Facebook makes 100%, 2020 renewable energy pledge

first_imgFacebook makes 100%, 2020 renewable energy pledge FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Business Insider:Facebook is determined to make its energy-guzzling data centres more environmentally friendly.On Tuesday, the Silicon Valley tech giant announced that it has set itself a target of powering its operations with 100% renewable energy “by the end of 2020.” It’s also publicly promising to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 75% over the same timeframe, using 2016 as a base year.The two goals are a significant new commitment towards green energy for Facebook, building on previous targets and giving it new concrete, measurable goals to work towards.Tech giants like Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple, consume extraordinary quantities of electricity to power their global networks of data centres and infrastructure. These have the capacity to significantly contribute to global greenhouse emissions — though most of the major tech firms have made pledges towards renewable energy with varying levels of specificity.Facebook previously set itself a goal of 25% renewables by 2015, and 50% by 2018 after that.More: Facebook says it will be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2020last_img read more

Algeria planning to install 4GW of solar power capacity

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享OilPrice.com:OPEC member Algeria plans to install up to US$3.6 billion worth of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to produce renewable electricity for export and for meeting increasing domestic power demand.The solar power facilities are expected to have a combined installed capacity of 4,000 megawatts (MW), the office of Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad said in a statement.The OPEC member, which generates most of its electricity from natural gas, plans to have those solar PV plants installed between 2020 and 2024, the prime minister’s office said. The project for the new solar power plants, called TAFOUK1, is part of the government’s plan to boost power generation from renewable energy sources.The whole project will require investments of between US$3.2 billion and US$3.6 billion, and is expected to create 56,000 jobs during the construction phase and 2,000 jobs during the operational stage, the government said.Apart from meeting growing domestic demand and positioning Algeria to export electricity, the new solar projects will help it preserve its oil and gas resources, the government said. In Algeria, the oil and gas industry is the backbone of the economy, accounting for 20 percent of GDP, and 85 percent of total exports, according to OPEC data.[Tsvetana Paraskova]More: OPEC producer Algeria aims to build $3.6B solar power projects Algeria planning to install 4GW of solar power capacitylast_img read more

Video: Fly Fishing Escatawba Farms

first_imgFly fishing for big rainbow trout at Escatawba Farms outside Covington, Virginia. Escatawba is private water and requires a rod fee, but as you can see the dry fly fishing can be excellent.Read the full story here.Escatawba from Summit Publishing on Vimeo.last_img

Jordan Poffenberger: Half the Blade, Twice the Paddler

first_imgHe may still be one year shy of drinking age, but Jordan Poffenberger has been paddling on the wild side since before he could vote. The 20-year-old boater from Fairfax, Va., has already run some of America’s toughest whitewater and claimed titles in the world’s premiere competitions.His boating resume includes hitting Oregon’s 80-foot Metlako Falls (101 feet total from pool to pool), racing the Class V Great Falls of the Potomac, slalom racing Washington’s Little White Salmon, and winning gold at the Freestyle World Championships at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina last year. He returned last month from Europe with silver in the overall Freestyle World Cup.Though all these achievements deserve kudos alone, what makes them especially impressive is that Poffenberger accomplishes them with a single paddle blade. Poffenberger doesn’t see paddling a C-1, canoe style in a kayak, as a disadvantage and neither do the top dogs of whitewater.“Through the years, it has been great watching him progress in the sport as a C-1er and push the limits,” says Adriene Levknecht, five-time Green Race champion and bronze medalist at the World Freestyle Championships. She’s known Poffenberger the last six years and competed both in the Green Race and in the last two world freestyle competitions alongside him. “He keeps up with all the double bladers out there and normally with more style!”Poffenberger talked to BRO about paddling with the single blade amid a boating community dominated by kayaking. When and why did you choose paddling C-1 instead of kayaking?I first picked up a C-1 paddle when I was around 10 years old. Honestly, initially I just chose C-1 because of the local paddlers Joe Stumpfel and Seth Chapelle. They were so good they would beat all the K-1ers at the local freestyle competitions. But now I continue doing it because I feel I have a lot more boat control and feel for the water as a C-1er. I also feel that the possibilities in a C-1 are limitless. I think that there is more potential in a C-1 than in a K-1 as far as running harder rapids and doing bigger tricks and combos as well as new tricks. Though it may be much more difficult to realize that potential.What have been some of your favorite accomplishments?That’s a tough one. I was very excited to have set the C-1 world record in waterfall height on Oregon’s Sahalie Falls. I then broke the record again going over Metlako, but Sahalie was much more exciting for me just because it is such a challenge. Running Tomata 1 in Mexico was also a very exciting thing for me. This past year winning the Freestyle World Championships was huge. That’s been something I’ve been working toward and dreaming of ever since I started paddling freestyle.Talk us through preparing and finally running Metlako Falls.Metlako is a very simple drop, especially compared to Sahalie Falls, which I had run a few days before. Metlako is a bit more stressful just because it is complete flatwater up to the lip of an 80-something-foot waterfall. Other than that, it is like any other rapid. You picture your line and then clear your head and fire it up. I will say that I did stay away from the lip, mostly just because mentally, it is really difficult to force yourself to paddle off of a waterfall like that. I definitely prefer drops with entrance rapids, as the rapids give you something to focus on.What motivated you to run it?Well for all the money of course (joking)! There are a lot of reasons, the biggest ones being just the urge to push myself. Progression is always a big thought in my head, not only in myself but also for the sport. Metlako was kind of a stepping-stone to hopefully bigger things. Just like anything, in order to get better, you have to practice.What else do you enjoy when you’re not paddling?Boat design and whitewater course design are some of my main interests. I have been lucky enough to be able to work on the new Liquidlogic prototype playboat with Shane [Benedict] quite a lot the past few years. Also a couple years ago I had an internship with the McLaughlin Whitewater Design Group, which is an engineering firm where I was able to help out on a few different whitewater parks. As far as other interests, I’m going to George Mason University for civil engineering. Obviously getting an engineering degree is working toward whitewater course design.You just turned 20. What do you want to have accomplished by the time you can celebrate your first drink (legally)?I honestly don’t really have any goals for before I turn 21. Most of the things I want to accomplish are very dependent on both the places I travel and the water levels at those places. I really just hope to continue to progress my paddling as a whole, including creeking and creek racing, waterfall running and freestyle in both waves and holes. I’d like to compete more in C-1 and C-2 slalom. I really want to take up squirt boating as well.last_img read more

Smoky Mountain Bear Attack

first_imgPhoto by PLF73 via FlickrA 16 year-old boy was hospitalized in Asheville, North Carolina after a bear attack in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.The attack occurred in the Hazel Creek section of the park at backcountry campsite 84 about 4.5 miles from the shoreline of Lake Fontana on the North Carolina side of the park.According to National Park Service officials, the boy was camping with his father with food and equipment properly stored when he was pulled from his hammock by a black bear at approximately 10:30 p.m.“It sounds like the son and father were doing the right things,” park spokesperson Dana Soehn told WBIR. “[It was] just a very rare and unusual situation.”After the initial attack, the boy’s father was able to drive the bear from the campsite and administer first aid to his son. The two then hiked to the shore of Lake Fontana where they were transported by boat to meet the Graham County Rescue EMS before the boy was airlifted to Mission Health in Asheville. He arrived at the hospital at approximately 3 a.m. and remained conscious and in stable condition throughout treatment.Park officials have closed several trails and other back country campsites near the site of the attack. These include Hazel Creek Trail, Jenkins Ridge Trail, Bone Valley Trail, Cold Spring Gap Trail, and backcountry campsites 82, 83, 84, 85, 86 and 88.Park rangers and wildlife biologist were dispatched to the scene of the attack to clear the area of other campers and investigate the circumstances of the attack.“While incidents with bears are rare, we ask park visitors to take necessary precautions while hiking in bear country and comply with all backcountry closures,” said park Superintendent Cassius Cash. “The safety of our visitors is our No. 1 priority.”last_img read more

The Great Lumberjack Shortage

first_imgHere’s a fun fact: It takes eight years of full time apprenticeship to become a cooper, those artisans who build whiskey barrels out of American white oak. It only takes seven years to become a doctor. I think that’s pretty telling. At least, that’s what my tour guide told me at the Tennessee Stillhouse, a whiskey distillery in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She seemed smart, so I’m gonna go with it.Here’s another fun fact: There’s a shortage of barrels right now because of the boom in whiskey producers. We have too much whiskey, and not enough barrels to put it in. There’s even a shortage of lumberjacks to chop down the American white oak trees to make those barrels. These are the things that keep me up at night—the lumberjack shortage. What if the whiskey stops because there are no more barrels? I know climate change is a top concern, but could we please address this issue pronto? Let’s get the lumberjack business booming again. Maybe develop some sort of standardized test to identify promising lumberjacks and coopers out of high school. Marvel Comics, please create a lumberjack superhero so our children will dream of wearing flannel and swinging an axe one day. The children are our future. Whiskey drinkers everywhere implore you.As for the whiskey that I tasted on that tour of Tennessee Stillhouse, it’s top notch. It’s a young distillery, so they’re sourcing from the old Seagrams warehouse until they can get their own hooch up to age. They’re completely honest about it, and the barrels that they chose from the Seagrams stock are tasty, especially their 1816 Cask, a high proof bourbon that smells like a candy factory. It has some heat for sure (it’s 113 proof), but there’s so much intense flavor in this barrel proof whiskey, that the burn gets lost in a world of oak, vanilla and toffee.I’m excited to see what Tennessee Stillhouse can do with their own whiskey in a few years, but this 1816 Cask will hold me over until then. Assuming there are enough barrels for aging at that time. And enough lumberjacks to provide the American white oak. Readers, please buy your children flannel shirts and tiny axes. Let’s produce a generation of lumberjacks. My whiskey supply just might depend on it.last_img read more

The 2017 Subaru Impreza. More than a car, it’s a Subaru

first_imgIntroducing the all-new 2017 Subaru Impreza. This newly redesigned vehicle is available in both 4 and 5 door options; perfect for whatever life throws at you.For those in search of a safe journey, the 2017 Impreza delivers. The balanced design of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive creates uniform stability and delivers an optimal distribution of power for maximum traction. It makes for improved handling, a quicker response to road conditions, and superior fuel efficiency.The all-new Impreza also comes loaded with tech features. You will always be connected with the updated Subaru STARLIINK™ Multimedia system with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ at your fingertips. Access your favorite news, music, podcasts, and more through iHeartRadio®, Aha™, SiriusXM® along with other STARLINK apps. As an added bonus, new Impreza owners will enjoy all of their favorite multimedia on an immersive 8-inch touch-screen display. Whether you use an iOS or Android device, you can keep your hands on the wheel and attention on the road.Redesigned to support your versatile lifestyle, the all-new Impreza sedan and 5-door hatchback models are built to get you where you want to go. To learn more about the 2017 Impreza and to find a retailer near you, visit http://www.subaru.com/vehicles/impreza/index.htmllast_img read more

The May 2018 Issue Is Live!

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The Incident: What’s Your Positive?

first_imgThe Todericos make it a point to refer to the event as an incident and not an accident.  “We are survivors, not victims.”As Denise Gorondy-Toderico and Ben Toderico decorate their living room for the holidays, the doors leading to the back yard are left open as their two boys, Gavin (6 at the time) and Cormac (4 at the time) play in the cool winter air as the afternoon shifts from day to night.One of the boys calls inside, “Mom, Dad! Come here quick and see!” Denise and Ben go to see what their, “savage little monkeys,” as they like to call them, were up to. Look left. No sign of them. Look right. Nothing. “We’re up here!” Look up, and the parents find their little monkeys nearly thirty to forty feet up in their tree.It was a simple and silly family moment they will remember forever. It was a moment that almost didn’t have Denise in it due to an incident that happened just a year earlier. A moment they fought with everything they had to have.The Incident On June 5, 2016, Denise goes out for her Sunday morning run. The same run she has done for the past thirteen years after sunrise. While wearing her reflector vest, bright colors, and being sure to run facing oncoming traffic, she is struck from behind by an SUV that crosses the double yellow line, traveling at over 60 mph. Denise is thrown in a farmer’s field and left to die.Over an hour later, a passing cyclist sees car debris scattered across the road which leads him to notice Denise lying motionless in the field. He calls for help and she is med-flighted to VCU Medical Center. Doctors immediately check for head injury where they discover two types of bleeding in her brain and injuries to the arteries that supply it.The vast amount of injuries to her entire body made it difficult to find a place to insert critical lines of medicine she needed. With Ben at her side, she spends forty long days in the hospital with constant monitoring of her cognitive responses and motor reflexes, which both are limited.Denise’s injuries from the event include:Severe TBISevere Brachial Plexus InjuryMultiple StrokesSubdural hematomaSubarachnoid hemorrhageBilateral dissected carotidsC7, T8, T9, and L5 fracturesRib fracturesBilateral PneumothoraxBruising and lacerations to kidney and adrenal glandRight Olecranon fractureRight open fractures of tibia and fibulaInfectionDenise Gorondy-Toderico in the hospital only a few days after the incidentRecovery & HealingPhysical“Ever forward. Even if it’s just a little bit,” becomes the Toderico’s mantra and reality through each step.Almost every day, something improves, usually a small something, but something none the less. These improvements usually being movements or twitches that were slightly better than the last. It’s important for doctors to constantly be checking that to keep the brain active enough to hopefully get Denise back.Ben is constantly at Denise’s side. Every day he sat talking with her and whispering in her ear, “I can’t do anything for you right now, but if you just make it through this part, I’ll carry you on my back through rehab. I need you to pull through.”The doctors were impressed with how much Ben was at the hospital with his wife.After fourteen days of constant monitoring and Denise remaining unconscious, doctors see if she is ready to breathe on her own. She successfully does so. After twenty days she is able to get her orthopedic injuries repaired. Soon after she starts working with the rehabilitation team to try and get her mobility and cognitive status’s improved, though they were of much concern. After many days of difficult speech, she is speaking full sentences. Denise is coming back, slowly but surely and of course, ever forward.The first day she was cleared to bear weight on her leg, she walked ten steps. “It was like the breaks were taken off and now we could go as fast and as far as we wanted,” says Ben.After being discharged, Denise continues to recover with VCU’s Neuroscience, Orthopedic, and Wellness Center until she is able to work at her own gym. She walks in with a cane on her first day and since then, unknowingly becomes an inspirational icon at her local YMCA, and eventually, the whole community.“I never wanted to be famous, especially not for being hit by a car,” Denise slightly chuckles, “but if we can inspire people to do better…that’s a good thing.”People begin coming up to her and expressing their admiration and the motivation seeing her there gives them to finish their own workouts.Denise continues to recover from several strokes, traumatic brain injury, a brachial plexus injury, several broken vertebrae in her neck and back, and other orthopedic and internal traumas. She has come a very long way. Today, her main issue is the nerve damage in her arm which the couple refers to as “the bugger of all injuries.”  The healing and nerve regrowth is slow, unfortunately, leaving Denise in constant pain every day. But she hasn’t let any of that stop her. “I learned early on that you can achieve desired outcomes by working hard for it.” -Denise A Plexfit Sling holds Denise’s still healing arm as she does most everything she used to with her family: running, tandem biking, downhill skiing, swimming, horseback riding.The Todericos have built a very strong and admirable mindset for themselves that they credit with being the main ingredient to their success.“It takes a lot of reframing. It’s overwhelming to look at everything,” explains Denise,. “You can’t find a reason to why it happened but you can find benefits in the situation like helping and inspiring others to improve.”“Sometimes your mind will wander to those dark places, and that’s okay,” adds Ben, “you just have to be a tourist to those dark places and come out on the other side looking forward, building on each and every one of those positives you find.”Denise feels that strength is “the fortitude to keep going and when things get hard, try harder.” Ben adds, “For me, I can’t picture strength because it’s an evolving concept to me. I before all this I used to think ‘true strength lies within self-reliance, but it’s so not. I’ve learned that a form of strength is knowing when to ask for help and taking it.”Denise and BenThe couple met at Virginia Tech while they were both working as lifeguards. Ben was wearing a Virginia Tech Swim sweatshirt that caught Denise’s eye since she knew many people from there. When Ben told her he used to swim for Virginia Tech, she snarkily responded, “Oh I know a bunch of people who used to swim for Tech.” Ben was attracted to her confidence and spunk, and she was attracted to his quirkiness.“He had a special walk to him,” says Denise as she recalls seeing him walking into their gym with somewhat goofy workout attire. “Everything I wore had practical use!” Ben claims.Denise has always been a strong athlete and go-getter. She has fully embraced the outdoor lifestyle as a triathlete, runner, cyclist, hiker, and skier. Through her high involvement in these sports and her occupation as an equine veterinarian, Denise lives a life inspiring and touching the hearts of many in her community.“She’s my strength, I rely on her for so much,” says Ben, “She grounds me. She makes me a better person. A better father.”Ben has devoted his life to helping people as well. He spent eighteen years working for the Richmond Police Department and has resigned/retired in October 2018 to pursue creating a facility that would help others in Denise’s situation thrive. He is a strength and conditioning professional who continues to guide and push Denise throughout her long road of recovery.“He’s a very humble person and doesn’t give himself enough credit but he has been my personal life coach through all of this,” says Denise.Ben (sitting), Cormac (sitting in Ben’s lap), and Ben’s dad Frank nicknamed The Colonel (standing behind Ben) visiting Denise in the hospitalThe Boys – What’s your positive?The boys, now seven and five years old, have a good grasp on the situation. Ben and Denise make it a point to be open and honest with the boys throughout their journey, answering any questions they have along the way. The boy’s parents admire Gavin’s and Cormac’s acceptingness and understanding to change.“I think it teaches them grit, perseverance, compassion, empathy,” says Ben. “We started a practice that every night at dinner, we ask ‘what’s your positive?’ Then we go around the table and we all say our positive of the day.”“The boys say soulful and meaningful things, even at five and seven,” Denise adds. “Sometimes its simple things from that day that they talk about their appreciation for.”The Rest of the StoryThe Family and Community“The VCU medical staff were seamless and incredible,” says Ben, “though there were big things that started wrong, they were one of the many things that went right.”The day of the incident Ben calls a friend on the Team who called the Team Commander, a friend, the executive officer, and Ben’s “big brother” on the Team. The Team then had at least one member at the hospital twenty-four-seven for two weeks.“Many officers in the department donated their own vacation time, some donated 100 hours, to allow me to stay home with pay after my vacation time ran out in August of 2016,” Ben was overwhelmed with gratitude for the support.Denise’s sister, a mother of three of her own, and other family members move down to help around the house and especially with the boys.Community members, friends, neighbors, and even strangers all contribute something. People bring groceries and cooked meals, mow the lawn, start fundraisers to help pay medical expenses, pave the gravel driveway so that it wasn’t a hazard for Denise, car maintenance since the family was driving around five thousand miles just for medical services, and so much more to ensure that the Toderico’s focus and energy are put into their epic journey of recovery and healing.The DriverFinding the driver is another one of many ways the community comes together to help the situation. One neighbor has surveillance footage of a car passing their house on the same road of the incident.  Once there is a description of the vehicle, word spreads quickly through neighbors and strangers of those country roads to find him. The driver is found around 7:00 p.m. on the night of the incident, after attempting to hide at home and disguise the vehicle.“He became background noise,” says Ben, “dwelling on him would get us nowhere and I knew that making a positive environment for her and my family was going to be the key to getting through it all.”“It wasn’t an accident, it was an incident. Because we are not victims.” – Denise and Ben TodericoWhat the Todericos are doing now – Thriving“We’re not done,” Says Ben, “She’s accomplished a lot and has inspired and defied the odds and she’s still not done doing things.”Ben has begun a personal training program out of his fitness studio in his garage called BT Fitness, LLC. The couple is in the process of creating a facility where people in similar situations as Denise can have the complete support and guidance through their journeys of recovery. It will be called Recovery to Thriving.“We want to create a facility that has a general fitness population alongside a program that serves polytrauma survivors, adaptive athletes, and the deconditioned,” Ben explains. “We would guide the participants to increase their physical capacity on their path from recovery to thriving.”last_img read more

In Venezuela, Hundreds March For Press Freedom

first_imgBy Dialogo May 28, 2009 Hundreds of opponents of President Hugo Chavez marched in support of press freedom in Venezuela, two years after his government refused to renew the concession of an opposition-aligned television station. Many protesters also waved flags in support of Globovision — a second anti-Chavez channel now under investigation by broadcast regulators. “In a democracy, there is at least freedom of expression,” said Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma, an opposition leader who’s been subordinated to a Chavez-appointed official since he was elected in November. Protesters carrying torches marched peacefully to Venezuela’s National Telecommunications Commission to turn over a symbolic copy of the constitution. Hundreds of police and National Guard troops looked on. Since Chavez refused to renew the broadcast license of Radio Caracas Television, or RCTV, on May 28 two years ago, Globovision is Venezuela’s only remaining anti-Chavez television station on the open airwaves. RCTV now only airs on cable. Earlier this month, broadcast regulators opened an investigation into Globovision for inciting “panic and anxiety” by criticizing the government for its slow response to a moderate earthquake. Human Rights Watch and press freedom groups have criticized the investigation, saying it aims to harass Chavez’s opponents. Some marchers worried it could also be the beginning of a larger crackdown on news media. “I’m sure that if they close Globovision … they’re going to go after the freedom of El Nacional and other newspapers in Venezuela,” said Juan Andres Benain, a 33-year-old artist. Chavez warned private news media this month that they’re “playing with fire,” and specifically targeted Globovision director Alberto Federico Ravell, calling him “a crazy man with a cannon.” But some Chavez supporters including Mariela Romero, 48, said they believe the closure of Globovision would be warranted because it supported a short-lived 2002 coup against Chavez. Romero, a street vendor, also said she doesn’t believe that more “respectful” media outlets will be threatened. “They don’t think there’s freedom of expression — but there is,” she said, gesturing toward the marchers.last_img read more