Embiid drops 26 as Sixers nip Celtics

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson After winning seven in a row, Boston has lost two straight.“I don’t want to take anything away from Philadelphia,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said. “They certainly made us look poor. If you’re not going to own your own space, then you’re going to turn the ball over.”The Celtics had no answer for Embiid, who was 10 for 19 from the floor and 6 of 7 at the foul line. He also had six assists and blocked two shots.The Sixers forced 19 turnovers and outrebounded the Celtics 41-31 while avoiding a season sweep.“It’s been a trend for us the last two games. For whatever reason, we’ve been sloppy on offense,” Horford said. “Other teams are putting pressure on us and speeding us up a little bit and we’re not handling it too well.”ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Marcus Smart scored 13 and Jaylen Brown had 12 points for Boston.Embiid scored 10 in the third quarter and McConnell had nine points in the period, helping the Sixers pull away. Jayson Tatum’s 3-pointer with 2:01 remaining trimmed Philadelphia’s lead to 86-79, but Boston’s rally fizzled from there.PLAYOFFS?Halfway through the season, much-improved Philadelphia (21-20) is in playoff contention. The Sixers are coming off wins against the top two teams in the Eastern Conference this week in Toronto (30-13) and Boston (34-12).“We feel like we’re right there with them,” Embiid said. “I don’t know what seed we’re going to be, but that’s a potential matchup in the playoffs, so you always want to come out and like try to dominate, let them know that it’s not going to be easy.”ALL-STAR INDEEDEmbiid pulled down 16 rebounds for the third time in his career. He got the news earlier Thursday that he was the first Philadelphia player selected as an All-Star starter since Allen Iverson in the 2010-2011 season. Embiid is the first Sixers All-Star since Jrue Holiday in 2013.“I’m just very proud of him,” coach Brett Brown said.TIP-INS76ers: McConnell was coming off a career-high 18 points Monday against Toronto. … JJ Redick, who injured his left leg Monday against Toronto, did not play.Celtics: Irving made the All-Star game for the fifth time. … The Celtics honored Jo Jo White, a two-time NBA champion who played 10 seasons for Boston, with a video tribute and a No. 10 draped over his regular seat. White died Tuesday at age 71.UP NEXT76ers: Host Milwaukee on Saturday night. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dario Saric scored 16 for Philadelphia, which won for the sixth time in seven games. T.J. McConnell had 15 points — all in the second half.Just one week after Boston erased a 22-point deficit on its way to a 114-103 victory over Philadelphia in London, the Sixers led by as many as 21 and turned away one last rally by the Celtics down the stretch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We knew that it was going to be the same team. It wasn’t going to be any new plays,” Embiid said. “We were just physical. Last time they played us when they had that comeback, they were more physical than us. So tonight I think we were more physical than them.”Boston played without All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, who rested a sore left shoulder. Al Horford and Marcus Morris each scored 14 points. Strugglesville: Cavs blow big lead, end Magic Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img Celtics: Host Orlando on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES 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 Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (21) beats Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown (7) to the ball during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Joel Embiid is headed to the NBA All-Star game for the first time, and he celebrated with another impressive performance.Embiid scored 26 points and matched a career best with 16 rebounds, leading the 76ers to an 89-80 win over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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‘State of Emergency a Blockade to Liberia’s Economy’

first_imgHundreds of Liberians using the highway connecting Bomi, Cape Mount and Gbarpolu counties have complained that the blockade by the Joint Security as a result of the State of Emergency announced by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is seriously impeding their movements. They also complained that it will harm the nation’s economy.The citizens made the disclosure Thursday, August 7, to our reporter who toured the Klay area, where the Joint Security team has a checkpoint.In an interview with some of these citizens, most of whom are business people and commuters, moving between Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, they said the State of Emergency will damage economic growth for this year, if some of the measures are not reduced in favor of business people.They noted that from the economic and business perspective, the State of Emergency is a concern to them because it is going stall economic growth.“The fact is that once your country is under a State of Emergency, which in itself is a disincentive to foreign investors who will not be inclined to choose Liberia until it is lifted,” Maima Kromah, a Liberia businesswoman, who was taking a taxi loaded with goods from Monrovia to Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County, indicated.A resident of Bomi County, Musa Foday, stated that local investors are already in a state of paralysis. “They will not be inclined to move ahead during this State of Emergency,” he opined.The traders argued that although the President is trying to stop the further spread of the Ebola virus in Liberia, the timing of the State of Emergency is not ripe. They believe she should have long since declared the emergency back in March when the disease first broke out.“We agree that she is using her power as the President; but people in rural Liberia need food and other things for their families. So tell me with this kind of situation right now on the this road, how are we going to feed them?” Madam Kromah wondered.The businesswoman projected that if the emergency extends into December, which is the Christmas season, it will have a severe effect on the nation’s revenue intake.All the other merchants who spoke with the Observer proposed that the government of Liberia needs to determine a strategic plan in the fight against the Ebola virus. They said the plan must make enough room for the business sector to operate, with very limited restrictions.President Sirleaf late Wednesday, August 6, declared a State of Emergency through the Republic, to be observed for 90 days (three months).In declaring the emergency, the President said the government will institute extra-ordinary measures including, if need be, the suspension of certain rights and privileges as mandated by the Constitution.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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Liberia: Intermittent Earning Place for Officials?

first_imgFrom all indications President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has now conspicuously laid bare the reason contributing to the backwardness and underdeveloped state of Liberia and its underprivileged masses.Delivering her State of the Nation Address to the national Legislature yesterday, the President noted that the country and its people are in such a deplorable state as a result of Liberia being used as a transit point by past and present leaders of the country.If Liberia is to overcome this intentional neglect by people who call themselves sons and daughters of the land, who prefer to use the country as an office and take their earnings to the United States and other developed Western countries with no tangible development in Liberia, then officials must learn to make Liberia their home rather than what she called “an Intermittent earning place” as has been the status quo ever since.She noted that development has eluded the country since independence because officials prefer to take the country’s money on voyages and merrymaking in the West.  If development is to come to Liberia, she said, officials of government should learn to give back to the country through development, resources taken from it.“The building of Liberia will rest solely and surely on our shoulders, the shoulders of all Liberians. We will carry this load only if we are prepared to make Liberia our home rather than our intermittent earning place, only if we give back to our country’s development, the resources taken from it,” President Sirleaf declared.I firmly believe that God will give us the strength and courage to walk boldly into the next few years with a renewed spirit of peace, reconciliation, and commitment to country.President Sirleaf, who has never been short of words to encourage her compatriots, even when things appear to be out of grip, called for a renewal of commitment and love for country.The President, since 2006, she has always dished up words of inspiration depicting hope for the future, and this year’s address was no exception.Though she may bear the greatest responsibility, President Sirleaf  nevertheless made a clarion call to the other two branches of government, the Legislature and Judiciary, saying that when the government fails it means all of them have failed.She noted that it is now time for officials of government to re-examine themselves to see whether they are properly executing the mandate given them by the Liberian people and if they are working in the people’s interest.“The pain inflicted on our national pride by the Ebola crisis provides an opportunity to search our souls, to ask ourselves if we have been truthful and honest to the commitments made in 2006 when we embarked on this journey together, to ask ourselves if we have served our country and our people well.”If never in the past, President Sirleaf noted, this is the time for us to unite as one government to deliver the promises to our people. There is absolutely no room for blame shifting, she said.The support in security protection and finance which we enjoy from our partners today, will not last as attention moves away from us to other international priorities, the President warned.Honourable members of the Legislature, a nation bound together in 2006 vowed to walk away from the destruction and the hurt of the past; vowed to be committed and determined to ensure a future of peace and prosperity for all Liberians, she reminded her audience.There was not very much then to share or to divert, as we were building from ground zero. In five years we stood together, lifting our nation from the burdens of debt and decay.We worked together to increase revenues, to restore basic services, to remove the heavy debt burden, to mobilize foreign investment, to rebuild the infrastructure, to restore hope.The world marvelled at our tenacity, resilience and determination and reached out massively to help us. Partners committed resources far beyond our domestic effort and our absorptive capacity.Speaking in the Joint Chamber of the Legislature, President Sirleaf recalled her government’s appreciation for the cooperation received from the Legislature that led to the passage of several pieces of legislations relevant to the consolidation of the processes of the nation’s Agenda for Transformation and the National Vision 2030 which she said began several years ago to chart a course for Liberia’s growth and sustained development. “An examination of the various legislations revealed that they address the challenges of governance, the economy, the rule of law, and our obligations as a responsible member of the international community.”President Sirleaf then highlighted those instruments which she claimed will significantly impact governance, economic transformation, the rule of law and the country’s international obligations.She asserted that a sound, firm and attainable economic policy aimed at Liberia’s economic transformation, demands structural reform of the country’s form of governance.“In this light, in addition to the passage of the Budget Act of 2014/2015 I am pleased for your ratification of the financing agreement between the Government of the Republic of Liberia, and Export/Import Bank of India, the Kuwait Fund, the African Development Bank, the African Development Fund, and the International Development Association of the World Bank.”President Sirleaf further asserted that the economic transformation of Liberia is not limited only to the public sector, but includes the private sector as well. “In a bid to strengthen and expand the capacity of our private sector to contribute to Liberia’s economic transformation, we submitted to your honorable body, an amendment to the Mineral Development Agreement among the government of Liberia and Sense Gua Limited and Bloemfontein Limited; and the bill to ratify a concession agreement between government and the Liberia Cocoa Corporation, a wholly owned Liberian investment.” She said the instruments manifest government’s commitment to generate economic and employment opportunities in key corridors of the country.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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CCJ orders NBS to pay a local architectural firm outstanding $15M

first_img…for design of head officeLocal financial institution – New Building Society Ltd (NBS) – was on Friday ordered by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to pay over $15 million to a local architect for works done on its new head office building located on Avenue of the Republic and North Road, Georgetown.The CCJ discharged a stay of execution that had been granted in a lower court, thus enabling the company, Rodrigues Architects Ltd, to recover the balance of monies due.In 2015, High Court Judge, Justice Rishi Persaud ordered the building society to pay Rodrigues Architects Ltd the sum of GY$15,897,625, plus six per cent interest per annum from November 27, 2008 to September 29, 2015, and thereafter at the rate of four per cent per annum until fully paid. Additionally, the court had orderedNew Building Society$100,000 for costs. He further ordered that there be a stay of execution for a period of six months from the date of the order.No judgment, however, has yet been delivered to provide reasons for the order.New Building Society Ltd applied for a stay of execution of the judgement pending the appeal.Justice of Appeal BS Roy granted the stay until the determination of the appeal but ordered that the judgement sum due to Rodrigues Architects Ltd be deposited with the Registrar to be put in an interest-bearing account to await the outcome of the appeal. Rodrigues Architects Ltd failed to get Guyana’s Court of Appeal to overturn Justice Roy’s decision. The company then applied to the CCJ to discharge the stay of execution and obtain the deposited sum.The CCJ, after reviewing the affidavit evidence, found that Justice Roy had erred in making his orders and the Court of Appeal had erred in reviewing those orders and letting them stand.“No stay should have been granted because it had not been shown that there was a good prospect of the appeal succeeding nor that there was no reasonable probability that the company would be able to repay the money received from the building society if the latter’s appeal succeeded,” the CCJ said in a statement on Friday.Further to that, Rodrigues, a Director of the company who has been in business for over 35 years, had been prepared to guarantee that he would personally repay the judgement sum paid to Rodrigues Architects Ltd if the society’s appeal succeeded.As security, he agreed that he would not encumber or dispose of a particular property of his worth over GY$50 million.In explaining the principles to be considered when a stay of execution of a judgement involving money is sought, the CCJ emphasised that a stay of execution is the exception rather than the rule and that the onus is on the applicant to make out a case for a stay which required the court to answer the “essential question whether, in all the circumstances, there was a risk of injustice to one party or the other of the parties if it grants or refuses a stay”.In answering this question, the Court required four issues to be considered. First, whether the defendant applying for a stay can satisfy the court that the appeal has a good prospect of success. Second, whether the defendant could establish that he would be ruined or his appeal stifled if forced to pay out the judgement sum immediately, instead of after an unsuccessful appeal.Third, whether there was no reasonable probability, if an appeal was successful, that the claimant would be in a position to repay the monies paid by the defendant to satisfy the judgement. Fourth, as a last resort, whether there is a risk that the claimant will be unable to enforce the judgement if a stay is granted and the defendant’s appeal fails, when a payment of all or part of the judgement sum into court may be appropriate. For ease of reference, a checklist was added to the judgement which explained how the question about stay of execution should be dealt with where there is a money judgement.The CCJ, with the consent of both parties at the end of the hearing, made various orders discharging the stay of execution, enabling the sum deposited with the court in Guyana to be released to Rodrigues Architects Ltd and enabling it to execute the judgement against New Building Society Ltd for the balance of monies remaining due under the judgement.last_img read more

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Poweroutages

first_imgYesterday’s electrical storm activity resulted in at least seventeen Northeast BC power outages.BC Hydro lists 12 of them in the Dawson Creek area, two each in the Fort St. John and, Fort Nelson areas and, one in Chetwynd.The outages occurred in a five hour period, between 4 and 9pm and, it’s believed service was restored by early this morning, to most, if not all the impacted customers.- Advertisement -June has started to live up to its reputation, as one of the two top precipitation months of the year in this region and, the storms also resulted in about six and half millimeters of rain.On average Fort St. John receives about 71 millimeters in June but, it also recorded its all time one day record, of 80.3 millimeters, on June 27th, of 1965.last_img

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Cardiff City 4-1 Brighton: Whittingham’s double helps Bluebirds down Seagulls

first_img1 Brighton missed the chance to climb into the automatic promotion places jn the Championship as Cardiff boosted their play-off aspirations with a thumping 4-1 win.Both sides had entered the game on the back of five-match unbeaten runs and, with Middlesbrough and Hull not in league action, the visitors knew they could move into the top two.Cardiff, however, produced their best display of Russell Slade’s 16-month tenure as a Peter Whittingham double plus further goals from Anthony Pilkington and Lex Immers saw the Bluebirds find the net four times in one game for the first time since December 2012.Dale Stephens briefly gave the Seagulls hope of a fightback but they never looked like avoiding a second away defeat of the season.Brighton had made a solid enough start in their bid to climb the table but they fell behind against the run of play in the 16th minute.Steven Sidwell failed to track Whittingham’s forward run and the midfielder controlled Matthew Connolly’s pass and gently guided the ball beyond David Stockdale and into the bottom of the net.While the Seagulls keeper had little chance of keeping out the opener, he was culpable for the second just three minutes later.His poor clearance fell straight to Stuart O’Keefe and Cardiff swiftly moved the ball to Pilkington through Immers. The stand-in striker cut inside his man and fired the ball through Stockdale’s hands.Brighton were stunned and Inigo Calderon’s optimistic curling effort was their only real strike on goal as Cardiff buzzed with confidence.More poor defending from the visitors made a bad situation worse as they fell 3-0 adrift on the half-hour. Connor Goldson’s block tackle on Whittingham only diverted the ball across his own area and darts fanatic Immers hit the bullseye by sliding home from just inside the area.Brighton should have pulled one back seven minutes before the break when Jiri Skalak’s excellent cross found Bobby Zamora’s run, but the striker could only steer wide from eight yards on his 150th league appearance for the visitors.Chances continued to come at the other end with Tom Lawrence forcing a sharp save from Stockdale and Immers curling an effort narrowly wide either side of the interval.Brighton’s hopes of an unlikely comeback were boosted when Stephens got across his marker to glance a close-range header beyond David Marshall and it sparked their best spell of the game.Substitute Tomer Hemed ended a smart break by driving a shot against Scott Malone, while Anthony Knockaert blazed wildly over when a poor Connolly clearance fell straight to him.But their hopes were extinguished in the 66th minute. Pilkington tricked and teased his way into the box and drew a clumsy challenge from Goldson to leave referee Darren Bond with little option but to point to the spot.Whittingham stepped up and emphatically despatched the spot-kick into the top corner to rubber-stamp the win. Cardiff City midfielder Peter Whittingham last_img read more

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Father, 14-year-old son slain in Baldwin Park

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “The 14-year-old victim was affiliated with gangs,” said Deputy Denise Fuchs of the SHB. “We do not know who the suspect are so it is unclear whether the suspects were also involved in gangs,” she added. An investigation by sheriff’s homicide detectives revealed that two male suspects approached the victims’ residence on foot and were seen talking to the boy, Hernandez said. The father, who was inside the home, ran outside when he heard gunshots and found his son lying wounded on the front lawn, Hernandez said. As the two assailants were running away, the boy’s father tried to apprehend them and was shot, he said. The suspects, described only as two males, were last seen running northbound on Downing Avenue, Hernandez said. “Investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying the two suspects who fled from the scene,” said Fuchs. Anyone with information on the crime or the suspects is asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Unit at (323) 890-5500. For news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BALDWIN PARK – A search was under way today for two suspects blamed for fatally shooting a man and his 14-year-old son in a Baldwin Park neighborhood, police said. The shootings occurred at 8:33 last night in the 4000 block of Downing Avenue, said Deputy Ed Hernandez of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau. Baldwin Park Police officers responded to a call of shots being fired at the scene and discovered a man and his son had been shot, Hernandez said. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene, while his father was taken to a hospital in critical condition and later died, he said. last_img read more

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Blackpool owners accused of treating club as ‘personal cash machine’

first_imgThe owners of Blackpool, the Oyston family, have been accused at the High Court of treating the football club as “the family’s personal cash machine”.Lawyers for Latvian millionaire Valeri Belokon, the club’s president, were launching what could prove to be one of British football’s most expensive legal actions.Andrew Green QC alleged on Monday at the start of a five-week hearing that Owen and Karl Oyston, owner and chairman of the Lancashire club, had “improperly” extracted millions of pounds from its funds following promotion to the Premier League in 2010 and used the money for their own benefit.Belokon’s company VB Football Assets, a minor shareholder in the club, was excluded from key decisions, information and any share of profits, said Green.VB Football is pursing a claim against the Oystons for “unfair prejudice” against shareholders.The claim is also against Blackpool FC Ltd itself and Blackpool FC (Properties) Ltd, a company with family links formerly known as Segesta.The Oystons are vigorously denying the claims in what has developed into a bitter legal battle.Green told Justice Marcus Smith, sitting in London, that as a result of the Seasiders reaching the Premier League, the club received some £106million.The unprecedented influx of cash over five years included £48million in respect of the 2010/11 season, followed by some £58million in “parachute payments” following Blackpool’s relegation at the end of the season.Green said: “Owen and Karl Oyston have treated Blackpool Football Club as the Oystons’ personal cash machine.”The QC said the family’s case was that at all times they had been transparent and open in relations to payments made out of the club.“Our case is that this is simply inconsistent when you consider the documents.“There was, in fact, the adoption of a deliberate strategy by the Oyston family to take cash out of Blackpool Football Club and do so in a way VB Football Assets and its nominated directors could do nothing to stop that was the antithesis of transparency.”Belokon won a court case in Manchester in February this year in a dispute with the Oystons over his share of profits after he provided £4.7million in July 2008 to develop the south stand and south-west corner of the club’s stadium.That case was brought by JSC Baltic International Bank, owned by Belokon, against Segesta Ltd, the holding company for the club’s assets.In March, the club announced Belokon was being suspended from its board as a result of a judgement in the Paris Court of Appeal related to disputed allegations of money laundering involving two banks founded or owned by him. 1last_img read more

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Warriors’ Draymond Green to play vs Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Warriors forward Draymond Green will play in Monday’s game against Charlotte Hornets two days after spraining his left ankle against the Houston Rockets.“He’s good to go,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr.So is Warriors veteran guard Shaun Livingston, who will play despite nursing left hamstring tightness. Warriors second-year forward Jordan Bell will sit, though, after missing practice on Sunday because of the flu.Kerr said that Bell has stayed at the team hotel in Charlotte, but …

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Research Finds Racial Disparities in Solar Panel Distribution

first_imgAlthough the rooftop solar market in the U.S. has grown by roughly 50% a year since 2012, not everyone is reaping the benefits, a new study says. Writing in the journal Nature Sustainability, researchers said rooftop photovoltaic systems showed “significantly less” adoption in black and Hispanic neighborhoods even after differences in household income and homeownership were accounted for. (The full study is behind a pay wall, but you can read the abstract here.) “Although the opportunities [solar] affords for clean, reliable power are transformative, the benefits might not accrue to all individuals and communities,” the authors said.RELATED ARTICLESGoogle Launches a Solar EstimatorGoogle Expands Solar Project NationwideRooftop Solar Makes Houses Worth MoreLobbying Helps Slow the Growth of Rooftop SolarThe Unequal Burden of Noise Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley combined data from Google’s Project Sunroof and the U.S. Census to reach their conclusions. Project Sunroof provides high-resolution satellite imagery showing the location of rooftop solar panels, part of a package that lets homeowners estimate how much rooftop space they have for solar panels and how much electricity a system would hypothetically produce. Here’s what researchers found: For the same median household income, census tracts where black and Hispanic residents were the majority installed less rooftop PV than areas where they were not a majority by 69% and 30% respectively. White-majority census tracts installed 21% more solar. When correcting for home ownership, black- and Hispanic-majority areas installed less PV compared with no majority areas by 61% and 45% respectively. White majority neighborhoods  installed 37% more solar. In an article about the study, Scientific American spoke with study co-author Daniel Kammen who said he wasn’t surprised that race and ethnicity were important factors in solar deployment. Kammen, however, said he had expected the effect would be reduced significantly when researchers controlled for income. “But alas,” he said, “it was not.” How solar installations spread The authors note that rooftop solar increases in two ways. One is through “top-down” approaches, such as public policy and alternative financing that makes the purchase of PV possible. The second are “bottom-up” approaches, such as the “social diffusion effect” in which someone who installs PV on their home influences neighbors to do the same. A number of state and federal programs have been created to help  low-income people add solar. But programs that specifically target racial and ethnic minorities are still missing. This prompted researchers to study what they call the “energy justice landscape” of small-scale solar deployment. “We hypothesize that PV adoption is not hindered by economic resources nor property ownership only,” they write. They add that additional demographic variables, such as race, can provide insights into how and why solar is adopted and improve top-down efforts that help it spread. In the case of black communities in particular, researchers found that 47% of black-majority census tracts had no existing solar installations, which in some cases was more than double the rate for white-, Asian- and Hispanic-majority neighborhoods. The lack of these “seed” installations can help slow the spread of solar. Lack of diversity in the workforce Although the authors don’t offer an explanation for the disparities, they suggest that a lack of racial diversity in the renewable energy workforce could be part of the reason. “The lack of racial diversity is particularly pronounced in management and senior executive positions in solar firms, where in the United States over 80% of these positions are held by white people,” the report says. A 2017 report on diversity in the U.S. solar industry by The Solar Foundation that said people of color make up only a small percentage of the U.S. solar workforce. Seventeen percent are Hispanic or Latino and just 7% are black. Further, fewer men of color earned wages in the highest pay bracket than did white males. Only 4% of women of color fell into the highest wage bracket, those earning more than $75 an hour. People of color were more likely to have mid-level positions rather than work as managers, directors, or presidents. “The root causes of the differences between black- and Hispanic-majority census tracts are difficult to predict and fully explain,” authors of the Nature Sustainability write, “and can also have social-psychological attributions that require further validation.” They add, however, that when communities of color initially get a few solar installations, deployment significantly increases. “These results,” they said, “suggest that appropriately ‘seeding’ racial and ethnic minority communities may mitigate energy injustice in rooftop PV adoption.”last_img read more

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