Being Waste Wise

first_imgIt has become apparent and of recent, more glaring that we have become increasingly irresponsible in disposing of our trash, which eventually ends up in our drains and waterways. The voluminous build-up of garbage in communities across the country speaks of a society that is yet to be trained on proper waste disposal. We are guilty of indiscriminate dumping of garbage.A casual drive around many communities would reveal the shocking truth: in many areas, there are mounds of garbage strewn across the reserves and roadways. As an attempt to conceal the act of indiscriminate dumping, some perpetrators dispose of their trash at night and would go so far as to travel to neighbouring communities and villages to commit the act.How sad that we have become so callously abusive of our environment. We only think of Mother Nature when calamity or disaster strikes. Every human being should go the extra mile of caring for our one and only Mother Earth.Many of the smaller communities do not have regular garbage disposal services, and most private collectors would service these areas at least once a week; does this then excuse the action of residents to take their waste elsewhere? There are so many other options for solid waste disposal.In most developed and developing countries, like Guyana, with increasing population, prosperity and urbanisation, it remains a major challenge for municipalities to collect, recycle, treat and dispose of increasing quantities of solid waste, especially in a changing climate. Everyone is aware of the issues we are facing with solid waste management.Isn’t it high time we took part in making our society garbage-free? Communities cannot rely solely on our government to clean up the environment. A concerted effort is highly needed.A cornerstone of sustainable development is the establishment of affordable, effective and truly sustainable waste management practices, we should, therefore, make it a daily habit to help control the floods and other problems caused by the mountains of garbage we throw away. What is lacking is discipline in disposing of our garbage properly.Quite recently, it was reported that the carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the Earth’s atmosphere have surged past an important threshold and may not dip below it for “many generations”. The 400 parts per million (ppm) benchmark was broken globally for the first time in recorded history in 2015. According to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), 2016 will likely be the first full year to exceed the mark. The high levels can be partially attributed to a strong El Niño event, while it was reported that human emissions have remained fairly static between 2014 and 2015.What is alarming is that experts say that the last time CO2 was above 400 ppm was three to five million years ago!It is time to consider the reality facing the world today, and it is even more crucial to take stock of the individual responsibility for this global situation. It is highly improbable that citizens do not yet know the impacts of climate change and are unaware of current challenges across the globe, with regard to access to potable water, arable lands and in some severe cases, access to food.The time has long since passed for affirmative action and the hour of reckoning is upon us; the Earth itself is sending a message and it behoves us to change our attitudes and behaviours, it is time we see the importance of becoming waste-wise and take the pledge to make a concerted effort to recycle more, and reduce the waste sent to the landfill. If not today, when would be the perfect time for action?All citizens should pledge to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle when possible, and Rejoice in the wonderful creation we’ve been given.last_img read more

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Brothers for life: Blakely swaps jerseys with Grand Slam teammates

first_imgDSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees ‘People evacuated on their own’ 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study ‘Gago’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brothers for life. James Yap and Marqus Blakely swap jerseys ahead of the Rain or Shine-Blackwater game. Photo from James Yap InstragamMANILA, Philippines—Marqus Blakely has played for a handful of teams throughout his professional basketball career that has taken him to countries like Germany, South Korea and Japan.But among the squads Blakely had been a part of, it’s Purefoods that holds a special place in him.ADVERTISEMENT 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Standhardinger nails dagger vs former team as NorthPort stuns San Miguel No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist The 31-year-old forward may be with a different PBA team in Blackwater but his bond with his former Purefoods teammates remains as strong as ever.“That Grand Slam, we built a lot of chemistry and a lot of camaraderie between both of us. Me and Ping, me and James. We all have different relationships but we’re all brothers when it all comes down,” said Blakely, who helped Purefoods complete a Grand Slam in the 2014 Governors’ Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“That’s just how we are, whether we’re on different teams or not. It’s still something that we respect. We can’t play this game forever. Having those types of memories, swapping jerseys, things like that. When you do retire knowing what that means to you, I think it’s a huge, huge part of why we do it.”As a testament to it, Blakely has swapped jerseys with two of his former teammates in Marc Pingris, James Yap and PJ Simon. Blakely exchanged jerseys with Pingris following Blackwater’s 95-89 win over Magnolia exactly a week ago before doing the same thing with Yap after the Elite’s loss to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Wednesday night.Blakely isn’t done with his jersey tour as he plans to add another ex-teammate in Joe Devance, who is now with Barangay Ginebra, on the list.He said exchanging jerseys is also his way of paying homage to the memories and journey shared together on and off the court.“If they’re willing to give it to me, I’ll give them one of mine. I know Blackwater might be a little mad with how many jerseys I’m giving away but it’s a memory thing, it’s a cherishable type of thing,” Blakely said. “Like I said, when you do retire, when it is on the wall in your living room or your house, you know what that meant or what it means to you.”“It’s always an honor seeing these guys. Like I said, even though once we get out there it’s a war, off the floor we’re still brothers.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption View commentslast_img read more

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BLUES EXTEND WINNING STREAK TO FIVE GAMES

first_img Box Score The Varsity Blues women’s hockey team scored two goals less a minute apart to help conquer the Nipissing Lakers 3-2 and extend their winning streak to five games on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 3) at Varsity Arena.Gabrielle De Serres unleashed an absolute mission midway through the second period to give the Blues their first lead of the game. Jessica Robichaud followed it up just 52 seconds later. She finished off a great individual effort to record her second point (1 goal, 1 assist) on the afternoon.Madeline Albert denied the OUA’s top offence throughout the contest. The freshman made 21 saves to pick up her 12 victory of the season. On top of that, she has only surrendered more than two goals once in her last eight games.The Blues record leaps to 13-0-7-2 (W-OTW-L-OTL), which is good enough for the fourth spot in the OUA. The Lakers fall to 11-3-5-2 on the season. .Lakers rookie Maria Dominico got behind the defence for a breakaway opportunity less than four minutes in. The OUA’s fourth leading scorer added to her point total, going five hole on Albert to open the scoring. The Blues started pressing right after the goal. Just past the midway mark of the first period, Julia Szulewska teed one up from the point and it deflected off a Lakers defender along the way, fooling Rochefort to tie it at ones. The score remained 1-1 heading into the first intermission.The Lakers received a couple of powerplay chances in the second frame. On one of them, Albert was sharp, making three point blank saves in a row to keep the game even. The humanities major stopped 11 shots in the period.Last night in a victory over Laurentian, Toronto scored two goals within two minutes of one another. They did one better in this contest. Gabrielle De Serres unloaded a rocket from the blue line to regain the advantage at 11:10. Then, Lakers Samantha Strassburger received a body-checking penalty, which put the home team on the powerplay.Just 52 seconds later, Jessica Robichaud made a gorgeous move around a diving Laker before going between Rochefort’s legs for her fourth of the season. U of T kept the 3-1 lead heading into the third period.Just over two minutes into the third, the Lakers got some assistance to beat Albert. Bronwyn Bolduc’s centering pass deflected off of a Blue and found the back of the net to cut the deficit to one.U of T was able to hold off a couple late attacks from the Lakers the rest of the way.Toronto host their final home of the season on Friday night (Feb. 9) as they host the No. 7 Queen’s Gaels. The team from Kingston has the best record in the OUA at 13-3-2-3. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m., at Varsity Centre.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

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BLUES SIT 2ND AFTER DAY 1 OF OUA CHAMPIONSHIP

first_imgStar 10 Solo Dance1. McMaster (Belvina Mao) – OUA All-Star2. Toronto (Chyna Hui)3. Western (Anna Cappuccitti) The three-time defending champion University of Toronto Varsity Blues figure skating team reached the podium in all eight events on Day 1 of the OUA championship (Feb. 12) in Kingston, Ont.Toronto sits in second place in the team standings with 56 points, just six points behind the Western Mustangs (62). The Blues racked up two gold, four silver and two bronze medals on the day.Leading the way on Day 1 was sophomore standout Melanie Zavitski. The Barrie, Ont., native capped off Day 1 by pairing with rookie Morgan Garland to win the senior similar pairs. Earlier in the day, Zavitski and veteran Chyna Hui claimed the star 8/9 similar dance silver medal, while also teaming up with Rachel Greben, Keiko Marshall and Felicia Bonitatibus to earn the bronze medal in the pairs fours freeskate.Marshall skated her way to gold in the novice short program, while Hui garnered the silver medal in the star 10 solo dance.Stephanie Carroll and Emma Jianopolous finished second in the star 10 similar dance, while Jianopolous also claimed the silver medal in the gold solo dance.Ehren Chang rounded out Toronto’s podium finishes with a bronze-medal performance in the men’s freeskate.Day 2 kicks off with the open rhythm dance tomorrow (Feb. 13) at 8 a.m.DAY 1 STANDINGS1. Western 622. Toronto 563. McMaster 364. Queen’s 205. Ryerson 106. Brock 107. Guelph 108. Carleton 69. Waterloo 3RESULTSStar 10 Similar Dance1. Western (Alexa Shelley, Jazz Smyl Joly) – OUA All-Stars2. Toronto (Stephanie Carroll, Emma Jianopolous)3. McMaster (Sarah Raynsford, Emma Curtis) For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnaptChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Novice Short Program1. Toronto (Keiko Marshall) – OUA All-Star2. McMaster (Isabella Mancini)3. Western (Clara Campbell) Senior Similar Pairs1. Toronto (Morgan Garland, Melanie Zavitski) – OUA All-Stars2. Western (Natalie Li, Madison Shaw)3. McMaster (Gabrielle LeDonne, Jessica Wiskar) Story Linkscenter_img Gold Solo Dance1. Western (Jazz Smyl Joly) – OUA All-Star2. Toronto (Emma Jianopolous)3. McMaster (Emma Bonafiglia) Star 8/9 Similar Dance1. Western (Emily Bird, Anna Cappuccitti) – OUA All-Stars2. Toronto (Chyna Hui, Melanie Zavitski)3. Queen’s (Brittaney Everitt, Charlotte Lawson) Freeskate Fours1. Western (Clara Campbell, Paige Cooper, Natalie Li, Madison Shaw) – OUA All-Stars2. Queen’s (Charlotte Lawson, Cherly Lin, Leah Monette, Anastasia Paspalofski)3. Toronto (Felicia Bonitatibus, Rachel Greben, Keiko Marshall, Melanie Zavitski) Open Men Freeskate1. Western (Denis Margalik) – OUA All-Star2. Ryerson (Chris Berneck)3. Toronto (Ehren Chang)last_img read more

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BLUES LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK VS. CARLETON

first_imgFor more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Coming off their Week 5 loss to the Queen’s Gaels, the University of Toronto Varsity Blues football team will look to bounce back against the Carleton Ravens this Saturday, September 28 at MNP Park. Story Links Led by fourth-year quarterback Clay Sequeira, the Blues stand as the No. 1 offence in the OUA, averaging 535.8 yards per game and 38.8 points per game. Sequeira leads all U SPORTS QB’s with 400.5 passing yards per game and 17 passing touchdowns, eight more than McMaster’s Andreas Dueck, who’s the second-ranked pivot in U SPORTS. “We are disappointed with last week’s result versus Queen’s,” said Greg Marshall, who is in his second season with the Blues. “We’re looking forward to the opportunity to go on the road this week and play a good Carleton football team.”  Print Friendly Version Although their Week 5 match up saw the Blues record drop to 2-2, Toronto’s high-powered offence didn’t skip a beat accumulating 345 yards through the air and 170 yards on the ground.center_img Third-year wideouts Nolan Lovegrove and Will Corby remain Sequeira’s top targets, with both receivers leading U SPORTS with five receiving touchdowns on the year. Lovegrove also leads the nation in receiving yards per game with 115.8. The Carleton Ravens (1-3) are coming off their third straight loss, following a 34-24 home defeat to the Waterloo Warriors this past Saturday. Before that, the Ravens fell to both the Western Mustangs and the Guelph Gryphons in Weeks 2 & 3, while narrowly edging out the Queen’s Gaels, 18-12, in Week 1. With a standout 10.5 tackle performance vs. the Gaels, Toronto’s fifth-year linebacker, Damoy Robinson will be looking for a statement game vs the Ravens. Robinson, along with third-year linebacker Daniel Solaroli lead the Blue’s defence with 24 tackles in four games. 2019 CFL draftee Malcolm Campbell leads the team in sacks with four in as many games. The last time the Ravens and Blues went head-to-head was in Week 5 of 2018, where the Blues fell to the Ravens, 38-26, at Varsity Stadium. The Blues last regular season victory over the Ravens was in 2013 when Toronto trounced the Carleton, 50-10. After dropping their season opener to the Waterloo Warriors, 33-30, the Blues defeated the Windsor Lancers, 54-26, in their home opener and then upset the then No. 10 nationally-ranked Laurier Golden Hawks, 38-34 to improve to a record of 2-1.last_img read more

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Teen shot at South minibus park

first_imgA teenager is now hospitalised after he was shot twice during a heated argument while disembarking a Route 41 minibus at Croal Street, Georgetown.Eighteen-year-old Leon Blake, a vendor of North East La Penitence, Georgetown, was shot once to his left hand and once to his left thigh.Based on reports received, the teenager and the other young man involved were both passengers in the minibus when the argument ensued. According to reports, the argument went on for quite some time; however, as the bus arrived at its destination, the two young men were disembarking when the suspect whipped out a handgun and discharged two rounds at Blake.After Blake fell to the ground, the gunman, whose identity was given to the Police, fled the scene. The injured teenager was escorted to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was admitted. His condition is listed as stable.The suspect is still on the run, but the Police are making every effort to arrest him.last_img read more

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More troops in Iraq considered

first_imgPace said in Iraq that the administration must consider not only what works best on the battlefield but also the growing stress of more than four years of war on American troops and their families. He repeatedly mentioned his concern about soldiers and Marines doing multiple tours of duty and the decision in January to extend soldiers’ Iraq deployments by three months, to 15 months. “That has impact on families,” he said in a separate Associated Press interview at a U.S. military headquarters on the outskirts of the capital after meeting with commanders and conferring by secure video teleconference with Bush. Pace also conferred with Petraeus and Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, the No. 2 commander in Iraq, who said he did not currently foresee requesting more troops. “Right now I can’t find an assessment where I would say I need more troops,” Odierno said, adding that he is confident that by September he will be able to give Petraeus his advice on how the troop buildup is working. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD – The U.S. military is weighing new directions for Iraq, including an even bigger troop buildup if President George W. Bush thinks his “surge” strategy needs a further boost, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday. Marine Gen. Peter Pace revealed that he and the chiefs of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force are developing their own assessment of the situation in Iraq, to be presented to Bush in September. That will be separate from the highly anticipated report to Congress that month by Gen. David Petraeus, the top commander for Iraq. The Joint Chiefs are considering a range of actions, including another troop buildup, Pace said without making any predictions. He called it prudent planning to enable the services to be ready for Bush’s decision. The military must “be prepared for whatever it’s going to look like two months from now,” Pace said in an interview with two reporters traveling with him to Iraq from Washington. “That way, if we need to plus up or come down” in numbers of troops in Iraq, the details will have been studied, he said. Pace, on his first visit since U.S. commanders accelerated combat operations in mid-June, said another option under consideration is maintaining current troop levels beyond September. There are now about 158,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, reflecting a boost of about 30,000 to carry out the new strategy Bush announced in January. The plan is focused on providing better security for Iraqis in Baghdad, but the intended effect – political reconciliation between Sunnis and Shiites – has yet to be achieved, and many in Congress are clamoring to begin withdrawing troops soon. In Washington on Monday, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said he would force the chamber’s first all-night debate on the Iraq war Tuesday night in advance of a vote Wednesday on whether to bring home all combat troops by next spring. Republicans are using Senate rules to insist that the measure have 60 votes to pass – a de facto filibuster since it takes that many votes to cut off debate. last_img read more

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VOLUNTEERING AND COMMUNITY WORK TOP OF MAJOR SEMINAR’S AGENDA TODAY

first_imgGroup pictured at the seminar to launch “The Impact of the Active Citizen in a Changing Irish Society”2013 is the European Year of Citizens and to mark this year Donegal Town is playing host to a seminar looking at the impact of the active citizen in a changing Irish society.Speakers at today’s event include Tim Hayes, European Commission representative in Ireland, Seamus Boland, Irish Rural Link and Frank Dawson County Manager of Roscommon County Council. This seminar is also a keynote event during Social Inclusion Week and speaking at the event Mayor of Donegal Cllr. Ian McGarvey said that “it is fitting that a seminar on active citizenship should take place in Donegal.“We have, without doubt, one of the most vibrant community and voluntary sectors in the country. Today we are launching the Donegal Community & Voluntary Sector Profile which provides a snapshot in time of the diverse, vibrant and active community and voluntary sector and the wonderful contribution that each group and organisation makes to the county and to the lives of the people living in this county”.The Donegal Community & Voluntary Sector Profile reveals that there are over 750 community organisations operating in Donegal providing services, supports and facilities to the people of Donegal.This profile will help inform policy design and delivery at a local, regional and national level. By mapping out the services, supports and facilities being provided by this sector this profile presents a clear picture of the contribution that this sector makes to life in the county and provides a strong case for ensuring the long term sustainability of the sector. The Seminar is being organised by Donegal County Council and Donegal County Community Forum, in conjunction with Donegal Local Development Company and Donegal Volunteer Centre presented an opportunity to explore how emerging Government Plans and policies may impact on active citizenship in Donegal.Following an overview of the EU Year of Active Citizenship by Tim Hayes, European Commission Representative in Ireland, participants  will hear from Seamus Boland of Irish Rural Link and Frank Dawson, Roscommon County Manager on the changes that are being implemented at present in the Local Government and Local Development sectors.The second part of the Seminar will focus on celebrating and recognising the valuable contribution made by so many active citizens and volunteers through out the county.The fourth annual ME4U awards, facilitated by Donegal Volunteer Centre, recognised the contributions of volunteers and community activists across the County.The Donegal Pride of Place awards ceremony recognised eleven community organisations who have implemented projects in their local areas that have contributed to the community having an increased “pride” in their “place”.Five of these groups will now go on to represent Donegal in the National Pride of Place competition to be held in Derry on the 16th November. VOLUNTEERING AND COMMUNITY WORK TOP OF MAJOR SEMINAR’S AGENDA TODAY was last modified: October 24th, 2013 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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Indiana State High School Fishing Finals at Patoka on May 31

first_imgIndiana State High School Fishing Championship is set to take place at Patoka Lake on May 31.he Bass Federation (TBF) and FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, have partnered to present the 2015 Indiana State High School Fishing Championship. The tournament is open to any High School Fishing team in the entire state of Indiana.The event is Sunday, May 31 at Patoka Lake Hoosier Hills Marina. The Indiana state championship is a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12. Registration for anglers and their coach, who will provide the boat they compete in, is online at HighSchoolFishing.org. Takeoff will be at 6:30 a.m. and weigh-in will be held at the marina, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. High School Fishing takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.For more information about this event contact the TBF National Youth Director Mark Gintert at (580) 716-4251.A preliminary list of schools participating will not be available as teams can still register up until the morning of the event. Complete details can be found at HighSchoolFishing.org.The top 10 percent from each TBF/FLW state championship field will advance to a High School Fishing conference championship along with the top 3 teams from each of the six 2015 High School Fishing Opens that coincide with the 2015 Walmart FLW Tour. The top 10 percent of each conference championship field will then advance to the High School Fishing National Championship, coinciding with the TBF National Championship and an FLW Tour stop in the spring of 2016. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.last_img read more

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Former Lowe’s chief legal counsel Gaither Keener appointed to WCU board

first_imgThe University of North Carolina Board of Governors has appointed Gaither M. Keener, former chief legal counsel for Lowe’s Companies Inc., to fill an unexpired term on the Board of Trustees at Western Carolina University. The action came during the Board of Governors meeting Friday, Oct. 14, in Chapel Hill. Keener, a 1972 graduate of WCU with a bachelor’s degree in history, is filling a vacancy created by the departure of former board member George W. Little, who was appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory earlier this year to the Board of Trustees at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. A 1977 graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law, Keener joined Lowe’s in 1985, fostering the growth of the company’s legal department from 18 employees to more than 130 while significantly reducing the corporation’s legal costs. He has earned a superior rating from legal information services company Martindale-Hubbell and in 2011 was recognized by his peers, as published in Business North Carolina, as the state’s best business lawyer and deserving of “elite lawyer status.” Keener, a veteran of the U.S. Marines and active on a national level in veterans’ affairs, is a native of Newton. He lives in the Lake Norman community in Iredell County. His appointment on the WCU board is effective through June 30, 2017.last_img read more

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