Topics : Pay disparity between men’s and women’s professional soccer players has been in the spotlight since the United States women’s team sued the governing body U.S. Soccer last year alleging gender discrimination in earnings and working conditions.The team’s claims were dismissed by a court in May and a bid to immediately appeal the decision was denied.Australian soccer’s governing body said in November that it had reached agreement with the players’ union on a new collective bargaining agreement that “closes the pay gap” between the men’s and women’s teams.New Zealand and Norway have also moved to address the pay gap between their male and female players.The Brazil women’s team reached the World Cup final in 2007 and Olympic finals in 2004 and 2008. The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said on Wednesday that its men’s and women’s national soccer teams will receive equal pay and prize money.”There is no more gender difference, the CBF is treating men and women equally,” CBF chief Rogerio Caboclo said in statement.The CBF said that it had also appointed two women’s soccer coordinators, Duda Luizelli and Aline Pellegrino.
James William Pittman Sr., 76, of Moores Hill passed away Thursday, January 16, 2020 at his home with family by his side. James was born Monday, October 25, 1943 in Casey County, Kentucky, the son of the late Luther and Nettie (Durham) Pittman. He married Norma Fulton October 15, 1960 and she survives. James was a laser press operator for FKI in Fairfield, Ohio. He was a member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church. His hobbies included: making knives, staying home working around the house, going to flea markets, and antiques. He enjoyed spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren.James is survived by his wife Norma of Moores Hill; daughter Cindy Chesney of Dillsboro; sons: James (Becky) Pittman Jr. of Oxford, Ohio, Russell (Alisa) Pittman of Milan, and Derek (Tiffany) Pittman of Madison; ten grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brothers: Benny (Doris) Pittman, Danny (Sandy) Pittman, and Larry (Linda) Pittman; and sister Bessie (George) Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandchildren Jacob Russell Pittman and Sabrina Taylor, brother Bobby (Judy) Pittman; sisters: Effie (Chester) Haggard, Ruth (Edd) Starnes, Glora (Robert) Bastin, and Joann(Glen) Partin.A service celebrating his life will be held 12 Noon Monday, January 20 at Lighthouse Baptist Church, 4938 N State Road 101, Milan, Indiana 47031 with Pastor Daryl Thayer officiating. Burial will follow in Green Cemetery. Family and friends may gather to share and remember him 10 AM-12 Noon Monday also at the church. Memorials may be given in honor of James to the Family. Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 156, Moores Hill, IN 47032, (812)744-3280. You may go to www.sibbettmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.
Knoll said trips to Tel Aviv University, as well as on-site visits to homeless centers, rounded out the U.S. delegation’s learning experience. Not only did he share his model with Israeli social workers, his Israeli counterparts introduced Knoll to a new family model being used there. He is now interested in exploring how it might work with his Whittier program, he said. Accompanying Knoll to Israel was 59-year-old Patrick Bouchard, who only a few years ago was homeless and living on the streets of Whittier. First Day helped Bouchard get his life back on track. He was able to land a paid job as the resident housing director for the past year. Before that, he worked as a volunteer. “It was fantastic, a once in a lifetime experience,” Bouchard of the trip. “To know we were walking on the same streets where some of the major religions began was amazing. And they treated us like royalty.” He became homeless after a job loss spurred a “downward spiral,” a series of “bad luck and bad decisions,” Bouchard said. “You lose your motivation once you get down to a certain point,” said Bouchard. “First Day helped me get my self-esteem and self-worth back. And I found so much gratification helping others who are in the same situation I was.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – A model for dealing with homelessness designed by the director of the Whittier Area First Day Coalition has sparked the interest of social workers in Israel. First Day Director Ted Knoll recently returned from a weeklong trip to Israel, where he presented to officials there his “Reciprocal Community Engagement Model” – a holistic type of approach to helping homeless people make the transition back into society. Invited to Israel by the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, Knoll discussed his model and provided information on dealing with homelessness to social workers in Tel Aviv. The trip was part of the Jewish Federation’s Task Force on Poverty and Food Insecurity, which comes out of the organization’s Tel Aviv/Los Angeles Partnership. First Day was chosen because of its focus on “client empowerment,” said Carla Rodman, spokeswoman for the Jewish Federation. “Each of the organizations attending were represented by a professional from the organization, in addition to a former client who is a success story of the model,” Rodman said. Other delegates on the trip included representatives from both the Jewish Federation and the Ocean Park Community Center, a network of shelters and services for homeless and low-income families in Santa Monica. As Israel moves towards using more non-governmental organizations to deal with social problems, they are interested in studying how the organizations work, Knoll said. Traditionally, paid Israel government social workers managed homelessness issues in that country, he added. “There were two issues they saw with our model – client empowerment and community engagement,” Knoll said. “We help the residents climb the ladder to self-sufficiency through training and breaking down the barriers between them and the community. It makes it easier to integrate.”
(Visited 219 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The late Carl Sagan might be stunned to see today’s astronomers questioning Earth’s “humdrum” status.Some recent science articles make Earth look mighty special. At Discover Magazine, Nathanial Scharping offers the suggestion that “Earth may be a 1-in-700 quintillion kind of place.” That’s a couple of orders of magnitude lower odds than the number of stars estimated in the universe.A new study suggests that there are around 700 quintillion planets in the universe, but only one like Earth. It’s a revelation that’s both beautiful and terrifying at the same time.Astrophysicist Erik Zackrisson from Uppsala University came up with this number in a computer model, so it could be criticized on that basis. His paper, published on Cornell’s arXiv server in advance of expected publication in the Astrophysical Journal, assumes the big bang and models of stellar, galactic and planetary evolution. Even so, his conclusions mark a startling departure from typical cosmological speculations about the likelihood of habitable planets. Since there are so many stars and planets out there, the thinking has been since Carl Sagan’s days, life must be common.But according to Zackrisson, most planets in the universe shouldn’t look like Earth. His model indicates that Earth’s existence presents a mild statistical anomaly in the multiplicity of planets. Most of the worlds predicted by his model exist in galaxies larger than the Milky Way and orbit stars with different compositions — an important factor in determining a planet’s characteristics. His research indicates that, from a purely statistical standpoint, Earth perhaps shouldn’t exist.Zackrisson’s model will likely be debated and challenged. “Nevertheless,” reporter Scharping felt comfortable saying, “the researchers are confident in the broader implications of their model: Earth is more than your garden-variety planet.”Bob Yirka took this subject up in PhysOrg. Zackrisson, he says, is one of a team of four that arrived at their conclusion. It appears that part of their thinking relies on the Fermi Paradox, which reasons, if advanced civilizations are out there, why haven’t they visited us yet?If correct, the models suggest that Earth is much more unique than other models have been showing in the past few years. This is because it is assumed that if life began on other planets far earlier than on Earth, because it would be much older, it should have matured beyond what we have here on Earth to the point that it would be not only noticeable to us, but likely dominant. But because we have not seen any sign of other life, it appears likely that none is there, or is close enough to spot, which suggests that Earth actually is much more unique than other recent models have been suggesting. The model also suggested that most exoplanets likely exist in galaxies that are a lot bigger than the Milky Way, and orbit stars that are quite different from our sun. To date, space scientists have identified approximately 2,000 exoplanets, clearly a very small proportion of the total amount if the new model is to be viewed as accurate.Because this conclusion contradicts the “Copernican Principle” that has achieved the status of dogma in modern cosmology (i.e., that Earth occupies no privileged position), it is likely to be vigorously debated.Do astronomers know how planets form? Space.com posted excerpts of a dialogue between astronomers at the Kavli Roundtable on the subject. Our recent post on hot Jupiters (2/24/16) described the exasperation those caused to planetary formation models. In the Kavli dialogue, we find Ruth Murray-Clay admitting that accretion of any planet is a problem. Hoping that a newly-observed exoplanet will shed light on accretion, she states, “It’s very difficult to model that process theoretically, partly because we just don’t know how accretion happens in young disks and onto planets.” The article also confesses that core accretion models are problematic accounting for gas giants in any location, whether in tight orbits near their host stars (hot Jupiters) or in distant orbits. A figure caption says, “Overall, many questions remain about how, where and when planets arise around stars.”The panel concluded with expressions of confidence in the Copernican Principle, attributing our lack of knowledge about planet formation to the fact that exoplanet science is in its infancy. Nevertheless, the uniqueness of Earth cannot be ruled out.A lot of us are driven by questions about Earth-like planets, of course. How common they are? How detectable might they be? Can we see them? Planet formation theorists like Ruth are trying to understand whether planets like Earth ultimately are a common thing or a rare thing, and whether our Solar System is unique or whether there’s a whole bunch of others out there like it.Speculations about alien habitats have not slowed down, of course. Steven J. Dick has a new book on the subject with the usual talking points (see Astrobiology Magazine review). Space.com expanded the search space to “exomoons” around exoplanets, complete with references to Hollywood movies about Endor’s Ewoks and Pandora’s Na’vi. One must remember, however, that hosting life requires more than an appropriate-sized planet in a suitable location. A Harvard press release points out that Earth-like planets will need to have Earth-like interiors, too. And Becky Oskin at Live Science points out that alien life would be vulnerable to greenhouse effects on their worlds (think Venus). That kind of warming is as powerful as proximity to the sun. Given an increase in carbon dioxide, “A planet like Earth will eventually change to a very warm climate, and it will occur relatively abruptly,” one researcher said.Then there are other protective mechanisms required, like a long-lived magnetic field (see Nature Communications) and Van Allen Belts (PhysOrg). Too many bombardments can also ruin an alien’s whole day (PhysOrg). Another factor not often considered is how microbial life contributes to the habitability of a planet (Evolution News & Views). This would create a chicken-and-egg dilemma; to be habitable, a planet might need to be inhabited (6/06/14).National Geographic listed five cosmic mysteries that scientists still hope to solve. Three of the five deal with habitability and inhabitants: #3, “Are We Alone?”, #4 “Where Is Everyone?” and #5, “Is Our Universe Alone?” That last one leaves science behind, Michael Greshko admits:Just as Earth seems improbably friendly to life, some fundamental aspects of the universe sit at suspiciously convenient values—a pattern called the naturalness problem. Increase dark energy’s value slightly, for instance, and the early universe would have expanded too quickly for galaxies to stick together.Yet the universe’s overwhelming size all but guarantees that Earth-like planets exist, as a matter of probability. Along this line of thinking, some physicists argue that, like Earth among planets, our universe is one of innumerably many—but that ours happens to have the conditions that allow us to exist. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be here to study and write about it.Proponents of this multiverse model claim that it neatly explains our universe’s habitability, but many scientists find it irritatingly circular in its reasoning. Proving or disproving such a sweeping statement verges on the philosophical, and ultimately will have to grapple with how common universes like ours are in comparison to other varieties.For now, it seems appropriate to infer two conclusions from these articles: (1) planet formation is not well understood, and (2) the uniqueness of Earth cannot be ruled out scientifically. Fermi’s Paradox still calls out: if aliens are common, where are they?Carl Sagan influenced a generation with his vision of Earth as a lonely speck around a humdrum star in a universe filled with aliens. That worldview is not holding up to increased observations. Astronomers cannot explain planet formation, star formation, or galaxy formation, and for sure they are clueless about the origin of life. Earth is still the only known place where any life can be found. There is still ample evidence to support the conviction that intelligent life on Earth is not only special, it is unique—even in a universe of quintillions of stars. Don’t let anyone browbeat you into believing that science has proved otherwise.Exercise: Why would the conclusion of Earth’s uniqueness be “both beautiful and terrifying”? Think about that. To whom would it be terrifying? Why?Resources: Watch the videos Privileged Species and The Privileged Planet. For problems with the multiverse idea (including why it is not just bad science, but anti-science), see Our Created Universe.
(Visited 130 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 In a one-two punch, discoveries undermine the accepted story of the moon’s origin and its subsequent history.Moon Origin Story Collapse“Measurements of an element in Earth and Moon rocks have just disproved the leading hypotheses for the origin of the Moon.” That’s the first sentence in a post on Science Daily. Did a Mars-sized protoplanet impact the Earth, spinning off the moon? The problem, recognized for a long time but now reaching a crisis, is that isotopic similarities between the two bodies are too similar.The probability that the impactor just happened to have the same isotopic signature as Earth was vanishingly small.So the giant impact hypothesis had a major problem. It could match many physical characteristics of Earth-Moon system but not their geochemistry. The isotopic composition studies had created an “isotopic crisis” for the hypothesis.The latest high-precision measurements still show too much similarity, especially for potassium isotopes. All theorists can do now is make the impact so violent, it would vaporize the Earth’s crust and mantle. That’s what Space.com‘s article says: “Moon’s Birth May Have Vaporized Most of Earth, Study Shows.” How likely is it that the remaining cloud would condense into the moon and the earth? How credible is it to assume this violent collision would result in a life-friendly planet with a moon just right to stabilize its orbit and tides?Moon Development Story CollapseAnother story that has taken on the air of certainty is the so-called “Late Heavy Bombardment.” It even has an acronym: LHB. This story says that there was a period of violent impacts about 600 million years after the moon formed, 3.9 billion years ago. That’s what pockmarked the surface with its large impact basins.Now, a paper in PNAS calls the story “illusory.” Data have been misinterpreted, say two scientists from UCLA.The vast majority of evidence marshaled for the Late Heavy Bombardment comes from 40Ar/39Ar age spectra of Apollo samples, interpreted through “plateau” ages, which show an apparent cluster at ∼3.9 Ga [billion years]. Whether such data can be uniquely inverted to constrain impact histories in the Earth−Moon system has never been tested. We show that diffusive loss of 40Ar from a monotonically declining impactor flux coupled with the early and episodic nature of lunar crust formation tends to create clustered distributions of apparent 40Ar/39Ar ages at ca. 3.9 Ga. Instead, these 40Ar/39Ar data can be reconciled with a continuously decreasing bollide flux. Thus, impacts may have played a minimal role in terrestrial habitability, early Earth dynamics, and the formation of Hadean zircons.It’s astonishing that such a long-standing, widely-accepted story has “never been tested” till now. As they indicate, collapse of the LHB not only affects theories of the moon’s surface; it ripples into issues like habitability, early Earth dynamics, and the formation of zircons used for dating the Earth.Update 9/14/16: New Scientist says of the new paper, “A proposed period of intense asteroid and comet strikes on the inner solar system might be a fiction.” There was no Late Heavy Bombardment; instead, a continuous rain of impactors “more like a gentle massage.” The re-interpretation of impact evidence from Apollo samples has other implications. Evolutionists can no longer assume that an LHB “was a lucky break for Earth: that bombardment could have brought the first water and even prebiotic molecules to the infant planet.”Update 9/14/16: Another earth-shattering announcement undercuts prior beliefs about the origin of the Earth. PhysOrg‘s headline reads, “New discovery shatters previous beliefs about Earth’s origin.” The analysis by James M. D. Day in Nature analyzes radioisotope products in chondrites and in the Earth. On one hand, the authors appear to confirm a chondrite origin for the Earth’s materials. But on the other hand, they invoke special conditions, turning supernovae into chefs without a brain:Even so, Earth remains extraordinary. Enstatite chondrites and calcium–aluminium inclusions cannot have formed Earth; they might partly overlap isotopically with our planet, but they are either too depleted in key elements, including volatile elements, or too chemically reduced to explain the terrestrial composition. Conversely, carbonaceous and ordinary chondrites are too depleted in 142Nd (ref. 3). Moreover, chondrites and their components are unlikely to be representative of the materials that formed Earth because the materials that fed the formation of the inner planets no longer exist, having been processed within Mercury, Venus, Earth, the Moon or Mars. Instead, the formation of the Solar System might have been the result of ‘cosmic cookery’, in which stars and supernovae sprinkled variable isotopic compositions into the mix, akin to a chef seasoning a dish before serving it.Day’s statements are based on two papers, Nature (Burkhardt et al.) about anomalysis neodynmium, and Nature (Bouvier and Boyet) claiming that Earth’s 142Nd shares a common origin with primitive solar system materials.These are great lessons in philosophy of science. Theories are only tentative, not certain. Theories are subject to being overturned. But before falsification, they can survive long enough to take on a life of their own, affecting textbooks, animations, and even the popular culture. Yet they can be completely illusory!It should have been evident that both theories were examples of “special pleading”—the invocation of ad hoc rescue devices to account for unexpected observations. It’s not proper in science to invoke one-off scenarios that can never be repeated, including the origin of the moon by an impact or a special period of high impact volumes. But the only other position is to suppose that the Earth and its moon always were (or were created the way they are). Since those options are philosophically distasteful, secular theorists would rather make up implausible stories that follow the evidence.
For the second year running, telecommunications giant MTN leads the Brand Finance South Africa Top 50. The brand’s value has grown by 31%, largely as a result of the corporate’s accommodating and understanding local conditions before it sets up shop. Brand South Africa chief executive, Miller Matola, says the brands featured in the survey contribute to the image of the country.For the second year in a row, South African telecommunications giant, MTN, has been named the country’s top brand, beating out rival Vodacom, and energy producer Sasol. The announcement was made at the release of the Brand Finance South Africa Top 50 survey at Brand South Africa offices on Tuesday, 22 July.Brand Finance South Africa is part of the international Brand Finance group, which helps companies measure the value of, and manage, their brands.According to the survey, MTN’s brand value has grown by 31% over the last year thanks to its increasing international exposure. This is also due to how MTN conducts business in each country it enters: it collects knowledge of that country and respects its customs.The survey shows just how dominant MTN is in the corporate sector. It has widened the gap between itself and its competitors by posting a brand value of R56.3-million, over R30-million more than Sasol and Vodacom.Sasol had overtaken Vodacom to claim second spot this year after its value increased by 13%. This is largely thanks to ventures in 38 countries; including expansion into the US shale market in recent years, the launch of a R1.9-billion ethylene purification plant in Sasolburg, and the weaker rand.Investec made the most impressive leap this year, moving from 18th in 2013 to 9th this year. Its brand value increased by 67% and according to the survey, could rival South Africa’s big four banks in coming years.Chairman of Brand Finance Africa, Thebe Ikalafeng, said it is important to honour major brands such as MTN and Sasol as they help tell the South African story of a competitive nation and country with a great reputation.He added that the survey provides brands a benchmark they can use to drive their business and their strategy. “It helps to guide them and see how well they do competitively.”Thebe Ikalafeng of Brand Finance Africa says the brands selected in the survey help in telling the South African story.Ikalafeng said South African business is diverse and competitive across all sectors from telecommunications to retail. However, he said, South African brands should strive for excellence shown by European and American counterparts while emphasising its African roots. “Our distinction is who we are as Africans. It’s that colour, that diversity, that Africanness that only an African can define.”Brand South Africa chief executive, Miller Matola, said the companies featured in the top 50 are critical to building a nation’s brand. “A lot of them are pioneers. They have strong images in and outside of South Africa. In many ways these brands help build the brand of South Africa.”He also said that South Africa can increase its global competitiveness by using these enterprises to build sustainable growth and prosperity.Oliver Schmitz, managing director of Brand Finance South Africa, called on business leaders to follow Nelson Mandela’s example of leadership by putting people ahead of profits so as to ensure their own long-term successOliver Schmitz, managing director at Brand Finance South Africa, said more than 450 brands were analysed during the survey. They were assessed according to the International Organisation for Standardisation’s three requirements for brand evaluation; an intellectual property audit, a consumer behaviour review, and combining these for assessing financial performance.The evaluators used the royalty relief method, which estimates the likely future sales of a brand and the royalty rate that would be charged for the use of the brand.Schmitz said brand leaders need to look after the people around them if they are to ensure long-term success. “We need to play our part. A nation brand has a value and all brands have a value. And together we can give value to the consumers out there.”View the full list of South Africa’s Top 50 Brands
Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now I have asked this question here before, multiple times, and in multiple ways:If one were to watch a video of how you spent your time over, say, the last week, would they immediately recognize your goals?After watching the video, what would they believe is important to you from looking at the objective evidence of the physical actions you take throughout the day?In a workshop I was delivering, a young man told me that in order to do better work, he’d have to be provided a financial incentive. When I inquired as to why he would have to be paid more to do better work, he said, “I am money motivated.” He was taken aback when I insisted he wasn’t money motivated, and that he just wanted more money and was lacking the motivation.There is this old cartoon of a man standing in front of a wood burning stove, holding wood in his arms. The stove is saying to the man, “Give me more wood, and I will give you more heat.” The man replies, “Give me more heat, and I will give you more wood.”There is a certain order of things in this Universe, a law that we recognize as cause and effect. As far as I have been able to discern, there is no law of effect and cause. You don’t get the heat before you put wood in the stove, meaning you have to grab your ax and chop wood if you want heat. This law cannot be broken, but it is possible for you to break yourself against the law.For some, last week’s video would indicate comfort and entertainment was their greatest priority. For others, the video might indicate their goal was winning arguments about politics on social media. Most videos would show the individual drifting, being carried by invisible forces, with no real aim or goal.Watching the video of those who are motivated would provide evidence of their having blocked time, eliminated distractions, and doing the things that moved them towards the life they want for themselves and for their people. While there would surely be some comfort and entertainment sprinkled in, on balance, their week would look very different from the majority.The average lifespan for a man in the United States is 79 years, or 4,108 weeks. For women, that number is 81, or 4,212 weeks. I will allow you to do your own math here, but I will be very clear about the point of this exercise:Whatever your goals, whatever your dreams, whatever it is you want, whatever is most important to you, spend the few weeks allotted to you pursuing them with vim and vigor!
Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “When you play this sport, getting to those moments, getting to the Eastern Conference finals, the Finals, that’s when you feel alive,” Wade said. “And I haven’t felt that in a couple years. And I wanted to make sure I put myself in that position. If I don’t win one, my career path is not going to change, but damn it sure will feel great.” Ronaldo surprised by increasing criticism Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight FILE – In this Dec. 25, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) and Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade talk following an NBA basketball game in Miami. Wade is expected to sign Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, with the Cavaliers, reuniting the 12-time All-Star with James, a former Miami teammate and one of his best friends. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)The wake-up calls for Dwyane Wade were coming at 5:45 a.m. for much of the summer. An hour or so later, he and LeBron James would be in the gym together working on their games.And the chemistry was as good as ever.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ “He drives me to want to be better,” Wade said.They’ll be grinding together on a daily basis now.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWade signed a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday to reunite with James, with whom he went to four NBA Finals and won two championships in Miami. Wade’s deal was finalized quickly after he cleared waivers, which he had to do after getting a buyout from the Chicago Bulls over the weekend.“I’m all about the challenge,” Wade told The Associated Press. “If I didn’t want the challenge, I would have stayed in Chicago. But I wanted the challenge of being back on that big stage and playing in those moments and seeing what I’ve got. So I’m not going to talk about what I’ve got. I want to go out there and show, when the lights are the brightest and the games are the biggest, that’s when I’m alive. And I need that.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:34Google unveils motion-sensing Pixel 401:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games He took a hard look at going back to Miami, listened to sales pitches from Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in Oklahoma City, even considered San Antonio and got a call from Golden State.But in the end, he wanted to play again with James — someone Wade calls his brother.“I definitely think I can help him in different ways,” Wade told the AP via phone as he sat in his new locker room. “He is, in today’s game, the greatest basketball player that we have. So he doesn’t need me to help him be great. But there’s other areas that I’ve been able to be there, to help him think about things a certain way. He knows I’m going to put the work in with him. He knows I’m going to be right there.”Earlier Wednesday, James said he feels like a little kid having Wade with him again.“Come on, man, this is like one of my best friends,” James said after the first of Cleveland’s two practices on the day — the second one set to be Wade’s first with the Cavs. “It’s kind of like when you start school and you walk into the classroom and you’re not quite sure who your classmates are and when you walk in there and one of your best friends is in there, you’re like: ‘Oh, yeah, this is going to be fun. It’s going to be a good class.’”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A good team, too.Wade and James spent four seasons together with the Heat, winning two championships and making the Finals four times as a duo as devastating as any in league history. They’ll now join forces on a Cleveland team that saw Kyrie Irving traded to Boston and the roster get remodeled by adding Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, former league MVP Derrick Rose and free agents Jeff Green and Jose Calderon.Wade has talked to coach Tyronn Lue about his role and seems assured that he’ll be in the mix for a starting job.“You want to earn your spot, but I definitely wanted to make sure it wasn’t something that was off the table,” Wade said. “I don’t want ever to be given anything in this league. I want to feel like I earned it. That’s kind of how you want it coming to a new team. … This is a deep team. That really excited me about the potential of this team and what you need to compete with a Golden State. You need a deep team to compete with them.”Wade has said many times that a fourth ring isn’t a make-or-break goal for him. His legacy is secure. He’s a certain Hall of Famer. He’s one of the best to ever play the game.That doesn’t mean another title is irrelevant, though. And he gave back about $8 million in the buyout with the Bulls to get this chance, after taking smaller-than-he-could-have-gotten deals in Miami multiple times to help the Heat and their championship quests.“I want to compete for it,” Wade said. “I’ve always said if I don’t win another one, it’s not going change the course of my career and what I’ve been able to accomplish. But as everyone knows, as has been very highly documented, some of it documented the wrong way, I’ve probably given back the most money of any player in NBA history. And it’s always been to be in position to compete for a championship.”The Cavaliers have been to the last three NBA Finals; add the Miami years in there, and James has been to the title round in seven consecutive seasons.Wade hasn’t played a June game since 2014.He’s hoping that changes in 2018.
The disaster resilience and risk mitigation capacities of four communities are being boosted, under a project to be implemented by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), at a cost of $6 million.The project, ‘Management of Slope Stability in Communities (MoSSaiC)’, primarily entails drain infrastructure improvement works, among other activities, aimed at reducing flooding, and improving slope stability to curtail the incidence of land slippage, and other occurrences resulting in dislocation for the residents.Approximately 20,000 residents will benefit from the undertaking in the targeted communities where the project will be undertaken as a pilot, beginning in the next few months. These are Harbour Heights, Melbrook Heights, and Bedward Gardens in St. Andrew; and Breastworks, in Portland.[RELATED: Bill to be Tabled to Boost Disaster Fund]Funded through the World Bank with financing from the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF), the project is slated for execution over 12 months by the National Works Agency (NWA).A contract for the work was signed by ODPEM’s Acting Director General, Richard Thompson, and NWA Chief Executive Officer, E.G. Hunter, during a brief ceremony at ODPEM’s Haining Road offices, in Kingston, on June 25.Senior Director for Mitigation, Planning and Research at ODPEM, Kareema Aikens-Mitchell, informed that the communities are the first beneficiaries of the programme, and outlined the rationale for their selection.“We had a number of criteria that we used to evaluate the need. Because (the undertaking) is looking at improving landslide risk in certain communities…you had to have high density, and we can clearly see that in the communities that we are working with. There has to be some element of social vulnerability. Also, we had to be working with a particular slope gradient, where landslide risk is prominent,” she explained.Mrs. Aikens-Mitchell said the work will see the construction of main drains, intercept drains, and feeder drains, among other features.“At the end of the project, we hope to replicate the methodology across other communities in Jamaica,” she said.For his part, Environmental Engineer at the NWA, Dr. Mark Richards, indicated that the agency has commenced surveys in the project areas and will shortly be “going into the design phase” for the project plans being drafted.“We expect to be in the communities within a few months, so once the designs are complete and we get contractors on board, then actual work will start,” he assured.[RELATED: Labour Minister says All in Place for Active Hurricane Season]In his remarks, Mr. Thompson pointed to ODPEM’s “role and responsibility” in ensuring that “our communities are more resilient.”He underscored that “this community-based landslide risk reduction project is part of a bigger framework as it relates to building disaster-resilient communities.”Mr. Hunter said the NWA welcomed the opportunity to partner with ODPEM in executing the project. Noting that the agencies are “usually united” in national disaster recovery efforts, he pointed out that “it is good to see that we are now engaged in a mitigation effort.”He assured that the NWA is committed to “delivering this project on time, within budget, and in accordance with stipulated specifications.”Contact: Douglas McIntosh