The Two River Times™ is a 2013 sponsor of “Paint The Town Pink,” a breast cancer awareness initiative sponsored by Meridian Health System. By Tom PaolellaIf you knew a test could save your life, would you put it off?Mammograms are proven to save lives, yet many women put off getting their annual mammogram screening for a variety of reasons, such as simply not wanting to know the outcome, a hectic family schedule or financial challenges.New Jersey ranks among the top 10 states in the country for both incidence and mortality rates for breast cancer. Particularly at risk are the low-income, the working poor and uninsured women. Currently there are 586,300 uninsured women living in New Jersey.Paint the Town Pink committee members and volunteersgather for the First Annual Girls Night Out in 2008 at The Downtown in Red Bank in support of the Paint the Town Pink campaign. The Sixth Annual Girls Night Out is scheduled for May 9 this year.Seven years ago, a conversation took place at Riverview Medical Center about the growing percentage of women in Monmouth County, age 40 and older, who were not getting their annual mammogram. What started as an idea to educate women has grown into one of the most prevalent awareness campaigns in our area and has dramatically impacted the lives of thousands of community neighbors – cue Paint the Town Pink.In conjunction with the Jane H. Booker Women’s Center at Riverview, the mission behind the campaign is to educate local women about a very significant fact – that early detection is a woman’s best defense against breast cancer.In 2012, Paint the Town Pink grew to eight towns with the support of residents, businesses, town officials and volunteers. Each year, everyone comes together in May to show their support and spread the Pink message. For 2013, the campaign has expanded into a Meridian Health event, encompassing both Monmouth and Ocean counties and expanding into 23 towns, making the event the most represented to date.What began as an idea seven years ago has been transformed into a grassroots initiative that is changing lives in very tangible and meaningful ways.Paint the Town Pink 2013 runs from May 1-31.For more information about Paint the Town Pink visit www.PainttheTownPink. com and be sure to follow Paint the Town Pink on Facebook to see highlights of this year’s campaign and for a complete list of events and activities.
Mallard’s Source for sports wants to give the Killjoys a pre-game push with Team of the Week honours.The Killjoys team includes, coach K. Boss, back row, Sylvest, Meg Ablast, Ink Sling-Her, Kerowhack, Lil Miss Hell ‘N Back, D.O.Ava, Goldie Gunshow, Oso Agro, Buttermilk, McWrath, Skid Licious, Lil Squirt, Concrete Cindy, Courtney Shove and Slay Guevara. The Golden Boot is up for grabs Saturday at the NDCC Arena as the Nelson Killjoys and Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers duke it out for bragging rights in the West Kootenay Roller Derby League.The defending champion Killjoys meet the Rollers at 7 p.m. in Mountain Mayhem 5 while at 5 p.m. Valley Brutality and the Rossland Trail Rollergirls.
In anticipation of streets and freeways leading to Pasadena being clogged with New Year’s Eve traffic, Metro is again offering visitors an alternative way to travel to see the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. Metro will offer free Metro Gold Line service to Pasadena on Monday night and early Tuesday, free shuttle service to the Rose Bowl, and shuttle service to view the floats after the parade. The New Year’s Eve free fare program will be in effect from 9 p.m. Monday to 2 a.m. Tuesday. It applies to all Metro buses, including the Metro Orange and Metro Red lines. It also applies to the Purple, Blue, Green and Gold rail lines. Metro is offering the free rides to promote safety during the holiday season. Metro also will provide shuttle service for visitors viewing floats after Tuesday’s parade. The cost will be a regular fare plus a transfer. Shuttles will run from the Sierra Madre Villa Gold Line Station to Victory Park from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Shuttles taking visitors back to the station will run until 5:30 p.m. On Wednesday, shuttles taking seniors and the disabled to the post-parade venue will begin service at 7 a.m. and run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shuttles taking visitors to the station will run until 5:30 p.m. For more information, call Metro information at (800) 266-6883.160Want 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“The Metro Gold Line is now in its fifth official year of parade service and we’re quite proud to now be an important part of the tournament tradition,” said Roger Snoble, Metro CEO. “We’re hoping a brand new, international audience discovers the ease and convenience of Los Angeles’ growing public-transit network while they’re in town for these parade events.” Paradegoers will have acess to four Pasadena train stations: Memorial Park, Del Mar, Lake Avenue and Allen Avenue. All the stations are within walking distance of the parade route on Colorado Boulevard. Free parking also is available at several Gold Line stations. Sierra Madre Villa has 950 spaces, Fillmore has 131, Mission 122, Heritage Square/Arroyo 145 and Lincoln Heights/Cypress 91. The Del Mar station has 600 paid spaces and Union Station in Los Angeles has more than 2,000 paid spaces.
The first Old Firm derby is on 1 September and sees Ibrox manager Steven Gerrard face Brendan Rodgers, his boss during their time at Liverpool.AUGUST04/08/2018: Livingston (H)11/08/2018: Hearts (A)25/08/2018: Hamilton Accies (H)SEPTEMBER01/09/2018: Rangers (H)15/09/2018: St Mirren (A)22/09/2018: Kilmarnock (A)29/09/2018: Aberdeen (H) 01/09/2018: Rangers (H)29/12/2018: Rangers (A)30/03/2019: Rangers (H) Celtic start their Scottish Premiership defence against Livingston on 4 August.Brendan Rodgers’ side are aiming to make it eight league titles in a row, having swept aside the competition once again last term to win the double treble.As well as the league, both the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup were retained by Celtic who beat Motherwell in both finals at Hampden Park, while they clinched the title by beating rivals Rangers 5-0; the first time in 39 years the club won the league in a derby. OCTOBER06/10/2018: St Johnstone (A)20/10/2018: Hibernian (H)27/10/2018: Motherwell (H)31/10/2018: Dundee (A)NOVEMBER03/11/2018: Hearts (H)10/11/2018: Livingston (A)24/11/2018: Hamilton Accies (A)DECEMBER01/12/2018: St Johnstone (H)05/12/2018: Motherwell (A)08/12/2018: Kilmarnock (H)15/12/2018: Hibernian (A)22/12/2018: Dundee (H)26/12/2018: Aberdeen (A)29/12/2018: Rangers (A) Celtic made it seven titles in a row last season Glasgow derby games 3 3 3 JANUARY23/01/2019: St Mirren (H)26/01/2019: Hamilton Accies (H)FEBRUARY02/02/2019: St Johnstone (A)06/02/2019: Hibernian (H)16/02/2019: Kilmarnock (A)23/02/2019: Motherwell (H)27/02/2019: Hearts (A)MARCH09/03/2019: Aberdeen (H)16/03/2019: Dundee (A)30/03/2019: Rangers (H)APRIL03/04/2019: St Mirren (A)06/04/2019: Livingston (H) Celtic captain Scott Brown won the Players’ Player of the Year last season Celtic fans hope Brendan Rodgers is there for 10 in a row
Panels face south for a reasonIn California, only 9 percent of solar panels face within 10 degrees of due west, the blog says. A western orientation reduces their total output by between 10 percent and 20 percent when compared with south-facing panels, and that means less electricity for homeowners and lower earnings from net-metering.Peak output for west-facing arrays is 2:00 p.m., the blog notes, two hours later than for south-facing panels.And that helps explain why some utilities are offering financial incentives to homeowners to make the switch. The study says some plans pay customers as much as 35 cents per kWh for power produced late in the afternoon vs. 12 cents per kWh for power exported to the grid at noon.“Offering a handsome incentive for well-timed solar power (or well-timed reductions in usage) can be a smart play for any utility seeking to avoid a painful alternative: paying notoriously high marginal costs to source electricity from ‘peaker’ power plants (e.g. 3 to 5x the normal price level),” the report says.“An appropriate time-of-use rate framework could enable west-facing systems to achieve compelling monetary returns despite their reduced annual energy output,” it continues. “Our recent analysis of time-varying rates — specifically those that encourage nighttime electric car charging — suggests they can have a strong effect in shaping consumer behavior.”The California Energy Commission recently decided to award subsidies of up to $500 for the installation of west-facing panels. Most rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panels face south because the owners of the panels want to generate the most electricity possible. But a recent report says that shifting more PV panels to the west would produce electricity at a time when the electricity is much more useful to utilities, reducing the need for utilities to buy costly power to meet peak loads.Writing in an Outlier blog for Opower, a company that analyzes energy data for utilities, Barry Fischer and Ben Harack note that most PV-equipped homes are producing much more power than they consume during the middle part of the day. The grid, however, really needs the power boost in the late afternoon.Fischer and Harack said they looked at Opower data from 25,000 solar homes in the western U.S. along with public data about 110,000 residential projects installed in California since 2007.“Our statistical results reveal a key disconnect between today’s solar panel landscape and the broader power system,” they write.More west-facing panels would generate more power in the late afternoon and give utilities a “compelling alternative” to bringing additional power plants online.That’s the same conclusion reached in a report from the Pecan Street Research Institute at the University of Texas at Austin last December. That report, however, was based on a much smaller sample — just 52 homes. Lots of midday outputDuring the sunniest parts of the day, an average of 93 percent of the solar-equipped homes export electricity to the grid because the panels generate more electricity than the homes use. On one day in particular, a hot day in May of this year, the authors charted power exports in 25,000 western homes from about 8:00 in the morning until just before 4:00 in the afternoon.After that, the solar homes actually used more than non-solar homes (see the graph in Image #2, below). The authors explain the situation this way: “Wondering why solar homes’ use of grid electricity shoots way above average after the sun goes down? It’s likely related to the elevated energy needs of their owners’ lifestyles: the typical solar home in our dataset is 34% larger than the typical non-solar home, 2.6 times as likely to own a pool, and 2.7 times as likely to enroll in an electric vehicle rate plan.”At midday, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., the average solar home produces enough power to run itself and two non-solar homes at the same time.But peak demand on the grid occurs about 5:00 p.m., when the output of south-facing panels has fallen sharply. By 4:00 p.m., only 27 percent of solar homes are exporting power to the grid; by 5:00 p.m., that’s fallen to 6 percent.“Could solar homes be more helpful in satisfying peak electric demand on the grid?” the authors write. “The answer is certainly yes. And a small subset of homes appears to be leading the way.”
“Good for a change, yes, after all these years,” Federer said. “If I can help him, great. If he can help me, even better.”Federer rolled into the fourth round of the US Open on Saturday, extending his bid for a 20th career Grand Slam title by downing Spanish 31st seed Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-3, 7-5.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 36-year-old Swiss third seed, seeking a record sixth title on New York hardcourts, could meet world number one Nadal in a Friday semi-final at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the one Slam where they have never played.“For many years Rafa and me, we’ve tried to play against each other here, and it just didn’t work out,” Federer said. “Now this week, I don’t feel necessarily the pressure’s there. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Ex-NBA star Stoudemire won’t play for Jerusalem next season UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Rafa, he has been such a wonderful champion and a good friend of mine on the tour, one of my big rivals for life, that it’s just nice to be able to spend some time with him and support him,” Federer said.Federer, who would be the oldest US Open champion in the Open Era (since 1967), was also excited about the chance to spend time with 61-year-old Swedish legend Borg, an 11-time Grand Slam champion who captain’s the European side.“For me to spend time with Bjorn, it’s quite rare,” Federer said. “He doesn’t spend so much time on the tour. When he shows up, it’s short. I feel every minute you get with him is a privilege.“Here we are, he’s going to be stuck with us. So it’s going, I think, to be very special for all of us, particularly me. I mean, I have incredible respect for him.”Federer said if he could turn back the clock and face one all-time icon from another era, it would be Borg in his prime, when he was winning six French Open and five Wimbledon crowns from 1974 to 1981.“If I could play one player ever going back, I feel like it would be Bjorn,” Federer said. “I feel he’s that incredibly good, for what he did for the game. If I look how he played, what he brought to it, it’s crazy.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa KEY BISCAYNE, FL – APRIL 02: Roger Federer of Switzerland (left) and Rafael Nadal of Spain (right) shake hands after Federer defeated Nadal in the men’s final match on day 14 of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 2, 2017 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Rob Foldy/Getty Images/AFPRoger Federer is as curious as tennis fans around the world to see if he will finally play against Rafael Nadal for the first time at the US Open.But even if not, the two career leaders in men’s Grand Slam titles will have the chance to bond as teammates and possibly even doubles partners later this month in a new Europe versus The World team event.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I’m happy I’m still around. Rafa fought well through again today. I’m happy for him, too. We’ll see if it gets done or not. I’m curious to see myself.”Federer is having a banner season after some suspected he might never lift another Grand Slam trophy, taking the Wimbledon and Australian Open crowns.Nadal has done the same at age 31, winning his 15th Slam title by capturing his record 10th French Open crown.But the long-time rivals will team up on September 22-24 for the Laver Cup in Prague, a new three-day team event pitting Bjorn Borg’s European squad against a World lineup guided by John McEnroe.Federer and Nadal will work together alongside Austria’s Dominic Thiem, Czech Tomas Berdych, Germany’s Alexander Zverev and Croatia’s Marin Cilic.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Not everyone will be able to attend the live event due to the limited seating capacity at the venue. Each person will only be allowed two tickets. Story Highlights Persons who wish to attend the annual Grand Gala event at the National Stadium on Independence Day (August 6) can get their free tickets at Juici Beef, Burger King and Tastee locations in Cross Roads, Half-Way-Tree, Downtown, and Portmore.This was disclosed by Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ held on July 30 at the agency’s headquarters in Kingston. Each person will only be allowed two tickets.Ms. Hanna said that despite the increased number of outlets, not everyone will be able to attend the live event due to the limited seating capacity at the venue.“The stadium holds 23,000 people. It’s one of these events that everybody wants to come to, that’s why we are showcasing live on television,” she said.Grand Gala producer, Gregory Simms, said that much work has gone into improving the television product so that the event is even more enjoyable for the audience at home.He said that rehearsals are being held every day “to have the television product looking well directed and very attractive. So Jamaicans…will get an unforgettable experience in their own homes as well now,” he said.The Grand Gala is one of the highlights of the annual Emancipation and Independence celebrations.The event, to be held under the theme: ‘Celebrating Jamaica: Triumphant, Proud and Free’, will formally close out ‘Jamaica 50’ celebrations, which began last year.The objectives of the celebrations are to: commemorate the country’s 51st year of independence, and give Jamaicans an opportunity to collect keepsakes from ‘Jamaica 50’; offer presentations in dance, music, theatre and visual arts; and to recognise national heroes, Jamaican icons, and institutions.This year’s celebrations will offer rich, wholesome family-oriented entertainment, with periods of reflection and discussion. The Grand Gala is one of the highlights of the annual Emancipation and Independence celebrations.
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index dipped into the red Monday as minor U.S. stock movements saw Wall Street hit a new record high.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 4.47 points to 15,802.7.The commodity-heavy TSX had been up earlier in the trading day, with some of the lift coming from rising oil prices, said Allan Small, a senior investment adviser at Holliswealth.The November crude contract climbed 42 cents to US$51.87 per barrel amid rising tensions in the Middle East as Iraqi federal forces moved into the disputed city of Kirkuk and seized oil fields, prompting a withdrawal by Kurdish forces.“Oil was up quite a bit because of what’s been happening in Iraq — Iraq being the no. 2 producer of oil in OPEC,” Small said.South of the border, New York stock indices extended their record-setting run into a sixth straight week.The Dow Jones industrial average advanced 85.24 points to 22,956.96. The S&P 500 index inched up 4.47 points to 2,557.64 and the Nasdaq composite index gained 18.21 points to 6,624.01.While Monday was a relatively light day for earnings, the pace is slated to pick up on Tuesday and into next week, when the bulk of S&P 500 companies are scheduled to report quarterly results.“Obviously earnings are very key until we get the next political catalyst such as tax reform,” said Small.“Is the market expensive? I think that’s the question everybody is looking at,” he said. “I don’t think it’s extremely expensive. I don’t think it’s cheap but I think it’s fairly valued.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 79.81 cents US, down 0.27 of a cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the December gold contract gave back $1.60 to US$1,303.00 an ounce.The November natural gas contract was down five cents at US$2.95 per mmBTU and the December copper contract was up 11 cents to US$3.24 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
TEHRAN, Iran — Iraq’s president is visiting Iran less than two weeks after the United States restored oil sanctions that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.State TV says Barham Salih arrived Saturday and met with his Iranian counterpart, President Hassan Rouhani.Iran, which has had major influence over Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, is hoping to maintain exports to its neighbour despite the renewed sanctions. Iraq is Iran’s second-largest market after China, buying everything from food and machinery to electricity and natural gas.Trade between the two countries was some $7 billion in 2017, and they have vowed to boost it to $8.5 billion this year.The Associated Press
Sam Paschel is the CEO of Zero Motorcycles Inc., a privately-held company based in Scotts Valley, California, that designs and makes electric motorcycles and powertrains, including fleet vehicles for police and the military. The company was started in 2006 by Neal Saiki, a former NASA engineer.The Q&A has been edited for clarity and length.__Q: How has your industry changed over the last decade or so?A: Zero is driven by two separate dynamics: the trends in the electric vehicle space and those in the traditional motorcycle market.In the traditional motorcycle market, overall volume peaked most recently in 2007. After the financial collapse of 2008, the market has seen a slow and steady climb but still hasn’t returned to pre-recession levels.The electric vehicle market has seen explosive growth driven by improvements in technology, infrastructure investment and rapidly growing acceptance of electric vehicles generally. We are very fortunate that our business has consistently followed the trends in the electric vehicle space and hasn’t been limited by slower growth in the motorcycle market.Q: How much attention do you pay to your competition?A: We’re a challenger brand with a disruptive product. We look at the competition in an effort to understand the areas where we need to conform to industry practices and standards to connect with consumers, and where we can break from convention to meet consumers’ needs most effectively.Q: You testified before a U.S. House committee to make the case for extending consumer tax credits for two- and three-wheel plug-in vehicles. You said it was a critical time in your company’s development and for an emerging American industry. Can you explain?A: Zero is just winding down the best year in its history. We’ve seen incredible growth because of the support from our dealers and the years of work we have put into perfecting our motorcycles and our powertrain. The electric motorcycle market is now international and competition is heating up. Several of our key competitors are located in countries in the European Union and around the world with more progressive tax policies for two- and three-wheel electric vehicles.We can make those vehicles one of the next great homegrown industries. But without that same tax-credit support here at home, where most of our volume historically is located, we run the risk of wasting our head start.Q: How did the lack of a tax-credit extension affect the company and sales? Are motorcycle buyers sensitive to tax credits?A: We’ve seen a strong link between the presence or absence of tax credits and the pace of growth both domestically and in international markets. As tax credits become available for electric vehicles, our sales consistently and dramatically outperform years in which those same credits were absent.Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press