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Jeff Bezos names first recipients of his $10 billion Earth Fund

first_img– Advertisement – Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, speaks to a group of Amazon employees that are veterans during an Amazon Veterans Day celebration on Monday, November 12, 2018.Leonard Ortiz | Digital First Media | Getty Images Bezos said in an Instagram post that he spent the past several months learning about the grantees’ work in depth, adding that they’re “working on innovative, ambitious and needle-moving solutions” to climate change. The $791 million worth of grants issued Monday is “just the beginning” of the Earth Fund’s $10 billion commitment, Bezos said.Many of the grantees are receiving funds for specific projects, while other recipients will re-grant the funds and donate to other nonprofits, a spokesperson for the Earth Fund said.For example, the World Wildlife Fund said it will use the $100 million award to protect and restore mangroves from “climate-accelerated weather events,” and to develop new markets for seaweed as an alternative to fossil fuel-based products.- Advertisement – Bezos, who previously referred to climate change as “the biggest threat to our planet,” has recently made climate-oriented initiatives a key focus at Amazon. The company has faced pressure from employees and others to address concerns that its e-commerce and logistics business contributes to global carbon emissions.In September, Amazon announced the first recipients of its $2 billion Climate Pledge Fund, which is designed to invest in “sustainable and decarbonizing technologies.”Amazon also launched the “Climate Pledge” last September, which encompasses a number of ambitious goals, including a commitment to be carbon neutral by 2040. It has also purchased electric delivery vans and invested $10 million to help conserve or restore forests in the U.S. Northeast.Here’s the full list of Earth Fund recipients and the donations they’ll receive:The Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund, $43 million grantClimateWorks Foundation, $50 million grantDream Corps Green For All, $10 million grantEden Reforestation Projects, $5 million grantEnergy Foundation, $30 million grantEnvironmental Defense Fund, $100 million grantThe Hive Fund for Climate and Gender Justice, $43 million grantNatural Resources Defense Council, $100 million grantThe Nature Conservancy, $100 million grantNDN Collective, $12 million grantRocky Mountain Institute, $10 million grantSalk Institute for Biological Studies, $30 million grantThe Solutions Project, $43 million grantUnion of Concerned Scientists, $15 million grantWorld Resources Institute, $100 million grantWorld Wildlife Fund, $100 million grantcenter_img Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos on Monday announced the first recipients of his $10 billion Earth Fund.The Earth Fund, launched in February, is designed to combat the effects of climate change by issuing grants to scientists, activists and other organizations in their efforts to “preserve and protect the natural world.”Bezos announced 16 initial recipients of the Earth Fund who will receive $791 million in donations. The top donations include The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Defense Fund, World Resources Institute and the World Wildlife Fund, which will each receive $100 million.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Who Manchester United, Wolves and Rangers can face in Europa League last-16 draw

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 27 Feb 2020 10:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.3kShares Who Manchester United, Wolves and Rangers can face in Europa League last-16 draw BaselBayer LeverkusenCopenhagenGetafeInterIstanbul BasaksehirLASKManchester UnitedOlympiacosRangersRomaSevillaShakhtar DonetskWolfsburgWolvesEintracht Frankfurt / Red Bull Salzburg Odion Ighalo scored his first goal for Manchester United in their win over Club Brugge (AMA/Getty Images)Celtic also crashed out as they slipped to a 3-1 defeat at home to FC Copenhagen.AdvertisementAdvertisementAjax, Porto and Benfica were three other high-profile clubs to drop out of the Europa League. EUROPA LEAGUE LAST-16 TEAMS The Europa League last-16 draw takes place on Friday (Getty Images)Manchester United, Wolves and Rangers are all in the pot for the Europa League last-16 draw.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side made the cut in emphatic fashion with a 5-0 victory over Club Brugge at Old Trafford.Wolves lost to Espanyol 3-2 on Thursday evening but progressed 6-3 on aggregate.Rangers beat Braga 1-0 on Wednesday evening to secure a 4-2 victory over the Portuguese side on aggregate.ADVERTISEMENTMeanwhile, Arsenal missed out on a place in the last-16 after Olympiacos’ late goal in extra time at the Emirates Stadium knocked Mikel Arteta’s side out of the competition.center_img Advertisement Elsewhere, Antonio Conte’s Inter and Roma are in the last-16 draw, while the second leg between Eintracht Frankfurt and Red Bull Salzburg will be played on Friday.Unlike the round-of-32 draw, there is no country protection or seeding so all clubs could potentially face each other in the last-16.The Europa League last-16 draw is due to take place on Friday at 12pm GMT.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

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BLOG: Watch Governor Wolf’s WITF Interview on Pennsylvania’s Opioid Crisis

first_img Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog,  Videos Governor Wolf this morning was interviewed by WITF’s Ben Allen about Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis. The interview was live streamed through Facebook Live and users were able to watch as the governor talked his bipartisan opioid roundtables, the need to eliminate the stigma surrounding addiction, and more.The magnitude of the addiction and overdose death epidemic in Pennsylvania is astounding — at least seven Pennsylvanians die every day from a drug overdose. With nearly 2,500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014 and estimates that the 2015 total will be higher, a collaborative effort on the federal, state, and local levels is crucial in combating this crisis.If you missed the live stream, watch the full video on the WITF Facebook page — and find out more about Governor Wolf’s efforts to combat Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis here.This isn’t the first time the governor has taken to Facebook to share live video with users from across the commonwealth. In an effort to increase transparency in state government, Governor Wolf has used Facebook Live to share videos on a wide range of issues, and has even taken live questions directly from users during his Facebook Town Halls.Never miss a live broadcast from Governor Wolf by liking the governor’s page on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Kate Landis, Deputy Digital Director May 16, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter BLOG: Watch Governor Wolf’s WITF Interview on Pennsylvania’s Opioid Crisislast_img read more

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Huge new design studio opens in North Lakes to fast track decisions

first_imgBold home builders have a huge new design centre open to the general public.For those that like to make decisions with a coffee in hand, the studio has Bold Bean cafe ready to grind you up some fresh beans.Mr Boulton said a lot of people visited a display home to make a decision on the overall floor plan and design, but when it came to deciding on details it could be hard to visualise how it would look in the setting of the home.“They often end up going back and forth between the display home and the showroom to refresh their memory, so by putting everything under one roof we will make that process easier,” Mr Boulton said. Bold home builders have just opened a 500sq m design centre open to the general public.A MASSIVE design showroom has opened to the public in North Lakes offering 500sq m of see, touch and feel experiences for those trying to make home design decisions.Home-builder Bold has opened the million dollar Evolve Design Studio for anyone who wants to get some fresh design ideas, you don’t have to be a Bold client to use the studio.Bold owner and director Brett Boulton said the concept for the studio came from a desire to make building a new home as stress free as possible for buyers. Bold home builders have a huge new design centre open to the general public.“There is a lot of decision making that goes into building a new home, so we want to make that process as easy as possible for home builders,” he said.“At the design studio, they won’t just see what a certain fitting or fixture looks like on its own, they will be able to experience how it functions and fits into the space.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoThe studio features full-scale kitchen, bathroom, media and bedroom displays. Along with all of Bold’s fitting, finish and colour schemes giving the ability to see the products in a full-sized room.center_img Bold home builders have a huge new design centre open to the general public.He said many showrooms were only open to those who had already committed to building with a company, but Evolve Design Studio was open to the general public.“A key point of difference is that anyone can come in at anytime,” he said.“You don’t have to book or sign up to purchase first, you can drop in for a look seven days a week and there’s even a kids’ corner to keep the little ones occupied while you browse.”Bold has had a busy 12 months, recently named the Queensland Medium Professional Builder by the Housing Industry Association (HIA) for the second consecutive year.last_img read more

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Auction secrets revealed

first_imgAuction of one of Townsville’s most iconic homes. Australasian auctioneer of the year Justin Nickerson. Picture: Zak SimmondsAUSTRALASIAN auctioneer of the year Justin Nickerson has shared some of his secrets while in Townsville to sell one of the city’s most iconic homes under the hammer.Mr Nickerson, who earned the Real Estate Institute of Queensland title last year, was in the city on Thursday to auction the stunning 9 Cleveland Terrace in North Ward, which sold for $1.825 million.He said the days of intimidating auctioneers were over and vendors should be attending the sales of any auctioneers they are considering hiring.“The best way to choose an auctioneer is to see them in their natural environment,” Brisbane-based Mr Nickerson said. “To be a good auctioneer you need to have the ability to think and engage with the crowd. The old auctioneer who would stand at the front and have the big booming voice and intimidate the crowd is over and now it’s really about how well they engage.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“They need to be able to negotiate as well so when the negotiations go behind closed doors they can get involved … and get their hands dirty.”Mr Nickerson said it was not just luxury properties which sold well at auction.“We always say that every property can go to auction but it comes down to what the vendors are wanting to achieve and their time frame,” he said.“Obviously desirable properties like this one (9 Cleveland Terrace) will always have some built-in attraction but then this property sold for $1.825 million so it’s in a higher price bracket which knocks out a lot of buyers.“Every property can have a different application for auction, it just depends on what your expectations are.”last_img read more

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Affordability drives demand on Stockland’s Ipswich communities

first_img Investing? Find out southeast Queenslander’s best option Stockland’s David Laner said key factors in the success of Kalina Springfield, Augustine Heights and Sovereign Pocket were affordability and proximity to the southwest growth corridor amenities.“In addition, the ease of connection to Ipswich, Brisbane and the Gold Coast as well as employment hubs,’’ Mr Laner said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoAn aerial shot of Stockland’s Augustine Heights community.Stockland’s Augustine Heights community has unveiled the first home sites at The Haven, which will comprise 40 lots to meet increasing demand for low-maintenance home options.The first release of land in The Haven will have 10 home sites, with lot sizes from 320sq m and prices from $185,900 to $210,900.“The new lots, located on the western end of the community, will be perfectly positioned within the wealth of natural green surrounds of Augustine Heights, which has been carefully planned to maintain more than 47ha of open space including a rehabilitated 30ha wildlife corridor,’’ Mr Laner said. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< RELATED: “The communities … have been planned to ensure residents can access shops, schools, medical facilities and public transport. “Kalina Springfield, which was officially launched two months ago, is the newest Stockland community and is fast becoming a hub of activity.’’ Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDifferences between building in new or established estates01:50center_img MORE: There’s something about Pixley St David Laner at Augustine Heights which was planned to maintain more than 47ha of open space, including a rehabilitated 30ha wildlife corridor.Affordability is the main driver for residents buying into Stockland’s three residential communities within the Ipswich region. Southeast land sales lead the way Finally, Stockland’s Sovereign Pocket community at Deebing Heights has reached a milestone with home sites and roads in the last stages under construction. last_img read more

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Bayside Dredging Season Prolonged

first_imgThe N.J. Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has reached the decision to extend the season for Bayside Dredging works from February 28 to March 31.This was announced yesterday by the Ocean City Mayor, Jay Gillian, who received the word from the NJDEP that the season for dredging activity in the bay has been prolonged to March 31.As stated in the release, the extension provides Ocean City residents an additional month to arrange for dredging their private slips.“The extension of in-water dredging activity is a result of current data provided to NJDEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife showing protected fish migration begins closer to April 1 than previously believed,” the officials said.According to the notice, this extension gives residents an additional four weeks for slip dredging and alleviates concerns about insufficient time to complete work prior to the cutoff date. Trident Marine and Scarborough Marine Group are actively working to coordinate and complete dredging of private properties for interested homeowners.The program has successfully completed dredging of 95,000 cubic yards from city waters and 54,000 cubic yards from state channels over the past three years. Slip owners have taken advantage of the opportunity to remove close to 41,000 cubic yards through private dredging efforts.The mayor will hold a town hall meeting later this winter to present the 2019-2020 dredge program currently being designed to maintain open waterways in Ocean City.last_img read more

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Death is so personal it can’t be politicised

first_imgSydney Morning Herald 23 Oct 2012Julie Fewster is a former pastoral care worker at Sacred Heart  Hospice.Right now there are two people in my life wanting to die. My 19-year-old  university student friend Josh made his intentions really, really clear last  week. He stood in front of a train. It didn’t kill him and he is vigorously  being kept alive in intensive care. My 86-year-old dad, Bob, who lives in an  aged care facility, regularly quotes the  Ol’ Man River song “I’m tired  of living, but scared of dying.”So with all this talk about the possibility of legalising euthanasia, what’s  the difference between Josh’s suicide attempt and assisted suicide should my dad  Bob want it?Having worked as a pastoral carer at a hospice for the dying, baptised dying  babies, and witnessed more than 200 deaths, I have heard the  physical and  spiritual pain and cries  of the dying, and their families and friends. All I  know is when it comes to death people have divided reactions. With something so  personal, it is dangerous to make it political and legalise euthanasia.Some are praying for Josh to live no matter how hard it will be for him and  his shattered family to cope with his shocking, permanent brain injuries or  asking if Josh wanted to die, why did they try to save him? That he will be  useless now anyway so let him die.<iframe id=”dcAd-1-4″ src=”http://ad-apac.doubleclick.net/adi/onl.smh.news/opinion/societyandculture;cat=opinion;cat1=societyandculture;ctype=article;pos=3;sz=300×250;tile=4;ord=4.1015104E7?” width=’300′ height=’250′ scrolling=”no” marginheight=”0″ marginwidth=”0″ allowtransparency=”true” frameborder=”0″> </iframe>Most people say (and sometimes I think) that it will be a relief when dad  goes – losing his marbles as he is, as well as being a cranky, proud old  bastard. The main thing dad hates most is his loss of dignity – he really hates  to have to constantly change his pull-ups and that he has no privacy. He hates  that his body needs so many hands on it – to change things, rub things, make him  swallow things. He feels diminished when he has to lift his arms like a child to  let me put on his jumper, or can’t stand up to fasten his trousers (”a bank  manager wouldn’t be seen dead in tracky daks”), can’t do up his own seatbelt,  or see the food on his clothes, walk me to the door, or slip me a crisp $50  note.Since dad has been at his most undignified, I have had a choice. To leave him  alone (which still I frustratedly do now and then),  do what he says (”take me  out the back and shoot me”)  or learn to love him no matter what. We struggle.  We have learnt to look at each other with compassion when I kneel before him and  dry his feet, when I tell him he still looks like Frank Sinatra after I cut and  comb his hair and when he tells me it’s not right that a daughter has to wipe  his bottom. I’ve learnt to walk really, really slowly beside him. I tune in to  the little sighs, sometimes our breaths align. We’re both learning about  patience and saying sorry – there are tears and curses. In our daily  ministrations we are learning to say, no matter what you are going through I  love you, I will not leave you alone and you are still worth something in this  world. Even in this state.Research tell us that the reason people try to kill themselves is primarily  due to strong feelings of disconnection to people and society, a sense of  isolation and/or lack of belonging, and a feeling of ineffectiveness or the  sense of being a burden for others. Spiritually, a loss of hope.Being highly functional and in control is a highly prized concept in our  western world. But death is about as out of control as it gets in life. After  witnessing so many deaths, I know you should never underestimate a person’s will  to live; even if the rest of us don’t think it’s a life much worth living.Our expectations that we don’t have to endure being out of control or to  suffer indignities is feeding a growing sense of entitlement that dulls our  capacity and willingness to experience pain and suffering. Yet these two things  give us empathy, which leads to tolerance, compassion and love.When a young person like Josh attempts suicide we cry ”oh no, there must be  something wrong with him”, or we blame ourselves. We rarely say, “that’s OK,  they were sick of living and it’s their right to choose”. I already hear the  rumblings of  ”he would be better off dead”. Better for who?What part of us says it’s OK to look at a sleepy, drooling, pant-dirtying  group of old people with dementia and say they can choose to die if they want?   Or let someone else says it’s ok.http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/death-is-so-personal-it-cant-be-politicised-20121022-281h7.htmllast_img read more

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LIAT resumes commercial flights into Dominica

first_imgLI581 landed at the Douglas-Charles Airport at 8:14AM on Friday 18 September 2015 (Photo courtesy: The Office of the Prime Minister)LIAT, the Caribbean Airline, has resumed its service to Dominica after Tropical Storm Erika ravaged the island last month. Over forty (40) passengers arrived on that flight LI581 at Douglas Charles Airport at 8:14AM on Friday 18 September including International Relief Coordinator, Baroness Patricia Scotland, while forty-two (42) passengers left on the return flight.“It is the first scheduled passenger flight, and we hope that more will continue so that persons coming to and from Dominica, it would be a lot easier for them,” Senator Tonge told Dominica Vibes on Friday.The Douglas Charles Airport was ravaged by storm waters from Tropical Storm Erika on 27 August 2015 which now requires a replacement for all equipment, estimated at a cost of 39.5 million dollars to fully restore the facility.Earlier this week Chief Executive Officer of LIAT, David Evans applauded the government and people of Dominica for their resilience and tireless efforts to get the country back to a state of normalcy following the storm.LIAT flight LI581 (Photo courtesy: The Office of the Prime Minister)LIAT will increase to two daily flights from Saturday September 19.Effective Saturday, September 19, LI 364 will depart Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados at 14:20 daily, arriving at the Douglas-Charles Airport at 15:20. On Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday the service continues to Guadeloupe and Antigua arriving at 16:25 and 17:20 respectively. On Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the service continues non-stop to Antigua, departing Dominica at 16:00 and arriving in Antigua at 16:40.Though much effort has been made to restore the facility, all night flights in and out of Dominica remain suspended until further notice. Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 277 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share BusinessLifestyleLocalNewsRegionalTravel LIAT resumes commercial flights into Dominica by: Dominica Vibes News – September 18, 2015 Sharelast_img read more

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Charlie K. Sprague, 94, Brookville

first_imgCharles K. “Charlie” Sprague, age 94, of Brookville, Indiana died peacefully early Saturday morning August 17, 2019 at his residence in Brookville.Born June 6, 1925 in Kurtz, Indiana he was the son of the late Charlie & Helen (Fleetwood) Sprague.  He was a United States Navy Veteran of World War II.  On August 17, 1952 he was united in marriage to the former Betty L. Goen, and she preceded him in death on March 10, 2014.Charlie was retired, having taught school and coached at the former Brookville High School and later Franklin County High School for 39 years.  He also was self employed selling insurance for many years.  He served on the Franklin County Community School Board for 24 years; and held various offices throughout that time on the board.He was a member of the Brookville United Methodist Church, the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion where he was Past Commander, and had also served for many years as the Chaplain of the Firing Squad; the Harmony Masonic Lodge # 11 F. & A.M. for over 60 years; as well as the Franklin County Retired Teachers Association.Survivors include two sons & daughters-in-law, Randy & Sherry Sprague of Greenfield, Indiana and Rusty & Jean Sprague of Brookville, Indiana; three grandchildren Justin Sprague of Indianapolis, Indiana, Ryan Sprague of Indianapolis, Indianan and Amber Kriech of Carmel, Indiana.In addition to his parents and wife of 62 years, Betty, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Cathy Kriech.Family & friends may visit from 4 until 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville, where Masonic Memorial Services will begin at 7:00 P.M..Pastor Steve Rundel, of the Brookville United Methodist Church, will officiate the Funeral Services on Thursday, August 22, 2019, 10:00 A.M., at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home.  Burial with full military graveside honors by the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Franklin County Community Foundation for the Brookville Aquatic Center.  The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to once again serve the Sprague family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

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