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Captain Stafanie feels like a ‘superstar’

first_imgStafanie Taylor, the Jamaican who led the regional women’s cricket team to its first ICC World T20 title, was treated to a welcome-home ceremony fit for a heroine inside the Pineapple Lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday.In attendance at yesterday’s event were Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, who also represents the Spanish Town constituency from whence the cricketer hails; and Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven, president of the Jamaica Cricket Association, who praised the Jamaican for having “team spirit that we have never seen before”.It was Taylor’s third time at the World Cup and first in the leadership role, having been appointed captain in September last year.”The road has been really rough, I can tell you being the captain and the leader. It left me with no friends,” she joked.”When we got into Barbados, I got a reception that I’ve never received before; I felt like a superstar when we arrived in Barbados yesterday, and today, it was like a reminder of feeling like a superstar,” she told the media.The 24-year-old said thanks to the fans, supporters, sponsors and her family at home who were eagerly awaiting her arrival.”Today, it is Spanish Town day,” joked Grange, who said all the people of the Caribbean will be talking about her constituent for years.”I am really happy to be here again. Stafanie has been a source of inspiration for many of us. Years from now, we will be talking about this little girl from Gordon Pen in Spanish Town that led a band of heroines from the Caribbean and made history in Kolkata, India,” said Grange.She added that “a big session” will take place for Taylor in Gordon Pen today and also assured that plans will begin soon to rehabilitate the Stafanie Taylor Oval at Eltham High School, where Taylor’s talent blossomed while a student there.Taylor, who was named Player of the Tournament for her consistent contribution, was named captain of the ICC Select World T20 team of the tournament, which includes fellow West Indies player, Barbadian all rounder Deandra Dottin.Patrick King, director of customer solutions, Digicel, which is the main sponsor of West Indies cricket, said his organisation remains proud to be a part of the ascendancy of the game in the region.The West Indies men’s team also won the World T20 title, on Sunday in England, and in February, the West Indies Under-19 team won the ICC Youth World Cup in Sri Lanka.last_img read more

LEED Can Help Fix the Water Problem

first_imgWhile news reports have recently focused on California Governor Jerry Brown’s executive order, in response to that state’s long-running drought, seeking to reduce overall water use by 25 percent, there may be more to be learned from how the small Town of Hampstead in Maryland responded to its own water crisis in 2008.Despite the fact that the U.S. uses less water than it did in 1980, availability of potable water is increasingly an issue. According to the EPA, at least 36 states are anticipating local, regional, or statewide water shortages this year.In 2008, the 6,323 people residing in the Town of Hampstead, for the first time since it was incorporated in 1888, were experiencing severe water stress. The town considered restricting water use and faced a moratorium on all new building. The town commissioners sought a proven response that was easy to articulate and that could be readily and quickly implemented.With the town water system running out of water, the town created a Groundwater Conservation District “encouraging environmentally sensitive and sustainable ‘green’ design and construction methods, minimizing impervious surface, maximizing groundwater recharge and protecting the aquifer.”Within that District, outdoor watering and irrigation was strictly prohibited. Washing of cars, boats, campers, windows, and the like, was prohibited except by a hose equipped with a flow-restricting device. No need to reinvent the wheelUsing LEED as a tool to restrict water use obviated the need to create some new regulatory scheme from scratch. The ordinance met with little, if any, negative comment because most accepted that government has a proper role in responding to a crisis and, in part, because the plumbing industry was familiar with LEED. And that projects need only be LEED “certifiable” and not actually certified ameliorated the concern that LEED, a voluntary third-party rating system, was being misused.The LEED water reduction prerequisite and credits provide an ideal tool for reducing water use. Carefully drafted, LEED can provide the standards, in an ordinance, for restricting water use. More simply put, LEED can be the ideal liquidity strategy. Fixing leaky pipes was keyCognizant that every six days, U.S. water utilities lose an entire day’s water from leaking pipes, the town started an aggressive program of locating and fixing leaks, including offering a bounty of up to a $9,000 credit on water bills to customers who located a water leak on their property.And by ordinance 2008-449, Hampstead Town Code 135-150 was amended to provide:Any new building or structure shall comply with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for silver certification or a standard deemed equivalent by the Commission. The developer shall be responsible for the cost of the Town hiring a consultant to certify that the site plans and construction drawings conform to the LEED or other approved environmental standard. The Commission may establish a higher standard if deemed appropriate by the Commission.The ordinance was tied to LEED 2009 NC which included for the first time WEp1 as a prerequisite; WEp1 stipulates that all projects must reduce water use by at least 20 percent. And by requiring that projects be certifiable at the Silver level, land owners were encouraged to pursue credit WEc2, where a 30 percent reduction in water use garners two points, with up to four points available for a 40 percent reduction.Owners were also advised to pursue credit WEc1 which is available for a 50 percent reduction in potable water use for irrigation.center_img Stuart Kaplow, an environmental attorney, is legal counsel and past chair of the U.S. Green Building Council Maryland. This post originally appeared on April 5 at Green Building Law Update.last_img read more

Disaster Strikes BlackBerry—Huge Job Cuts, $1 Billion Net Loss

first_imgdan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Disaster has finally struck for smartphone pioneer BlackBerry.Today, trading of BlackBerry’s stock was halted with “news pending.” That news turned out to be tragic: the company is reporting a net loss of $950 million for its last financial quarter and has confirmed that it is laying off 4,500 people, nearly 40% of its entire workforce. BlackBerry will have 7,000 jobs remaining after the cuts. The layoffs come as BlackBerry tries to reduce expenses by at least 50% heading into 2015. BlackBerry’s announcement comes a week before it was supposed to give its latest quarterly earnings statement. BlackBerry has been treading water this year, hovering around $3 billion in quarterly revenue for the last two quarters with a marginal profit in the fourth quarter and a small loss last quarter of about $63 million. This quarter, the long-awaited disaster has finally brought BlackBerry to its knees with a whopping $1 billion in net losses as its BlackBerry 10 devices go unsold. BlackBerry said that it sold 3.7 million smartphones last quarter, most of which were its older BlackBerry 7 devices. BlackBerry revenue for the second fiscal quarter of 2014 was $1.6 billion, down from $3.1 billion in the first quarter. BlackBerry estimates that nearly half of that revenue is from services and not from its hardware division. BlackBerry said that its total amount of remaining cash (and cash equivalents) is $2.6 billion, down from $3.1 billion last quarter.The news comes two days after BlackBerry announced a brand new flagship smartphone, the BlackBerry Z30. BlackBerry has failed to gain traction this year against its top competitors like Apple and manufacturers using the Android operating system like Samsung, LG and HTC. BlackBerry sold about 6 million smartphones in the last two quarters, with almost all of the models being BlackBerry’s legacy devices and not its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones. BlackBerry is not alone in its struggle to remain profitable among smartphone manufacturers, as companies like HTC have also seen profits drop considerably in the last two years. Nokia, once the biggest cellphone manufacturer in the world, faced enough economic difficulty that it sold to Microsoft earlier this month for $7.2 billion.If BlackBerry keeps on burning cash at its current rate, it will not be able to last past much past the beginning of 2014. Its consumer marketshare is invisible while its enterprise marketshare to large corporations and governments remains small, but steady. “Our enterprise business continues to reflect the trust that governments and businesses have placed in the BlackBerry platform,” said BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins in a press release. “Security matters and enterprises know the gold standard in enterprise mobility is BlackBerry.”The BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES 10) remains the company’s only consistent division with 25,000 installs (up from 19,000 in July). The revenue from BES accounts for BlackBerry’s “service” revenue that now makes up half of the company’s cash flow.  Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#BlackBerry last_img read more