Fort St. John to see first-ever skateboard competition this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The first-ever skateboarding and BMX riding competition is going to be taking place in the Energetic City this weekend.The competition, which is being put on by the City of Fort St. John, Victory Skateboards, and Ernie’s Sports Experts, is going to be held on Saturday in conjunction with the City’s Canada Day celebrations. Victory Skateboard’s owner Cole Andrews says that he’s not aware of a skateboard competition in Fort St. John, though there have been demonstrations put on before. Andrews says that part of the reason for a rise in the sport’s popularity is due to the construction of the Rotary Skate Park several years ago.Andrews says that the competition will see competitors split into two age groups: U18 and Open, or all-ages. So far, he says that 15 local skateboarders have signed up to compete, with a possibility of riders coming from Grande Prairie and Prince George.- Advertisement -In addition to the two main competitions, there will also be a “best trick” competition on a pre-planned obstacle in the park. In this case, the obstacle will be the park’s six-stair handrail. Riders will be competing for a number of prizes that have been supplied by both Victory and Ernie’s.The Canada Day Skate and BMX Competition is taking place on Saturday, July 1st, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Rotary Skate Park across from the fire hall. Registration is taking place on site.last_img read more

JC notes: Vikings have more than one weapon

first_imgSophomore guard Deon Tresvant has garnered most of the attention lately, and rightly so. That’s to be expected when you break the Long Beach City College single-game scoring record three times in one season, including two games in a row. But Tresvant isn’t the only reason the LBCC men’s basketball team has won its third consecutive South Coast Conference South Division title this season. He’s not the sole factor in the Vikings’ 13-game winning streak that includes victories over Compton, Mt. SAC, L.A. Trade Tech and L.A. Southwest. Long Beach has plenty of talent that surrounds Tresvant. That talent includes swingman Eric Williams – LBCC’s only other starting sophomore – and a host of freshmen that have developed over the course of the season. They include Chris Brown, Matt Richard, Emmanuel Green, Randolph White and Kenneth Hurd. The Vikings have overcome a slow start that saw them sport records of 2-6, 4-7 and 7-10. Now, LBCC is 20-10 and ends its regular season at 7:30 p.m. today at home against El Camino. “Can you believe that?” LBCC coach Gary Anderson asked of his team’s recent success. “We’ve gotten a lot better and we seem like a team that survives. We fight. … I’m proud of the way this team has brought things together.” Tresvant is clearly the star. The Cabrillo High graduate averages 25.0 points per game – third in the state – and has scored 111 points in his last two games, eclipsing his own school record each night. But Williams is sixth in the state in scoring (21.2 ppg) and third in rebounds (12.3 rpg). “Eric is just as important (as Tresvant) with all the things he does,” Anderson said. “He’s such an athletic, strong player. There’s no one that can really match up with him, in the conference or the state.” The freshmen provide a defensive presence and a spark off the bench. Richard is a defensive stopper and Hurd “saved our bacon,” according to Anderson, when he made six consecutive free throws in the Vikings’ 132-131, triple overtime victory last week over L.A. Southwest. “Everybody has been playing their role, doing their thing,” Anderson said, “and that’s the reason we’re playing so well.” center_img On the dotted line Compton College had several football players sign national letters of intent last week, including a pair headed to the SEC. Outside linebacker Lamar Brumfield and free safety Ashlee Palmer each signed with Mississippi. Both were first-team All-Western State Conference selections and Palmer was selected a JC All-American. Larry Dennis, an all-conference defensive end, signed with UNLV and fellow defensive end Nasseer Ghafur signed with Northern Colorado. Offensive tackle Eldridge Sims signed with Kansas State. Cerritos defensive end Jamal Jones has signed a letter of intent with Morehead State in Kentucky. Jones was an All-Mission Conference National Division first-team selection. Freshman center Cody Fisher signed with Morningside College, an NAIA school in Iowa. Off and running LBCC’s men’s volleyball team has run its consecutive victory streak to 21 matches after three triumphs to open the 2007 season. “We’ve got a lot of experience and depth this year,” said Randy Totorp, who led the Vikings to state titles in two of his first three years at LBCC. Long Beach lost just two sophomores from last season’s state title team and is led by sophomore outside hitter Naseri Tumanuvao, the MVP of last season’s state tournament. The Vikings went 18-0 a year ago on their way to the state crown and are 3-0 so far this year. At 6 p.m. Friday, they host a very tough team from Irvine Valley. “I think Irvine will be our first real test,” said Totorp, who feels the overall competition in the state is stronger than before. “It’s going to be a tougher road (to the state title) but we’re rolling right now.” Also The Cerritos baseball team is off to an 8-2 start and opens a three-game homestand today. The Falcons host Golden West at 2 p.m. today and welcome Irvine Valley at 2 p.m. Thursday. On Saturday, Cerritos hosts Fullerton at noon. Freshman pitcher Jessica Navarro tossed a five-inning no-hitter Saturday for Cerritos’ softball team (6-3), which has recovered nicely following an 0-3 start. Navarro struck out six batters in the 9-0, mercy rule-shortened victory over Ventura at the Irvine Valley Green and Gold Tournament. The only blemish on her day was a hit batter in the fourth inning. The Falcons host Antelope Valley at 3 p.m. Thursday. David Felton can be reached at david.felton@presstelegram.com or (562) 499-1318. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Tavernier penalty double helps Rangers end dismal run on the road

first_imgTwo late penalties from James Tavernier saw Rangers’ end their dismal run on the road but were made to sweat for their 4-1 victory at Hamilton.Prior to kick-off, Rangers had not won a league match away from Ibrox since February and it looked like they were going to drop more points when Steven Boyd cancelled out Ryan Kent’s opener. 3 gameday cracker Steven Gerrard’s side were far from their slickest but got the victory which moves them up to fifth when Accies defender Alex Penny gave away two late spot-kicks.Tavernier stepped up both times and found the net before Alfredo Morelos put a gloss on their first triumph outside of Govan since St Johnstone were beaten in Perth eight months ago.Gerrard had used his pre-match press conference to urge his men to have the belief to kill off their away-day hoodoo after seeing them slip up against Aberdeen, Motherwell, Celtic and Livingston.But he would have been concerned to see a pattern similar to their last trip to Livi emerge as the Light Blues struggled to find their groove, despite bossing the early possession stakes. SORRY He could have been forgiven for suffering a sense of deja vu as Aaron McGowan and Darian MacKinnon came close to handing Hamilton an early lead.Tavernier was then at the centre of a penalty call as Mickel Miller tumbled at his feet but referee Andrew Dallas waved play on.Chances at the other end had been rare in the opening half hour as Hamilton showed the kind of determined focus that escaped them at Easter Road.But all it took was one mistake four minutes before the break for those efforts to go to waste as Rangers grabbed a lead they barely deserved.Lassana Coulibaly cut off a Ziggy Gordon pass and swiftly nudged it on to Morelos. The Colombian’s reactions were just as quick as he knocked it round the corner for Kent, who raced past Penny before clipping a fine finish over Gary Woods. tense Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Tavernier’s goals set Rangers on their way to victory revealed Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST Morelos put some gloss on the scoreline The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 BEST OF scrap Most Popular Football News Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update latest Kent was cautioned for his over-exuberant celebrations with the travelling Gers fans Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 3 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 3 Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos The on-loan Liverpool winger was booked for his celebrations as he dived into the away support.These Liverpool fans urge Jurgen Klopp to use Ryan Kent at RangersHowever, Hamilton blew two golden chances to level as the visitors’ defence creaked again after the break. First Bingham was able to bundle through on Allan McGregor.The Gers goalkeeper pushed away a strike that was straight at him but James Keatings had to do better than fire the rebound wide as Nikola Katic failed to sense the danger.But Gerrard’s men were not out of the woods yet and found themselves pegged back in the 80th minute as Boyd skipped past a lazy leg from Jordan Rossiter before smashing a sensational equaliser past McGregor.The panic only lasted three minutes, though, as two moments of madness from Penny handed Gers the win.First the centre-back used an arm to stop a Daniel Candeias cross inside his own box before two minutes later he appeared to trip Morelos inside the area. Both times Tavernier refused to blink from 12 yards as Rangers breathed a sigh of relief.The fight was out of Hamilton by this point and they conceded again in stoppage time as Morelos danced past Woods before clipping into an empty net.last_img read more

DDTV VIDEO: GLENSWILLY BEAT ST EUNAN’S IN COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP

first_imgMichael Murphy Goal – Donegal SFC, Glenswilly v St Eunan’s, Sept 4 from Jerome Quinn on Vimeo.GLENSWILLY caused an upset in the quarter final replay of the county SFC at Ballybofey on Sunday afternoon. The near neighbours clashed in a what was billed as a tight game.But Glenswilly had the Letterkenny lads on the run for most of the first half, although Eunans pointed four times just before the break.Michael Murphy – who scored a great goal for Glenswilly – led his team to a 1-9 to 0-8 victory.Watch highlights from Jerome Quinn’s video. Get all the county weekend results here:www.donegaldaily.com/2011/09/05/gaa-all-the-county-results-across-donegal/DDTV VIDEO: GLENSWILLY BEAT ST EUNAN’S IN COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: September 5th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:glenswilly v st eunan’ssenior championship gaavideolast_img read more

OUTRAGE AS PLANNERS GIVE GO-AHEAD FOR KINNEGO BAY TURBINES BIGGER THAN DUBLIN’S SPIRE

first_imgDONEGAL County Council objections for massive wind turbines overlooking one of the county’s most beautiful and historic bays have been shockingly overturned by An Bord Pleanala.The planning body has given the GO-AHEAD for two turbines which will stand on top of a hillside and stretch an astonishing 132 METRES HIGH.That’s 21 metres higher than The Spire in Dublin’s O’Connell Street. The council had objected to the move by Derry man Declan Clarke – who has a holiday home on the land at Crockbrack Hill.The turbines will sit on top of the hill and will be clearly visible from Kinnego Bay’s famous beach, scene of a Spanish Armada landing and a huge tourist attraction.Donegal County Council had objected to the increased height of the Inishowen turbines as they would spoil the beauty of the area which is right on the Wild Atlantic Way.In its ruling the council said its policy was “not to permit development proposals which would detract from the visual quality/amenity on either the approach roads to, or views to be had from significant tourist attractions.” Residents in the area where four local glens would be dwarfed by the development say they have opposed the height increase in its submission to An Bord Pleanala.“This is probably one of the most spectacular parts of the Wild Atlantic Way and the idea of two turbines overlooking it is just abhorrent,” said residents’ committee chair David Simpson.Neil Mc Cormack, Liam Cunningham Toni Devine and David Simpson walk along the long Glen Road near Kinnego Bay where the wind turbines are planned. Photo Brian McDaid/Cristeph“The whole strategy of tourism development is to offer wonderful scenery along our Atlantic coast to visitors. But I can tell you it is upsetting local people as well.“The drive down through the Long Glen to Kinnego Bay is on the route as well and the whole vista will be destroyed.”But in his submission to An Bord Pleanala for a height increase to twice that of Letterkenny’s St Eunan’s Cathedral, he insisted: “It is not considered that the purpose of the Wild Atlantic Way is to sterilise all lands from future development along the western coastline of Ireland from Donegal to Cork and all places in between.” OUTRAGE AS PLANNERS GIVE GO-AHEAD FOR KINNEGO BAY TURBINES BIGGER THAN DUBLIN’S SPIRE was last modified: August 15th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Kinnego Batkinnego bayTurbineWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more

Hundreds turn out for Mica Action Group public meeting as concerns are raised in Burt

first_imgHundreds of people packed into the An Grianan Hotel in Burt on Wednesday night for the first Mica Action Group (MAG) public meeting to discuss the controversial Mica redress scheme. Families and friends from around Donegal filled the hotel in Inishowen with kids of the affected families wearing Mica focused t-shirts to mark the event.Mica kids: The Homeowners’ kids sit in the front row of the public meeting in An Grianan Hotel, BurtThe meeting follows the allocation of €20million from the government for grants to cover remediation works to dwellings that have been damaged due to defective concrete blocks. It is estimated that as many as 4,800 dwellings in Donegal and 345 in Mayo are affected by the Mica-defective blocks.The Donegal County Council also came under pressure from the group for their continued employment of the masonry supplier.What is known so far?Donegal County Council announced earlier this week that applications for the redress scheme will open this Autumn.Yesterday (Wednesday), members of MAG met with representatives from the Department of Housing (DOH) before the public meeting to seek clarity on keys issues surrounding the Mica scheme. It is understood that the Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, Minister Joe McHugh, Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, Mica steering committee member, Councillor Bernard McGuinness, and senior figures from the DOH attended the meeting.Eileen Doherty, Press Officer for the MAG, told the packed hall on Wednesday: “We know that the government is going to pay 90% and that means homeowners will have to pay an additional 10% of the final bill.“It is important to note at this point that some of the criticism that we receive daily is that we negotiated that, we didn’t negotiate anything, and we still haven’t been given details to the scheme.“We lobbied for the best possible deal for the homeowners and I can assure you that we lobbied hard and the best possible deal was delivered.“There is also a lot of talk on social media on whether we should go back to the drawing board, should we look at legislation? If we don’t accept the deal that is currently on the table then we are in a position that we’d have to look at legislation, just like the pyrite situation. “Do we want to go down that road? As a group, the consensus is no, and as an individual homeowner, that is your choice and it is up to you whether you take the available deal.“We were never going to get the perfect scheme but, we are positively forward than we were six years ago.”In the private meeting between representatives from the Department of Housing and the MAG, members were told that the current €20million scheme will only cover the homeowners’ principal private residence – the homes that residents’ principally live in.Seeking clarity on the issue, Doherty explained the audience: “We sought clarity and asked whether a second home will be included and the answer was no, they won’t be included (in the current scheme). “It is unfortunate and it is not what we lobbied for but it what we were told.”It was also announced for those that have already fixed their homes will not be reimbursed from the government.“Retrospective payments will not be covered in the scheme,” Doherty said. “Payment will not be made for people who have fixed their homes, but we did seek clarity for people who made partial repairs and whether they are eligible and the answer to that was yes, so that is good news.”During the public meeting, Doherty outlined some constructive questions that had been answered during the private meeting with the public representatives on Wednesday.When will the application process open?Doherty explained: “They have promised that they will work through August and senior officials have been told that this is a priority and the Department of Housing is hopeful that the application will open in September, which may run into early October.” 2. What are the requirements for an application?“As I have explained, it must be a principal private residence, so it has to be the main home that you live in, however, there was a number of grey areas that we discussed today,” Doherty said.“For example, let’s say that there has been a marriage separation in the home. Those incidents they will look at fairly and it will be an exclusion to the principal residence rule.“For people who have had to leave their home due to it being unsafe, this will be another exclusion and they will be allowed to apply for the scheme.” 3. Which homes will get priority?Doherty continued: “We all want to know what homes are going to get priority over the others and how is that going to be worked out.“Is it going to be the houses that are the worst will get the priority? Or is there a different strategy? And the answer to that question is that they haven’t finalised those details at present.“But through a lengthy discussion today, they took note of our concerns.” 4. Who will have total responsibility for the scheme?“We had it confirmed today (Weds) that the Donegal County Council will have responsibility for the whole scheme,” Doherty confirmed at the public meeting.“We were told today that the entire process will be controlled by the Donegal County Council.“Where are they currently with that? We were told that the DOH are finalising the people that will be required, the skill sets that will be required, on the council to run a scheme such as this.“Following the finalising of this, the council will then start to put these positions in place.“We did express our concerns that the process could be a lengthy one, recruitment and things like that, and they confirmed that they will look to use existing staff on the council to make sure that this will get up and running as quickly as possible.” 5. How will the payment scheme work? “There was a lengthy discussion on this question and how it will work. Will it be a grant-based system? Do we have to pay money upfront? The key outcome of those discussions was that they would have to consider interim stage payments for that process.“There can not be a requirement that the owner has to pay the cost and then claim it back.“We were very firm and ensured that they understood that it wouldn’t work,” she added. “People don’t have the money to do that and the DOH told us that they would take that on board as a key issue. 6. What is the autonomy of the homeowner? “One of the keys things that I want to ensure for myself is that when someone comes in to fix my home as a contractor, that if they decide to use a particular supplier in the county then we cannot be obliged to use that supplier, even if they are the cheapest tender.“They agreed that we will have the right to choose a supplier as we so wish.” 7. What guarantee do Mica homeowners have that the work will be completed? “The guarantee effectively will rest with the engineers according to the DOH today,” Doherty added. “So they will adhere to the protocol for fixing each house and if they are confident that they have selected the correct repair then they should be no issue in the guarantee. “We also all need to be able to guarantee that our homes are insurable when they are fixed and the DOH agreed to have discussions with senior insurance bodies in Ireland as soon as possible, to ensure that they will accept the completion certification so that we can get the homes insured.” 8. How much money will be allocated for the budget next year and thereafter?Doherty explained: “This is a massive strategic detail to us as a group, if we don’t have enough money for the scheme it is not worth the paper it is written on.“So the budget is a huge issue for us over the next couple of months and the years thereafter,” she added. “And we expressed our concerns and we indicated that we would be expecting a significant increase in the budget.“We Illustrated the fact that if they take a figure of hundreds of millions then whatever allocation is given next year will be seen as a length of time they expect this scheme to roll out.“We asked that this is not something that goes on for ten years or more and it is done as quickly as possible.“We will continue to apply pressure and we have asked all of Donegal’s local and national representatives to keep the pressure on them as well.” 9. Cost of accommodation and storage for Mica homeowners“Funding (from the scheme) will not cover the cost of accommodation and storage, which is a negative from today’s meeting, there is no doubt about that.“The DOH said that the Department of Finance is very much squeezed and we will continue to keep the pressure on about that issue.“We highlighted that Pyrite did get that cost and we should be getting that today.“But the answer that we got today (Weds) is that it will not be covered to get as much funding as possible for the homes.”MICA public meeting panel at the An Grianan Hotel, BurtFrustration and anger remainsOnce questions had opened to the public gallery, it was clear that frustrations remained in some quarters, with one member of the audience sparking debate about the divisive nature the application process could cause within the Mica community, something they dubbed as ‘competition against thy neighbour’.The audience member said: “€20m is possibly 5% of what we are talking (about what is needed) overall, so how do you all feel that this makes competitors of everybody in the room?“That someone is going to have to put in a submission that makes a competitor out of a neighbour, how are we going to deal with that in our community?“It could be a really divisive moment for our community when people start to question why their neighbour got the grant and they didn’t”Opening the question up to the panel, which consisted of MAG Chairperson Ann Owen, Chartered Civil Engineer and MAG Adviser, Damien McKay, Cathaoirleach Cllr Nicholas Crossan, Cllr Martin McDermott, Cllr Albert Doherty, Cllr Martin Farren, Cllr Bernard McGuinness, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn (Senator), Charlie McConalogue (TD), Thomas Pringle (TD) and Mark O’Doherty, Special Advisor to Minister Joe McHugh, Mac Lochlainn responded.He said: “We cannot have that message going out here tonight, that it is going to be family against family.“Every family that wants to use this scheme must get the opportunity to make their homes safe for their families and that is the way it must be and that is the message.”The biggest cheer of the night, which led to a standing ovation from one of the main function rooms in the packed An Grianan Hotel, came following a direct question to the Donegal County Councillors over their accused continued employment of a certain block-making firm.A member of the audience on Wednesday night asked: “Why are Donegal County Council, not only still using the company that has caused this absolute crisis, but they are probably their biggest customer in the county, why is that still happening?”Responding to the question, Cllr Farren said: “I came here tonight to take on board peoples concerns and with the Mica Steering Group, which will have members from the Mica Action Group on that committee, then, as Eileen has already alluded tonight, we can bring that up at that meeting.“We will be asking those questions and as I said we are here tonight to listen to concerns and we need to get an answer for yourself.”That response sparked a flurry off off-microphone calls, with one responder shouting: “It doesn’t take that forum or future forums for that question to be asked.“There have been plenty of forums over the past seven years were that question could’ve been addressed.“The anguish it causes people in this room when they have to pass one of those lorries on the road is unmeasurable.“(That point) has been made for seven years and nothing has been done about it.“As I said, when you are one of the people in this room, and you pass those lorries on the road, the feeling that you get in your gut…” rapturous applause in support of the statement filled the room before the audience member could finish their sentence.The organisers of the public meeting told attendees that regular meetings will be held in the upcoming months to keep them updated with what is going on with the upcoming scheme.Chairperson of Mica Action Group, Ann Owen, concluded the meeting, she said: “I want to thank all of you for turning out tonight. I can assure you we will keep this scheme moving along.“Each and everyone one of us has a part to play to keep the pressure on your elected representatives to ensure funding is delivered year on year,” she added.“Finally. I owe it to my colleagues in the Mica Action Group, they have homes that have been affected as well and their continued dedication to this process has been commendable.”Hundreds turn out for Mica Action Group public meeting as concerns are raised in Burt  was last modified: August 1st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

D-Day for QPR in striker bid

first_imgHenrique’s application for a work permit is being considered this morning.QPR have agreed the signing of the Brazilian on an initial loan deal from Sao Paulo with a view to a permanent transfer in the summer, although there are doubts over whether the move will go through.Rangers have submitted the necessary paperwork in order to state their case and are hoping the striker, 20, is given the green light to move to England.Henrique attracted the attention of several European clubs at last year’s Under-20 World Cup, when he was top scorer and was voted the tournament’s best player.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Video Gamers Could Save Billions in Energy Costs

first_imgNew measures recommendedMills dove into the topic after he helped his son Nathaniel (co-author of the report) build a custom gaming computer, a route chosen by one-third of all video gamers. They selected individual components — including the graphics card, motherboard, hard drive, and memory — to optimize gaming performance, and realized how much electricity the computer would consume as they checked power ratings on the parts.“We’re building a power plant here,” Mills says.Mills says gamers could save energy without sacrificing performance by choosing more efficient component configurations. By building five progressively more efficient gaming computers, researchers cut energy use by 50% while performance remained essentially unchanged. Additional savings were possible through settings on certain components.The Mills found wide variation in the rated power consumption of different components. Power consumption for graphics processors, for example, ranged from 60 watts to 500 watts, with computing performance varying as well. But they found higher power consumption didn’t always mean faster processing. Some units with the highest performance used less power.“The huge bottom line here is that gamers don’t have to sacrifice performance to save energy,” Mills says. “You can have your cake and eat it too. In fact, the efficient systems run cooler and quieter, both of which are desirable attributes among gamers.”Nathaniel Mills later decided to drop gaming. He and his father developed a website called Greening the Beast, which is devoted to helping the gaming community “green up its act.” If the world’s video game aficionados made a few changes in computer settings and swapped some components for more energy-efficient models they could save $18 billion a year in energy costs by 2020, researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory say in a new report.Video games currently use a surprising amount of electricity — 20% of all energy consumed by personal computers even though gaming computers represent only 2.5% of the personal computer base. Evan Mills, who co-authored the report, calculates that a typical gaming computer uses 1,400 kWh of electricity per year, six times as much as a typical PC and 10 times as much as a gaming console.Potential savings by the year 2020 would be the equivalent output of 40 power plants rated at 500 megawatts each (a standard unit of electricity savings researchers call a “Rosenfeld”).The report, “Taming the energy use of gaming computers”, was published in the journal Energy Efficiency.“Your average gaming computer is like three refrigerators,” Mills says in a Berkeley Lab press release. “When we use a computer to look at our email or tend our Facebook pages, the processor isn’t working hard at all. But when you’re gaming, the processor is screaming. Plus, the power draw at that peak load is much higher and the amount of time spent in that mode is much greater than on a standard PC.”Mills says he was surprised that such a huge source of energy use has so far been overlooked, and the report comes at a time when interest in video gaming is increasingly rapidly.He estimates gaming computers used 75 terawatt hours of electricity (75 trillion watt hours) in 2012, which will double by 2020 given current sales rates — and assuming there are no efficiency improvements. Worldwide, some 1 billion people play video games on their computers.“And,” he says, “the popularity of these giant desktop gaming computers is growing fast.”last_img read more

Drinking costs two Bihar policemen their job

first_imgTwo policemen were dismissed from service on Thursday for consuming liquor and creating nuisance in Bihar which was declared a dry State in April last year. The duo held top positions in the State police association. While Nirmal Singh was president of the Bihar Policemen’s Association Shamsher Khan was its general secretary. The duo were caught in an inebriated state in May this year.last_img

CBI given time to probe Tej meeting murder accused

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday granted time to the CBI to file a report on its probe relating to news reports, photographs and videos showing former Bihar Minister Tej Pratap Yadav, son of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, along with the men accused of killing scribe Rajdev Ranjan. A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud considered the submission of CBI counsel that two more days be granted for filing the fresh status report on the probe conducted on the alleged meeting of the accused with the then Health Minister.“List after two weeks,” the Bench said.In judicial custodyEarlier, the apex court had sought the CBI’s response as to whether it had probed the news photographs and videos showing Mr. Yadav with Mohd. Kaif and Mohd. Javed, accused of killing the scribe and who were then absconding. The accused are currently in judicial custody. It had then directed the CBI to file a status report on the probe into the allegations that Mr. Yadav sheltered them and the news reports that purportedly showed them in the company of Mr. Yadav and Mohd. Shahabuddin, jailed Rashtriya Janata Dal strongman and a co-accused in the murder case. The apex court had issued notices to Mr. Shahabuddin, Mr. Yadav and the Bihar government on the plea of Ranjan’s wife seeking transfer of the case from Siwan in Bihar to Delhi. The Supreme Court had directed the CBI to proceed with the probe and ordered police protection to the scribe’s wife Asha Ranjan and their family.Shift soughtMs. Asha had moved the top court seeking transfer of the probe and trial in the case to Delhi on the ground s that media reports had shown two absconding killers of her husband in the company of Mr. Shahabuddin and Mr. Yadav. She had sought relief, including a direction to the CBI, to take up the investigation forthwith in view of the fact that the offenders, Mohd. Kaif and Mohd. Javed, were spotted with Mr. Shahabuddin and the then state Health Minister, where several policemen were also present. Kaif had surrendered in the Siwan district court on September 21.Work of sharpshootersThe scribe, working with a vernacular daily, was shot dead on the evening of May 13 in Siwan town by some sharp-shooters allegedly at the instance of the then jailed RJD leader, the plea alleged. Despite being named by the family of the journalist, the Siwan police did not name Mr. Shahabuddin in the FIR as a key conspirator, it alleged. It also alleged that the RJD leader was irked over some reports by the slain journalist on the issue of murder of three sons of Chandrakeshwar Prasad. Mr. Shahabuddin was awarded life term in one of the cases.last_img read more