Dream Bigger Event Raises A Whopping $88,000

first_img2000 Food Baskets Being Prepared, Police Add 3rd school To 2017 Disney World TripOrganizers of the 2nd annual Dream Bigger Weekend are happy to announce the 3 day event brought in $44,000 in donations and food sales. The amount will be matched by Larry Bennett, owner of Bennett Motors and Audubon Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep.The combined total of $88,000 will be split evenly between Media Ministries food basket program and the Evansville Police Department/ Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office Disney World trip for EVSC studentsMedia Ministries will be providing 1,000 food baskets this Thanksgiving and again at Christmas for area families. Over 50 food items will be included in each basket. The baskets will be handed out at 20 EVSC schools, The Dream Center, and by local law enforcement.Due to the success of the event, The Evansville Police Department and Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office have added McGary Middle School to their 2017 Disney trip. Students from McGary will join students from Cedar Hall and Glenwood on a 5 day trip to Orlando. Approximately 50 students will be chaperoned by several law enforcement officers and teachers.With the addition of McGary Middle School, the program is now reaching out to kids in 3 of the 5 EVSC school districts. The continued growth of the program will allow law enforcement to increase its outreach to area youth.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Fitch: 10GW of new floating solar possible by 2025

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:Driven by increased investor interest and a growing project pipeline, utility-scale floating solar installations are set to take off globally over the next few years, a report from Fitch Solutions says. The consultancy estimates that nearly 10GW of new floating solar capacity will be installed in the next five years, with Asian markets such as China, South Korea, India, Thailand and Vietnam expected to outperform.While floating PV has been available for more than a decade, the report notes that a lack of knowledge and standards, in areas such as environmental impacts and regulations, have made projects relatively high risk. The technology is said to have remained under utilised, with less than 3GW installed globally by year-end 2019 – less than 1% of installed solar capacity around the world.However, falling costs, a range of successful pilot projects and a better understanding of the benefits are leading to a growing interest and use of the technology.When installed on reservoirs, Fitch highlights floating PV’s potential to reduce water evaporation and limit algae growth, while the water can have a cooling effect on the panels, increasing energy yield at some sites. Meanwhile, the co-location of floating solar farms with hydropower projects means that transmission and distribution infrastructure is already in place, removing some construction costs related to connecting to the grid.A Fitch database of floating solar parks over 50MW contains 16 projects, totaling more than 11GW of additional solar capacity, that are either in the planning stages or under construction. Asia dominates the technology’s project pipeline, with the region accounting for 14 of the 16 projects.The continent is home to the world’s current largest floating PV facility, the 320MW Cixi plant in China, while construction of a 2.1GW project in South Korea is underway. Activity is also picking up in India, where power companies Damodar Valley Corporation and NTPC are both looking to develop extensive floating PV portfolios.[Jules Scully]More: Nearly 10GW of additional floating solar to be installed globally by 2025 – Fitch Fitch: 10GW of new floating solar possible by 2025last_img read more

West Babylon, Patchogue Home Invasions Probed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating a pair of home invasions 19 miles and about three hours apart, including one in which a victim was assaulted by a group of gunmen last week.In the first case, up to four men armed with handguns broke into a house on Newkirt Avenue in West Babylon and forced three women, one man and five children between the ages of 2 and 9 into a bedroom shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday, police said.The assailants assaulted a male caretaker, who suffered injuries to head, face and body, police said. He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.The suspects fled with cash in an unknown direction. Investigators believe the house was targeted.Then at 11 p.m. Thursday, three men entered a house on Nottingham Avenue in Patchogue, where they stole money, a cell phone and jewelry, police said. Three people who were inside at the time were not injured.No arrests have been made in either case. No description of the suspects was available. Detectives are continuing the investigations.Anyone with information about either case can call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers in game two

first_imgGolden State Warriors took a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals with a dominant 132-113 victory over Cleveland Cavaliers.Kevin Durant hit a game-high 33 points, while Stephen Curry recorded his first play-off triple-double, with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.LeBron James made a record-equalling eighth play-off triple-double.The Warriors, who welcomed back coach Steve Kerr after missing 11 games through back issues, have now won a record 14 straight play-off games.The visitors trailed by just three points at half-time at Oracle Arena, before the Warriors outscored the Cavaliers 35-24 in a decisive third quarter.Golden State beat Cleveland in the 2015 finals but were 2-0 and then 3-1 up last year, only to let their lead slip as the Cavaliers won their first NBA title. Kerr returnsKerr, a five-time NBA champion as a player, had been absent since game two of his side’s first play-off series against Portland Trail Blazers after suffering complications from back surgery in 2015.Assistant coach Mike Brown stepped in, completing 4-0 sweeps of Portland, Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs to reach the finals, with Kerr only announcing his return for this game hours before tip-off.”For him to be out there when he has a built-in excuse not to because of the incredible pain he’s under, it’s amazing. It motivates us to win for him,” said Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson, who hit 22 points.Kerr, 51, led the Warriors to the 2015 title before last year’s defeat and said his side would have to play “smarter” in game three of the best-of-seven series, which takes place in Cleveland on Wednesday (02:00 BST on Thursday). “We play that same game in Cleveland, there’s no way we win,” said Kerr.Double triple-doubleA triple-double means a player has recorded a double-digit number in three of five statistical categories: points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks.Cavaliers small forward James, 32, made 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists to draw level with Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson on eight post-season triple-doubles. No other player has more than two.”Right now, it means nothing, but it will mean something,” said James. “He’s one of the greatest to play this game. When I’m done, I’ll probably look back on it and say it was a cool feat.”With Curry also making a triple-double, it was only the second time in play-off history that opposing players have achieved the feat in the same game – the first coming in 1970 by New York Knicks’ Walt Frazier and Milwaukee Buck’s Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.last_img read more

Bahraini Jebet smashes 3000m steeplechase world record

first_imgKenyan-born Olympic champion Ruth Jebet obliterated the 3000m steeplechase world record Saturday as Dafne Schippers got back to winning ways in the 200m at the Paris Diamond League.On a sultry Parisian evening, Jebet’s performance was the standout, the now-Bahraini having transferred allegiance to the Gulf state in February 2013 as a 16-year-old.“I’m so happy. I’ve tried to beat the world record several times, but tonight we decided to push ourselves to go looking for a good time,” said Jebet, now 19.“The pacemaker was very strong. She was at the Games… I wasn’t expecting such a difference with the previous record,” Jebet said, adding that she would now wrap up her season.Jebet clocked 8min 52.78sec, smashing the previous record of 8:58.81 achieved by Russian Gulnara Galkina at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.Jebet, who now owns three of the four fastest times in history, won Olympic gold in Rio with 8:59.75, the second fastest time ever in the event, having also clocked 8:59.97 at the Eugene meet in the United States last May.Only Galkina and Jebet have ever dipped below the nine-minute mark in the event.Jebet’s victory shone the light on what the IAAF has conceded is one of their most challenging problems: the transference of allegiance of athletes.Many distance runners from east Africa now compete under the flag of Gulf countries, while Morocco, Jamaica and Nigeria-born athletes are also seen to be running for other countries.“We want to make stricter the rules on transfers of allegiance,” IAAF president Sebastian Coe said at the Stade de France, with Jebet saying she quit Kenya five years ago for “animal health” studies.France’s IAAF Council member Bernard Amsalem has been charged with investigating the trade in athletes. Paris, France | AFP |  “We’ll go looking for the athletes in mainly Kenya, but also Ethiopia, Morocco, Jamaica a little bit and Nigeria increasingly for the sprinters,” he said.“Poor countries, in difficulty. It’s easier to turn an athlete of those countries by giving them a lot of money because it represents a lot compared to their daily wage.”Jebet’s father gave the game away when she was honoured in Kenya for her Olympic gold, thanking her for enabling him to buy a house and cattle.Jebat’s irritated manager Marc Corstjens cut conversation short in Paris.“Tomorrow, we’ll return to Bahrain where the king awaits her for an official ceremony,” he said.Elsewhere on the track, Dutchwoman Schippers, silver medallist in the 200m in the Rio Games, went one better by winning in 22.13sec ahead of Britain’s Desiree Henry (22.46, a new personal best) and American Jenna Prandini (22.48).Kendra Harrison, with eight of the nine fastest times this season, won the 100m hurdles in 12.44sec, short of her own world record of 12.20.“I just love competing. I came out here to pick up a win. Now I have a few days off and I’m looking forward to Zurich,” said the 23-year-old, who also won at the Lausanne Diamond League two days ago.“I didn’t have my best start but then it’s certainly my best race!”France’s Renaud Lavillenie got his season back on track with victory in the pole vault with a best of 5.93m.“Honestly, I was very tired after Lausanne but the public’s support pushed me and it was the best thing for this last meeting at the Stade de France,” Lavillenie said, with next year’s meet set for the Charlety stadium in the south of Paris.In the field, New Zealand’s Olympic bronze medallist Tom Walsh threw 21.81 metres for the Kiwi, Oceania and meeting record.center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Kootenay Whitewater Festival

first_imgAndrea and Chris at Endless Adventures in Crescent Valley have joined forces with Kootenays — Borderline Boaters to once again host the Kootenay Whitewater Festival Saturday and Sunday on the Slocan River. Management and staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports are eager to help with the promotion by saluting 2010 participants as Team of the Week. Some of the 2010 paddlers include, back row, L-R, Sam Butler, Jody Ginter, Andrea Miller (Endless Adventures), Bob Dodge, Scott Cox, Nick Barisoff, Brendan Ginter, Phil Frenchy and Lerenzo Burgman. Front, Tara McPhanden, Jeff Godday, Keith Miller, Chris Ryman (Endless Adventures), Jeremy Undershoot, Laurence Bachand, Abby Dent, Nikita Churnoff, James McDonnal and Carl Jacks.last_img read more

‘We got to portray who we are’: Kenworthy and Rippon on their Olympic friendship

first_img Facebook Read more Pinterest Gus Kenworthy’s kiss with boyfriend on NBC greeted with acclaim In early January, figure skater Adam Rippon became the first openly gay man to make an American Winter Olympic team. A few weeks later, slopestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, a silver medalist from Sochi, became the second.The two men had been cheering one another on during the qualification process, and when they finally met in person at the Olympics, a friendship blossomed.The duo did their best to attend each other’s events and, between competitions, found other ways to experience the Olympics together. They have both, for example, been vocal critics of Vice President Mike Pence. The Guardian caught up with Kenworthy and Rippon during the Olympics to learn more about the their friendship, time in Pyeongchang and plans for the future.You first met in person at the opening ceremony. How did that moment go down? Was it weird?Gus Kenworthy: No, it wasn’t really weird meeting IRL, as the kids say. I was searching for him at the opening ceremony because we had talked a bunch on Instagram and exchanged numbers and we’d been cheering each other on through the qualifying process, and just been saying how excited we were to meet.Adam Rippon: When Gus finally found me, I wasn’t hiding, it was just hard to find me and I felt like we were friends right away. So, no, it wasn’t weird at all. Adam Rippon Since you’re here… Winter Olympics 2018 interviews Share on Twitter Gay men are winning this year’s Winter Olympics – and making it a joy to watch Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Do you think your experience as gay athletes is different from that of straight athletes? GK: At the last Olympics I was pretending to be straight and it wasn’t as fun of an experience. So, in that regard I would say that our gay experience was the best ever. I think that anyone that’s just being authentic to themselves, whether they’re straight or gay, but they’re just being honest and truthful and getting to really represent who they are at the Games is going to have a great experience. AR: I did see Gus’s kiss, on TV. I really wanted to make it to the mountain because Gus had made it to two of my events while I was here and, not that it’s a competition to make it to events, but I’ve lost.But I was doing media at the IBC and making everybody’s life really difficult, [because] I needed to stop whatever I was doing if Gus is going through a run, so I did see it on TV. And you know, honestly, it’s so nice to see somebody just being themselves and, you know, being with the people they love and are important to them. It’s just really nice to see. I had the chance to meet Matt, Gus’s boyfriend and he’s just so sweet and so kind. I mean, when you’re going through something so emotional and something you worked for your whole life you just want the people around you who you love and you care about. Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy)We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it. @Adaripp #Olympics #OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/OCeiqiY6BNFebruary 9, 2018 … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more US sports If people are hiding their sexuality, they don’t really get their full selves, so you can sometimes feel like you’re presenting sort of like a fogged version of yourself. I feel lucky because I feel like Adam and I got to really portray ourselves with who we are so I think we had like the best Olympic experience.AR: I agree like 100%. I would say my Olympic experience was so fun. Every interview I did I was having a good time. Every time I was on the ice I just felt like I was really able to perform and be totally me. I’ve had so many athletes come up and wanting to chat, talk, and it’s been fantastic. GK: You’re very popular.AR: I am very popular. Are your personality pretty similar, or are there pretty big differences?AR: We have a really similar sense of humor, which is important to this everlasting friendship that we’ve started. I think that, well one thing, Gus is so kind because he went to a raccoon café, which sounds like my worst nightmare.GK: You wouldn’t go to a raccoon café?AR: Oh no, oh sweetie, if there was a café that they let raccoons in I think it would get shut down.GK: Um, stop the interview, friendship is over. Friendship canceled.How has the internet reacted to your friendship? Have you seen any fun memes?GK: I saw lots of memes that had our photo from the opening ceremony with the Sean Cody logo on it, as if we were the thumbnail for a gay porn, which, actually made me laugh.AR: Yeah, that’s my favorite one, honestly. What do your futures look like, as athletes, people, friends?GK: It’s kind of hard to know. Olympics are such a whirlwind that we’ve just been dealing with being here, which is a lot, After [this] we have, maybe different futures, but I’m sure that they’re gonna coincide with one another’s quite a lot. I definitely expect to remain friends and hang out a lot, and I don’t necessarily know exactly what Adam’s future holds, but I know it’s going to be bright and I’ll definitely supporting him in it and my future, he’ll be supporting me there too, whether he wants to or not.AR: Yeah, I will. I think like we’ve just been dealing with being here. You spend so much energy to just get to the Olympics, and [then] you spend so much energy while you’re here. It’s exhausting and draining, but it’s so fulfilling. It’s what you worked your whole entire life for. for me personally, I just wanted to kind of get through this experience and when I go home I’ll kind of evaluate everything. But yeah, no matter what, I think Gus and I are going to remain friends and we’re going to get to see each other a bunch. It’ll be great and beautiful. Topics What have been your favorite moments together?AR: I would definitely have to say walking in the opening ceremony with Gus. [He’s] somebody who I feel like has gone through a lot of the same personal struggles that I’ve gone through. And I feel like at these Olympic Games I was able to be completely myself the entire time, and I feel like Gus is so himself as well, and that’s why everybody loves him the way I love him. It was just very special and very, very cool. Share on Facebook Winter Olympics Twitter Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Share via Email Figure skating Share on Pinterest GK: Yay, so sweet.AR: I mean it!GK: Actually I think that my favorite moment, which wasn’t even really a moment we spent together, but my family, the day that they arrived, all went to go see Adam perform in the free skate and it was so much fun. My whole family was there, my boyfriend was there with me and we had rainbow flags and Adam gave us a little wave before his performance. It felt good to be there supporting him and he skated so beautifully … I’m always a proud dad.AR: Every day you’re a proud dad, when I’m your son.GK: Every day you make me proud, but that day you got a flag. Adam, did you see Gus’s kiss [with his boyfriend on NBC]? What was your reaction? Gus Kenworthy’s kiss with his boyfriend on NBC was greeted by acclaim. Photograph: NBC via twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more