Metro leaders seek input for Kansas City area’s first climate action plan

first_imgClimate Action KC and the Mid-America Regional Council kicked off the public engagement process for a Kansas City-area climate action plan Thursday afternoon. The groups shared regional greenhouse gas inventory outcomes, a climate risk and vulnerability assessment, and next steps for climate action planning.Roeland Park Mayor Mike Kelly and Councilmember Lindsey Constance, founders of the Metro KC Climate Action Coalition (rebranded as Climate Action KC), stressed the importance of public engagement to develop a shared vision for a sustainable future.Climate Action KC is a coalition Kansas City-area cities seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop a sustainable future for the region. Founders Mike Kelly and Lindsey Constance, along with representatives of the Mid-America Regional Council, presented data virtually this Thursday.Constance said the greenhouse gas inventory and risk assessment provide a baseline for the Kansas City area in terms of the regional level of greenhouse gas emissions, and also identifies areas where the region is vulnerable to the effects of a changing climate.“Together, we will create a roadmap to the vision of Kansas City that we want for ourselves and for future generations — a future that is sustainable, economically prosperous and resilient,” she said.Kelly said stakeholders have a “collective desire to do more” about the impacts of climate change in the region, such as extreme heat, flooding and drought. Creating these changes could provide economic benefits, improve public health, and increase quality of life, he said.Reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissionsClimate Action KC and MARC suggested focusing on renewable energy sources and developing green infrastructure to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.If no action is taken, greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to increase by 28% from 2005, MARC’s base year for reviewing the data, to 37 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2050. That projection is based on current population and transportation emissions forecasts for the region.MARC hopes to achieve an 80% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions below the 2005 baseline by 2050; doing so puts the region in compliance with the Paris Climate Agreement. The Kansas City area would have to reduce GHG emissions to 5.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide by 2050 to achieve that goal.MARC and Climate Action KC suggested a range of opportunities to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, such as focusing on renewable energy sources and development of green infrastructure.Climate Action KC and MARC are asking the public to share ideas to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience. Climate Action KC plans to publish the final draft of the climate action plan in June.Click here to review the presentation from the webinar. Below is a video of the webinar.last_img read more

Customer trust is a worrying concern for So Klin distributor

first_imgBY JOAN BAILEY The Super Value Stores has revealed that the market value of the confiscated counterfeit So Klin powder detergent is between K7000 to K8000. Regional sales manager Joni Lim said importing of counterfeit So Klin products is a concern to the company as this will result in customers losing trust to buy products imported by SVS stores. Mr Lim said they were advised by PNG Customs last year that there are five pallets of So Klin product shipped to Lae and offloaded at Swift Agency yard. “We went and confirmed 320 cartoons containing 320 grams and 35 grams So Klin powder ordered by a Chinese company to be transported to Mt Hagen. “Thus, we destroy the counterfeit products this week as it comes in 320 grams and 35 grams with PNG made sign while our product is imported from Indonesia and it comes in 380 grams and 30 grams with no PNG made sign,” he explained. He said they first discovered counterfeit So Klin products in 2015 and 2016 on retail shelves and with the help from the police, they have removed them. “We are yet to take a legal action against the importer and such counterfeit product will affect our business and we can lose customers trust if they buy the counterfeit product and use it without realising that it’s not the original So Klin products,” Mr Lim added. An officer from PNG Customs said SVS can take legal action against the importer because they used the name of the company and imported products branded under the company but are not the original SVS branded product. He said importing of counterfeit products is increasing annually and Customs only identify counterfeit products of companies that have registered with them. “Companies can register with Investment Promotion Authority. “But they must also register with PNG Customs so we can keep track of such illegal shipments of products similar to theirs coming into the country,” he said.last_img read more

Kofi Jantuah denies rumours

first_imgFormer International Boxing Federation (IBF) Junior Middleweight champion, Kofi Jantuah, has said it is not true that he had quit the sport as is being speculated.He said “At 34, I am still strong and kicking and hope my best is yet to come”, he told GNA Sports in Kumasi on Monday.Jantuah’s boxing records stands at 32 wins, three losses with 21 technical knockouts and has a total of 36 fights to his credit.The former champion called on his supporters to treat the speculation with the contempt it deserves since he noted it was a calculated attempt by his detractors to bring his career to a pre-mature end.Jantuah said he has plans of becoming a world champion again especially in the Middleweight division, and as such he has stepped up his training regimen to achieve his aim.“I call on my supporters to rally solidly behind me physically and spiritually as I launch a bid to reclaim my former status”, he told the GNA Sports. Jantuah took the opportunity to appeal to stakeholders and the corporate world to invest massively in the promotion of boxing to enable the nation produce more champions to salvage the dwindling fortunes of the sport.Source: GNAlast_img read more

Neymar’s message for Brazil fans after late Costa Rica win

first_img 22/06/2018 Brazil coach Tite said after the game that Neymar and Barça star Philippe Coutinho, who also scored in the win over Costa Rica, the “technical leaders” of his team.  Upd. on 23/06/2018 at 16:00 CEST Adrià Huertas IN SPORT.ES Friday was an important day for Neymar. The Brazilian star scored his first goal at this summer’s World Cup in his second game for ‘La Canarinha’  in a 2-0 win against Costa Rica. And his the Paris Saint-Germain star’s tears after the game moved the world of football.  RELATED STORIES “Not everyone knows what happened to me to get here,” Neymar wrote. “Talk is cheap, even a parrot can do it, but do something… few people can do that!! El mensaje de Neymar a la afición tras la victoria de Brasil Neymar has since sent a message of encouragement to the Brazilian fans, who were depserate for a win after the draw against Switzerland. He posted it on his Twitter profile, along with a photograph of himself dreaming of lifting the trophy in Russia.  “The dream continues, not the dream… the MISSION! Congratulations on the game, boys, you are the best.” Neymar could not hold back the emotion after the game, when he broke down in tears, one of the images of the World Cup. Tears of “joy, of overcoming, of willpower and desire to win” that show how desperate he is to succeed at the finals this summer.  “The cry is of joy, of overcoming, of willpower and desire to win. Things have never been easy in my life, it would not be now, right!!! Nem todos sabem o q passei pra chegar até aqui,falar até papagaio fala, agora fazer…O choro é de alegria, de superação, de garra.Na minha vida as coisas nunca foram fáceis, não seria agora né! O sonho continua, sonho não, OBJETIVO!Parabéns pela partida rapaziada,vcs são FODA pic.twitter.com/dgdtK2zKei Neymar ‘invents’ a penalty but VAR takes it away from himlast_img read more

Meal on wheels for seniors

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Anti-social media

first_imgBy DANIELLE GALVIN POLICE raced to a Gardenia Street home on Monday at 11am following reports of a gunman barricaded…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Wire to wire win at Western Canadians for Julien Locke — brother Peter fifth

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsJulien Locke led from wire to wire to claim the top prize at the Western Canadian Championships Sunday at the Nordic Ski Trails near Kelowna.The 17-year-old Nelsonite, a member of Rossland’s Black Jack Ski club, finished first overall following the three-stage race.“I had a good race,” said Locke, competing against twin brother Peter.“I started with the lead and was able to put more time on the others, posting the fastest individual time by 10 seconds,” Locke added. “Colin Ferrie from Kimberley (who started and finished second) and I were practically even the entire way — the closest he ever got was 35 seconds behind. “I came into the stadium with a 50 second lead over second.”The Western competition was a “tour” race. The first stage Friday was a skate sprint. Saturday was prologue race, a 3.5-kilometer classic individual start where the skier sprints for the duration of the race.Sunday was a 15-kilometer pursuit where racers are seeded according to times and bonus seconds from the first two days of racing. The whole idea of tour races has been around for a long time in other sports but it’s quite new to cross country skiing.Locke won the Friday sprint skate qualifier by two seconds and the heat final by a wide margin.Brother Peter struggled in the qualifier placing 24th and 15th in the heat and did not advance.“Peter had bad seeding because of his poor qualifier and got stuck in a tough quarter final where he finished third in his heat and did not move on,” Julien explained.Julien Locke increased his lead after the 3.5km Classic Prologue by overcoming tricky slippery and icy conditions.Julien started 15 seconds behind Peter but managed to catch up after one kilometer.The pair skied together until the finish, catching the leader with all three entering the stadium together.Julien cruised to the title with a 15 second margin over Peter Locke, who finished second, and a 25 second margin over the third place skier.Sunday, Julien kept up his dominance on the field to capture the overall title. Brother Peter was able to climb the leader board to finish fifth.Younger sister Robyn Locke, battling the flu all weekend, did not have a good race, as fatigue was too much to overcome.The skiers head back to the training trails in preparation for the Canadian Nordic Ski Championships March 12-19 in Canmore, [email protected]last_img read more

Kootenay shines in Seattle rain, impresses college scouts

first_imgThe Kootenay Thunder earned respect from more than a few colleges and university coached during the Starfire Fieldturf Showcase Soccer Tournament this past weekend in Seattle.The Thunder finished the tourney with a 1-1-2 record.“The Thunder team impressed many coaches and teams with one U.S. College coach stating he would take the whole squad if he had the budget,” said Kootenay head coach Dave Spendlove, who runs the regional squad out of the Soccer Quest Indoor facility in Nelson.The team, consisting of players from throughout the Kootenay region along with a handful of imports from Kamloops and playing in the top division, opened the tournament by playing to a scoreless draw against Seattle Legacy.According to Spendlove, “Kootenay outplayed their American opponents in all departments but could not get the ball in the net.”Kootenay kept its goal-scoring drought alive in a 0-0 tie against Semiahmoo Scorpions of White Rock.Saturday afternoon the Thunder, playing its best half in two years, edged the Sun City Strikers 2-1.Kelsey Martin of Kamloops gave Kootenay a 1-0 lead. Martin converted a rebound off a Kootenay corner kick, depositing the ball quickly into the net after Sun City failed to clear the zone.Sun City tied the game ten minutes into the second half.However, Nelson’s Andrea Stinson, a thorn in the side of most teams during the tournament, was hauled down inside the penalty area.Stinson calmly collected herself before converting the penalty kick.The only blemish on the weekend came Sunday during the rain when Kootenay lost 1-0 to MRFC of Portland, Ore.The only goal came when the game referee incorrectly gave an indirect free kick inside the Kootenay penalty area for a pass back to the keeper.MRFC quickly took the kick and beat Kootenay keeper Kat Garbula of Nelson.“The Referee apologized to the Thunder coaching staff at half time saying he did not really see what happened on the pass back incident but made a quick decision which later his line assistant told him was wrong,” Spendlove explained. “The incident cost the Thunder their only loss of the weekend but the Thunder should still have won the game again not taking their chances in front of goal.”The tournament attracted more than 40 scouts from various U.S. colleges.This is the second time Soccer Quest has taken a team to Seattle.Next tournament for Kootenay is the Vancouver Whitecaps Showcase event March 2012 in [email protected]last_img read more

Whitewater’s Woodward finishes second at Freeride Junior World Championships

first_imgBen Woodward of Whitewater placed second Thursday at the Freeride Junior World Championships at Kappl, Austria.Woodward finished second to Dylan Lavenex of Switzerland with Abel Moga of Spain third in the men’s ski event.According to the FJWC website Woodward put together a textbook run, fluidly linking-up three critical airs, which included a stylish 360 and a big stomp to close out a solid performance. The FWT is the worldwide circuit of freeride snowboarding and skiing with the best riders in the world competing on the most legendary and challenging alpine faces and the most renowned ski resorts across the world.Woodward was one of four athletes representing Canada at the Freeride World Jr Championships this Thursday in Austria.last_img read more

Baseball: Feb. 23 Scoreboard

first_imgLamar and Southeastern Louisiana concluded the baseball weekend with series sweeps against LIU Brooklyn and George Washington, respectively, as Southland baseball picked up five wins Sunday. Abilene Christian finished its weekend tournament with a win against NJIT while Sam Houston took the series against Dallas Baptist and UIW knocked off Gonzaga at the Irish Spring Classic. The state of Louisiana had weather issues Sunday, causing McNeese State and New Orleans to cancel its rubber matchesLamar 11, LIU Brooklyn 4BEAUMONT, Texas – Kevin Santana had a big weekend against LIU Brooklyn, and Sunday proved no different as the junior helped propel the Lamar baseball team to an 11-4 victory and four-game sweep of the visiting Blackbirds at Vincent-Beck Stadium.  |  Read MoreSoutheastern Louisiana 9, George Washington 3HAMMOND, La. – The Southeastern Louisiana baseball team completed a series sweep of George Washington with a 9-3 victory Sunday over the Colonials at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.  |  Read MoreAbilene Christian 6, NJIT 5ABILENE, Texas – Through the first two weekends, the ACU Wildcats have gotten production from up and down their lineup, from their bullpen and off their bench.Another example of that came up in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday afternoon with their game against New Jersey Tech tied at 5-5.  |  Read MoreSam Houston State 4, Dallas Baptist 1HUNTSVILLE, Texas – The Bearkats rallied from a Friday night loss to Dallas Baptist to take the three-game series with Sunday’s 4-1 win. Sam Houston State moves to 7-1 overall heading into a tough stretch with Rice Tuesday and the Astros College Classic next weekend.  |  Read MoreUIW 11, Gonzaga 8SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Playing their final game of the Irish Spring Classic on Sunday, the University of the Incarnate Word baseball team rallied from an 8-3 deficit to defeat Gonzaga University, 11-8 on Trinity University’s baseball field.  |  Read MoreNo. 21 Alabama 3, Stephen F. Austin 2 (10 innings)TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – For the second time in three days the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team took No. 21 Alabama into extra innings, but junior Wade Wass singled through the left side to deliver the game-winning run for the Crimson Tide in a 3-2, 10-inning decision on Sunday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.  |  Read MoreTexas Tech 4, Oral Roberts 1LUBBOCK, Texas – The sixth inning spoiled the Oral Roberts University baseball team’s defensive efforts on Sunday as Texas Tech completed a three-game sweep of the Golden Eagles in Lubbock, Texas, 4-1.  |  Read MoreNJIT 7, Central Arkansas 5 (10 innings)ABILENE, Texas – A day after coming back from a 7-0 deficit to beat New Jersey Institute of Technology 17-7, the University of Central Arkansas Bears’ Sunday comeback fell short in extra innings in a 7-5, 10-inning loss to the Highlanders at Abilene Christian’s Crutcher Scott Field.  |  Read MoreMcNeese State vs. Texas-Arlington – CanceledLAKE CHARLES, La. – Sunday’s series finale between the McNeese State baseball team and Texas-Arlington has been cancelled due to inclement weather.  The game will not be made up.  The Cowboys and Mavericks split the weekend series 1-1.New Orleans vs. South Alabama – CanceledNEW ORLEANS, La. – The rubber match in the three-game set between the New Orleans Privateers baseball team and the South Alabama Jaguars has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The two teams split the first two games of the set with South Alabama winning 5-0 on Friday night and the Privateers taking a dramatic 4-3 victory. New Orleans was seeking its first series victory against South Alabama since 2009.last_img read more