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

Fundraiser to benefit ALS Association on Saturday

first_imgBUCKSPORT — Perform Your ALS Off Variety Show will be held on June 6 at the Bucksport Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m., featuring a number of local performers.Perform Your ALS Off is a fundraising event for the Bangor Walk to Defeat ALS with the proceeds to benefit the ALS Association Northern New England Chapter.The June 6 show is dedicated in honor of Cory Bennett and in memory of George Miller, Philip Jenkins, Paul Klenowski Sr. and Joe Bigl.Tickets are currently on sale at BookStacks in Bucksport for $10 (or more). Perform Your ALS Off is sponsored by the Bucksport Area Cultural Arts Society.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAmyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord.When these cells die, voluntary muscle control and movement dies with them.  Patients in the later stages of the disease are totally paralyzed, yet in most cases, their minds remain sharp and alert.The ALS Association’s mission is leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.The 2015 Bangor Walk to Defeat ALS is scheduled for Saturday, August 29.To find out more about ALS and the resources available in New England, to register for the Walk, or to make a donation, visit http://webnne.alsa.org/.last_img read more

Axed selectors set to contest dismissals

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Legal counsel for the recently-sacked Cricket West Indies (CWI) selection panel, Tony Astaphan, has slammed comments by CWI president Ricky Skerritt regarding their removal and also plans to challenge the manner of their dismissal in court.Chief selector Courtney Browne, along with Lockhart Sebastien and Eldine Baptiste, were all removed from their posts last week, as CWI announced it would revamp its entire selection process.In announcing the changes at a media conference in Antigua, newly-elected CWI president Ricky Skerritt, said, “We have terminated the old embedded selection policy which secretly, but actively, victimised some players and banished them from selection consideration.”Astaphan, however, took issue with the remarks.“My clients are very troubled by their dismissal and the manner of their dismissal, particularly the statements made about the ‘old embedded selection policy which secretly but actively victimised players and banished them from selection consideration,” Astaphan told the Mason and Guess radio show here.That’s a serious (charge) and it affects the manner of dismissal of Mr Browne, Mr Baptiste and Mr Sebastien.”He continued: “What we are looking at now within the context of the labour code of Antigua and Barbuda is whether having regard to all the facts and circumstances, including the terms of the agreements signed by these good gentlemen, who as you know have dedicated their lives to West Indies cricket, constitute independent contractors or employees under the Antigua and Barbuda labour code. “It an issue we are looking extraordinarily carefully at …”Astaphan contends that the selection policy at the centre of discussion, which allegedly marginalised certain players, had not been set by Browne or his panel.Instead, they had simply executed their duties based on an existing policy.In the case of Browne, Astaphan said the former Barbados captain and West Indies wicketkeeper had always gained excellent reviews during appraisals, which preceded the renewal of his contracts with CWI.Quoting from those appraisals carried out by current director of cricket Jimmy Adams and predecessor Richard Pybus, Astaphan said Browne had been described as “diligent” and a “strategic thinker”.“He has been there since 2010 and having, before every renewal of his contract, gone through what is called an employee job assessment and getting extraordinary marks on matters of ethics and selections, to be thrown out like that, with the commentary of a discriminatory selection policy which he did not set,” the Dominican explained.“I think it is a well-known fact that there was selection criteria either approved by the board or requested by the board, and there was a technical team set up with the specific jurisdictional authority to decide who was eligible or not. They were the ones that made the decision as to who was eligible or not.“The selectors were required only to select from people who were eligible from selection and it seems as if these gentlemen have been sent packing because (there are those) who believe there is an old embedded selection policy which secretly but actively victimised players, of which Mr Browne, Mr Baptiste and Mr Sebastien were a part.”He added: “That’s extraordinary when you consider the findings made in the 2014, 2016 assessment by Richard Pybus, when he did the assessment of Courtney Browne. It said ‘Courtney has worked diligently’ … whereas Jimmy Adams was much more specific (saying) ‘Courtney has effectively managed the selection panel and its processes’. He communicates effectively to all stakeholders and is a strategic thinker’.”Browne was replaced by interim chairman Robert Haynes, while Adams and interim head coach Floyd Reifer, were also appointed to the panel.The move was part of sweeping personnel changes which also saw the sacking of interim head coach Pybus and his entire staff, which had been appointed for the recent England tour.Vasbert Drakes, who served as an assistant coach, recently indicated through his lawyer, Barbadian QC, Ralph Thorne, that he would be taking legal action against CWI.And Astaphan reiterated that the manner of, and comments regarding his clients’ dismissal, needed to be also put before the court.“If we’re right and we think we are, that Mr Browne, Mr Baptiste and Mr Sebastien … in substance and in law are employees under the Antigua and Barbuda labour code, the moneys they got would be wholly inadequate,” he noted.“I don’t think anybody can seriously suggest that getting a phone call and a letter after years of service to Caribbean cricket can be considered fair.“And to make the suggestion in a statement to the media which has been repeated in numerous publications in the Caribbean … that there was this so-called conspiracy in which these good gentlemen were involved and as a result of which there needed to be radical change of the selected policy which obviously included their dismissal – that’s a very serious problem for the industrial court of Antigua to look at.”CMC Sports understands, however, that Sebastien has distanced himself from any planned legal action against CWI.last_img read more

Letter from the Editor

first_imgUSC’s Undergraduate Student Government oversees a budget of approximately $2.3 million each year. The official governing body for 19,000 students, comprised of six branches and more than 120 members, holds tremendous influence over numerous aspects of campus life. During the past two academic years, USG has negotiated legislation to ban smoking on campus, extend the add/drop deadline for classes and partner with Uber to provide students with free rides.In last year’s USG elections, only 3,162 students cast ballots — a measly 19 percent of the eligible voting population. Why do so few students seem to care about a governing system with such sway over their undergraduate experience? Our staff at the Daily Trojan sought to examine this and other pressing questions about civic engagement, political persuasion and diversity in student government at USC.Could our governing structure be in need of a dramatic overhaul? We sought input on this question from our crosstown rival UCLA, a campus where student government politics far exceed ours in both intensity and vigor. Our lead story compares USC’s senatorial government with UCLA’s highly competitive slate system, exploring the pros and cons of each approach.We went back in USG history for a timeline documenting President Edwin Saucedo’s administration, along with a story exploring the greek community’s significant role in elections. Despite USC’s long history of electing fraternity men to the highest position in student government, this trend has been on the decline as of late.In the spirit of transparency and open understanding of politics, we wanted to find out what goes on behind the scenes of a successful presidential campaign. This curiosity inspired us to profile the campaign managers behind the three presidential tickets currently running for office. What we discovered was the passion that these students demonstrate for the candidates they represent, and the amount of work they are willing to dedicate to help the rest of the student body feel the same way.Though students arguably are well aware of the impact that USG can have on their experience, many are unclear about the role of another organization: Graduate Student Government, the body that represents graduate students at USC. We spoke to GSG members to better understand the way this group works, and in the process found that one group of GSG constituents feels disconnected: students studying, working and living on the Health Sciences Campus. Our article explores how GSG representatives studying in the Keck School of Medicine of USC are working to help Keck students feel more in touch with the government that represents them.At a highly consequential time in national politics, students must learn to exercise effective civic participation at the university level. We hope the stories in this issue inspire you to discover the power of governance in our own backyard.Maral Tavitian Features Editor, Spring 2017last_img read more

PNG down Tonga by 8 wickets

first_imgTonga batted first with Nikolasi Moala (14) and Aloisio Pau’u (22) putting on a solid opening partnership of 36.But good bowling from PNG’s Alei Nao had the pair dismissed.The rest of the Tongan batters did not put up much of a fight as the next five wickets fell for 18 runs.Tail ender Lea Tenisi chipped in late in the innings with 12 runs.Tonga was all bowled out for a measly 83.Jason Kila was the best of the PNG bowlers picking up 3/10.PNG chased down the target easily in the 10th over thanks to a fired up Raho Sam (33) and Kipling Doriga (26).The winning run was hit by Jason Kila with a stroke along the ground to mid-on.In other matches, Vanuatu beat New Caledonia by 73 runs.last_img