Rockets donate $4 million to help storm victims

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Almost 3M netizens illegally streamed Mayweather vs. McGregor fight—report Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Recently acquired Rockets point guard Chris Paul donated $50,000 to a fund created by Houston Texans star J.J. Watt, the defensive end posted on Twitter on Monday.Current and former Rockets players James Harden, Eric Gordon, Patrick Beverley and Paul all took to social media to send thoughts and prayers to the people of Houston.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The storm, now classified as a Tropical Storm, has hammered the Houston area with flooding as a result of massive rainfall totals. People walk through the flooded waters of Telephone Rd. in Houston on August 27, 2017 as the US fourth city city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. AFPHouston, United States — The Houston Rockets have donated $4 million to help the victims of Tropical Storm Harvey which has caused devastating flooding in the city, the NBA team announced on Monday.“Our hearts are heavy seeing the devastation that so many of our friends, family and neighbors are experiencing,” the Rockets said in a statement. “Please stay safe, Houston.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

NCAA volleyball: Benilde comes back from two sets to stun Lyceum

first_imgBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina After starting off the fifth set with a 4-1 lead, St. Benilde allowed the Lady Pirates to take the edge  but Ranya Musa was there to spark the finishing kick.She scored on back-to-back hits to give the Lady Blazers a 6-4 lead before Lyceum committed three straight errors to virtually hand St. Bendile the match.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 folkThe key to the turnaround was settling down in the third set, which allowed the Lady Blazers to play at their pace“I tried to calm them down, and I also had to adjust to them because when I called a timeout in the first set I talked to them in a high tone so when I called them again in the second set I toned down a little bit,” said Arnold Laniog. “In the third set we slowly got into our game, then when I saw that we were taking the lead and our movements were smoother I knew the game would be ours.”Klarisa Abriam led Benilde with 18 points while Rachel Austero added 16 points.Marites Pablo and Musa also finished in double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively.Bien Juanillo had 14 points to lead Lyceum with Monica Sevilla adding 11.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson St. Benilde Lady Blazers vs Lyceum Lady Pirates. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCollege of St. Benilde showed its composure and came back from two sets down to deny Lyceum its first victory in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament, 22-25, 23-25, 25-14, 25-13, 25-10, Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Blazers tied Arellano University atop the standings with a 2-0 card while the Lady Pirates are at 0-2.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals North Korea’s ‘army of beauties’ set to invade South Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conelast_img read more

Without Ronaldo, Madrid loses to Espanyol in Spanish league

first_imgUK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Toni Kroos, Marcelo and Luka Modric also did not play as they try to recover from injuries for next week’s game against PSG. Casemiro was left out because of a stomach problem, while Dani Carvajal and Karim Benzema started on the bench.Gareth Bale played up front along with Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio and Isco. The midfield had Marcos Llorente and Mateo Kovacic, and the full backs were Nacho Fernandez and Achraf Hakimi. Benzema replaced Isco in the 69th minute.Madrid had outscored opponents 20-7 in its five-game winning streak.Espanyol, 13th in the league standings, hadn’t won in seven matches, since it ended Barcelona’s 29-match unbeaten streak in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals in January. Its last league win came eight rounds ago, at Levante. It had already beaten Atletico 1-0 at home and drawn Barcelona 1-1 in the league.Espanyol had never beaten Madrid at RCDE Stadium, where it began playing in 2009.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Moreno, who had a goal disallowed for offside in the first half, scored the winner with a shot from near the penalty spot after a well-placed cross by Sergio Garcia following a late breakaway.“It was more or less the same against Atletico and Barcelona, we found a way to win in the end,” Moreno said. “This result restores our confidence after a series of poor results.”GIRONA MOVES UPGirona remained in the fight for a Europa League spot by defeating Celta Vigo 1-0 at home, continuing its impressive debut season in the first division.Portu scored a 14th-minute winner to put Girona in seventh place, two points behind sixth-place Sevilla.The Catalan club was coming off a 6-1 loss against Barcelona at Camp Nou Stadium.Celta, which has only one win in its last five games, dropped to ninth place. LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kingscenter_img Espanyol Gerard Moreno, center, scores against Real Madrid’s goalkeeper Diego Lopez during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Espanyol and Real Madrid at RCDE stadium in Cornella Llobregat, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Real Madrid couldn’t overcome the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and other regular starters on Tuesday, losing 1-0 to Espanyol in the Spanish league to see its five-game winning streak come to an end.Gerard Moreno scored three minutes into injury time to give Espanyol the victory against the defending champions. The result left Madrid in danger of losing third place to Valencia, which is two points behind going into its match at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Vettel fastest in Ferrari on cold 2nd day of F1 testing Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Madrid stayed seven points behind second-place Atletico and 14 points behind leader Barcelona. Atletico hosts Leganes on Wednesday and Barcelona visits Las Palmas on Thursday.“We didn’t deserve this goal in the last minute,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “We played well, created chances, but things didn’t go our way in the end.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRonaldo, who scored eight goals in his last four games, was rested by Zidane to make sure he is fully fit for the second leg against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League next week. The European champions won the first match 3-1 at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.Madrid hosts Getafe in the Spanish league on Saturday in its final game before the match in Paris. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanolast_img read more

A Dutch Photographer’s First Impressions in Liberia, 1932

first_imgIntroduction: It was the end of July when the adventurous Dutch anthropologist named Paul Julien, then 31 years old, arrived in Monrovia after a long journey on a Spanish ship he boarded weeks before. The year was 1932, 3 years before Graham Greene who wrote the famous book ‘Journey Without Maps,’ traveled through Liberia coming from Sierra Leone. Julien made a living as a chemistry teacher back home in the Netherlands. That was the reason he traveled during the rainy season, it was the long break between one school term and the next.For my research I brought the photographs made in Liberia to Liberia for the first time since they exist. I am trying to find out what their value is in Liberia and which stories can be connected to them. For Paul Julien the photographs he made, the filming, even the writing, were side effects of his scientific research. He came to collect both anthropometric and serological data among the Mano, Gio and Geh because, as he said, ‘little has been known about them’. In anthropometric research people were measured as their bodily features were supposed to give valuable anthropological information. This line of work would soon be abandoned by Paul Julien, as it did not lead to any significant result. But he did carry on with the serological research during travels to many places on the African continent until the early sixties. He took blood samples of specific groups of people to find ‘blood group correlations’ that could provide information about the way human groups are or are not related to each other and spread in the past.Next to the photographs that Julien made, he wrote about his experiences in Liberia. First he did this in letters to his parents. Later he would write radio columns that he presented for the Dutch radio and articles for a Belgian magazine. Several chapters of the book ‘Campfires Along the Equator’ that was originally published in the Netherlands in 1940, were devoted to his Liberian journey. I will use quotes from all of these sources in the texts I will be sharing with you over the following weeks.Immediately after arriving Paul Julien writes a letter to his parents: “This morning I arrived before Monrovia.” It was not possible for the ship to enter Monrovia, since the Freeport (and therefore also West Point) were not yet there. Boats with Liberian officials and traders came to meet the ship and take those who had reached their destination to the mainland. “When we were about 3 miles from the shore we entered the boats and a gang of blacks rowed us to the land that looked extremely pictorial in the distance. There was a nonstop drizzle. While I write this, heavy rain is beating down on the roof. The three Germans were very nervous and looked pale. When I asked what the reason was for this they said: ‘Die Barre’ (which is German for the sandbank). In front of the coastline there is a sandbank the boat has to hover over, and it happened more than once that a boat capsized over here. But it all went well. The boat with about 30 rowers suddenly was elevated and the surf made it pass the sandbank. Now we were in quiet waters and 45 minutes later we set foot on land. The first impression is beyond description, I have never and nowhere seen such an incredible mess in one place. Streets full of people in all shades of black, dressed in rags were making their way through the mud. A little bit further on the ‘city’ is a bit tidier, more pictorial than any other place. Everything is incredibly run down. There used to be electrical light: no longer possible since the government doesn’t have any money. All streets are overgrown with grass.” Paul Julien, himself a very religious Catholic notes “an unbelievable number of ‘churches’ from a variety of American sects, built in an untidy way. It’s very messy and at the same time of an unforgetable beauty. All this is located beautifully on a peninsula, with a lovely climate, 70 degrees, only lots of rain.”He will later change his mind about the lovely climate when walking through the hinterland. But first there would be work for him to do in Monrovia.Author’s note:Paul Julien (1901-2001) was an anthropologist from the Netherlands who traveled through Liberia in 1932. Andrea Stultiens (1974) is a photographer and researcher from the Netherlands. As part of her PhD-research she tries to connect the past that was documented by Paul Julien to the past as remembered in Liberia and the way it is connected to the present.  From July 19th till August 19th 2014 Julien’s photographs and the film he made will be on display at the National Museum. Leading up to this some of the stories are shared in History and Us columns written collaboratively by Kenneth Best and Andrea Stultiens. Comments are most welcome on info@andreastultiens.nlShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Aspiring teacher wins Miss Berbice “I am a Big Deal” pageant

first_img…$1.2M given to contestants for own home projectRameshwarie Devi Jairam of Islington, Greater New Amsterdam was on Sunday declared winner of the Miss Berbice “I am a Big Deal” beauty and empowerment pageant for 2018, for which eight contestants had been vying over a three-week period.The 21-year-old obtained the judges’ nod following a close battle with Cintiana Harry of Kilcoy Village, Corentyne, who copped the 1st runner-up position. Omgila Bindha was declared the 2nd runner-up.Jairam also won the Talent, Intelligence, Best Smile and Miss Congeniality awards; while Harry won the Best Costume, Best Evening Gown and Miss ImpressionThe contestants on stage at the Albion Sports Complexawards.The contest had seen participants competing in a costume segment, which was held on the road in Rose Hall Town; and a swimwear segment, which took place at the poolside of the Skeldon Estate Pool. The scores from those segments were tabulated and added to the scores on pageant night.On Saturday night into Sunday morning, the contestants showcased their talent and evening gowns, as well as their intelligence in the question-and-answer segment.Organiser of the pageant, Tracy Khan, explained that there were four different judges for each segment, and five judges for the final segment.The final question asked of Jairam, who aspires to become a teacher, was to explain the term women’s empowerment to a high school student.“Women’s empowerment is having a woman recognise her capabilities and her strength; and to explain to a high school student about women’s empowerment, I would say it is a way of finding a way and a solution to empower yourself in every way possible, whether it be education or work. It is a mindset on your capabilities and your strength,” Jairam told the judges and the crowd at the Albion SportsNewly crowned Miss Berbice “I am a Big Deal” beauty and empowerment pageant winner 2018, Rameshwarie Devi JairamComplex.The runner-up, Harry, was asked, “Can poverty be eradicated, and how?”She answered, “I believe that poverty can be eradicated by educating our students at school, and also having educational outreaches in our communities.”The contestants had embraced platforms such as suicide, domestic violence, cyber-bullying, and women’s empowerment. Before the various winners were announced, contestants were surprised when they were told that Fabulous Homes Reality was going to give to each of the delegates $150,000 towards a new home project.Organiser Khan said Fabulous Homes Reality had promised to assist the contestants, but she was unaware of the input the company was making towards development of the contestants.The “I’m a Big Deal” pageant was promoted by RD Production. The contest is now in its second year.According to Promoter Royston Drakes, one of the main aspects of the pageant is to “empower young women” in everyday aspects of their lives. The pageant focused on education, empowerment, discipline, talent, and building self-confidence and leadership qualities.The pageant was also aimed at encouraging women to take up roles as leaders in society. Moreover, it geared the contestants to become role models, and equipped them with the necessary tools to build Berbice as a cohesive county. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Ovintiv name a ‘blank slate’ as Encana plans move to United States

first_imgEncana’s founder, Gwyn Morgan, wrote in a recent Postmedia column that the southward move and name change are signs Canada’s energy industry has gone from being viewed as “positive to pariah” because of “toxic” Liberal energy policies.“The Americanization of the company is distressing enough, but the loss of the Encana name is particularly heart-wrenching,” Morgan wrote. “Apparently, the company’s board concluded even keeping a name that implies Canadian roots repels investors.”Middleton said the Canadian brand’s problem is not that it’s viewed poorly — it’s that no one thinks much about it at all.He said Canada’s energy sector is viewed as a “credible, but not a superior brand.”Dahl said the Canadian brand still has value when it comes to things such as tourism, but it’s been on the wane for the last decade or two when it comes to natural resources.Advertisement CALGARY — The name Encana Corp. immediately brings to mind two things: energy and Canada.Ovintiv, with which the oil and gas producer plans to rechristen itself once it moves its headquarters to the United States next year, offers no hint of what the company does or where it’s from.Branding experts say that’s likely to be the point.- Advertisement -“It’s kind of a blank slate, which appears to be what they wanted to go for,” said Darren Dahl, a marketing professor at the University of British Columbia.Alan Middleton, a York University marketing professor, laughed at the mention of the new moniker.“Firstly, I think it’s a horrible name. Secondly, it doesn’t matter,” he said.  Advertisement “The only pure tests for a brand’s actual name is ‘Can you trademark it and is it rude?’ Beyond that, it’s up to the organization to deliver its meaning.”Encana was created in 2002 through the merger of Alberta Energy Company Ltd., founded in the 1970s by the provincial government, and PanCanadian Energy Corp., the roots of which can be traced back to the construction of the Canadian Pacific railroad.CEO Doug Suttles, who speaks in a Texas drawl and lives in Denver, has said the change in headquarters is meant to help the company tap deeper pools of U.S. investor capital.A skeletal web page for Ovintiv says the rebranding is a nod to “continuous innovation.” Its red, orange and grey logo of dashes in a molecule-like configuration “symbolizes the human connection made possible by the energy we produce.”Advertisement Donna Dumont, an associate professor at Calgary’s Mount Royal University, said corporate name changes aren’t taken lightly because they require a lot of market research and money.“I do think that it was a solid brand and it had resonance within the industry,” she said of Encana.As for Ovintiv: “It’s going to take a while for people to get comfortable with it.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 5, 2019.Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press “I don’t see many extraction industries branding themselves in the Canadian way, which is kind of sad. It’s a big part of our heritage.”University of Calgary instructor Marc Boivin said he suspects the change to Ovintiv is less about rebuking Canada than it is about embracing innovation and forward-thinking.“Encana by its nature is a business-to-business company, so it’s not like we’re going to be wearing Ovintiv T-shirts. There are probably not going to be Ovintiv gas stations,” he said. “They might really be focused on the story about innovation and how they want to push something different and something new in that way.”He said the Canadian brand is still viewed positively, but “we’ve been a heavily based commodity economy for quite a long time and we’re slowly changing and evolving and moving from that.”  Advertisementlast_img read more

Real Madrid out of top four as Villarreal win

first_img0Shares0000Atletico Madrid’s forward Antoine Griezmann celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match against Girona January 20, 2018 © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Jan 20 – Villarreal moved above Real Madrid and into the top four in La Liga after a 2-1 win over Levante on Saturday that piled more pressure on the struggling champions’ coach Zinedine Zidane.Valencia had two players sent off as they fell to a shock 2-1 defeat at lowly Las Palmas, while Atletico Madrid gave leaders Barcelona the chance to pull 11 points clear after only drawing 1-1 with Girona. A 26th-minute penalty from Manu Trigueros and Real youth product Denis Cheryshev’s first league goal in nearly two years saw Javier Calleja’s side, who beat Real at the Santiago Bernabeu for the first time ever last week, move up to 34 points, two ahead of Real.Zidane’s team are fifth, level on 32 points with Sevilla, who crushed Espanyol 3-0 in a dominant display in Catalonia that gave Vincenzo Montella his first league win since arriving in Spain in late December.The last time Real finished outside the top four was in 2000, when they placed fifth but won the Champions League — a year before coach Zidane had even signed for the club as a player.Madrid do have two games in hand on the teams around them, though, and host Deportivo on Sunday.Cheryshev’s tap-in, the first goal in La Liga for the injury-plagued attacker since March 2016, sealed the deal against Levante, who pulled one back with a stoppage-time penalty from Roger.Russian international Cheryshev clattered into the post after charging down the left flank to tap home Enes Unal’s low cross, but after some time on the ground in pain, struggled on until being substituted in the 65th minute.“We are going to fight to finish as high as up as possible. Right now we are fourth but Madrid still have to play,” said Calleja.“We are ambitious. There is a long way to go but we are dreaming of doing the very best we can.”– Atletico and Valencia slip –Antoine Griezmann’s first goal in six league games wasn’t enough for Atletico as they drew 1-1 with Girona and gave Barcelona a chance to extend their lead at the top.The draw at the Wanda Metropolitano means Atletico are second and eight points behind Barca, who can almost end discussion over the league title with a win at Real Betis on Sunday.Atletico stay second on 43 points, three points ahead of Valencia after their surprise defeat in a temperamental affair at Las Palmas, which saw defender Gabriel booked twice for dissent after giving away the host’s winning penalty and then his centre-back partner Ruben Vezo sent off with three minutes left for elbowing spot-kick scorer Jonathan Calleri.Valencia looked set for a routine win when Santi Mina headed home the opener from a corner after just five minutes, but Jonathan Viera smashed home Calleri’s knock-down 15 minutes later.Calleri slotted home the penalty that sealed the three points as Gabriel strode off to the showers.Griezmann lashed home Diego Costa’s brave knockdown for Atletico in the 34th minute but Portu snatched a shock equaliser for the away side 17 minutes from time.Costa made his mark again on Saturday, with his second assist since returning from Chelsea adding to his three goals in five games in all competitions.He lay down in a heap after being clattered by Girona goalkeeper Bono as he headed on for Griezmann, but it was the shot-stopper who came off worse and had to be substituted at half-time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Residents winning the turf war by using faux grass or going native

first_img“This is totally the stuff of the future.” Xeriscaping, or drought-resistant gardening, has become the “green” path to an eco-friendly yard. But the greenest alternative, water officials say, is fake turf. “This is the new frontier in conservation. We’re moving outdoors,” said Andy Sienkiewich, manager for water resource implementation for the Metropolitan Water District. “In the residential area, we think artificial turf has especially high value.” This summer, the MWD elected to pay residents to use fake grass, giving 30cents for every square foot of turf. The rebate will be offered early next year via the agency’s Web site,, alongside other water-saving incentives. The need to conserve is dire. A federal court order to protect the endangered delta smelt will soon force the MWD to cut its supply of water from Northern California by 25 percent. The cutback, plus an eight-year drought in California and the Colorado River Basin, threatens to cripple the region’s water supply. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which has reduced its water intake from the Owens and San Fernando valleys, now buys 70percent of its water from the MWD. As a result, both agencies have warned of imposing water rationing for the first time since the early 1990s. Since up to 70percent of water use occurs in people’s yards and driveways, turning off the spigot outside presents the greatest potential for conservation. And lawns, which take six feet of water by volume to irrigate each year, have become the water-guzzlers of the garden. “We ought to take a cue from Las Vegas,” which is paying residents to tear up their turf, said Steve Graves, a professor of geography at California State University, Northridge. “They see the writing on the wall, that we’re going to run out of water and might as well learn to practice conservation now.” Lawns, which have roots in the gardens of England, now cover Los Angeles. In the Valley, nearly every home – front and back – is a lesson in lawn care. Graves traced turf’s appeal to 18th-century gentleman farmers of Virginia and Kentucky, whose expensive front lawns, whitewashed fences and stately trees established the accompaniment to the American dream. “It’s nature,” Graves said, “but nature controlled by the hand of man.” The CSUN professor, known around campus for burning biodiesel in his vintage VW and sporting solar panels on the roof of his West Hills home, almost opted for fake turf, but the price was beyond his reach. The price, including installation, can run between $6 and $12 a square foot. The upside is that the new soft, lifelike grass can last up to 20 years. The downside: It can turn hot in the sun and fade over time. “It looks like real grass, and more people are inclined to use it,” said Chris Doherty, president of Synthetic Turf Source, a manufacturer based in Orlando, Fla. “Over the past two years, it’s really taken off in Los Angeles.” Sosa, whose SoCal Synthetic Turf installs about 15 fake lawns a week, estimated there were about 50 companies installing roughly 500 lawns a week in the L.A. region. “People don’t want to work to keep their grass green – and water is an issue,” he said. “Our business has increased 100percent over the past year.” Not everyone, however, might want plastic grass or to banish the sweet smell of fresh-cut sod. The DWP, which gives away shade and fruit trees and encourages drought-resistant plants, offers no incentives for artificial turf. With fake grass, “you don’t get the benefits of air quality from something natural,” said Kimberly Hughes, a DWP spokeswoman for its Green L.A. program. “Natural landscaping … sustains a natural ecosystem.” The Thomas Payne Foundation, which has sold low-water landscaping at its Sun Valley nursery for 40 years, said more and more residents are “going native.” “Every year, more and more all-natural plants are sold,” said foundation office manager Margaret Robison. “More people are becoming aware of our diminishing water supply.” Last spring, Carmen Ramos Chandler ripped out her St. Augustine lawn to plant native grasses at her Studio City home, which burned up in the summer heat. She and her husband, Malcolm Venolia, have replenished their yard with native trees, sages and ceanothis. They now water no more than three times a week, at 15 minutes a shot. “Our DWP bill is smaller,” said Ramos Chandler, 44. “(But) we’re not doing this to save money. The reality is, we’re doing this because it’s the right thing to do.” Instead of landscaping, Eric Dubin went for dirt. “We don’t water at all, because I don’t feel the need to,” said Dubin, 42, staring at his bare front yard in Winnetka. “My neighbors are probably angry. It’s a substantial (water) savings.” Before his ersatz turf, McMinn’s water bill was $200 a month. He’s now cut his water use in half, he said, in addition to not having to pay a gardener. The former controller for the New York Yankees figures he’ll recoup the $10,000 cost of his new lawn in seven or eight years. “I just get my blower and blow it off,” said McMinn, whose eight grandchildren roughhouse on his lawn. “The timing has been great. This saves water, which equals to saving dollars. “Being green pays. It’s helping the planet, the ecology. (And) it saves you money.” (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTHRIDGE – Two months ago, Tom McMinn grew tired of weeds, busted sprinklers and the rising cost of watering his lawn. So he laid down a blanket of grass as perfect as his remodeled ranch house – and all of it fake. “It looks nice year-round. You don’t have to worry about watering it. You save on your water bill. And you don’t have a gardener,” said McMinn, 72, of Northridge, admiring his emerald turf. “I don’t know how many people I’ve seen bend down and say, `Oh, it’s fake grass. How can I put it in my place?”‘ As Southland water officials talk of potential rationing amid a looming water shortage, McMinn is one of a growing number of Angelenos opting for drought-resistant or even synthetic lawns. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Once considered a prickly grass substitute best suited for miniature golf courses, fake grass has become the latest darling in the battle against drought. It looks real. It feels real. And it requires no mowing, fertilizing, weed killing or sun. And unlike thirsty grass, it requires no water. By some estimates, up to 500 homes a week across Los Angeles County are now opting for the synthetic stuff. “It is covering Los Angeles,” said Henry Sosa, owner of Carlsbad-based SoCal Synthetic Turf, which does 80percent of its business in the L.A. region. “I have the wealthiest in Bel-Air to the people in Watts putting in artificial turf. last_img

Letterkenny artist taps into unique digital print market

first_imgA young Letterkenny artist has tapped into a niche market with unique prints refecting the Donegal landscape.Barry Daly has produced an impressive array of works featuring everybody and everything from Conor McGregor to Fanad Lighthouse.Many of his unique printers have a Donegal theme and are unique to many towns and landmarks across Donegal. As well as the Donegal aspect to the Wild Atlantic Way, Barry’s work includes reflections of Carrigart as well as Stars Wars to commemorate the recent filming of segments of the forthcoming film at Malin Head.And for anybody interested in unique graphic prints with a local edge, Barry’s work isn’t expensive.Prints start at just €10 and when framed make stunning and birthday presents. See more of Barry’s work at artist taps into unique digital print market was last modified: September 4th, 2016 by StephenShare 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:artBarry Dalydigital printsdonegalletterkennylast_img read more


first_imgA HACCP course will commence in the Rosses CDP. This course will run on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th April and Thursday 5th May, Friday 6th May and Tuesday 10th May from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. each day. Cost: €50. A limited number of places are available. If you wish to book a place, you need to register with payment before Friday 8th April. Please contact us on 074 95 61686A Stress Management Course will commence on Thursday 7th April for 6 weeks in the Rosses CDP from 10.30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Cost €25. Booking is essential before 1 o’clock on Monday 4th April. Contact us on 074 9561686 / 0879615775 COMMUNITY: ROSSES CDP TO LAUNCH HACCP COURSE NEXT MONTH was last modified: March 30th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:courseFeaturesHACCPlaunchNoticesRosses CDPlast_img read more