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‘Bigdaddy’ cools ‘em in Lotto Classic

first_img Upbeat “Having won his previous race on May 7, Bigdaddykool has obviously settled down. He stays well and will relish every inch of the derby distance, and I am upbeat about his chances,” said the second- generation trainer Nunes, who was quick to add that young Steadman will retain the ride come derby day. Steadman said BIGDADDYKOOL took a lot of riding, but he was equal to the task. “I had to bustle him up to keep in touch of the leaders leaving the half mile, but the good thing was that I was able to save ground on the rails and it paid off in the end,” explained the first-season apprentice. BIGDADDYKOOL is owned by the Trinidadian Stephan Narinesingh and bred by Ham Stables Limited. This was his third win from eight career starts. Nunes also saddled the 2-y-o debutante, VERY CLASSIC, in the Lotto Juvenile Stakes and 7-2 chance HOUDINI’S MAGIC in the closing race, both ridden by Ellis. Reigning champion sprinter POKER STAR won the 20th running of the Lotto Sprint Trophy over 1,100 metres in stakes record time of 1:04.3/5 Running on strongly on the rails leaving the furlong pole, BIGDADDYKOOL responded to a bustling ride from top apprentice Linton Steadman to win the 76th running of the Lotto Classic for the Governor’s Cup over 2,000 metres in a driving finish at Caymanas Park yesterday. Trained by Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes, who saddled three winners on the12-race programme, BIGDADDYKOOL, running at odds of 9-2, won by three-quarter length from long-time leader JAMAI RAJA (9-1) with Robert Halledeen aboard. Another three-quarter length, in third was 3-5 favourite ORPHEUS, with champion jockey Shane Ellis riding for Nunes. When the starter let them go, ORPHEUS, drawn on the outside, stumbled at the start but recovered quickly to hold a prominent position coming out of the clubhouse turn as the 99-1 outsider, URBAN PRINCIPAL, made the early running ahead of JAMAI RAJA, who shot into the lead at the halfway stage. ORPHEUS, who passed the half mile in third, quickly went in chase and mounted his challenge wide of JAMAI RAJA into the straight and a neck-and- neck duel ensued. During all of this, BIGDADDYKOOL was never far off the pace in fourth leaving the half mile. He turned for home within striking distance on the inside, then went by the battling leaders midway the last furlong for a decisive win. A bay gelding by Sorrentino out of Beware Baby, BIGDADDYKOOL, by virtue of this victory, has firmly established himself as a top contender for the June 25 Cal’s Jamaica Derby.last_img read more

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Honorio Banario raring to showcase refined technique in ONE: Conquest of Champions

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Joel Embiid, 76ers top Pelicans after Anthony Davis’ missed free throw “I think this time is going to be better. The crowd gives me inspiration to stay strong and tough. Last September, I struggled a bit because it had been a long time since I fought out of the country. It was a different feeling. Here, you’re going to be really inspired,” Banario said.He is fighting in the same card as his Team Lakay stablemate Eduard Folayang, who is looking to regain the lightweight title against the Amir Khan, the same person to have stunned Banario in China, in the co-main event.If Folayang wins, he will be the fourth reigning titlist after Geje Eustaquio, Joshua Pacio and Kevin Belingon from Team Lakay just this year.“There’s pressure to win because I’m coming from a loss, but I’m inspired by my teammates who have been winning. I want to get my winning streak back so I can also get that belt in the future,” Banario said.The 29-year-old Baguio native is banking on his veteran smarts against the Singapore-based Raju, who is coming off two straight losses and is hungry to get back on track.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “That’s what I really focused on—-grappling, defense and offense of jiujitsu,” Banario told INQUIRER.net Tuesday after the press conference at City of Dreams Manila. “I want my jiu-jitsu game to be smooth, so I can pick the spots better in my next fight.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBanario doesn’t need to wait long to showcase his improved game as he takes on Rahul Raju of India, a last-minute replacement for Dae Sung Park of South Korea, on Friday in the ONE: Conquest of Champions at Mall of Asia Arena.The new opponent should not be an issue for Banario, who will have the hometown crowd behind him unlike in his last fight in China as he tries to get back into title contention again. MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES FILE – Honorio Banario celebrates after his knockout win over Jaroslav Jartim. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netExperiencing his first loss in two years last September, Honorio Banario made sure to focus on refining his skills before stepping back in the ONE cage.Banario, who submitted to Amir Khan via rear naked choke in the ONE: Beyond the Horizon card in China, immediately went back to work and paid special attention to his jiu-jitsu, training in the famed Clube De Jiu Jitsu Filipinas with national champion John Baylon.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title I can say my edge is that I’ve been fighting for a long time. I can say that I’m a veteran and I think I have refined technique.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

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James Harden runs 30-point streak to 30 as Rockets thump Mavs

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Harden scored 31 points for his 30th straight 30-point game despite dealing with a shoulder injury, leading the Rockets to a 120-104 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.Paul was asked if he was determined to help Harden extend the streak.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“For sure. He had what 28, so yeah, why not? We was up,” Paul said.Harden, who had eight rebounds and seven assists, seemed to be a bit slowed early by the strained left shoulder that he injured on Saturday against Oklahoma City, making just one of his first seven shots. But he warmed up after that and finished 9 of 23, capped by his sixth 3-pointer with 52.9 seconds remaining. Fans chanted “MVP! MVP!” after he sunk the shot. Lowly Cavs send Knicks to franchise-record 17th straight loss Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Coach Mike D’Antoni could see that Harden’s shoulder was slowing him, and when he had just 20 points with less than three minutes left he thought Monday would be the end of the streak.“I didn’t think there was … (a) way,” D’Antoni said. “But he was amazing.”Houston had a 14-point lead entering the fourth quarter and was up 106-90 when Harden entered the game for the first time in the period with about 6 1/2 minutes left. The Mavericks went on a 7-0 run after that, with a 3-pointer from Jalen Brunson, to get within 106-97 with about 3 1/2 minutes remaining.Harden heated up after that, making two 3-pointers in a 9-3 run to extend the lead to 115-100 with about 2 minutes left and put the game out of reach.“We had a couple of good runs in the fourth and then they would come down and make a play,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.Luka Doncic had 21 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Mavericks, who lost for the first time this season to Houston after winning the first two meetings.Paul added 17 points with 11 assists, and Gerald Green scored 19 points with five 3-pointers to help Houston to its fourth win in five games.The Rockets were up by 14 at halftime and Harden scored seven points in the first few minutes of the third quarter to help push the lead to 76-58. Harden later dished to Green for a 3-pointer to make it 85-66.TIP-INSMavericks: Dwight Powell scored 12 points. … Brunson had 13 points and five rebounds. … Dallas made 13 of 36 3-pointers. Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 Taal Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Rockets: Kenneth Faried had 17 points and eight rebounds. Eric Gordon scored 18 points. … Iman Shumpert had six points in his second game in Houston since a trade last week. … Houston made 23 3-pointers.PAUL’S ASSISTSOn a night Paul moved into eighth place on the career assists list with 8,972, he reminisced about his goal of passing John Stockton for first place in steals and assists when he entered the league in 2005. No one is even close to the 15,806 assists and 3,265 steals Stockton had in his 19-year career with the Utah Jazz.“I don’t like saying never but ain’t nobody catching him. I don’t know who the statisticians were who used to do the stats in Utah, but ain’t nobody catching that,” Paul said only half-jokingly. “That’s out.”UP NEXTMavericks: Host Miami on Wednesday night.Rockets: Visit Minnesota on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Houston Rockets guard James Harden, left, drives to the basket past Dallas Mavericks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (11) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Houston. Houston won 120-104. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — There was only a little over a minute left in Houston’s game and it looked as if James Harden’s streak of 30-point games would be ending.Harden brought the ball down the court and was enveloped by two defenders near the 3-point line, so he passed to Chris Paul, who drew the defense away. After a couple of dribbles Paul turned and got it back to Harden, who stepped back and sunk a 3-pointer over Dorian Finney-Smith to keep the streak alive.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Harden denied that he was concerned about getting 30 points, but he did say it was a “credit to” Paul that he got the ball back to him.“I was worried about winning,” Harden said. “They were making their shots. They were coming back, cut the lead to I think 10 or nine points … so I just wanted to get the proper shots … I was just trying to make the right play.”He’s now just one game from tying Wilt Chamberlain for the second-longest streak of 30-point games in NBA history. Chamberlain also holds the top 30-point game streak with 65 in a row.Harden, who usually shies away from discussing any ailments, acknowledged that his shoulder was bothering him on Monday night and said he’d been receiving treatment around the clock since Saturday night.“I couldn’t get the lift that I usually have from my shot,” he said. “But that’s no excuse. I’m just happy we won the game.”ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers View commentslast_img read more

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“Many Deaths Emerging Due to Domino Effect of Ebola”

first_imgA Pro-Democratic institution, Pro-Life Media Initiative, says the domino effect of  Ebola is fast becoming a catastrophe, hence it is urging the government of Liberia to reopen major referral hospitals to save the lives of thousands who are dying of curable diseases.The Executive Director of Pro-Life Media, Henry B. Flomo, told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview yesterday that they have observed that each day there are numerous cases in Communities in Monrovia and in the rural parts of the country of increasing deaths from such curable illnesses as malaria, typhoid and even labor pain.  “Because of the level of awareness on the ferocity of the Ebola virus, ailing people are left to die of minor ailments in communities. Where there are helping hands, health Centers are either filled or closed, thus leading to the demise of many,” Mr. Flomo lamented.He added: “Pro-Life Media also wants government to motivate Health Workers throughout the country by providing them with insurance and all necessary equipment to facilitate a safe and smooth working environment.Statistics put the death rate of Health Workers, as a result of Ebola, close to 30% overall, which is quite alarming and dangerous, as health workers continue to remain demotivated and exposed to the notorious virus.”The pro-democracy group is also urging both the Ministries of Internal Affairs and Health and Social Welfare to take Data of suspected Ebola corpses being gathered from Communities in and outside Monrovia for proper delineation when the Virus is finally defeated.  According to Pro-Life Media, it is a known fact that not every corpse abandoned in communities is Ebola-related.Besides, the Group is cognizant that there will be family tracing of relatives and loved  ones dying during this horrific period in our nation’s history, thus proper data of all remains is important.Meanwhile, Pro-Life Media is happy with the level of awareness on the Ebola outbreak because of measures instituted by the National Task Force on Ebola, headed by President Ellen Johnson-Sileaf.Though expected earlier than later, the Ebola prevention measures by the Task Force is making the fight containable, especially given the fact that more and more citizens,  including traditionalists, Christians and Muslims, have come to believe that Ebola is real.  Pro-Life Media also welcomes the participation of politicians and well-meaning Liberians in the nationwide campaign to eradicate Ebola from Liberia and  the sub region.However, a statement from the Liberian government, through the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, says the government is exerting  fervent efforts to reopen referral hospitals including the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Redemption and other medical institutions in the leeward counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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French Funded Scholarship Benefits 21 Liberian Students

first_imgThe students and French Amb. Will posed with MoE staff. Twenty-one Liberian undergraduate students of different academic disciplines have left the country for Yamoussoukro, the Ivory Coast political capital for studies in various disciplines.The students are expected to learn the French Language for a year before commencing studies in their respective careers in various areas of specialty, including Agriculture, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemistry and Biology.Although France and Liberia have a long standing relation dating back to 1847, following independence, this is the first time of recent for the European country to sponsor such a large number of Liberians after China, and the United States that have been persistent with such an educational venture.At a farewell reception on Saturday, November 23, Ambassador Terrence Wills, said “Liberians need to diversify their careers, and not to be only lawyers or administrators that we have here in good numbers.”He added that Liberia has too valuable resource to use and manufacture goods, and it takes Liberians to educate themselves to meet this task.He assured the students that on their return, French companies operating in Liberia will help to orientate them, and in some cases, provide them jobs, but they will have to also make use of their careers to take the economy from foreign hands into their own hands, “because a lot of the entrepreneurs in the country in big businesses are foreigners.”“You have to prepare yourselves now, so you cannot be out of the photo,” Amb. Wills noted as the beneficial students burst into laughter.Gaelle Mediem, Chief of Staff in the office of First Lady Clar Weah, said the scholarship was among packages President Emmanuel Macron promised President Weah when he made his official visit to France upon taking over in 2018.According to Mediem, the scholarship package was dedicated to the First Lady’s office to foster education for Liberian students, mainly girls and women, whom the First Lady attaches so much importance to them.“The French Agency of Development selected the school in Yamoussoukro where the Liberian students are to attend,” Mediem said, adding, “And we are all working together to make this happen for Liberian students.”She, however, said as enthusiastic as the First Lady is to see girls educated, it was unfortunate that not many girls could go for the scholarship, but only five girls among 16 boys.She said the less number of girls is due in part to reason that they are not interested in studying Science and Mathematics.In another case, she said some get pregnant and are left with obligations to take care of kids in the home, and perform other chores.She expressed the hope that the next batch of students to go for the scholarship another time will be all girls.“The scholarship is a fully funded sponsored scholarship that students do not have to worry about anything; tuition, housing, feeding, and other necessities including transportation will be provided under the scheme,” Mediem said.She further said that it will be more beneficial to the students to learn and speak French because Liberia is surrounded by Francophone countries, but not many citizens here speak French.Mathilde Richelet, Project Officer at the French Embassy in Liberia, said the scholarship came as a result of exchanges between Presidents Weah and Macron where among many things, the need arose for skill people in Liberia, and through that they arrived at providing scholarship that will help empower the youths.Like Gaelle, Mathilde said it is also important that the students learn French because they will have to engage in business with others who are not English to make business connection.According to her, the number leaving this year will be the same to go next year, and they are to spend four years each studying in the Ivory Coast.“We are happy for these students and for France to be a part of those helping Liberia.  We have people from Ghana, South Africa and other place, and we hope the students will do their best to bring back pride to their country,” said Mathilde.To solicit students for the scholarship, the Division of Scholarship at the Ministry of Education had to be involved.Director for Scholarship at the Ministry of Education, Theophilus A. Snorton, said they became involved when the French reached out to them to help in the process, and they went from school to school in Monrovia with the forms for students to apply.There were 600 students that sat the exam, 25 were successful, but they were in search of only 21.According to Snorton, there was a substantive list, and an alternative list creating the room for replacement in case anyone on the substantive list does not show up.During the next turn, Snorton said that the process will be decentralized where they will go nationwide sorting out students to benefit from the scholarship.Tests administered for selection, according to Mr. Snorton, are in French, Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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NDC working to regularise vending at Rosignol

first_imgThe Saturday market which operates at Stelling Road, Rosignol, West Coast Berbice has been attracting vendors from near and far, thus the Rosignol–Zeelust Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), which controls the activities of that market, has attempted to bring the situation of illegal vending under control with the provision of a structure.Vendors occupying stalls inside the marketNDC authorities are seeking to have vendors occupy the stalls allocated to them within the building. However, the facility remains underutilised, with some vendors having abandoned stalls allocated to them in preference to vending at the side of the roadway, and this has led to the area being quite congested on Saturdays.Recently, officials from the NDC, with assistance from the Police, have attempted to remove the illegal vendors from the Stelling Road, which according to the Department of Public Information is transformed into a hive of activity from as early as 4:30 a.m. every Saturday. However, the vendors refused to budge, and the NDC has, for the time, allowed the situation to continue as is.Vendors displaying their wares outside the marketVending along the road shoulder is illegal. As such, the NDC is not allowed to collect fees from the roadside operators; at least not until they are brought under the umbrella of the NDC. There have been several meetings between the NDC and vendors, but a solution has so far been evasive.While some vendors have expressed a willingness to pay whatever fees the NDC requires, others are contending that the NDC should upgrade the facility on the railway embankment, since this has led to some persons abandoning their stalls to compete with the itinerant vendors. It is felt that these illegal vendors have an unfair advantage over those who operate from within the market.Under the law, the Council is authorised to seize the goods of the persons not in compliance with the law. However, the authorities are seeking to avoid confrontation with the vendors. The Council has stated that the market can accommodate all the vendors, and to this end, the NDC is committed to having the situation normalised.The NDC for now plans to continue discussions with the vendors, to encourage them to return to their stalls, as well as to encourage the others vending on the railway embankment to occupy stalls in the market.last_img read more

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Gun-toting “Granny” shoots hotel handyman

first_imgTwenty-three-year-old Brandon Collins, a maintenance worker attached to the Alpha Hotel at Ogle, East Coast Demerara, was Thursday morning shot by Leila Jagdeo, a 69-year-old woman who is known in the area as “Granny”. She reportedly told law enforcement officials after the incident that she had thought Collins was a thief.According to staff attached to the hotel, the incident occurred at about 06:50h on Thursday, when the man was cleaning the weeds off of a zinc fence which separates the hotel’s premises from the yard in which the elderly woman lives.The elderly woman’s home behind the fence through which the man was shotJagdeo was not available to speak to media operatives, but Guyana Times was told that the woman told Police that she had thought Collins was a bandit who was trying to jump into her yard, so, being a licensed firearm holder, she picked up her revolver and fired one shot in the direction of the young man.The bullet pierced the zinc fence and hit Collins to his abdomen.Staff from the hotel ran to the young man’s aid after realising what had transpired. They subsequently called the Police, and the injured man was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he is presently in a stable condition.Staffers attached to the hotel questioned the elderly woman’s reason for shooting at the maintenance worker, since, according to them, Jagdeo knew the man.“She tell Police that she thought he was a thief, but she know Brandon. She does ask he fuh help she do things around she yard, and he help couple times,” a hotel staff told this media house.Collins reportedly hails from Berbice, but currently lives in Republic Park on the East Bank of Demerara. He is said to have been employed with Alpha Hotel for approximately three years.Jagdeo is presently assisting Police with investigations. (Ramona Luthi)last_img read more

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Upcoming fundraiser for the Peace Country River Rats at Taylor Hall

first_imgSpring Fever Dinner and Dance is scheduled for May 2, 2014, with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m.Those in attendance can look forward to an evening with the Montney Coulees, as well as a live and silent action.Tickets are $75.00 and can be purchased at Unforgettable Memories, the Canadian Grind, and Extreme Signs, or by calling Kathy at 250-787-2999.- Advertisement –last_img

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V-Net Little Champs action resumes with top of table clash

first_imgThe extended rainy season has ended and it’s time for cricket to resume in the city where several competitions were suspended.The ‘Little Champs’ will resume their battle at the MYO groundOne such tournament is the inaugural V-Net Communications Under-13 Pairs Cricket Competition which stared in April.After three days of action at the Muslim Youth Organization (MYO) ground, Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) are leading the points table with 40 points and are followed by Bel-Air Rubis on 23 points. The other two teams in the competition are Transport Sports Club (14 points) and Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) with one point.In the exciting format, two players at a time bat for five overs and score runs normally however, after a dismissal the team is penalized with the deduction of runs. Each innings lasts 25 overs which means 10 batsmen will bat.When the action resumes today at MYO, it will be DCC and Bel-Air Rubis squaring off from 13:00h.According to organizers, the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) Malteenoes Sports Club recently formed an under-13 team and preparations are being made to include them in the round-robin tournament.The competition is also supported by Cerluean Inc, Give Another Chance Foundation, Guyana Trading Company and Eco Atlantic International Investment Inc.Meanwhile, the New Building Society (NBS) 40-over second division tournament will also resume today with one match. Everest Cricket Club (ECC) will host Transport Sports Club from 11:00h as this competition also nears completion.And due to the unavailability of a suitable venue the General Industrial and Supplies Enterprise, Star Party Rental and Trophy Stall two-day first division tournament will have to wait a little longer to resume. DCC were down to host Malteenoes Sports Club but the Queenstown venue remains unplayable due to additional rain recently.However, with the weather looking favourable, the GCA is optimistic that venues and teams will be fully ready for action by next weekend where a total resumption is anticipated.last_img read more

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Recycling, manufacturing green up computer industry

first_imgROSEVILLE – This is where computers go to die a green death. Inside Hewlett-Packard Co.’s cavernous recycling plant in the Sacramento suburbs, truckloads of obsolete PCs, servers and printers collected from consumers and businesses nationwide are cracked open by goggled workers who pull out batteries, circuit boards and other potentially hazardous components. The electronic carcasses are fed into a massive machine that noisily shreds them into tiny pieces and mechanically sorts the fragments into piles of steel, aluminum, plastic and precious metals. Those scraps are sent to smelting plants, mostly in the Sacramento area, where they are melted down for reuse. The computer industry is ramping up its campaign against electronic waste, a dangerous byproduct of technology’s relentless expansion. HP and Dell Inc., which together sell more than half the country’s PCs, are earning praise from environmentalists for using more eco-friendly components and recycling their products when consumers discard them. “The computer companies are definitely embracing the idea that they need to deal with their products at the end of their useful life,” said Barbara Kyle, who coordinates the San Francisco-based nonprofit Computer TakeBack Campaign. “There’s been a complete turnaround.” But activists say far too much of the nation’s electronic garbage – not only PCs but also TVs, radios, batteries and other materials – still ends up in landfills or gets shipped overseas to poor countries, where it pollutes the environment and exposes workers to dangerous chemicals. “The United States is not responsibly managing this waste stream,” said Sarah Westervelt of the Basel Action Network, a Seattle-based group that seeks to stop the spread of hazardous waste. “We’re allowing it to go offshore and poison developing countries.” The push to recycle reflects a broader greening of the tech industry. In addition to recycling and eliminating toxic chemicals, more companies are making their products energy efficient, using eco-friendly packaging and offsetting their carbon emissions to curb global warming. “This focus is good for business,” said Carl Claunch, a computer industry analyst at the technology research company Gartner Inc. “There’s a growing pool of customers who value environmentally friendly products.” Still, e-waste is a growing environmental and public health concern as the world becomes more wired and companies introduce new products at a faster pace. Discarded computers, televisions, radios, batteries, cell phones, cameras and other gadgets contain a stew of toxic metals and chemicals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium, brominated flame retardants and polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says American consumers generated nearly 2 million tons of electronic waste in 2005. Gartner estimates that 133,000 PCs are discarded each day. Only 10 to 15 percent of electronics are currently recycled, industry analysts say. The rest collects dust in people’s homes or go to landfills, where environmentalists worry toxic chemicals can leak out. Among the e-waste that is recycled, activists say, up to 80 percent is exported overseas to dismantling shops where poor workers are exposed to hazardous fumes and chemicals while trying to extract valuable metals and components. Researchers for Greenpeace International have detected high levels of toxic metals in soil and water samples collected around electronics-dismantling workshops in China and India. A growing number of countries and states are requiring electronics companies to take responsibility for recycling their products. Japan, South Korea and most European countries now require electronics manufacturers to pay for and manage recycling programs for their products. There is no such federal law in the United States, but Washington, Maine and Maryland recently passed “take-back” laws and about a dozen other states are considering such legislation. California made it illegal to throw away nearly all electronic products last year, but the state doesn’t require manufacturers to take back their products. Instead, when consumers buy electronics, they pay fees to cover the cost of recycling those products later. E-waste advocates are pushing “producer responsibility” because it gives companies an incentive to make their devices more environmentally friendly. “It’s essential that manufacturers think through the end of life of their products,” said Rick Hind of Greenpeace’s toxics campaign. “No matter how they recycle, it doesn’t matter if there are still toxic materials in their computers.” Among computer manufacturers, Dell has emerged as a leader in electronics recycling. The Round Rock, Texas-based company has pledged to phase out certain toxic chemicals and began offering free recycling for all its products in December. Chairman and CEO Michael Dell challenged the industry to follow his company’s lead in his keynote address at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, saying, “It’s the right thing to do for our customers. It’s the right thing to do for our earth.” The company recovered 80 million pounds of equipment in 2005. Some computers are refurbished and resold – possibly overseas – while parts or materials are recycled within the U.S. if equipment can’t be fixed, said Dell spokesman Bryant Hilton. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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