around Anderson Street and then Nelson Avenue and across the orange bridge onto the rolling hills of Johnstone Road.Sprint course turns around on Valhalla Rd, returns via the bridge and turns right on Kokanee Avenue and right again on Second Street into the park.Spectators are welcome. Did you know that in 1982 the Commodore 64 computer and the first CD player by Sony were released.The shift in technology was so significant that Time Magazine named The Computer as the person of year in 1982.Another major event taking place happened in Nelson when Jennifer Stanger and Sandy and Danny Babin parlayed an idea during a trip south of the border into the Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon.Sunday, organizers, competitors and volunteers will blow out the candles on 30 years of swimming, cycling and running at Lakeside Park.last_img read more

Fulham ‘in pole position’ to sign French defender in January

first_imgFulham are weighing up a £3m bid for Porto centre-back Eliaquim Mangala, according to The Sun.The France Under-21 star has been linked with a number of clubs but Whites boss Martin Jol is apparently in pole position to sign him in January.The Sun also say angry referees are threatening to boycott Chelsea matches.They have held talks about not taking charge of Blues games and even discussed all-out strike action, it is claimed.Ex-referee Clive Wilkes told the paper that officials are angered by Chelsea’s accusation that Mark Clattenburg used “inappropriate language” to John Obi Mikel during Sunday’s clash with Manchester United.Wilkes said: “I keep in touch with a lot of the lads and there is such a strength of feeling about what is happening to Mark.“I know a few referees who are even talking about boycotting Chelsea games because of all this.”He added: “There have even been murmurings about strike action but that’s very much the last resort.“They’d much prefer to get around the table with the FA, PFA, the clubs and players to sort this out as quickly as possible.”The Daily Express suggest Chelsea will face an FA charge after Clattenburg was confronted by Mikel, Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo and others immediately after the United game.This page is regularly updated. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

New club stresses sports performance

first_imgFor Jennifer Enos, it’s a simple philosophy.The more well-rounded the training regiment, the more well-rounded the athlete will be, and the more well-rounded the athletes are, the better they’ll perform in their chosen sport.And it’s a philosophy she’s trying to instill in young athletes here on the North Coast this summer.“The more you can improve the limiting factors, the better you’ll be as an athlete,” she said. “And the offseason is where you can work on really being a more well-rounded …last_img read more

SA labour law compares well globally: report

first_img11 June 2014 South Africa’s labour law is on par with many developed countries, according to a new report comparing labour legislation governing redundancies and restructuring in 23 countries around the world. The report, “A Global Employment Guide to Redundancies and Reductions in Force”, was compiled by global law firm DLA Piper, with a chapter on South Africa contributed by local law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, and was released last week. Its findings stand in contrast to those of a number of international reports, including the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index, which criticise South Africa’s labour law for being rigid and restrictive. Aadil Patel, director and national head of the employment practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, said their research showed that South Africa’s employment legislation “is actually on par with many first world counties. The company we keep in terms of our labour legislation regime includes Australia, Singapore, France, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.” South Africa received an A-rating for its redundancy and restructuring legislation in the DLA Piper report. According to Patel, an A-rating indicates that legislation is balanced, providing protection and legal recourse for both employers and employees. “An A-rating in this guide means that the country is considered to have procedures to be followed in the redundancy and restructuring process, but it was possible to make redundancies within a reasonable period of time and without incurring liability if the procedures were followed. However, if the pitfalls were not avoided, the cost implications could be fairly significant,” Patel explained. Countries sharing an A-rating with South Africa in the report are Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russian, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. “What this A rating essentially means is that South Africa’s employment legislation compares favourably to other first world countries and offers a similar legal employment framework for multinationals operating in Europe, Asia and the Middle East,” Patel said. The report assigns a G-rating to countries where the redundancy process is relatively straightforward and easy to get right, being quick to implement and with no restrictions or limited requirements which are easy to satisfy. Countries rated G included Mexico and the United States. An R-rating is given to countries where there are significant risks and the processes involved in restructuring and redundancies can be highly regulated, can take a long time and can have significant cost or other implications. Countries rated R included China, Germany, Italy and Japan. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Ground Broken for Rehabilitation and Expansion of Gayle Community Centre

first_imgStory Highlights CSJP is a multi-faceted crime and violence prevention initiative of the Ministry of National Security, which focuses on building community safety and security. The programme provides crime and violence prevention services to 50 vulnerable and volatile communities, spanning eight parishes. Minister of Transport and Mining and Member of Parliament for Western St. Mary, Hon. Robert Montague, who participated in the groundbreaking ceremony, said that the “entire community is happy for the centre.” Cabinet, in September, approved the award of an $85.1 million contract to Marshall Construction Company Limited to undertake the works, which will focus on renovation of the ground floor of the centre to house a police post, renovated courthouse, conference and office areas, and, a computer room. The works will be undertaken over six months. Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, on Thursday (Dec. 13) broke ground for phase one of the rehabilitation and expansion of the Gayle Multi-Purpose Community Centre in St. Mary.Cabinet, in September, approved the award of an $85.1 million contract to Marshall Construction Company Limited to undertake the works, which will focus on renovation of the ground floor of the centre to house a police post, renovated courthouse, conference and office areas, and, a computer room. The works will be undertaken over six months.Other segments of the project will include an open auditorium that will be used for cultural and other community activities.Minister Chang said the project is important in providing space where community members can come together, dialogue with their political representatives and “plan for the future.” Such interaction, he argued, helps to build dynamic and healthy communities. He noted further that having the police post at the centre will serve as a deterrent to crime.Minister Chang urged the residents to use the facility well, noting that “this community centre can make a big difference and bring about significant opportunities for Gayle.”He encouraged the young people to take full advantage of the training and other services to be provided.Minister of Transport and Mining and Member of Parliament for Western St. Mary, Hon. Robert Montague, who participated in the groundbreaking ceremony, said that the “entire community is happy for the centre.”He assured of the full cooperation of the residents in order to ensure that the works progress smoothly.The rehabilitation and expansion of the Gayle Multi-Purpose Community Centre is a project under the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP).The objective is to create a space where training and other crime prevention services can be offered, which will aid in the development of a safe environment for community members.Phase 1 of the initiative is being made possible through the support of the Ministry of National Security, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and Global Affairs Canada.CSJP is a multi-faceted crime and violence prevention initiative of the Ministry of National Security, which focuses on building community safety and security. The programme provides crime and violence prevention services to 50 vulnerable and volatile communities, spanning eight parishes.last_img read more

Knicks Expected to Match Houston Offer on Jeremy Lin

[Update] The Knicks are expected to match Houston’s offer on Jeremy Lin—though they could be scared off by a back-loaded contract that forces them to pay heaby luxury tax in 2014-15. Jeremy Lin, the former Harvard guard who made a month-long splash in the NBA last season with the New York Knicks before suffering a knee injury, plans to spend his 4th of July in Houston discussing a contract offer from the Rockets.Lin became a phenomenon with his stellar play that included scoring 38 points against the Los Angelese Lakers on national television. The Asian-American’s play leveled off after teams began to game-plan for him, but he still displayed scoring and passing acumen.He wants to remain with the Knicks, reports say, and New York has the right of first refusal, meaning it can match any offer sheet he signs to retain him.If Lin is offered a back-loaded contract that pays him an eight-figure salary in the third and fourth years, the Knicks could be hesitant to match the offer. With the new collective bargaining agreement employing a more punitive luxury tax beginning in the 2013-14 season, the Knicks are extremely concerned about the financial ramifications of such a deal.The Knicks can offer Lin a four-year deal worth $24.5 million. But an opposing team can offer Lin a poison pill that could go as high as $40 million over four years. Such a contract would pay Lin $5 million in each of the first two years and then go as high as $15 million in each of the last two years.Matching such a contract would give the Knicks four players — Lin, Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler  — making more than $14 million in the 2014-2015 season. Those four players alone would have a combined salary of $72 million, nearly $2 million above the luxury tax.The Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets have all expressed interest in Lin, according to sources, though he is a backup plan for each of the clubs. read more