MADRID (AP):Gareth Bale will return to Real Madrid’s squad this weekend, almost three months after surgery on his injured right ankle.The 27-year-old Wales winger hurt his ankle on November 22 in a match against Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League.Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says “the idea is that (Bale) will play some minutes” against Espanyol on Saturday.Prior to his injury, Bale had scored seven goals in 16 appearances for Madrid this season.Madrid, which leads the Spanish league, will be without defender Sergio Ramos for Saturday’s match as he recovers from a right leg injury.
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Among them is the Circle of Care Leeza’s Place in Sherman Oaks, which assists people affected by memory disorders. The foundation also honored its founder, TV personality Leeza Gibbons. “Through this generous gift, the Circle of Care will be able to help families coping with memory disorders to get much-needed support and services, offering hope for the future and creating a better quality of life for caregivers and their diagnosed loved ones,” Gibbons said. Woodcrest School student Lindsey Gilford was accepted into the People to People World Leadership forum, People to People International announced last week. She earned the nomination because of her outstanding scholastic merit, civic involvement and leadership potential. Gilford will join a select group of students in Washington, D.C., next April to study American leadership during times of national challenge and prosperity, participating in small-group discussions and visiting some of the United States’ most prominent monuments and institutions. President Dwight D. Eisenhower founded the People to People Student Ambassador Program in 1956 to foster world citizenship. California Deputy Director of Community Affairs Michelle Kleinert visited West Hills’ Kadima Hebrew Academy on Friday. During her visit, she spoke to students at an assembly as well as in their classrooms, and the students put on a play for her about peace.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nancy McIntyre, a ninth-grade biology teacher at Chaminade College Preparatory School in West Hills, earned the 2006 Toshiba/Nations Science Teachers Association ExploraVision Inspiration Award, Toshiba America Inc. announced last week. She was one of five teachers in North America honored for her longtime dedication to and involvement with ExploraVision. The ExploraVision program requires students to research scientific principles and current technologies, then use that research to design technological breakthroughs that could exist in 20 years. Since the program’s inception 14 years ago, more than 210,000 students have submitted entries. Instructing her students that each project should somehow “improve the quality of life for a living organism,” McIntyre incorporates ExploraVision as an integral part of her biology curriculum. After the recent California wildfires, three of her students came up with the idea of creating a special protective suit for firefighters that used a cooling system similar to that used in space suits. A local engineering firm expressed interest in creating a prototype. McIntyre will go to Washington, D.C., to receive the Inspiration Award at the 2006 ExploraVision weekend, June 7-11. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Ryan Vig, a seventh-grader at Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, took first place at the California State Science Fair in downtown Los Angeles last week. This goes with his second consecutive win at Sierra Canyon’s annual science fair and his second-place finish at the Los Angeles County Science and Engineering Fair. Vig’s project was called “What Material for an Acoustic Instrument Soundboard has the Widest Range of Response?” It was one of 26 entries in the applied mechanics/structures and mechanisms/manufacturing category. In all, 967 sixth- through 12th-grade students from 390 schools took part in the competition. Vig earned a $250 prize, and the Discovery Channel has invited him to enter its Young Scientist Challenge this summer. Sierra Canyon sixth-grader Amanda Allen also earned an honorable mention at the competition. Prem Reddy, chairman of the board of Sherman Oaks Hospital, donated $1 million to the Circle of Care Foundation, the foundation announced at its annual fundraiser last week. The foundation provides funds for services and programs at various local hospitals.
However, Vladimir Petkovic’s side could still be knocked out if they lose to Costa Rica and Brazil fail to beat Serbia.Their Central American opponents are already out after Philippe Coutinho and Neymar’s late goals saw Brazil claim all three points against them last time out. Full match preview here.When is Switzerland vs Costa Rica?The match will take place on Wednesday, June 27 and kicks off at 7pm UK time.The two teams meet at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, which holds just over 43,000 fans. Switzerland could stun Brazil and pip them to top spot in Group E if they beat already-eliminated Costa Rica in their final World Cup group game, live on talkSPORT 2.Having held the five-time champions to a 1-1 draw in their opening game, the Swiss know that if they better Brazil’s result against Serbia, they could be through as group winners. Xherdan Shaqiri is in line to start again for Switzerland after avoiding disciplinary action The Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, also the scene of England’s 6-1 demolition of Panama How can I listen?Click here to listen to our live commentary of all the action as it happens on talkSPORT 2.Who are the key players?After escaping a ban for his double-eagle goal celebration against Serbia, Xherdan Shaqiri is free to cause havoc in opposition defences again. His late winner against the Serbians was a huge moment in Group E, and puts the Swiss in a very strong position entering the final round of games.A three-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid, Keylor Navas is the face of Costa Rican football. Yet to repeat the heroics of the 2014 World Cup that bought him a move to the Bernabeu, Navas will be determined to show not just his country, but also his club, why he is still one of the best goalkeepers in the world.What is the team news?Switzerland will be relieved that key trio Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner all avoided suspensions for their Albanian eagle gestures against Serbia, allowing them to enter this game with no distractions. Having impressed off the bench last time out, Mario Gavranovic has got the starting nod up front ahead of Haris Seferovic, while Breel Embolo also comes into the side.Costa Rica have no injury or suspension concerns ahead of the game and will be determined to ensure they do not become the second team at this tournament, after Egypt, to lose all three group games. Joel Campbell starts in attack for them, while Kendall Watson and Daniel Colindres are among the other changes.Switzerland confirmed XI: Sommer; Lichtsteiner, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez; Behrami, Xhaka; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Embolo; Gavranovic.Costa Rica confirmed XI: Navas; Acosta, Waston, Gonzalez; Gamboa, Borges, Guzman, Oviedo; Colindres, Bryan Ruiz; Campbell.How is Group E shaping up ahead of the match? 3 3 3 talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.
Latest Chelsea News Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea 2 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT OFF N’Golo Kante quickly established himself as a fan favourite at Chelsea shining One of the best and unique midfielders in the game has signed a new contract, lets go. My weekend is made. King N’Golo Kantè. pic.twitter.com/m5KuvIfqxC— 5 (@Jorginhoed) November 23, 2018 N’Golo Kante for Chelsea Football Club so far:👤 105 apps ⚽️ 4 goals 🏆 Premier League 🏆 FA CupHopefully, many more trophies to come. #Kante2023 pic.twitter.com/C9XeWlOC81— WorldWideChels (@WorldWideChels) November 23, 2018 A new 5 year deal for N’Golo Kante. Fantastic news. Well done Chelsea! Now for Eden to sign…….. pic.twitter.com/5gLnkPbwwI— Chris Wright 🏴 (@chriswrightzz) November 23, 2018 Kanté signing a new deal is already the best deal of the upcoming transfer window! What a brilliant piece of business, kudos to Marina!Eden, you’re next. #CFC— Jimmy Funnell (@JimmyFunnellCFC) November 23, 2018 getty Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED N’Golo Kante has had to adapt to a new position in Maurizio Sarri’s midfield so far this season Best Black Friday deal is keeping Kante for annother 5 years— Kieran Walker (@kieran_walkergw) November 23, 2018 JIBE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Black Friday 2018 has been fruitful for Chelsea with the club announcing N’Golo Kante has signed new contract.The 27-year-old World Cup winner has agreed a fresh five-year, £290,000-per-week deal at Stamford Bridge which makes him Chelsea’s highest paid player. Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star punished REVEALED “N’Golo Kante has today extended his stay at Stamford Bridge by signing a new five-year contract,” a Chelsea statement read.The 27-year-old added: “I’m happy to extend my time with Chelsea. It has been two beautiful years and I wish for more to come.“Since I came, I completely improved as a player, challenged myself and got some awards I never thought about.” Now that the back-to-back Premier League champion has solidified his future, Blues fans have understandably been celebrating, with most hoping Eden Hazard soon follows suit.And on a day when many shoppers flood the high street and eye up online bargains, some Chelsea fans have gone as far as to declare that signing N’Golo Kante down to a new five-year deal is the best Black Friday deal around.You can read a round-up of the supporters’ reaction below 2 targets gameday cracker Kante signing a new contract on Black Friday. Easy script.— Jamie (@JCollettCFC) November 23, 2018 REAL DEAL Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January tense Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’
SANTA CLARITA – The 13-year-old fingered her pink cell phone while she spoke to her brother from a local burger joint on her mom’s phone. She stopped chewing gum. Her golden hair shielded her face and the bubbly tone disappeared, replaced by an intent gaze downward. She was transported somewhere between Telly’s Charburger in Saugus and Iraq. Nikki Yakel mostly listened to the Marine, who was sent to Iraq about two months ago. Bobby Roybal, her 24-year-old half-brother, had stood in the dark in a long line with members of his unit to make the call at 4:30 a.m. his time, dinnertime at home in Santa Clarita. Glenda Yakel pays about $400 a month for calling cards – $200 each – so her sons can pick up the phone. Monday’s call lasted 2 minutes, but seemed like half that time and definitely not long enough to nurture the bond that only siblings know, a bond that holds firm for teens whose brothers and sisters are fighting overseas. Nikki tried to spin Glenda’s sadness into a smile with a blizzard of Post-it notes on windows, mirrors, doors and pictures throughout the house bearing hearts and stars and the message “Happy Birthday, Mom.” She stuck one note on a photo of her brothers with a little cartoon bubble, “like they’re saying it,” Nikki said. She misses wrestling with the guys. Glenda does not miss the dents in the walls. Like shadows cast by clouds crossing the sun, the teen’s memories shift from light to dark and back again. Nikki helps her mom and sister-in-law Rose care for 15-month-old Jacob, whose dark hair and big brown eyes resemble Bobby’s. The infant shares another trait. “His chubbiness!” said the spunky green-eyed sister. Nikki, an eighth-grader at Sierra Vista Junior High School, said her mind often wanders during class, drifting to a place she has never seen. “When my history teacher or my English teacher brings up Iraq, I wonder what my brothers are doing,” she said. Some of Nikki’s friends have siblings who enlisted in the military, but none stationed in Iraq. “They know what I’m going through, but don’t,” she said. Bryan and Amanda McMurray do not know Nikki, but they do “know.” Their brother Matt is an Army staff sergeant and has served abroad for almost a year. He is stationed somewhere south of Baghdad. Matt joined the service after graduating in 1998 from Saugus High School. Matt McMurray, 25, cultivates his presence at home by calling and sending e-mails, sharing and gleaning what he can. From halfway around the world, he grilled Amanda about a boy she likes. “He has guidelines for me. He can’t be too old,” the 15-year-old blue-eyed blond Saugus High sophomore said of any potential love interests. “I have been in the Army for about 7 years and I know how to shoot almost every weapon there is,” Matt said with a wink in an e-mail from Iraq to the Daily News on Thursday. “And then there is the oldest brother, Jason, who has always been about twice my size and used to play football. So when it comes to dating, let’s just say there is no way she will date in the near future. I kind of feel bad for the first guy that she brings home.” Jason McMurray, 28, was married last weekend. “We spaced out the groomsmen – literally left a space for him – signifying he was there,” 17-year-old Bryan said. In his e-mail, Matt said he wished he could have been there. “I am so happy that I was recognized at my brother’s wedding,” he said. Matt has been married for nearly seven years and has a daughter who is 4. Bryan noticed early on his brother was destined to serve. “We went paintballing one time and he’s like, ‘Cover me,”‘ Bryan said. “When he was my age he would go bungee jumping. He was like a crazy kid. “He’s in the infantry. When you hear about people going on raids and stuff, that’s what he does.” Bryan seems to have made peace with the risks Matt faces. “I know Matt’s trained to be there,” he said reflectively. “I know Matt’s qualified to do that. I’m not worried about that.” The high school senior, whose spiky flattop and radiant smile frame a handsome face, marches to a different beat. He is the vice president of the Associated Student Body, the head producer for the school’s in-house broadcast network and an assistant manager at Six Flags Photo at Magic Mountain. He plans to study business in college. Bryan unexpectedly touched upon his brother’s memory at work the other day. “A guy said, ‘Do you have a brother? You just look like Matt,”‘ Bryan said. The man went on, “I am stationed in Iraq with him. We’re good friends.” Matt got a kick out of it when Bryan told him the story. The kids’ grandmother, who had lived with the family, died a few years ago. Bryan took it hard. Matt gave his little brother a medallion-like coin he earned in the service for superior achievement. “He said when I feel upset, think of him, keep going,” Bryan said. That was three years ago. “Some days I look at it harder than other days.” Amanda’s token is a little more whimsical. She thinks of Matt when she hears “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin.” “I’ve never heard him sing before but it reminds me of the sound of his voice,” she said. She was struck by the similarity as a child, when Matt began basic training. Amanda, Bryan, Matt and Jason were raised by their aunt and uncle after both their parents died about 12 years ago. Amanda and Bryan consider Sandy and Brody Rennels to be Mom and Dad, and they refer to the Rennels’ three kids as their siblings. Brody Rennels served as a medic in the Vietnam War; his and Sandy’s dads served in the Army in World War II and great-grandfathers served in both the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Brad Rennels, 28, was a medic in Iraq in the Army Reserve from the inception of the war. He was away for 14 months. After Brad’s stint, Amanda feels like a veteran sibling. “We’d see stuff on the news and would be freaking out till we got an e-mail from him,” she said of Brad. “It’s one of these things where you sit there and hold your breath. He would send an e-mail and it’s almost like, ‘OK, I can breathe now.”‘ The siblings may not have volunteered for combat, but they are often beside the soldiers in spirit. Nikki said soccer and running help keep her mind off worries about her brothers. “I make sure at the end of every conversation to say I love them,” she said. “Here, I didn’t. Now that they’re out there, you never know. “When my brothers were here, they didn’t say they loved me – sibling rivalry,” she said. “Now they do.” Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 email@example.com To send greetings to Matt McMurray in Iraq, address e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Separated by more than just 10,000 miles of land and water, the folks at home know they cannot share the day-to-day lives of their loved ones like they did when they were down the hall or across town. They rely on reassuring phone calls and e-mails and foreign correspondents. Bobby and Louie Roybal, 26 – both lance corporals serving in Iraq – left four days apart in September and serve in separate units. Nikki avoids news broadcasts, but sometimes they intrude unexpectedly on a club sandwich, onion rings and a soda. A TV perched on a wall shelf overhead beamed an ABC news update in the “Fight for Iraq” series with a caption announcing “Soldiers killed.” The Roybals’ little sister did not turn to look. “I’m not a news kind of person,” she said. “I don’t want to know what’s going on in Iraq.” There are times when Nikki tries to fill the void for Glenda, who celebrated her birthday last month without her sons.
13 July 2011Twenty-five-year old Californian Patrick Gudauskas joined his brother Tanner as a Mr Price Pro Ballito champion when he lifted the title at Durban’s Surfers Beach on the weekend to earn his first ASP Prime title.Just two years after his brother Tanner won the South African event in 2009, Gudauskas stamped the family name on the 2011 edition of the Mr Price Pro Ballito by defeating John John Florence by 11.84 to 8.03 (out of 20.00) in the final.The victory saw him rocket from world number 27 to world number 15 on the ASP World Rankings.‘The best event!’“This is crazy! I’m so psyched right now,” Gudauskas said afterwards. “This is definitely the best event I’ve ever competed in and maybe the best one I’ve ever watched. It has been flawless for a whole week and we’re all psyched to be in Ballito.”Stringing together a powerful combination of lip bashes and critical floaters on the tapering Ballito walls, Gudauskas took the lead with a 7.17 (out of ten) before landing a massive air-drop floater to seal his victory off just a 4.67.“I just got lucky in the final,” Gudauskas said, “John John was the man to beat at this event and it was a tough heat. I went for turns while he was looking for barrels and I think he would have ‘smoked’ me, had he found one!”Record booksGudauskas’s achievement is one for the record books, with the Gudauskas brothers becoming the second pair of siblings to win the Mr Price Pro; the Irons brothers, the late three-times ASP world champion Andy and Bruce were winners in 2004 and 2005 respectively.“It’s crazy, people were asking me about that all week and I knew it would be a difficult task to defend Tanner’s title,” Gudauskas said. “Somehow I pulled it off and the fact that Andy and Bruce did it makes it even more special.”Florence proved a crowd favourite as the standout barrel rider of the event. Netting the day’s highest heat score a 19.40 (out of 20.00) for a pair of cavernous ‘Backdoor’ style barrels during the quarterfinals, Florence stormed into the final where unfortunately the barrels dried up, ending the young Hawaiian’s hopes of lifting this year’s trophy.‘It was a lot of fun’“It was really hard, the wind came up and I was tired, but I’m really stoked for Pat,” Florence said. “This morning was so fun, the waves were perfect and clean and there were a lot of barrels. I just kept getting lucky and getting into the good ones. It was a lot of fun.”Florence’s top performance comes just weeks after he captured third place at the ASP Prime in Portugal and sees the youngster move up to world number 39.“I’ve had a great run lately and I’ll be looking to do a few more contests and hopefully get a few more results,” he said.Defending champion South African Jordy Smith reached the semifinals and placed equal third to improve his world ranking from fifth to second.‘Still a great result’“It was a bunch of fun, but it’s just a pity there weren’t any waves in that heat,’ Smith said of his narrow semi-final loss. “You win some and you lose some and it’s still a great result that I will be looking to take into the next event in Jeffreys Bay.”Suffering one of the slower heats of the day, Smith waited for the set waves and was quickly out-scored by Gudauskas. The American got to work further down the line, slotting into barrel after barrel, to take the lead with 5.23 and 6.33 rides.With less than three minutes remaining, Smith had no choice but to take off on a smaller right-hander, working it for all it was worth to post a 6.33. Falling just short of the required score, the timer blew over for South Africa’s 2011 Mr Price Pro title hopes.ConsistencyAustralia Julian Wilson showed great consistency and added an equal third to his recent ASP Prime victory in Portugal to rise to number 16 in the rankings.Wilson was narrowly defeated by Florence in their semifinal decider during which Florence shot into a fantastic 8.33 barrel to take an early lead. Wilson clawed his way back with fast, on-the-lip maneuvers, which saw him come ever so close to taking the lead until Florence shut him down with only a 2.87 off the final wave, to advance into the final.“I’m definitely happy with my result,” Wilson said. “That little bit of wind came up and it was hard to come out of the barrel. John John was by far the standout of this whole contest and that was pretty much like surfing a final. He’s the one to beat at this event for sure and I hope he goes all the way.”Brazillian Jesse Mendes posted the only perfect-10 ride of the final day during his quarterfinal clash against Smith. The Brazilian talent disappeared into a dredging Ballito cavern for several seconds, but without a second high scoring ride was relegated to an equal fifth place finish.RESULTSFinalPatrick Gudauskas (USA) 11.84 def John John Florence (Haw) 8.03 SemifinalHeat 1: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 11.70 def Jordy Smith (RSA) 11.56Heat 2: John John Florence (Haw) 11.20 def Julian Wilson(Aus) 10.83 QuarterfinalsHeat 1: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 17.10 def Junior Faria (Bra) 13.76Heat 2: Jordy Smith (RSA) 14.07 def Jesse Mendes (Bra) 12.73Heat 3: Julian Wilson (Aus) 16.03 def Heath Joske (Aus) 8.87ptsHeat 4: John John Florence (Haw) 19.40 def Blake Thornton (Aus) 9.34pts SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
13 April 2016Power Struggle, written by comedian Nik Rabinowitz with Tom Eaton and Darryl Bristow-Bovey, creatively unpacks the journey from the Big Bang to the iPhone, highlighting how power and energy is an essential building block of Earth’s evolution as well as its inhabitants.“Power Struggle is a well-structured, intelligent and hilarious package; a comedic venture worth exploring” –@woict pic.twitter.com/U3Yom759RJ— Power Struggle (@PowerStruggle_) April 2, 2016Behind the scenes and behind @nikrabinowitz – all systems funny for tonight’s opening show of #PowerStruggle pic.twitter.com/CgVx0AdS4E— Angel Campey (@YesReallyAngel) March 29, 2016Rabinowitz acts as narrator and hero in the show – the Power Struggler – who takes his audience on an insightful and hilarious journey across the history of power through the ages. He brings to it the uniquely multilingual South African comedic sensibility that has made him one of the country’s most popular performers.Such a pleasure to have worked with this man! @davidkramerSA thanks @TheFugard look out for #snedladla pic.twitter.com/emS86S22nK— IG: SNECOMEDY (@snecomedy) February 24, 2015Sne Dladla, who made his name as a stand-up comedian and actor in David Kramer’s Orpheus in Africa, is the hugely entertaining Power Professor who forms part of the educational sideshow of the production, Information is Power. Dladla puts his beatboxing and dance skills to good use in highlighting the benefits and ease of sustainable energy solutions.“In essence (the show is) designed to be a sustainability consciousness shifter,” Rabinowitz explains. “We’d like to create an experience that leaves people feeling good, but also delivers a strong message to keep them thinking once they leave. Predictably what they’ll be thinking once they leave is ‘How can I drive off without paying the car guard?’ but maybe after that they might wonder about how to funnel grey water into the sprinkler system.”About last night @nikrabinowitz is electrifying in #powerstruggle at @baxtertheatre #thoug. https://t.co/7pGQSljOy6 pic.twitter.com/fxfJgg4neQ— Green Power Monitor (@greenpwrmonitor) April 1, 2016Power Struggle’s overall message is that humans, who have ultimately mastered the power struggle, now have a responsibility to find ways to use power and energy in a more sustainable way to safeguard the planet. And the show itself puts its money where its mouth is, using renewable energy to power the production.In a world first, 50% of the production is powered by renewable resources, including lighting and sound rigs powered by bio-fuels generators, solar and other renewable power sources, all of which are incorporated into the narrative of the show.It is directed by the internationally renowned Daniel Kutner, who with Broadway legend Harold Prince has been responsible for some of the biggest international stage productions, including Phantom of the Opera and West Side Story.The whole production is steered by South African comedy theatre legend, producer Sam Hendrikse, who was the brains behind the hugely successful South African comedy show Bafunny Bafunny. It sold out the Royal Albert Hall in London and performed to more than 100 000 fans around the country.The show debuted in South Africa in March 2016 at Cape Town’s Baxter Theatre. It moves to Johannesburg in September and Durban in October. After return performances in the Cape at the end of the year, the production hopes to travel to other South African centres and Namibia during 2017, culminating in performances in New York City in April 2017.Source: Cape Town At Night
Steyn says she never dreamed there would be such a good response. “It started out with me wanting to make a difference with my own two hands and it has transformed into something much, much bigger. This campaign reminds me of something Madiba once said: ‘We must use time creatively, and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right.’ I guess that this is also testament to what I like to call Madiba Magic.” (Image: 67 Blankets)• Brand South Africa+27 11 483 email@example.com• Nedbank comes to community’s aid • South African families give back on Mandela Day • Nelson Mandela: son of Qunu returns to the soil • Mandela: childhood heroes and lessons • Birthday wishes for MandelaMelissa Jane CookA patron of the arts who once could be seen on our television screens in Melrose Place, Carolyn Steyn is now playing her part for South Africa and encouraging others to do the same with her “67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day” initiative.It all began when Mandela’s former personal assistant, Zelda la Grange, issued a challenge to Steyn last year. “In December, she presented me with a challenge to knit 67 blankets by 18 July for Mandela Day. These blankets would then be distributed to those in need,” Steyn says.It may have started as a challenge, but it has quickly grown into what some are calling a movement. “I gladly accepted [La Grange’s] challenge, but soon realised that I wouldn’t be able to achieve it alone. I then called on my friends for help and developed the 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day Facebook page.”The Facebook page got up and running, friends shared it with friends; more people liked the page and more people signed on to make a blanket. That was in December; by the end of May the page had nearly 1 700 members around the world. It’s testament to the reach of the man himself, the power of the internet, and the goodwill of humans.It’s captured the attention of thousands of South Africans as well as corporates and hundreds of people in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Cyprus, London, the US and India.Joining is easy. The only requirement is that the single bed-sized blanket or baby blanket has to be handmade – bought blankets will not be accepted. Blankets can be knitted or crocheted and should measure 150cm x 200cm. “You can decide on your own size squares, your own colour – but preferably a darker colour so as not to show up dirt too easily.”And those who pledge to make a blanket must keep their promise and complete the blanket or blankets by 1 July. Drop-off points for the blankets as well as the charity beneficiaries will be announced closer to the time on the campaign’s Facebook page.La Grange’s Bikers for Mandela Day group will hand deliver the blankets to the most rural and underprivileged people across the country.Steyn says she never dreamed there would be such a good response. “It started out with me wanting to make a difference with my own two hands and it has transformed into something much, much bigger. This campaign reminds me of something Madiba once said: ‘We must use time creatively, and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right.’ I guess that this is also testament to what I like to call Madiba Magic.”The Facebook page now has over a thousand members, she adds, and most have pledged to knit blankets. Hundreds have already been received in handovers in Johannesburg and on Robben Island. “Knitting has become the new yoga.”Watch Carolyn Steyn knitting for Madiba hereKnit witsThose taking part in 67 Blankets are calling themselves “knit wits”. Some are knitting and crocheting for the first time, going by the motto, “Stitch by stitch we can make a difference and help keep people warm this winter.”The blankets will be distributed on International Nelson Mandela Day, on 18 July. The initiative is supported by the Department of Arts and Culture and has captured the attention of thousands of South Africans as well as corporates and foreigners. More people come on board daily. “Madiba had the ability to inspire the masses for the greater good of humankind and this is his legacy.”A far cry from HollywoodBorn on 17 May 1960 in Johannesburg, Steyn completed a Bachelor of Arts Honours in 1981. She lived in the United States for 10 years and in England for five, and was nominated as one of the “Most Exciting Women” by the Beverly Hills Sheet in 2004.In the US she studied at the Beverly Hills Playhouse under acting coach Milton Katselas; fellow students included Kate Hudson, Giovanni Ribisi, Jeffrey Tambor, Tony Danza and Doris Roberts, among others. She had roles in the television series Melrose Place and Babylon 5, and appeared in numerous plays in Los Angeles, such as Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, Private Lives, and Shadowlands.In South Africa, Steyn performed for Pact Drama for several years, notably in the production Poppie Nongena, which ran for an entire year. She was on the Radio 5 team (5FM), where she became a familiar voice reading the news and co-hosting the weekend breakfast show with Martin Locke.At present, she co-hosts a Radio Today show called Whispers with Carolyn Steyn and Michael de Pinna and is a patron of the Joburg Ballet and the Auto & General Theatre on the Square in Sandton, Johannesburg. She is also a Naledi Theatre Awards judge and an Arts Angel.Check out the Facebook page and sign up to become a knit wit www.facebook.com/67blankets
The good newsSeveral leading utilities have adopted sensible solutions, such as Commonwealth Edison in Chicago, PEPCO in Washington, D.C., Eversource in Boston, National Grid in New York, and Consolidated Edison in New York. Some have created online “portals” for building owners to obtain summary information (such as Landlord Manager from DTE Energy or PEPCO’s system). These utilities implemented solutions because it is good for their customers. Here’s how:The “whole building” information allows a building owner to obtain an Energy Star score, which shows how a building performs relative to similar buildings (like an MPG sticker on cars). The score gives tenants and prospective tenants reliable signals about energy expenses relative to other buildings. This allows the market to encourage owners toward better energy performance.Monthly usage information can show spikes in usage compared to the typical month, which can reveal problems with air conditioning or other energy-intensive systems in the building. (See this report for how monthly usage information is used by owners to manage their buildings, or this online course for owners/operators offered by USGBC).Monthly usage information helps housing agencies set utility allowances so the owner of affordable housing has incentives to invest in repairs and improvements. (In an open letter to utilities, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development asked for their help solving this problem to enable residents of affordable housing to benefit from efficiency investments.) We’ve found that many electric utilities have contradictory policies in place. It’s like driving with the brakes on.Many large utilities operate programs to help building owners improve the energy performance of their buildings, such as by paying a portion of the cost to install high-efficiency air conditioners or heat-pump water heaters. This is one foot on the gas pedal. These programs make sense because building owners are prime movers in the vital utility mission to improve the energy performance of our nation’s building stock, and efficiency programs deliver great value back to the utility’s customers.Here’s the simultaneous braking: Many of the same utilities do not give owners basic information about how much energy is used in their buildings.This problem occurs in thousands of buildings occupied by multiple tenants with their own utility accounts, such as apartments, shopping malls, and offices. The building owner needs to know the total kilowatt hours of electricity used in the building to assess energy improvement projects. Giving the owner a “whole-building” total means the owner does not have to read meters manually or collect paper bills from tenants — time-consuming, error-prone, and unnecessary.Yet many building owners in many cities cannot obtain this basic information from their utility, even if only on a monthly basis, and even if new “smart meters” are in place. RELATED ARTICLES Improving the Energy Efficiency of Rental HousingWhich Building Energy Statistics Make the Most Sense?Designing a ‘One Knob’ Incentive ProgramMaine Slashes Its Efficiency ProgramSolar Owners Are Givers, Not TakersArizona Energy Program ThreatenedMajor Utility Wants Lower Net-Metering RatesWisconsin Alters Net-Metering RulesThe Sun Also Rises in the SoutheastIn Maine, A Battle Royal Over Energy Policy California catches upCalifornia utilities, at long last, can be crossed-off the list of utilities with self-defeating policies in place. Recent legislation solves the problem. AB 802 (expected to be signed by the governor this week) amends the law to make clear California utilities must deliver total monthly usage information to building owners even if the total is composed of multiple utility customers in the building.The legislation was jointly led by the California Energy Commission and NRDC. The legislative fix could not have happened without the leadership of Commissioner Andrew McAllister, active support of Gov. Jerry Brown, and advocacy from many allies, including California mayors (especially from the City of San Francisco), building owners (many thanks to BOMA California), efficiency experts, housing developers, consumer groups, to name a few.The news for other utilities is that legislation is not needed. Utilities can and should implement sensible policies now to give owners the information needed to understand the energy performance of their buildings. Any utility (or utility regulator) that intends to encourage better energy performance in its buildings should be sure it is not “hitting the brakes” by making this information difficult to obtain. Why would a utility not share information?Clichés abound on the importance of good information to making decisions, such as a building owner’s decision to invest in efficiency improvements. “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” “Garbage in, garbage out.” “Good information is the lifeblood of markets.” Cliché or not, these phrases reflect a truth backed by common sense.It is difficult to know exactly why a utility would not deliver whole-building information to building owners. We now have several years’ experience with policies in place at leading utilities, and these utilities report the policies have worked.Some have argued utilities should not provide whole-building usage information because the information could reveal something about an individual tenant’s usage. But this risk can be fully addressed with reasonable, narrowly tailored protections. In situations where this risk is realistic — buildings with one or two tenants — a utility could require a building owner to obtain the tenants’ permission (such as in the lease agreement) to receive whole-building information. Another option is for the utility to deliver a notice to the included tenants that the owner will receive a whole-building total, thereby allowing tenants with specialized concerns (such as a manufacturer) to negotiate protective measures with the landlord.A reality check: Any building owner interested in a tenant’s energy use could already get it by simply looking at the readable meter display to see how much energy is used! Delivering the information to the owner adds data integrity, speed, and brings the parties into the information age.Utilities in California arguably already had the authority to deliver whole-building usage information to building owners. In 2011, the California Public Utilities Commission correctly held that usage information aggregated of multiple customers is not protected “customer information,” so long as the total does not reasonably convey a particular customer’s usage. (CPUC Decision 11-07-056, see page 151). This is consistent with commonly used privacy standards for publishing aggregated information. But California utilities argued other regulations created ambiguity. Legislation helped break the logjam.Any utility or utility regulator intending to encourage better energy performance in buildings should assure owners can obtain whole-building usage information. This will allow programs and incentives that push toward better energy performance to work as they should.Enabling greater energy efficiency is not only good for customers in the affected buildings, but it’s good for all the utility’s customers by lowering the utility’s costs. And, greater building efficiency means we don’t need to generate as much electricity, avoiding the pollution associated with using fossil fuels to make it. This is good for the nation and the world. Philip Henderson is a senior financial policy specialist with the Natural Resource Defense Council in Washington, D.C. This post was originally published at the NRDC’s Switchboard.
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