Photo from b/r kicksLeBron James is called “The King” for good measure. After John Wall and Bradley Beal said that Cleveland was afraid of Washington in last year’s Playoffs, James responded quite subtly.ADVERTISEMENT The four-time MVP debuted a pair of LeBron 15, just a few hours after the Wizards duo said their sentiments, that carefully combined the aspects of the lifestyle line of the shoe and the aesthetics of the Soldier.The lifestyle pair features a higher-cut than the court version and has a zipper on its medial side panel with three straps saying, “LONG LIVE THE KING.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogJames, though, did not wear the pair on the floor as he opted for the “Ghost” colorway instead.And after James landed the subtle jab through his shoes, the King delivered the finisher, putting up a kingly line of 57 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, and two blocks in the Cavaliers’ 130-122 win. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH lifter Perez bags 3 golds in Asian Weightlifting Championships Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny 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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Naomh Colmcille and Naomh Pádraig Lifford shared the points on Saturday at Páirc Cholmcille with the game finishing up 0-15 to 2-09 after a strong Lifford comeback in the second half that made for a nail-biting last few minutes to an entertaining game. The first quarter was an even affair: Lifford were first off the mark and the teams exchanged scores, with Mark Dowds scoring once from a free and once from play, and Ciaran Callaghan splitting the posts when he stepped inside onto his left foot after a strong run down the right.The home side dominated the second quarter however, winning a lot of ball in the centre and quickly feeding the forward line, who notched up a series of well worked points, including a few great long range efforts from Mark Callaghan, Joe Donaghey and Thomas McKinley. Conor Grant added a well-taken point from the centre after good work by Eddie Gillespie. Naomh Colmcille were using the breeze at their backs to good effect, putting the Lifford backline under pressure at every opportunity. Naomh Colmcille were totally dominating at this stage, and kept Lifford scoreless for the almost the entire second quarter, restricting them to a late point. Thomas McKinley had the last say in the first half, when he split the posts after being set up by Conor Grant.So at the break, Naomh Colmcille led by 0-11 to 0-04.Trailing by seven points, Lifford needed to score early in the second half and that’s exactly what they did. A high ball into the square was punched away by Aiden Friel in goal for Naomh Colmcille, but the Lifford forwards were first to react and fisted the ball into the back of the net to get their side back into the game.Lifford were spurred on by the goal and although Joe Donaghey replied with a point, Lifford found the back of the net again a few minutes later when an initial effort cannoned off the upright, only to fall into the path of an onrushing forward who made no mistake from close range.The final quarter of the game was nip and tuck, with nothing between the sides. The teams exchanged points, with Don Hegarty and Thomas McKinley scoring for Naomh Colmcille, but the home side also registered a handful of wides and hit the posts twice.Naomh Colmcille had a one point lead as normal time came to an end, but with quite a few stoppages in the second half, the referee added 5 minutes of injury time, during which a high ball into the square by Lifford was allowed to bounce over the bar to level the scores. As the seconds ticked down both sides pressed for a winner, but it was not to be, and the scores ended 0-15 to 2-09.Naomh Colmcille may regret not continuing their first half form in the second period, but Lifford did well to pull the scores back and the two goals had a crucial effect on the outcome. However, a local derby against Lifford is always a tough game and Naomh Colmcille’s unbeaten run this year remains intact.Naomh Colmcille: Aiden Friel, Pauric Carberry, Alex Devenney, John Fullerton, Mark Callaghan (0-01), Paul Friel, William Lynch, Ryan McKinley, Shane McAteer, Ciaran Callaghan (0-01), Eddie Gillespie, Don Hegarty (0-01), Conor Grant (0-01), Thomas McKinley (0-06), Mark Dowds (0-02). Subs: Joe Donaghey (0-03), Stephen DavenportThanks to everyone who helped on the club’s recent Scrap Saturday, both to the people who gave their scrap to the club, and the club members who helped on the days. Naomh Colmcille Training Schedule this week is as follows:Under 8’s: Our next U8 Go games blitz is on next Saturday (2nd June) in Buncrana at 11.Can all players please meet at the clubhouse in Páirc Colmcille for10:15 am to travel to Buncrana by car. Please bring packed lunch and plain drink.Under 10’s training: will be on Friday the 1st of June at 6 pm at Páirc Colmcille. Can all players please bring €2, boots, shorts /track bottoms and a drink. The u10s enjoyed a great first Go Games blitz at Buncrana last Saturday. Under 12’s: match on Monday the 28th of May at 6:30 pm at Páirc Colmcille. Players to be at the pitch for 6:00. Can all players please bring boots, shorts /track bottoms and a drink.Under 14’s training: will be on Friday the 1st of June at 7:00pm at Páirc Colmcille (check Facebook / website for latest update)Under 16’s training: check Facebook / website for latest updateUnder 18’s training: check Facebook / website for latest updateSenior training will continue this week as per notification via TEXT from Senior Manager Joe HigginsGaelic for Girls training: will be on Friday the 1st of June at the later time of 6pm at Páirc Colmcille. Bring boots and runners and €2 subs. Fifty girls received their jerseys on Friday to mark the completion of the initial trial period of the Gaelic for Girls scheme – well done to all concerned.New players are always welcome!!Note: all updates about training and match fixtures will be on the Club’s website (www.naomhcolmcille.com) and Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille GAA.)Naomh Colmcille lotto numbers: lotto numbers this week are 188.8.131.52.1.4.2. Congratulations to Gerry Campbell, Altaghaderry, Killea who had the most-correct winning sequence of 7.5.6. The Club would like to take the opportunity to Thank Everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the Club the essential means of continuing to give our local Kids and Adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pass time.The Club are also registered for Tesco (Ireland) for schools and Clubs voucher scheme which is now up and running for 2012; this will allow the Club to avail of much needed extra Kit and equipment for our young members of the Club.Sainsbury’s vouchers should be returned as soon as possible so that they can be counted up and sent away for the relevant equipment.The club is now registered for a ‘Lucozade sport promotion’ where we could get either €10,000 if we collect the most bottle caps, or entered into a draw for €5,000 if we collect over 500 caps, so start collecting your bottle caps now!’Naomh Colmcille would greatly appreciate if everyone in the local community and beyond could start collecting these vouchers and Tokens on behalf of the Club as it would mean a great deal to our local youth and bring much needed equipment to aid the development of our underage teams.Tokens can be given to any Club member, player, and coach or committee member.Lord and Lady of Naomh Colmcille will be held on Saturday 4th August in the Clanree Hotel. Pre orders for Tickets are currently being accepted; please contact Alison Ferry, Sharon Clarke or any team coach / committee member.The organising committee will be contacting local businesses soon offering a range of sponsorship options which offer various levels of promotion both at the live event and in accompanying promotional literature, please contact Sharon Clarke or Alison Ferry for further details.Although the Donegal minor team were defeated by Derry at the weekend, the club would like to congratulate Willie Gillespie for his involvement and performances with the team.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 28th, 2012 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:NAOMH COLMCILLE CLUB NOTES
Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? ALTERED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Alderweireld has been linked with a transfer to Manchester United but according to Het Laatste Nieuws reporter Kristof Terreur no concrete offers have been made for the player.A hamstring injury sustained in Spurs’ 3-1 Champions League win over Real Madrid in November saw him out of action until February.Argentine boss Pochettino claimed he was managing the player’s return to fitness after a big injury but then infuriated fans by not playing him in their FA Cup semi-final with Manchester United, despite rotating goalkeepers. How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? REVEALED who plays? possible standings How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? gameday Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes smart causal Tottenham star Toby Alderweireld in action against Brazil for Belgium. Latest Premier League news Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener 1 silverware Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld currently expects to join their pre-season training after his post-World Cup holiday.The Belgian centre-back seemed set to leave Spurs after a strange end to the campaign where he fell out of favour with Mauricio Pochettino. And with his future up in the air, he said after Belgium’s 2-0 win over England: “I still have to talk with my agent, but at the moment I’m assuming that I’ll start training with Spurs after my holidays.”And Alderweireld didn’t look troubled by his old injury in Russia, starting all but one game, and insisted he wanted to prove Pochettino wrong at the World Cup. Toby Alderweireld mentioned on Saturday that he’s likely to start the pre-season with Tottenham. No concrete offers on the table at the moment.🗣”I still have to talk with my agent, but at the moment I’m assuming that I ll start training with Spurs after my holidays.” #thfc pic.twitter.com/aCIdaQ3wgv— Kristof Terreur 📰 (@HLNinEngeland) July 16, 2018He added: “I really do not know anything yet. In my head I just go to Tottenham. We will see.“I was very focused on this tournament. I wanted to prove something again. Show that the period before the tournament in which I did not play – for whatever reason – was unjustified.“I wanted to show that I am still the same Toby as in November.” NEW ERA How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? possible xi England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won predicted
targeted ROWDY Borja Iglesias has been a revelation for Espanyol this season 🤝 Rubi, nou entrenador. El tècnic català és l’escollit per a la banqueta del #RCDE: https://t.co/nPgaauoA54Bentornat a casa! 😃👋🤝 #RubiPerico, nuevo entrenador. El técnico catalán es el elegido para el banquillo del RCDE: https://t.co/yvYlVP7vez¡Bienvenido a casa! 😃👋 pic.twitter.com/1PoZlXiJfe— RCD Espanyol (@RCDEspanyol) June 3, 2018Yet even if it was easy to take, it was not an easy job. Espanyol’s previous year was a tough one, Quique Sánchez Flores giving up half way through the season when a move to Stoke in January failed to materialise. The Catalan club put him out of his misery with a month left of the season, bringing B-team boss David Gallego in as interim coach after Sánchez Flores flirted too close with the relegation zone for comfort.The shift since Rubi arrived has been remarkable. At home, Espanyol have been unstoppable, every game resulting in a win as Valencia, Levante, Eibar, Villarreal, and now Athletic found out. Away, a more prudent approach has meant taking points in all but two of their trips. Even Real Madrid were fortunate to see the Blanc-i-blaus depart the Santiago Bernabéu without something for their efforts in September. The result: Barcelona’s “other” team has been within touching distance of European football all season, and show little sign of slipping up, with a third of the campaign played.Particularly striking is how liberated the team looks, asked to play a style of football in which the system is of huge importance but so too is their creativity. Many of the same players who were downtrodden and constrained only six months ago now seem inspired and confident facing anyone in their path.In the engine room, pivot Marc Roca is as composed a young midfielder as you will see anywhere in Barcelona this year – including the Camp Nou. In terms of movement in the transfer market, there was little to hint at the transformation. Signings in the summer were minimal – the biggest outlay was €10m – and there were concerns about a lack of reinforcements in key positions, particularly following the departure of striker Gerard Moreno, one of the few members of the squad to escape with pass marks last season.The coach has proven to be the most important signing however. Joan Francesc ‘Rubi’ Ferrer took the surprising decision to step down as Huesca boss in the summer after getting the Aragonese side promoted, turning down the opportunity to guide them through the first La Liga season in their history. The motive? His boyhood club came calling.Rubi played in the Espanyol academy, coached Espanyol’s B team for three seasons, and has never hidden his admiration for Barcelona’s second club. He’s blue and white, through and through, and wasn’t going to pass on a chance to make his mark. g.o.a.t WARNING Marc Roca is a Spain Under-21 international 3 Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Latest La Liga News Pogba-Bale swap deal would be ‘mistake’ as Man United ace linked with Real Madrid Joan Francesc Ferrer Sicilia is making a big impression in Spain Iglesias is more than happy to get involved in the build-up play and lead moves himself from deep. Yet even when he isn’t – on Monday the striker barely touched the ball before scoring – he still makes an impact in the box. It’s the kind of talent in the area that can make a real difference at this level, and for which many clubs are willing to pay big money. Which brings us on to the inconvenient background noise behind all of the joy at Cornellà this year: finances.Reports earlier this season suggested owner Chen Yansheng may be forced to sell either some or all of his stake in the club after his Rastar Group hit financial trouble and shares plunged. Spanish radio station Cadena Cope reported that the Chinese government has demanded he pays back some of the money borrowed to invest in Espanyol by the end of this season. The La Liga side responded to the stories by insisting that it has all of its debt under control, but the fact they felt the need to respond at all didn’t exactly put the murmurs to bed. 3 How to watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Stream, channel, kick-off time, team news Sitting just three points behind Barcelona in second place and playing stunning football, Espanyol are flying high in La Liga. But with financial issues rumbling in the background, could it prove to be little more than a shop window for their breakout talents?From mid-table mediocrity to European aspirants. From a drab second season under an uninterested manager to one of the most exciting teams to watch anywhere in Spain under the perfect coach. A huge amount has changed at Espanyol in only a few months, and few predicted it. 3 on target With exceptional movement off the ball, the 21-year-old constantly looks to create a passing option for the defence to build, or drags a marker to free space for his teammates to take up. Showing anticipation and vision beyond his years, he has been a vital factor in allowing Rubi to successfully deploy his brand of positional, possession-based attacking football at the RCDE Stadium. Former Barça boss Luis Enrique, who was in attendance for Roca’s excellent showing against Athletic on Monday and knows midfield talent when he sees it, will surely have been impressed.Up front, Borja Iglesias is the new star, converted into a true top flight “killer” as they say in Spain, after a promising season in the second tier on loan from old club Celta at Real Zaragoza. The Galicians decided to let the forward go in the summer and have been left looking foolish for it. Under Rubi, Iglesias has been a revelation, the second-highest Spanish goalscorer in La Liga this season behind only Iago Aspas. On Monday night he got his sixth of 2018-19 and a fifth in five games with the winner against Athletic, timing a run perfectly at the far post to head home a Dídac Vilà cross past Iago Herrerín, sending the RCDE stadium wild. El Clasico All of Lionel Messi’s incredible records against Real Madrid ahead of El Clasico Barcelona star latest victim of burglary as thieves target house before El Clasico The natural fear is that what was supposed to be the dawn of a new, financially stable era for Espanyol could prove to be a false one, and result in the exodus of talents like Roca and Iglesias just as they are beginning to lift the club to new heights. Spanish football has seen similar U-turns in the past: Málaga’s brief spurt of investment that brought a run to the Champions League quarter-finals in 2013 was followed by a mass sale of their best players only a year later as a fickle investor changed his mind due to matters off the pitch. Espanyol fans hope a similar story will not occur in Cornellá – but perhaps they had best savour their sweet moment just in case. Thousands of pro-Catalan protesters make their voice heard before El Clasico
Since re-opening under innovative new management Sister Sara’s has re-established itself as one of the best pubs in Letterkenny. First class entertainment has been provided weekly in the form of live bands in the live lounge, and that has been accompanied by DJ Marty playing all your favourite songs from the current chart and yesteryear.Customers have been provided with fantastic coverage of the GAA and soccer with all the major matches being screened on their HD Plasmas TV’s. Sister Sara’s Superpub really has something for everything and can cater to the entertainment needs of all ages.This Friday the highly revered Martin Orr and the Honky Tonk Heros will play in the live lounge.Then on Saturday DJ Marty will play all your favourite songs to get you in the party mood this weekend.For more information on promotional offers available in Letterkenny’s only Superpub Sister Sara’s check out their Facebook on https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sister-Saras/154934577880211 SUPERB LINE-UP OF ENTERTAINMENT THIS WEEKEND AT LETTERKENNY SUPERPUB SISTER SARA’S was last modified: August 14th, 2014 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:Entertainmenthome-page featuresletterkennynewsSister Sara’s Superpub
The cast of Umoja, South Africa’sinternational hit musical, in action onstage. The people of Soweto will soon beable to enjoy shows like this close tohome, with the construction of thetownship’s first world-class theatre.(Image: Umoja)Wilma den HartighOnce known for dusty streets, poverty and antiapartheid resistance, South Africa’s largest and best-known township of Soweto is taking on a distinctly middle-class air. The city of Johannesburg has invested millions in upgrading infrastructure, and the private sector has stepped in with investments in new shopping malls, nightclubs and restaurants.Now the township’s gentrification has taken a step further, with the launch of Soweto’s first multimillion-rand state-of-the-art theatre.Construction of the R110-million (US$10-million) theatre will begin in March this year. The venue is scheduled to open in 2012.In his address at the recent sod-turning ceremony, Johannesburg executive mayor Amos Masondo said the construction of the theatre is an important world-class development for Soweto.“It is an important part of transforming Soweto from a mere dormitory into a normal neighbourhood,” Masondo said.He pointed out that although the love for theatre is growing fairly rapidly among all sectors of the South African population, many people still perceive theatre as something reserved for the elite.“We are striving to change Soweto into a sustainable human settlement that is known not just as a place where people come from, but where people also go,” he said. The new theatre will bring a larger variety of entertainment to the greater Soweto community.The theatre is one of the 2010 legacy projects identified by the city to ensure that Johannesburg continues to benefit from the 2010 World Cup long after the event is over.“When the soccer spectacle has come and gone there must be something of value for all to see and point at,” Masondo said.The Soweto theatre will be located in the high-density, mixed-use Jabulani central business district development. The development will include the existing Jabulani Amphitheatre (which will be refurbished), parkland, public art and other amenities.It will have a 420-seater main venue with an end stage, wings, orchestra pit, fly tower and buttress, two smaller 80 and 90-seater “black box” venues, an indoor foyer area, multi-level change rooms, storage rooms, a “green room”, and an outdoor covered plaza (which will serve as an additional informal performing space). Apart from theatre, music, dance and choir productions, it could also be used for festivals, conferences and meetings.The new development will also create hundreds of much-needed jobs. Masondo said that in the construction phase various contractors will be required and once it is complete, there will be a need to employ people to maintain and manage the facility. Furthermore, actors, musicians, dancers, directors and singers will also be employed on an ongoing basis.About R1-billion ($100-million) has been set aside for other legacy projects, which include an indoor sports centre in Orlando and upgrading and replacing street furniture in the inner city.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org.Related articlesSouth African theatreSoweto’s new business school A walk on vibey Vilakazi Street Useful linksCity of Johannesburg
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Richard A. Unverferth, co-founder of Unverferth Manufacturing Co., Inc., was inducted posthumously as one of three Putnam County Ag Hall of Fame honorees during the Farmers Share Breakfast Saturday, April 14, in Glandorf.The Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding contributions of individuals involved in agriculture throughout their life in Putnam County. Growing up on the family farm just outside Kalida, Ohio, Richard learned early in life that farming was ever-evolving. He and his father were noted for creative innovations that made equipment more efficient.The father-son partners began Unverferth Manufacturing Company in 1948 with the goal of helping their neighboring farmers become more efficient. That vision created a company that has grown from manufacturing simple, yet effective and innovative attachments in the early years to today’s current line of implements that increase productivity in a variety of farming tasks. Those Putnam County “neighbors” today stretch across North America and internationally.“On behalf of the entire Unverferth family and the many dedicated coworkers, past and present, we greatly appreciate the recognition of Dad’s deep commitment to agriculture, business and community involvement in Putnam County,” says Larry Unverferth, president. “Thank you to the Putnam County Hall of Fame Committee for selecting him as one of the first to receive this tribute. He would have been very humbled and appreciative of this honor.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Utica FFA at the Hartford FairBy Abby Paxton, Utica FFA Reporter 2019-2020The Utica FFA Chapter had an awesome week at the Hartford fair. Just because the fair didn’t start till Saturday for most, the Utica FFA Chapter was up at 8am on Thursday setting up and cleaning the FFA barn getting ready for the week. On Sunday, in the FFA Barn the Ag Education projects were judged. Our chapter received 109 A’s, 11 B’s, and 4 best of show ribbons! Multiple students showed different animals through FFA at the Hartford Fair. We had members participate in the market turkey, rabbit, hogs, steer pool, and dairy feeder shows. All our FFA members did great at this fair. And don’t forget about our annual FFA Challenge held at the natural resources area. The four Chapters battled in several activities while tons of excited fans cheered across the pond. The activities included a natural resource test, bean-bag toss, canoe tug-a-war, a canoe race, and each chapter built a recycled boat to race across the lake and back. Our Chapter did amazing with both high school and middle school members participating! At the end of the competition it was very close but, The Utica FFA Chapter took home the first place win. The Utica FFA Chapter can’t wait for next year! Utica FFA Summer Recap By Abby Paxton, Utica FFA Reporter 2019-2020Even over the summer, our FFA members are involved in FFA! On a few selected days in June and July, Mrs. Neff completed summer visits and looked at student’s animals, tractors, agriscience fairs, and Supervised Agricultural Experience records. 5 students attended FFA camp- recent graduates Kimberlee Hornyak, Trina, Orr, Aramaik Wright and current sophomores Lindsay Gray and Montanna Moran. All of the girls had a great time at FFA camp! The officer team met several times over the summer and evaluated last school year’s FFA events and planned this year events, while brainstorming recruitment and committees for this year. We attended the Hartford Fair (please see the other article for more details!). We also received some great news this summer! Graduates Josh Dickson and Courtney Smith will receive their FFA degree this fall at the National FFA Convention. Trina Orr and Abby Paxton will be competing with their Agriscience Fair.
More efficient commercial ACNew efficiency requirements for commercial air conditioners and furnaces announced by the U.S. Department of Energy are the most aggressive ever approved by the agency and will cut $167 billion in spending over the next 30 years. Greentech Media reported that the new standards, announced last month, will save the owner of a typical rooftop air conditioner between $5,000 and $10,000 over the life of the equipment. But savings will be greater for owners of larger systems, like a big-box retailer with 20 or more rooftop units.Beginning in 2018, AC units will have to be 13% more efficient than they are today. By 2023, equipment must be 25% to 30% more efficient, Greentech Media said. Commercial gas furnaces will have to be 81% efficient by 2023; thermal efficiency for oil-burning furnaces will have to reach 82% by that date. The DOE said in a press release that the new standards would reduce carbon pollution by 885 million metric tons over 30 years.These are the latest in a series of updated standards released by the DOE during the Obama administration. More than 40 household and commercial products have been affected, collectively saving consumers nearly $535 billion and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2 billion metric tons through 2030, the government said.Commercial air conditioners are common on schools, retail stores, and small office buildings, and cool about half of all commercial floor space in the country. Alliance seeks a ban on fuel-burning vehiclesAn alliance of eight U.S. states, four European countries, and two Canadian provinces is calling for the elimination of passenger cars that burn fossil fuels in their jurisdictions by 2050.The Zero-Emission Vehicles Alliance was created to give its members better access to ideas on how to successfully promote electric vehicles, according to a report by E&E Publishing. The alliance includes California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Quebec, British Columbia, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.Alliance partners said that the pledge to do away with vehicles burning gasoline or diesel would improve air quality and ease global climate change. But the sale of electric vehicles so far has fallen well short of Obama administration goals, and auto industry leaders doubt that U.S. members of the alliance have tough enough regulations on the books to meet even an existing mandate to get 3.3 million electric vehicles on the road by 2025.For example, E&E reported, California would have to see 1.5 million more electric vehicles in 10 years in order to comply with the 2025 goal, 10 times the number of zero-energy vehicles currently on the road.Still, the alliance said that its members account for about half of global zero-emissions vehicles sales and that a wider adoption of the technology will accelerate consumer demand and lower costs. The group announced its new goal at the Paris climate talks last month. In Colorado, a sewage plant that powers vehiclesGrand Junction, Colorado, may be the first community in the country to turn methane produced at its municipal sewage treatment plant into fuel for its fleet of garbage trucks and city buses, National Public Radio reports.The wastewater treatment plant had been burning off the methane produced as sewage was processed, which plant manger Dan Tonello said was “not good for the environment and a waste of a wonderful resource.” Now, the gas is refined until it is chemically identical to the natural gas produced in a drilled well.The city has been using the gas to run garbage trucks and buses as it modernizes its fleet of vehicles, saving the city hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, Tonello said.Colorado also is the site of a new biogas facility, now nearing completion, that will process food waste from restaurants, grocery stores, and large food manufacturers. The plant will be one of the largest in North America, capable of processing 25 to 30 truckloads of food waste by mixing it with manure from a local dairy farm.The “renewable natural gas” produced by the new plant will be distributed by the same pipelines used to deliver fossil fuels, NPR said.