REPEATING his 2013 feat, Olympian Winston George yesterday finished with the silver in the men’s 400m final at the ongoing Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku, winning Guyana’s first medal at this year’s event.Under cold conditions, George ran the quarter mile in 45.69 seconds coming in behind Bahrain’s Ali Khamis Khamis who clocked 45.54 seconds, and just ahead of the 45.92 seconds finish from Iran’s Ali Khadevar.The performance marks the third silver medal, at the Games, for the national record-holder, who also won silver in both the 400m and 200m, when the quadrennial event was held in 2013 in Indonesia.George still has a fighting chance of taking another silver or even upgrading to a gold in the men’s 200m, after he paved a way to the final off a 20.87 seconds finish in the semi-finals, where he finished top of the heats.Things are looking particularly good for George, who enters today’s final with the fastest semifinals time. George leads the group which also includes Turkey’s Ramil Guliev and Izzet Safer, Suriname’s Jeffrey Vanan, Bahrain’s Eid Salem Yaqoob; Adama Jammeh from Gambia; Saaid Hassan from Maldives and Skander Athmani from Algeria.Meanwhile after finishing fourth in her women’s 200m heats, Guyana’s Alita Moore found herself disqualified for a lane violation, ending her time in that race.She, however, still has a hat in the women’s 400m, where she comes in with an entry time of 54.47 seconds; running out of heat two of three.The other athletes on the Guyana team, Natrena Hooper and Emanuel Archibald will also be out on the field today, competing in the women’s high jump and men’s long jump respectively.Hooper was already in the Tuesday’s women’s triple jump where she managed to clear only 11.78m, while Archibald made it only to 13.34m in the men’s triple jump which was won by Azebaijan’s Nazim Babayev with a distance of 17.15m.
AUBREY BRUCE “It’s a great day for hockey” was the favorite saying of legendary late Penguins coach “Badger” Bob Johnson. That sentiment sort of echoed the sentiments of Chicago Cubs hall-of-fame infielder Ernie Banks who would, if left up to him, play a doubleheader every day. As I settled into the press box at Mellon Arena to cover my first Penguins game of the 2009-10 season, I ran into colleague Josh Yohe. Josh said, “Aubrey I’m not sure if you know it or not but the Devils have two players of color on their roster, Mark Fraser and Bryce Salvador. I wasn’t aware of that but I do know that it was definitely a tidbit of info that was right on time being as though legendary NHL strongman, Georges Laraque is no longer on my beat. By the way, the former Pens enforcer is now with the Montreal Canadiens and will bring his fearsome style and muscle to Mellon Arena on Nov. 25 when Montreal invades the Igloo.Hockey is a game that more African-Americans will like, the more they are exposed to it. When a player scores a goal, there is no bling-bling. Usually after a few hugs and fist pumps it is back to business. On Jan. 18, 1958 it was a beautiful “night” for hockey because the Boston Bruins shut out the mighty Canadiens 3-0. This was also the night that the first Black man skated in the National Hockey League. But Willie O’Ree cared little about that distinction.“Back then,” he says, “it just didn’t dawn on me. I was just concerned about playing hockey.”Most people of color in America do not even know who Mr. O’Ree is so I can honestly assume that there will probably not be a mass pilgrimage to the Mellon Arena by Black Americans anytime soon but I hope that in the near future the Pens will represent more than just a fashion statement in the African-American community.The Penguins lost to the Devils 4-1 but I agree with “Badger” Bob that every day win, lose or draw is always a “beautiful day for hockey.”CatnippedThe Steelers lost to the Bengals 18-12. Sounds like a soccer match gone awry. It appears as if Chad Ochocinco, the resident mouth of the Cincinnati Bengals is not as insane as everybody thought. The contest was a poignant reminder of just how limited this “great” Steelers offense really is and how uninspiring Bruce Arians is as a “big league” offensive coordinator. Did you see the Patriots and Colts contest on Sunday night? Now that’s play calling and quarterbacking. First and foremost, I refuse to blame Big Ben or the defense for losing the game because except for a few areas of “trickeration,” Mr. Arians showed me absolutely nada, zilch, zippo as an o-coordinator.The last possession the Steelers had before Carson Palmer got his knees dirty to seal the deal, was the worst set of plays called for that situation that I have ever seen. With over a minute and a half remaining you can employ an intermediate dink and dunk passing attack, even throwing a few passes in the middle of the field. Any pass attempted over 10 yards is a wasted down. When teams are playing prevent, nickel and dime defenses against you with the clock running low, then the underneath stuff is all you are going to get until you reach or get near the “red zone.” Ochocinco should send a few bottles of “ketchup” to the Steelers top offensive man. Arians needs to “catch up” with the defensive coordinators of the NFL in order for Steelers to do anything consistently on the offensive side of the ball, be it this year or the next.Big Ben Roethlisberger will never totally reach that elite level unless he has an imaginative coordinator to accentuate and take advantage of all of his positives. If he is better rolling out of the pocket, don’t leave him stationed in the pocket with a “please sack me” or pressure me sign on his chest. If the no-huddle works, use it as your normal offense. Make your QB study film until your entire offensive repertoire can be implemented. Remember former Cincy head coach Sam Wyche and his protégé Boomer Esiason? Well just in case you may have had a memory lapse, they ran the no-huddle to perfection, complete with a play action sleigh of hand element that could be equaled by few teams.Bruce Arians is unimaginative and uninteresting. His offensive philosophy is almost totally predictable. You do not have to illegally videotape the offensive sequences of Mr. Arians because it seems as if his repertoire of plays is as transparent as they are limited.But all of the blame cannot be shouldered by the offense or the defense. Special teams for the Steelers have again become “special ed teams” because last Sunday’s matchup was the seventh consecutive game in which Pittsburgh has allowed a kick or punt to be returned for a touchdown. If I were Mike Tomlin I would have the blacksmith in the backroom sharpening the blades on “all” of the guillotines because when in doubt, off with all of their heads.To prove how dominant that the Bengals defense was, Palmer won the game without even having to pass for a TD. This has not happened since late in the 2007 season. Let’s hope that the Pittsburgh win at Denver was not a fluke because the Cincy Bengals have proven that they are not.
COLIN KAEPERNICK(AP)—The road was kind in the wild-card round. The next challenge might be more daunting for the Saints, 49ers and Chargers.Not to mention the Colts, the only team to win at home last weekend.Not that any of the first-round playoff winners are shying away from the next test. Rather, their attitude is “Bring it on.”“They got us the first time,” 49ers All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman said of the Carolina Panthers, who won at San Francisco two months ago. “What’s on our minds is to get them now. It’s the playoffs, win or go home.”Going ahead were the 49ers after a 23-20 victory at frigid Green Bay; New Orleans, which finally got a postseason win away from the Big Easy by beating Philadelphia 26-24; San Diego, a 27-10 winner at Cincinnati, which had not lost at home all season; and Indianapolis, a 45-44 victor against Kansas City thanks to a stunning comeback from a 28-point deficit.Saturday, Jan. 11, it’s New Orleans (12-5) at Seattle (13-3) on Saturday, followed by Indianapolis (12-5) at New England (12-4). Sunday’s matchups are San Francisco (13-4) at Carolina (12-4), then San Diego (10-7) at Denver (13-3).All but Colts-Patriots are rematches of a regular-season meeting. In addition to the Panthers’ 10-9 win on Nov. 10 at Candlestick Park, the Seahawks routed the Saints 34-7 in Seattle, and the Chargers won 27-20 at Denver last month.“We’re loose, we’re confident, we’re peaking at the right time,” said safety Eric Weddle, who spearheaded a stingy Chargers defense against the Bengals. “We are a team to be dealt with. We’re a confident bunch, especially in the second half, in the fourth quarter. We feel we’re ready for those situations. The pressure is not going to get to us.”What’s ahead in the playoffs:RUSSELL WILSONSaints at SeahawksNew Orleans played its worst game of the season on Dec. 2 at Seattle, which seemed invincible at home back then. But the Seahawks showed some vulnerability at noisy CenturyLink Field by losing their next home game to Arizona.That should encourage the Saints, but only if they can replicate the pressure the Cardinals’ defense put on quarterback Russell Wilson. The Saints shut down the league’s top rushing team in Philadelphia, and Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has not been very dynamic the last six weeks.But there’s also the theory that the Seahawks were helped by sustaining their first home loss with second-year QB Wilson at the helm, and they won’t be slipping up again.“When you face an opponent previously in the season, you have a better idea of what you’re going against,” New Orleans defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley said. “It helps you prepare for it a little bit better.”Andrew LuckColts at PatriotsHere’s a juicy one: Andrew Luck, the new comeback king among quarterbacks, against three-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady.“There’s no question he’s a complete football player and one of the top quarterbacks in this league already,” Patriots Coach Bill Belichick said last Sunday. He meant Luck.For that matchup to matter, though, the Colts must avoid the slow starts that plagued them this season. Does anyone believe they can fall behind by four touchdowns or so against the Patriots and then win?New England’s once sieve-like defense has improved recently, and witnessing what the Chiefs did to Indy’s defense even without Jamaal Charles should make Colts fans shudder.CAM NEWTON49ers at PanthersSan Francisco’s versatility and experience showed at Green Bay. Teams that win in the worst of conditions while not playing close to their best are particularly dangerous.The Niners won’t need to worry about wind chills at Carolina. They will need to find a way to move the ball against a Panthers defense that shut them down two months ago.This has the look of a low-scoring contest, but with San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick and Carolina’s Cam Newton bringing so much creativity and energy at quarterback, the scoreboard might get lit up.“Colin Kaepernick, I think we can all agree, is a clutch performer,” coach Jim Harbaugh said.Chargers at BroncosThese two original AFL franchises have met 108 times, but never in the postseason.Denver won at San Diego in November by eight points, then lost at home a month later to the Chargers by seven. San Diego has won five in a row, barely sneaking into the playoffs, but then handling the Bengals relatively easily last Sunday.For the Chargers to stay close to the Broncos’ record-setting offense led by Peyton Manning, they will need their own quarterback, Philip Rivers, to make lots of big playsFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courier
Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesAdvertisement az49NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsa9gceWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E39o1a( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2uevWould you ever consider trying this?😱idgzCan your students do this? 🌚34cu8Roller skating! Powered by Firework In the latest episode of the ongoing verbal clash between the Manchester United legend Gary Neville and the recently departed Romelu Lukaku, the Englishman has revealed that he’s ‘delighted’ on the Belgian leaving Old Trafford.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesLukaku, who joined Serie A giants Inter Milan last month, was targeted by Neville, currently working as a pundit for Sky Sports, where the attacker was deprecated of being ‘overweight’ and ‘unprofessional’.The 26 year old came up with an answer after 3 weeks: “Don’t question my professionalism. I live for this game. I am at home all the time. I try to do everything to improve.”Advertisement Following this, the former England skipper has added a recent comment on the ongoing tussle of words, stating on Twitter that no player has a place at the Theater of Dreams who think themselves to be “bigger than club.”Here’s the tweet below-Advertisement Lukaku joined the Nerazzuri in early August for €80 million, in addition to a five year contract at a wage of £300,000 per week.It is now to be seen how the Belgian international comes up with an answer to this, or even if he does.Inter are currently second in the Italian league table and will face Cagliari in the upcoming away fixture at Sardegna Arena. Advertisement
By The Nelson Daily SportsEight players from the Kootenay Wildcats have tickets booked to play in the 2010-11 Female Midget AAA All Star Game Friday at the Coquitlam Sports Centre.The contest is the second annual in the brief history of the B.C. Hockey Female Midget AAA League.Headlining the Wildcats selections are two members of the B.C. U18 Provincial Team members Aimee DiBella of Nelson and Cranbrook’s Daley Oddy.DiBella was named on defence while Oddy is a forward. Also selected are rearguards Randi Brown of Castlegar and Holly Nikirk of Invermere and forwards Hailey McLean of Trail, Shannon Hall of Midway, Kiana Strand of Invermere, and Shea Weighhill of Midway.Brown, Oddy, McLean and Hall will play for Team White while DiBella, Nikirk, Strand and Shea Weighhill will be on the roster of Team Blue. Forty players (12 defensemen, 24 forwards and four goaltenders) have been selected, representing each of the five Female Midget AAA teams. Players were selected based on their on-ice and off-ice performance by the All Star Game selection committee.During the first and second intermission of the game a skills competition will be held for all the participating All Star players. The skill competition will include: fastest skater and a breakaway [email protected]
It’s clear the Warriors are no longer must-watch TV.The NBA is removing Golden State’s Dec. 20 game against the New Orleans Pelicans from the national TV schedule, as both the Warriors (5-23) and Pelicans (6-21) sit at the bottom of the Western Conference standings. The NBA took two Warriors games off of national TV earlier in December.Golden State and New Orleans were scheduled to play on ESPN, and the Friday night game has not been replaced. Dallas and Philadelphia will remain on the …
This event is over. To listen to the teleconference click the following linkMEDIA ADVISORY FOR:Teleconference on “Mandela Day” CelebrationsTuesday, July 16th at 10:30 a.m. EasternCONTACT:Simon Barber: [email protected] +1 (202) 276-50846Alec Saslow: [email protected] +1 (202) 789-7751MEDIA ADVISORYAmbassador of South Africa, Congressional Black Caucus Chair andTransAfrica to Preview Nationwide Celebration of Nelson Mandela’s 95th BirthdayTeleconference Tuesday, July 16 to Discuss “Mandela Day” EventsWashington, DC – The South African Embassy, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) and TransAfrica — the Washington-based human rights organization that helped compel the U.S. government to act against apartheid in South Africa nearly 30 years ago – will co-host a teleconference on Tuesday, July 16th facilitated by Brand South Africa to outline the nationwide events to honor and celebrate “Mandela Day.”Coordinated by the embassy, TransAfrica and CBTU, events in Washington DC and 17 cities around the United States will celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday on Thursday, July 18 with members of the original anti-apartheid and Free South Africa Movement, special guests and performances.WHAT: Teleconference to discuss “Mandela Day” eventsWHO: Ebrahim Rasool, South African Ambassador to the United StatesNicole Lee, President of TransAfricaCongresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), Chair, Congressional Black Caucus, Bill Lucy President Emeritus of CBTUWHEN: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern (4:30 p.m. in Johannesburg)CALL-IN: 785-424-1052, Toll Free: 800-894-5910Toll Free from South Africa: 080-098-1020Conference ID: MANDELAPlease click here to sign-up if you plan to attend.ABOUT EBRAHIM RASOOLAmbassador Ebrahim Rasool is South Africa’s Ambassador to the United States of America. Before joining the Embassy, his most recent positions have included Member of Parliament in the National Assembly, Special Advisor to the State President of the Republic of South Africa and Premier (governor of the Western Cape Province). Ambassador Rasool has a long history of involvement in the anti-apartheid struggle starting at high school and including leadership in the United Democratic Front (UDF) and the African National Congress (ANC).ABOUT MARCIA FUDGECongresswoman Marcia L. Fudge represents the 11th District of Ohio. She is a committed public servant who brings a hard-working, problem-solving spirit to Congress and to the task of creating jobs, attacking predatory lending, and improving health care, small business and education. She served as Warrensville Heights’ first African American female Mayor, and, in 2012, the Congresswoman was unanimously elected by her colleagues to serve as the Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus in the 113th Congress.ABOUT NICOLE LEENicole Lee is a lawyer, human rights expert and, since December 2006, the first female President of TransAfrica. She has conducted human rights investigations and missions documenting violations of human rights and dignity of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Ms. Lee has testified before Congress on international policy issues affecting Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and racial minorities worldwide. She has been featured on television and radio programs across the globe, including ABC’s 20/20, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and the PBS Newshour.ABOUT BILL LUCYBill Lucy is President Emeritus of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU). Mr. Lucy is a member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council and the first African American elected as president of Public Services International (PSI), the world’s largest labor federation. Mr. Lucy worked closely with Dr. King during the strike by sanitation workers in Memphis in 1968. He was also one of the founders of the Free South Africa Movement that launched the successful anti-apartheid campaign in the U.S. in the mid-1980s. Mr. Lucy was honored with the Nelson Mandela Award for his contribution to South Africa’s freedom earlier this month.
South African delegates to the One Young World Summit arrive in Dublin, Ireland.Prelene SinghThis year’s One Young World Annual Summit, held in Dublin, Ireland from 15 to 18 October, brought together valuable young talent from global and national companies, NGOs, universities and other forward-thinking organisations, joined by world leaders, to debate, formulate and share solutions for the pressing issues the world faces.The 2013 summit, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, attracted 1 250 delegates from 190 countries.The summit encourages youth to play their part, not only in their communities, but to make a difference globally and learn to understand the problems people face worldwide and develop global solutions to combat these problems.What is One Young World?One Young World is a not-for-profit organisation that gathers together the brightest young people from around the world, empowering them to make lasting connections to create positive change. It was founded in 2009 by David Jones, Kate Robertson and Havas, its founding corporate partner.At past summits delegates were joined by an elite line-up of One Young World Counsellors that included Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Bob Geldof, Kofi Annan, Sir Richard Branson, Professor Muhammad Yunus, Jamie Oliver, Jack Dorsey and Arianna Huffington.After each summit, the delegates, who are then known as One Young World Ambassadors, start their own initiatives or lend the power of the One Young World network to existing initiatives. Of those with jobs, many return to their companies and set about creating change from within, energising their corporate environment.Three of many ambassadors who attended the event this year in Ireland have written about their experience and the learning process after attending the summit.Geneve KroutzThe One Young World Summit in Dublin was always going to be inspiring, but this time it did something else. I have had to redefine some significant definitions in my life.First was poverty. I always believed that poverty was black. I understand the African struggle; it’s been my struggle from before I was even born.While in Dublin I came across the Famine Sculptures on Custom Quay in Dublin’s Docklands. It represents solidarity with people living in poverty across the globe. It is difficult not to feel the pain and suffering captured by these sculptures.I now know that it has no sex, religion or colour.Struggles are not limited to my continent or its people. I’ve learned that we are all equal in the face of poverty – black and white.The fight against poverty is long and hard. I don’t know if we will ever win it, but I know that we stand a better chance if we are united.The second definition was freedom. The special session titled “One Young World Peace and Conflict Resolution: International Insights” was amazing. The panel consisted of delegates from conflict countries including South Sudan, Kashmir, Palestine and Israel. They shared their experiences with conflict and the plight of their people. I am astounded by the fact that despite all the advancements in so many areas, from technology to medicine, we always revert back to the most primitive form of conflict resolution. Picking up a gun and killing someone because they are different from you or have what you want! How outdated!One of the most heart-wrenching stories was shared by Yeonmi Park. She shared her journey to freedom, how she and her mother escaped from North Korea in 2007. As a child she witnessed many atrocities: one such was seeing her friend’s mother executed in public for watching a foreign movie. Yeonmi even talked about how they were so heavily indoctrinated that they believed that their ruler Kim Jong-il could read their minds. Freedom was not a word she could think or speak.I have a new appreciation for the freedoms I can exercise in my own life. We no longer live in a country where we fight for our own right for freedom. We live in a country that allows us to do more than merely exist. Freedom is a word we use very loosely on a daily basis. Yeonmi Park reminded me of my freedoms and the responsibility it comes with, but also what a privilege it is in the world today.The One Young World summit in Dublin changed the way I view the world. I hope to “be the change I want to see”, because it is my responsibility as a young leader and a citizen of the earth.Phila BongoIn the midst of routine work commitments, the summit date approaches, sponsorship requests pending confirmation, and one definite fact, I will be attending! It’s the last Thursday before the summit kicks off, payments have finally been made, flights have been booked (I am grateful).Tuesday evening our journey begins. Terminal gates in South Africa, Dubai and Dublin open at the mention of “One Young World Delegate” (yes I have the right pass). Wednesday, we arrive and are welcomed by the not-so-welcoming Dublin weather. We are well-received by the One Young World team and are taken to our hotels. The bus trip becomes my first realisation of the diverse representation of countries from across different continents of the world. Networking starts here, so let’s do this!It’s the opening ceremony. All flags of the 186 countries represented are paraded, signifying this is now my reality. Opening speeches by world leaders set the tone that will run through the next few days.Our days started at 06h30, covering topics such as sustainable development, global business, leadership and government, entrepreneurship and climate justice. Representatives Kofi Annan and Mary Robinson of The Elders organisation give us our mandate and we knocked off at 23h00. Next is the unofficial networking sessions while exploring the pubs of the Dublin CBD.The next two days are no different. We tackle employability, bridging the gender gap, human rights, peace and conflict resolution, social entrepreneurship, education, internal and external breakout sessions, a tour of the city, and dinner at the Guinness Storehouse.The sessions held have proven to be intense and robust, exposing issues that generally do not reach my eyes and ears. I am exposed to delegates and ambassadors from countries experiencing unimaginable levels of human rights violation, oppression and violence. The people sharing these stories are my age, but have experienced far more than any human should in a lifetime.I have made friends based in London, South Korea, Kurdistan, Ireland, my fellow African leaders, Palestine, USA, Cayman Islands and Germany, just to name a few. I can validly say, now I have a global network. We have shared laughs, bus rides, lengthy walks through Dublin, a Guinness or two, thoughts and ideas, and challenged each other. We know much about each other, because we interacted and integrated as one young world – excuse the pun.I have met young people taking their positions within the politics of their countries, who are fighting for the preservation of the wellness of our planet, young leaders who have identified social needs and developed viable business models around solutions to these.As delegates from South Africa, we have found each other and agree we cannot leave Dublin without singing our national anthem and waiving our flag proudly.Sunday arrives, we have had meaningful interactions, have exchanged contacts, we are aware of phenomenal programmes run by young people that are bettering the world we live in. We too stand up! Home time: time to make my contribution to our beautiful nation.Marcelle Angela JacobsI realised that, given the right platform, young people have the capacity to articulate and address national and global concerns effectively and strategically.One Young World is the preeminent global forum for young leaders. The world’s brightest young leaders converged over three absorbing days to find solutions to critical global issues and make lasting connections in Dublin’s Convention Centre.The opening ceremony witnessed 194 national flags carried by young delegates. In South African style, we cheered our flag-bearer Siseko Nomavila. The media presence was noticeable.Keynote speakers included Sir Bob Geldof and former Irish President Mary Robinson.Kofi Anan warned about the crippling effects of climate change. He said, “Don’t let anyone take the future away from you. It’s important to act now, not tomorrow.”SessionsBridging the Gender Gap – We learned to push the boundaries and become a generation of achievers. Meghan Markle said, “Watch what you do, how you portray yourself and align yourself with men who support and understand you.”Sport and Society – Sol Campbell touched on racism, nepotism and the lack of black managers in the English League. He said, “If you lose the love for something, you lose your direction.”Human Rights – Raped while training – Amanda Dufresne’s talk was poignant. She said, “The easy part was when I rolled off a cliff to escape the rapist. The battle was dealing with the internal scars for years.” She insisted the importance of stamping out rape.Peace and Conflict – Twenty-one-year-old North Korean Yeonmi Park told of her escape from “the darkest place in the world”. She saw her mother raped and a friend’s mother publicly executed. With one TV channel, no internet and no freedom of expression, North Korea executes people for making unauthorised international calls. Yeonmi said, “When I was crossing the Gobi desert, scared of dying, I thought nobody in this world cared. But you have listened to my story.”Four former Latin American presidents communicated solutions to tackle drug trafficking and corruption, using the power of social media. They said, “Education is the only way to change a nation within one generation.”Informative debates: ISIS, Ebola, gay rights and the right to religion, media’s role in shaping change, the effects of food wastage etc.I learned that:Awareness is everything!Application of education is essential for progressive transformation.I’m privileged to be a first-generation, post-apartheid woman in a male-dominated industryDespite South Africa’s diversity, other nationalities are impressed with our unity.Youth have a powerful voice for progressive changeI am a participant, not a spectator.Do you want to be a One Young World Ambassador?One Young World delegates are 18 to 30 years old who have demonstrated leadership ability and a commitment to effecting positive change. Many have already had an impact in their home countries on a range of issues, including the role of business in society, transparency in business and government, the impact of climate change, global health and hunger relief. Visit www.oneyoungworld.com for more information.
RELATED ARTICLES Noah Horowitz is senior scientist and director of the Center for Energy Efficiency Standards, at the Natural Resources Defense Council. This post originally appeared at the NRDC Expert Blog. Why Is set-top box energy use trending downward?There are more than 225 million set-top boxes located in U.S. households and they have a typical lifetime of around five years. These boxes enable customers to access pay TV from their cable, satellite, or telephone company. Because these boxes continue to consume near full levels of power even when the user is not watching or recording a show, the energy and environmental impacts of their usage really add up. Back in 2012, America’s households were paying more than $4 billion in energy costs to operate these devices and powering them produced 24 million tons of climate-change pollution annually. After extensive negotiations between two leading energy efficiency advocacy groups (NRDC and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, or ACEEE), and the pay-TV industry (the service providers and the leading set-top box manufacturers), a joint “Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy Efficiency of Set-Top Boxes,” or VA for short, was signed in 2013. The core element was an industry commitment to procure more energy efficient set-top boxes. Additionally, the service providers have invested in new architectures whereby a single digital video recorder (DVR) is connected to the main television and a much lower-energy-consuming box called a thin client is installed on the other TVs in the home instead of additional DVRs.The VA has been extremely effective and has already saved consumers $2.1 billion and avoided almost 12 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions through 2016. The national energy savings, expressed in Terawatt hours (TWh), continue to grow as the older, less-efficient models are replaced with new ones, adding up to a four-year total of 16.8 terawatt hours. Why a voluntary agreement?The set-top box market is unique because rather than buying a box, consumers get the one that the installer has on the truck. The service providers are the actual purchasers, and prior to the VA, they did not pay much attention to the boxes’ energy consumption because they weren’t paying the electric bills. Due to this unique situation and massive savings opportunity, we agreed to collaborate with the industry via a voluntary agreement. For other products, NRDC remains fully supportive of minimum energy efficiency standards set by the U.S. Department of Energy or state agencies like the California Energy Commission.National efficiency standards exist for over 60 product categories, and they are on track to provide consumers and businesses with cumulative net savings of more than $2 trillion by 2035. In fact, a typical U.S. household saves about $500 on energy bills every year thanks to efficiency standards. What can consumers do?Although customers almost always obtain their set-top box from their service provider, via a rental fee or via a bundled monthly service, they do have energy-saving options when signing up as a new customer or renewing a contract before the apps are available. These include:Get rid of old DVRs: Older DVRs consumed a lot of power and the new ones are a lot more energy-efficient. If you have two older DVRs, they would consume as much energy per year as a new medium-sized refrigerator. You can turn in the old DVRs and request a new whole-home DVR for your main TV and a “thin client” box for your second and third TVs. The thin client receives content from the new DVR and only uses a small fraction of the annual energy.Install an app and ditch the box: In the near future, many of the service providers will offer you the option of installing an app on your TV that allows you to simply click on it to directly access live and recorded content on your new smart TV without the need for a set-top box. It will be just as easy as clicking on the Netflix app on your TV or mobile device. With this new digital platform, you can stream shows and have the ability to store your recordings, like the latest Golden State Warriors basketball game or episode of Sesame Street, in the cloud for future viewing. Check periodically with your service provider to learn when this option will be available in your area.If you have an older smart TV, you might not be able to download the new app once it becomes available. In this case, you can purchase a small, low-power device such as Apple TV or one of the offerings from Roku, Google (Chromecast), or Amazon (Fire TV) and use it to access the apps. These boxes or thumb drive-sized sticks use a lot less energy than a DVR or regular set-top box, and somewhat less than a thin client.In all of these scenarios, however, you will still need the gateway box that includes the modem and router for receiving and moving content around your home. TV Set-Top Boxes Will Be More EfficientQ&A: Managing Phantom LoadsChoosing an Energy-Efficient TelevisionSettings Matter More savings are comingThis month the initial VA was extended for another four years, and once the next tier of the agreement is in full effect, national set-top box energy use will be almost 40% lower than in 2012, saving four large, 500-megawatt, coal-burning power plants’ worth of electricity every year. That’s equal to the amount of electricity consumed each year by all the households in Chicago. Because of the agreement, annual U.S. consumer savings will grow to $1.6 billion in energy costs by 2025.Another great development is the industry’s drive towards “apps” whereby the user can access both live and recorded programming directly on their new smart TV without a set-top box. This has the potential to drive down national energy use and related carbon emissions even further. Consumers win by getting rid of their set-top box and the related clutter, and will save $25 to $50 per year on their electric bills, depending on the type and age of the set-top box or boxes in their home. The service providers benefit from not having to stock and service millions of set-top boxes and also avoid having to send all those service trucks to install them in our homes. The amount of energy consumed by the set-top boxes used to access pay TV in our homes is due to go down another 20% due to new commitments made by leading service providers such as Comcast, AT&T, and Dish Network.This progress is the result of a unique collaboration between the pay-TV service providers and leading environmental groups like the Natural Resource Defense Council that was signed in 2013 and just extended this week. To date, it has reduced national annual set-top box energy use by $1 billion and more savings are on the way as the older models are replaced by new, more efficient ones.
Touch SA is not only recording growth amongst junior participation but is finding opportunities to help develop their stars of the future. Last week Touch SA sent their 14 years and Under sides away on a five day tour to the Riverina Junior Championships in Wagga Wagga, NSW, which also included a trip to Canberra for matches against the ACT squads. The 14’s Development tour was born as a way to give more exposure to the country players and allowing children who are 13 or 14 years the chance to play Touch at a representative level. This is becoming increasingly important for Touch in South Australia as spots in the Under 15’s team for the National Championships become increasingly competitive. After a 12 hour bus trip to Wagga, the sides faced matches against local representative sides, giving them the chance to warm up for the Riverina Junior Championships. While their success at the Championships was limited, the players performed admirably, against tough competition, with NSW being a Touch stronghold having a much higher rate of junior participation than SA. The teams then continued the tour as they traveled to Canberra the following day for matches against the ACT junior squads; another place where junior Touch is on the rise. The trip to Canberra also gave the SA teams the chance to visit the Australian Institute of Sport, a first for many of the players. Touch SA Tour Manager Jeremy Smith commended the SA players for their efforts during the tour. “The players really showed improvement throughout the matches and we definitely unearthed a few talented players,” he said. “All the kids had great attitudes throughout the tour and really got a taste of what it is like to compete at a higher level and what is needed to do well at that level.” By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]