“It takes individual, family and community action to change these practices,” Gibson said. “Each person taking baby steps will add up. If every parent waiting in line to pick up their children turns their car off, it helps.” For more information on EPA’s National Idle-Reduction Campaign, visit their website at http://epa.gov/cleanschoolbus/antiidling.htm .To calculate the savings from not idling, check out the calculator at www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus/idle_fuel_calc.htm . Schools can take simple steps to reduce risks and save money. “Today’s bus engines don’t need to be warmed up for long periods of time,” Turner said. “They should be warmed for less than five minutes.”Idling wastes fuelAccording to an idling calculator on the EPA website, reducing idling to just 10 minutes a year saves 300 gallons of gas. Turner estimates reducing the warm-up time for just 20 buses will save more than $1,200 per year.Changing policies isn’t easy, Gibson said. But, she offers these suggestions to get the discussion going at local schools.Look at the EPA’s National Idle-Reduction Campaign website and learn the facts. “Once people know the facts, they can start a movement in the community or the school’s parent organizations to show the risks and benefits if the practices are changed,” she said. Take the ‘walking bus’Start a “walking school bus” in your neighborhood. “If your neighborhood has adequate sidewalks to the school, a walking school bus is an excellent idea,” Gibson said. The idea is to arrange a group of parents who walk to school and pick children up along the route. “The kids are escorted to school safely by adults,” she said. “They benefit from the exercise, no fuel is used and no emissions are put into the air.”Gibson also said this concept builds community among parents and children.Some parents say they choose carpooling over buses because they are concerned about bus safety or enjoy the extra time with their children. “They get both of those benefits in the walking bus, too,” she said.Make these changesAmerican school buses travel more than 4 billion miles a year. While EPA agrees that school buses are the safest way to transport children to and from school, the agency offers these suggestions to school systems to reduce the impact of buses on the environment: The sign in front of Fulton Science Academy Middle School is clear: “No Idling. Little lungs at work.”As cars line up to drop children off at the Alpharetta, Ga., school, the rule is strictly enforced. Monitors walk along the carpool line and tap on windows to remind drivers to turn off their engines. Dispelling the myth“You can sit and idle in a carpool line for 30 minutes,” said Sharon Gibson, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialist and director of the Children, Youth and Families at Risk – Sustainable Communities Project. “There is a myth out there that it’s cheaper to keep your car running and it’s better for your car. It’s a total myth.”According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, idling uses more gas than turning your engine off and restarting it. “Idling your car for 30 minutes in a carpool line causes more wear-and-tear on your engine that driving the same amount of time at low speed,” Gibson said.Saves money and the environmentThere are even bigger savings when it comes to school buses. The EPA warns that idling buses increase air pollution, cause wear-and-tear in bus engines and waste gas and money. “A line of idling school buses doesn’t just pollute the air around the buses,” said Pamela Turner, a UGA Extension housing specialist. “They also pollute the air in the bus and can emit particulates that can enter the school, reducing the air quality inside, too.” Asthmatic children suffer mostAccording to Gibson and Turner, pollution from idling buses is particularly problematic for children with chronic respiratory problems like asthma.“Diesel exhaust has particulate matter that can cause health risks,” Turner said. “Thousands of them can fit on the period at the end of this sentence. They easily pass through the nose and cause real problems for children.”Most at risk, they said, are those who have existing heart, lung or respiratory problems. The particulates are most dangerous to children and the elderly. Polluted air drifts into schools“And, where do we idle?” Gibson asked. “In front of schools.”The particles can even contribute to creating more haze. “Idling buses aren’t just a health risk, they’re an environmental risk and can cause long-term damage,” she said. Use cleaner fuels.Upgrade bus engines to reduce emissions.Replace older buses with less polluting buses.
Get live news and analysis Sunday at 5:30 p.m. when the Warriors face the Detroit Pistons at Oracle while trying to erase the memories from Saturday night’s embarrassing home loss to Dallas.The Warriors (49-23) were without Stephen Curry on Saturday and seemed without much motivation to play and it showed up in their 35-point loss to the Mavercks – a 126-91 loss. the defeat dropped Golden State a half-game behind … Click here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.
LOS ANGELES — No visiting manager has won more games at Dodger Stadium than Bruce Bochy.In 25 seasons, 12 with the Padres and 13 with the Giants, Bochy entered his final series in Los Angeles with 105 career wins at Chavez Ravine. During a pregame ceremony, legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully paid tribute to Bochy with a video message and urged Los Angeles fans to wish the manager well on his upcoming retirement.Dodger fans would chip in for a police escort up the 405 during rush hour …
2 September 2015Ability activist Chaeli Mycroft is making her way with her team of Chaeli Conquerors up majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. The Capetonian student passed the 400m mark early yesterday morning, two days after celebrating her 21st birthday. The Chaeli Kili Climbers is her crusade to become the first female quadriplegic to summit the peak, and one of only three people with disabilities to do so.Mycroft and her team kicked off their epic adventure on Friday, 27 August and she hopes to reach Kilimanjaro’s highest point by this Friday, 4 September. In addition to the rigorous climb, the team is hoping to raise awareness about the mind-set and mobility of children with disabilities, as well as cerebral palsy. Mycroft says she created the Chaeli Conquerors to show the importance of working together to achieve seemingly impossible goals.“Just because someone has a disability, doesn’t mean there should be a limit to what they can achieve,” Mycroft told News24 before she left for Tanzania. The climb will help raise funds to support the Inclusive Early Childhood Development Centre run by the Chaeli Campaign, the charity she started with her sister and three lifelong friends. At the time, Mycroft was only nine years old; the five girls were aged six to 12.Her passion as an ability activist won her the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2011 and in 2012 the first medal for social activism awarded by the Nobel Peace Laureates. The charity has assisted over 5 000 children with disabilities in South Africa, providing customised wheelchairs, occupational therapy and educational support. The Chaeli Campaign is endorsed by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.“I think the drive of activism has always been a part of my makeup. I was raised to be open about my disability,” Mycroft told CNN recently. In addition to charity work, she is also strives to break barriers for people with disabilities, showing the rest of the world they can do anything able-bodied people can do, both in small ways, such as being the first quadriplegic to study and live on campus fulltime, as well in big ways such as climbing Africa’s highest mountain.#ChaeliKiliClimbers, finally together, ready for the adventure! #ClimbWithChaeli @Chaelz_162 http://t.co/8ycWLrFD4rpic.twitter.com/GbuednZmVP— The Chaeli Campaign (@ChaeliCampaign) August 29, 2015The Chaeli Kili Climbers are being led by East Africa expert Carel Verhoef, who has climbed Kilimanjaro nine times. Climbing in a specially designed wheelchair, Mycroft has a team of 15 people helping her on the journey to the summit. At some of the trail’s more precarious points, she will be carried by another climber.Planning the climb has taken almost three years of research and preparation to develop, taking into consideration the effects altitude and physical exhaustion will have on Mycroft. The climb, as Verhoef can attest, takes its toll on even the best and fittest climbers, but Mycroft does have a special set of physical needs. Her body can be susceptible to sudden temperature drops, so heat and fluid intake regulation is vital to her success. But she is confident in herself and her team’s ability to work together to solve any problems during the climb.“I’m not stressing about the mountain,” Mycroft insists. “If anything goes wrong, I know that we can find a solution. We have a very strong-minded group of people. I think you need that in order to be successful.”The climb is being live tweeted on Twitter and her website, tracking the team’s progress in real-time, using the hashtag #ClimbWithChaeli. The team hopes to complete the climb and reach the highest point in Africa by the weekend.Chaeli has passed the 4000m mark and is acclimatising to the new altitude! #ClimbWithChaeli http://t.co/KNgXnCFnJX pic.twitter.com/wXKRidAgff— The Chaeli Campaign (@ChaeliCampaign) Septembe r 1, 2015SAinfo reporter
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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lloris: Tottenham must maintain consistencyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveHugo Lloris says Tottenham Hotspur cannot afford to lose their consistency.Spurs have finished in the top three in the Premier League for the past three seasons.After making the final of the Champions League last term, Lloris insists the North London outfit must maintain their high standards.”Now we’ve arrived at an age where we’ve got the experience to have an impact towards the team,” he said.”Hopefully we will go in the same way.”When you arrive at a level, the important thing is to do everything to stay at the same level, especially the level we arrived at last year, as the runner-up of the Champions League.”It’s not a coincidence. We’re doing something well, we’re building something strong.”But we cannot drop the level. We need to build the consistency to improve, to get even closer to what we are all looking for – trophies.”
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 30: Jourdan Lewis #26 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to avoid the tackle of Carlos Becker III #15 of the Florida State Seminoles in the first half during the Capitol One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on December 30, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)Detroit’s Cass Technical High School football program sends a lot of players to college. Many of them, like cornerback Jourdan Lewis, end up playing for the in-state school: Michigan. Recently, Ohio State has been able to pluck some of the school’s talent away from the Wolverines. The Buckeyes have a threesome of Cass Tech players: sophomore defensive back Damon Webb, freshman running back Mike Weber and freshman defensive end Josh Alabi. On fall camp move-in day, those three players wore “Imported From Detroit” t-shirts. Today, at OSU’s media day, they took a picture together, which was posted to Snapchat. Lewis found the photo, screenshotted it and tweeted it out with the caption, “Bums.” Bums pic.twitter.com/ZxezCSWiMB— Jourdan Lewis (@JourdanJD) August 16, 2015Lewis is clearly just messing with his former high school teammates, who he is probably still close with. There will surely be no messing around come Nov. 28, when Michigan takes on Ohio State in Ann Arbor, Mich.
APTN National NewsA high school in Thunder Bay, Ont., is finding new ways to keep its students in class.Not only do they get build a very cool musical instrument.They’re also learning some valuable lessons about life.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson has this story.