Wolves steamroll Cavs behind Butler, Wiggins

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Ex-wife of slain NBA player agrees to face Tennessee charges Cavaliers: Kyle Korver, who had 19 points off the bench, connected four times from behind the arc and passed Paul Pierce for fourth place on the NBA’s all-time list in 3-pointers made with 2,147. Ray Allen (2,973), Reggie Miller (2,560) and Jason Terry (2,244) are ahead of him.Timberwolves: After shooting 52 percent from the field, the Wolves improved to 12-2 when making at least half their shots.TAKE THATJames chased down Jones to swat his fast-break layup attempt into the seats in the second quarter, following with a stare-down and some barbs traded with Aaron Brooks on the Wolves bench.Jones got his revenge a little later in the same period on a similar play, throwing down a dunk just in time before James arrived to try for another block. That was just the second career dunk for Jones, whose first was last week.CROWD PLEASERThe game marked the fourth consecutive sellout of Target Center for the Timberwolves, their longest streak in nearly five years. Love, who was traded to the Cavs for Wiggins four seasons ago, was the recipient of several rounds of boos in the first quarter.UP NEXTCavaliers: Play at Toronto on Thursday, the fourth stop on a five-game trip.Timberwolves: Face Oklahoma City on Wednesday in the third contest of a five-game homestand. The only time the Timberwolves have made the playoffs during the reign of King James was in 2004, his rookie year, when they went all the way to the Western Conference finals. James and the Cavs lost here in his second season, too, but that was it until now. In many of those annual visits, too, he barely had to break a sweat.This is a different pack of Wolves, though, with the arrival of the tough-minded veterans Butler, Gibson and Jamal Crawford to join the still-developing stars Towns and Wiggins.Neither team could’ve seen this outcome coming, though.Kevin Love, J.R. Smith and Isaiah Thomas, three-fifths of the starting five, were a combined 0 for 18 from the field in the first half. Thomas was ejected in the third quarter for a flagrant-two foul on Wiggins, for clotheslining him in the jaw as he drove to the basket. This was Thomas’ third game back from the hip injury that kept him out until the new year, having rested once. He had nine points in 19 minutes.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone James had just 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting, taking his first loss at Minnesota since Feb. 17, 2005. Cleveland fell behind by as much as 41 points in the third quarter after a dunk by Wiggins set up by a driving pass by Tyus Jones, who had grabbed his own miss from 3-point range.Butler had plenty to do with that, contributing nine assists and eight rebounds before resting during the fourth quarter, too. The Wolves led 69-42 at halftime, matching their largest first-half score from just two nights ago, after a rainbow 3-pointer from the top of the key by Butler brought the fans to their feet. That also tied the most points allowed by the Cavs in a half this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkButler made sure the Wolves didn’t slip after the break, knocking down a mid-range fadeaway, stealing the ball back and then swishing a pull-up 3-pointer on the other end to push the lead to 31 points early in the third quarter.Jeff Green scored 22 points off the bench to lead the Cavs, who’ve lost six of their last nine.center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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(AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS — Andrew Wiggins had 25 points in three quarters, Jimmy Butler pitched in 21 points and tight defense on LeBron James, and the Minnesota Timberwolves cruised to a 127-99 victory over Cleveland on Monday night that stopped a 12-game home losing streak to the Cavaliers.Karl-Anthony Towns (19 points, 12 rebounds) and Taj Gibson (16 points, 13 rebounds) were tenacious around the basket for the Timberwolves, who outrebounded the Cavs 56-37 and had a 60-42 advantage in points in the paint.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View commentslast_img read more

Govt to vigorously oppose similar settlements – Finance Minister

first_imgDDL tax settlementIn light of concerns in relation to the controversial tax write-off granted by Government to beverage giant Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), Finance Minister Winston Jordan declared that any attempts to seek a similar settlement would be strongly contested by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had contended that the whopping $3.8 billion Consumption Tax write-off from the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) opened the door for other companies to seek refunds on taxes paid on the same basis as was used in the DDL case.Finance Minister Winston JordanHowever, Jordan insisted that Government would not let such a situation occur.“Any attempts by other business persons to make claims and so on will also be vigorously opposed based on principles that underline the settlement with DDL,” he stated during a news conference on Monday.Jordan explained that Government could not stop other companies from wanting to make similar claims however, as with the Rudisa case where other corporations are piggybacking on the outcome of that settlement, but there would have to be reasonable grounds.The Finance Minister asserted that the GRA engaged in tax settlements all the time and the DDL matter was nothing new.“The judgement is sound, based on what is told to me,” he stated, noting that there really was not an issue with the matter.The Opposition Leader had contended that the DDL settlement, as well as the possibility of other companies seeking refunds, would cost the State billions in revenue dollars – billions that could have been used in areas that the coalition Government told the nation it could not afford to fund.He explained that the potential cost of this single settlement and its possible consequences amounted to more money than the State received in loans and grants in a single year.Jagdeo had also demanded that Government release critical information in relation to this tax deal, including whether or not an assessment of DDL’s liabilities in respect of Excise Tax for the period 2006 to 2016 was done and what was the sum of that liability; who negotiated the settlement; if the settlement was approved by Cabinet or the Board of the GRA; on what principles was the sum $1.5 billion arrived at; and whether other deals were concluded or are currently being negotiated.last_img read more

Taking African bush lore to Oz

first_imgEcoTraining runs the first structuredfield-guide training course in South Africa,with a dedicated venue, a comprehensivecurriculum, and instructors who cut theirteeth at the finest game lodges in thecountry.(Image: EcoTraining) Students on the Field Guides Associationof South Africa 1 course learning toidentify animal tracks.(Image: Jennifer Stern) Each student gets a chance to be the“tracker” and occupy the hot seat.(Image: Jennifer Stern)Jennifer SternInnovative South African wildlife training company EcoTraining is going international, setting up a branch in Australia. The first camp will open in the Bamuru Plains area next to Kakadu National Park Region in the Northern Territory near Darwin in October 2008, offering a field guide course, with plans to add birding and indigenous culture courses.EcoTraining was started in 1993 by a group of bush guides from Londolozi and Sabi Sabi who realised that, with the end of apartheid, international tourists would pour into South Africa. And, they reckoned, wildlife and safaris would be a big part of the attraction. While food, décor and position play big role, it is the quality of the guides that sets a game lodge apart.So EcoTraining began to run the first structured field-guide training course in South Africa, with a dedicated venue, a comprehensive curriculum, and instructors who cut their teeth at the finest game lodges in the country. Around the same time, the Field Guides Association of South Africa (FGASA) was set up to – among other things – standardise field guide qualifications.Anton Lategan joined EcoTraining as an instructor in 1997. By the end of the year he and veteran field guide and wildlife photographer Lex Hes had teamed up with to buy the company. At the time they operated from a corner in the north of Sabi Sands with one Series 3 Land Rover, one bucket shower, one pit toilet and a few tents.Rough, ready, and part of natureThey’ve come a long way since then, with three dedicated camps, but they’re definitely not planning to go the luxury route. The camps are not fenced, and it’s happened more than once that course participants couldn’t get to the showers before supper because a small herd of elephants were snacking on the trees near the ablution blocks. But that’s what it’s all about. It’s part of the strategy to remind aspirant guides that they are an integral part of nature.The company offers a range of courses, including special interest courses such as birding, animal tracks and trailing, and wildlife photography. A course popular with both tourists and locals who fancy getting to grips with the bush is the Eco Quest course, on which trainees learn how to track, drive a 4×4, and approach dangerous animals in the wild. The emphasis is on getting a better understanding of nature and of animals, but it’s not tied to a career path.The mainstay of the company, though, is the field guide courses – Level One, Level Two and Trails Guide. These 28-day courses comply with the regulations and standards laid down by the Tourism and Hospitality Education and Training Authority, and the South African Qualifications Authority. But not everyone who does these courses wants to work as a guide. Some attend for their own personal development, and an opportunity to really learn about the bush.One such person was Mark Hutchinson, an Australian who visited South Africa to do the Level 1 course at Karongwe in the winter of 2006. He not only had a great time, he also saw the potential of the EcoTraining model, and approached the owners to negotiate setting up a branch in Australia.This was not EcoTraining’s first venture beyond South Africa’s borders. Of the 2 000 or so people the company has trained, a number are from Botswana, Namibia and Kenya. Some students are school leavers, others postgraduates, and some illiterate. Course participants span the spectrum from wealthy gap-year kids from Europe to rural people from African villages. EcoTraining aims to reach a wide audience with its conservation message through guide training.EcoTraining Australia is a partnership between Anton Lategan and Lex Hes of EcoTraining South Africa, and Australians Mark Hutchinson, owner of Fishabout Tours and Untamed Tracks, a travel audiovisual marketing company, and Charles Carlow, owner of Wilderness Australia, which runs a number of upmarket lodges.Plans are afoot to build more camps in Australia to take advantage of the extensive wilderness areas, the fascinating cultural heritage, and the abundance of interesting animals and plants. EcoTraining also plans to set up something more permanent in Kenya, and are negotiating with interested parties to set up bases in the Zambezi Valley.A role in conservationWhile field guide training is important to the tourism industry, there is a more serious reason to do it as well.“EcoTraining is uniquely positioned to play a role in conservation through our professional network, our experienced team and our commitment to our mission of teaching people about the natural environment,” says Lategan.“Well-trained professional guides inspire people throughout the world to become environmentally conscious and proactively involved in conservation. This has a kind of multiplier effect when you consider the repeated exposure guides have to tourists from all over the world on a continuous basis.”When asked about expansion plans, smiled and said, “We are a humble organisation with a serious mission, and an excellent foundation to build on. So yes there will be expansion, but I don’t see expansion as growth for growth’s sake. The natural world is being destroyed, and we need to stand up and be counted in whichever arena we are needed.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email [email protected] articlesSouth Africa’s national parksSouth Africa’s tourist highlightsHot idea keeps tuskers at bayRescuing the white rhinoTracking elephants across AfricaEcotourism reaps rich rewardsUseful linksEcoTrainingField Guides Association of South AfricaEcoTraining AustraliaSouth African National Parkslast_img read more

Kesivan Naidoo: living in rhythm

first_img13 November 2008Kesivan Naidoo, winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Jazz 2009, “caught the beat” at the tender age of 11, falling in love with percussion when he heard his aunt’s boyfriend playing the drums over a song on the radio.That was in 1990. Three years later, aged 14, Naidoo made his professional on-stage debut at the Hogsback Arts Festival, playing with the Webster Jazz Quintet. Shortly thereafter he started to play for the Hudson Park Jazz Band as well as the Hudson Concert Band.In 1994, Naidoo’s passion for music was fuelled further at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, where he got the opportunity to have lessons with internationally acclaimed drummer and jazz musician Lulu Gontsana. These sessions started a mentorship process that would continue for two years.Naidoo grew up in East London and studied music at the University of Cape Town. In 1999, he became the youngest person to win the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition, and used this opportunity to study at the prestigious Rhabindra Bharati University in Kolkata, India, studying under sitar guru Sanjay Bandophadyah.No stranger to the national jazz scene, Naidoo has played with the East Cape Big Band (of which he was a founding member), the UCT Big Band and the UCT College Jazz Ensemble.He has shared the stage with an impressive string of leading South African musicians, including Miriam Makeba, Selaelo Selota, Feya Faku, Bheki Mseleku, Jimmi Dludlu, Marcus Wyatt, Zim Ngqawana, Judith Sephuma, Errol Dyers, Abdullah Ibhrahim, Hotep Galeta and Steve Newman.Naidoo has also taken his music to international audiences, performing in Germany, France and England as a member of the Hudson Big Band. In 1995, 1999 and 2000 he was chosen for the South African National Youth Big Band, with which he toured to New York City.In 1999 he became the only South African to have performed with the Kennedy Centre Jazz Ambassadors, a touring group from New York City.Naidoo has also shown a flair for composing musical scores for television and film. He co-composed the music for a documentary on South Africa with Carlo Mombelli, and also wrote the music for The Devil Breaks My Heart, a series of documentaries celebrating South Africa’s 10 years of democracy, for the SABC.Naidoo has a wide range of eclectic musical influences that range from Charles Lazar, Jojo Mayer and Prince to Rage against the Machine. Drummers that have inspired him include Elvin Jones, Max Roach, Tony Williams, and the drummers who have played for James Brown. Musicians who have influenced his compositions include Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. His favourite music styles are jazz, electronica and world music.Naidoo has also ploughed his experience into developing the future of South Africa’s performing talent by facilitating workshops on performance at many South African universities. He was also the youngest person to be invited to lecture at the Grahamstown Youth Jazz Festival in 2003 and 2004.“I believe that creative people with new ideas is what is going to make this country work,” says Naidoo. “Good ideas mean nothing if they don’t become part of reality, just like a musical composition means nothing unless it gets performed.“So I am working on creating venues throughout South Africa so that creative music can live.”Some of Naidoo’s more recent ventures include co-founding a company called Silent Revolution Productions with Lee Thomson. They own the Armchair Theatre in Observatory, Cape Town, and aim to use the venue to raise the awareness of art music in South Africa.He currently plays with Tribe, Babu, Restless Natives and Closet Snare.The annual Standard bank Young Artist Awards were started in 1981 by the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, with Standard Bank coming on board as a sponsor in 1984.The awards, seen as one of the most prestigious of their kind in the country, honour young South African artists who have not yet gained widespread national exposure or acclaim, but who are making a significant mark in their field.The awards recognize and actively promote the talent of these young artists, providing them with financial support and a platform for experimentation. Winners receive a cash prize and financial support for their participation on the main programme of the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.Source: National Arts Festival, Grahamstownlast_img read more

On this day 50 years ago: Mandela arrives at Robben Island

first_imgMandela and Walter Sisulu were both held at Robben Island. Keeping all political prisoners in one prison was a mistake Mandela has said. (Image: Mandela Foundation)• Robben Island revisited digitally • Nelson Mandela: a life in photographs • From Liliesleaf to Robben Island • The Rivonia Trialists today • Places to visit on Madiba’s JourneySulaiman Philip“The names of those who were incarcerated on Robben Island is a roll call of resistance fighters and democrats spanning over three centuries. If indeed this is a Cape of Good Hope, that hope owes much to the spirit of that legion of fighters and others of their calibre.” – Nelson Mandela Inaugural Speech, 1994Today, 50 years ago, Nelson Mandela arrived on Robben Island to begin serving a life sentence after his conviction for sabotage at the Rivonia Trial. For the next 24 years the oval spit of scrubland would be his home. To the warders he was not his reputation – a charismatic leader, a keen amateur boxer and ladies’ man – he was simply prisoner number 46664, a convicted terrorist. But his status as leader of the political prisoners on the island made him a target of abuse from the warders. Realising that he had to draw a in the line sand or the abuse would never end, especially when the mistreatment came close to violence, he turned on his tormentor. “I was frightened; it was not because I was courageous, but one had to put up a front and so he stopped.”  As Mandela remembered, “I say, ‘you dare touch me, I will take you to the highest court in this land and by the time I’m finished with you, you will be as poor as a church mouse’. And he stopped.” For Madiba it was more than just winning peace and respect from his jailers. It was him living the spirit of his philosophy. “I believe the way in which you will be treated by the prison authorities depends on your demeanour and you must fight that battle and win it on the very first day.”June 13 1964 was not Madiba’s first day on Robben Island; he had begun serving a five-year sentence for leaving the country without a passport a year before. He was transported back to Pretoria in June 1963 to stand trial for sabotage in what was to be become known as the Rivonia Trial. Mandela and Walter Sisulu were both held at Robben Island. Keeping all political prisoners in one prison was a mistake Mandela has said. (Image: Mandela Foundation)Robben Island: an isolated worldIn Long Walk to Freedom, his autobiography, Mandela wrote about the ferry ride from Cape Town to Robben Island. “Journeying to Robben Island was like going to another country. Its isolation made it not simply another prison, but a world of its own.”Within hours of their guilty verdict, around midnight of June 12 1964, Mandela and Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba, Elias Motsoaledi and Andrew Mlangeni were flown to Robben Island to begin their sentences. Often before his release, first being moved to Pollsmoor and then Victor Verster prisons, Madiba was offered freedom by the apartheid government, but he found the strings they attached too onerous. As younger, more militant activists started arriving as prisoners after the 16 June 1976 Soweto uprising, the older prisoners found an unspoken fear realised. As the struggle had evolved and become more violent in response to more violent oppression, the prisoners on Robben Island were frozen in time. “These young men were a different breed. They were brave, hostile and aggressive; they would not take orders. To be perceived as a moderate was a novel and not altogether pleasant feeling,” Mandela wrote. Robben Island: the tourist attraction“South Africans must recall the terrible past so that we can deal with it, forgiving where forgiveness is necessary but never forgetting.” – Nelson Mandela, on leaving office as South African president, 15 June 1999Today you can take a high-speed ferry from Cape Town and for a half a day walk through the quarry where Mandela’s eyesight was damaged by dust and the glaring sun. A visitor can enjoy the wild life, originally released as hunting stock to feed passing ships.Visitors to Robben Island, today a national heritage site and tourist attraction, are free to roam the concrete jail house and cells that housed the Category D prisoners, or stop over at the shrine of Muslim leader; Tuan Guru; the Lepers Graveyard; and the house where Robert Sobukwe spent nine years in solitary confinement.Each cell is uniformly bleak – a bedroll on the floor, a tiny stool and a ceramic pot – and each was kept spotlessly clean. This simple act of domesticity was revolutionary for the prisoners. “To survive in prison one must develop ways to take satisfaction in one’s daily life. One can feel fulfilled by washing one’s clothes so that they are particularly clean, by sweeping a corridor so that it is free of dust, by organising one’s cell to conserve as much space as possible. The same pride one takes in more consequential tasks outside prison, one can find in doing small things inside prison.”Madiba began his life sentence as a determined politically radicalised activist; he left Robben Island determined to be a leader. The roots of the statesman he became are on the island, or as he said; “Robben Island matured me.”last_img read more

90 Year Old Inspires Geocachers

first_imgShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedFeatured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”Terezin Games Mega-EventJune 6, 2014In “Community”Interview with NTM-27 AKA @creativecacheJune 1, 2017In “Community” Ons Oma with her gifts from Groundspeak and friendsBy: Kelly RanckHave you ever felt that you are  not athletic, outdoorsy, or tech-savvy enough to go geocaching? Perhaps you think that you are too old to hit the trail? We kindly request that you go ahead and let those excuses go. Here’s why.According to the geocacher Ons Oma, “Geocaching is a sport for people of all ages. Young and old.” If anyone deserves the right to make this claim, it is Ons Oma (Dutch for “Our Grandmother”).Recently, a group of Ons Oma’s closest family and friends came together to surprise her for her 90th birthday. This was a celebration of her 90 years of life and for the adventure that’s been Ons Oma’s life since 2008. That’s when she started geocaching.Ons Oma signing a logbookAccording to her grandson Paul, “She was very surprised” by the party. “She knew that something would happen, because home-care was early that day. In the morning people were invited to her [Ons Oma’s] house, in the afternoon, we picked her up to have a BBQ at her daughter’s house.”Ons Oma is a perfect example of that fact that anyone can geocache. The geocaching community is diverse, ever-expanding, and a place for people of all shapes, sizes, and ages.Although Ons Oma is a tad bit older than the average geocacher, her age does little to keep her from regularly going geocaching. She has been caching since she was 87 and has now logged more than 30 finds.Ons Oma with friends and family during the partyAccording to those who know her, before heading out on the hunt, she runs a Pocket Query to find caches that are wheelchair accessible. Ons Oma then picks her favorite of these caches. She tends to favor Multi-Caches that have a puzzle element. She prints out the cache descriptions in a larger font and hits the trail with family and friends.Ons Oma’s geocaching group may have to assist her with her GPS device, but she is the first one to log her finds on Geocaching.com.Not only has geocaching enabled Ons Oma to become more computer literate, it has also been a hobby that challenges her to remain active, spend time outdoors and solve puzzles. Her love and appreciation for geocaching is evident in the guests and gifts that were present at her 90th birthday party – Ons Oma even received a gift from Groundspeak.As articulated by Ons Oma, “It’s unbelievable that there are people in the world, who do things (hide geocaches) to make other people, who they don’t know, happy and expect nothing in return for that.”Ons Oma’s 90th birthday cakesOns Oma is not the only geocacher who is grateful for the sport and the way in which it brings families and communities together.Check out this video to view other families who have bridged age gaps by geocaching.If you want to see Ons Oma in action, click here and watch her geocaching music video debut.last_img read more

Size Matters

first_imgThis gluttony has led some to build ridiculously large homes. If they contain recycled materials, wood-pellet boilers, triple-glazed windows, and low-flow fixtures, we call them “green.” Never mind that these homes use three or five times the resources of an average-sized home — or more.Unhelpful scoresThese McMansions are only “green” because rating programs don’t properly question their size or occupant-to-space ratios. While some programs do provide credit for smaller homes, few programs credibly and equitably penalize excessive size. To my knowledge, only the Vermont Builds Greener program has a size limit.Like the term “natural,” green is so loosely defined that it has become a favorite marketing buzzword. The ecological term “sustainable,” on the other hand, denotes a very bright line. A practice is either sustainable or it isn’t. Excess and luxury are not sustainable, and are certainly not traits we should ever tint green.Many building materials and most sources of energy are nonrenewable, and all homes damage the environment when built and operated. When homes are eventually demolished, these materials are usually down-cycled rather than truly recycled. Big empty homes need to be furnished and maintained.Most people expect green rating systems to quantify this damage. Homes with high scores should do less damage to the environment than homes with lower scores. While a green home should gain points for relatively benign materials, durability, energy efficiency, and healthier indoor air, it should also be reasonably sized.The ballooning American homeIn 1950 the average household had 3.37 members and the average new home measured 1,000 square feet. By 2000, average household size had dropped to 2.62 while the average new home had ballooned to 2,200 square feet. In fifty years, the ratio of square feet per person nearly tripled, growing from 297 to 840.There is no biological reason to justify this huge increase in living space. No other animals build shelters with so much useless, wasteful space.As Sarah Susanka points out so eloquently in her best-selling “Not So Big” series of books, building an unusually large home is a choice, not a necessity. Larger homes use more materials and energy, increasing each occupant’s ecological footprint. Even those who use greener materials and aim for energy efficiency have to admit that the least damaging home (or portion thereof) is the one that doesn’t get built at all.There is little basis for the claim that it is better to have a large house built with green materials than a small conventionally built home. Energy modeling shows that a 1,500-square-foot home with poor insulation can still use less energy than a house twice its size with good insulation.Greener materials and improved energy efficiency may lessen the impact of a large home, but those same measures also lessen the impact of an already-low-impact smaller home. However, it is the impact of the occupants, not the house, that really matters. Since small homes recognize nature’s limits by using use fewer resources per occupant, they help us approach sustainability — the real green goal.Remember, green home program administrators: homes add to our ecological footprint. Small is green; big is not.Read an opposing view RELATED ARTICLES Green Building Priority #5 – Build SmallerWhy Weatherization Isn’t EnoughWhy Single-Family Green Homes Are Slow to Catch On By Michael HorowitzHome buyers expect green scoring systems to provide guidance when choosing between green-labeled homes. These expectations are largely unfounded, however, since almost every rating system ignores or inadequately considers a major determinant of a home’s environmental impact — its size.Unchecked gluttonyUnlike other species, humans regularly use far more resources than necessary for survival. Our consumption rates are governed by fashion and personal economics, not anything resembling natural instincts. We consume at rates that nature is unable to accommodate. Our choices make us responsible for outcomes we personally abhor: species extinction, mercury contamination, strip mining, and melting polar ice caps.We act as if the limits of nature are an inconvenience rather than an absolute. We pretend nature is confined within the human experience, rather than the opposite.We naively believe that our environmental problems will be solved by technology, without any need for us to adjust our behavior. We continue to buy like there is no tomorrow, hoping others will develop green, energy-efficient materials for us. Forget “reduce, reuse, and recycle”: in our sacrosanct pursuit of happiness, we will just buy our way green.last_img read more


first_imgPune captain Manjeet Chhillar expressed optimism that Pune captain Manjeet Chhillar expressed optimism that the team will not only reach semis but also win the title.”Our target is to come first, not just to reach in semi-final or final. So we are working hard, we are practising well and the most important thing is all our players are fit.””The players sitting in the bench are also fit and ours is a strong team. All the eight teams are strong and I believe we have worked hard and both our coaches are working hard with us,” Chhillar said.”Our team consists of juniors and players, who are senior to me as well. We have very disciplined players in our team. My target is to win all the four matches in Mumbai,” he added.Pune teams manager Kailash Kandpal said that unfortunately the team had to play its home games in Mumbai.”Its unfortunate that we had to move out of Poona (Pune was to host the first leg as per the tentative schedule put out) but, yes, Maharashtra is our home and we will surely get the same kind of support that we were getting in Poona.””In season 4, we decided again that we should strengthen our think-tank and so we roped in (coach K) Baskaran to ably support Ashok Shinde. With the help of the three (Ashok, Baskaran and Manjeet), we have developed one of the strongest teams on paper,” he added. PTI NRB SSR NP KHS KHS BASadvertisementlast_img read more