A’s phenom striking fear into MLB batting orders

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSURPRISE, Ariz., – As he sat in front of his locker in the Texas Rangers clubhouse on Thursday morning, Joey Gallo released a slight groan under his breath.It didn’t take much to trigger the reaction from one of baseball’s rising sluggers who is coming off back-to-back 40 home-run seasons.The name “Jesus Luzardo” did the trick. Gallo still was a bit frustrated two days after striking out against the A’s elite …last_img read more

Remembering Lundi, South African gospel star, 1979-2017

first_imgGospel singer Lundi Tyamara has died at the age of 38. Fans, friends and family have paid tribute to one of South Africa’s most popular singers.Lundi Tyamara was one of the biggest selling gospel artists in South Africa, selling over 3 million albums. Tyamara died, aged 38, on 27 January 2017. (Image: Gallo Music)CD AndersonLundi Tyamara’s former producer, Tshepo Nzimande, described the singer in an interview with eNCA news channel as a “go-getter”. Tyamara died at Edenvale Hospital in the early hours of 27 January 2017, following a battle with TB.“Lundi put up a gallant fight against his illness, but God’s will prevailed. We ask that his fans, supporters and followers join us in celebrating his life,” said Anele Hlazo, a family friend.Tyamara had a long music career, starting out as a back-up singer for fellow gospel singer Rebecca Malope when he was still a teenager.He released his debut album Mphefumlo Wami in 1998. It was an instant success, selling almost 400,000 copies. Over the course of his career Tyamara released more than 20 albums and won numerous South African Music and Kora All Africa Music awards.Nzimande said that Tyamara had a God-given talent, with a powerful stage presence that found audiences with both young and old. Despite some controversy during his career, including drug and money problems, returning to music and his faith always gave him his greatest pleasure.Tyamara was aware of the second chance he had at rebuilding his music career over the last few years. In an interview with Entertainment Online website in 2016, he said: “I’m lucky. It’s not easy after all the bad things I have done like the drugs and the alcohol. But my fans still love me. That shows that God has sent me to do this.”Commenting briefly to eNCA on his passing, Malope said she was in shock but would always have fond and special memories of Tyamara.Among the many messages, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa extended his condolences to Tyamara’s family and fans.Tyamara is survived by two sisters and a brother; his mother died in 2006, followed by his stepfather shortly thereafter.Despite his many hardships, Tyamara’s story was one of great triumph and success. Following his death, he will always be remembered by his fans as a prince of South African gospel.Watch some of Lundi’s greatest hits below.Source: eNCA News and Entertainment Online.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Solving DOE’s Energy Efficiency Puzzle a Piece at a Time

first_imgOne way to grease the path for the Obama administration’s Homestar home-retrofit legislative proposal will be to show that current stimulus programs are yielding their intended results, or are at least about to.Last week, the head of the Department of Energy’s stimulus program, Matt Rogers, told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that the agency had developed a system for aggressively addressing the confusion and procedural issues that had been slowing disbursement of funds and implementation of the expanded Weatherization Assistance Program, the New York Times noted on Friday in a blog post headlined “DOE Says Stimulus Program Past Its Growing Pains.”Coming on the heels of a report by the DOE Inspector General that expressed alarm over the unexpectedly slow rollout of the expanded, $5 billion program, Rogers’ comments to the Senate committee were met with a mix of acceptance and impatience.Trying to convince the skepticsWhen objections focused on labor-intensive DOE reporting requirements, for example, Rogers said the requirements were nonetheless important because they help the department quickly identify grant recipients in need of extra assistance, particularly recipients in the weatherization program, which, as the Times pointed out, has been identified as one of 12 “high risk” areas for poor management. “I guess we will have to feel our way along and see if the requirement can be managed by the states and get everything else done,” said New Mexico Democrat Jeff Bingham, who is chairman of the committee.When considering further stimulus programs, cautioned Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska, “we need to be working in a far more coordinated manner.”But the reality, too, is that most lawmakers and bureaucrats seem to have acclimated to a certain amount of improvisation. While no one who needs a job wants to wait for an ambitious WAP expansion to live up to its billing, the program is finally chugging ahead, according to Rogers, who noted that, by the end of March, the agency will be on pace to finish 30,000 efficiency upgrades per month and 250,000 this year.For insight into how the WAP push has been playing out for some of the people who hope to be doing the work in the field, click here for a report, recently prepared by Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, that focuses on worker training and energy efficiency auditing services as they prepare – and wait – for job assignments in the Chicago area.last_img read more

Budgeting Strategies That Work

first_imgBy Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, [email protected] budget (a.k.a., spending plan) is a plan for spending future income and expenses, including setting aside savings for future financial goals. Ideally, a budget should be written (paper, computer spreadsheet, etc.) with specific categories of income, spending, and dollar amounts. Benefits of budgeting include providing “guardrails” for spending, achieving financial goals (if savings is included), and for peace of mind. https://pixabay.com/photos/shopping-spending-till-slip-879498/ Return to article. Long Descriptionstevepb/Pixabay.com, CC0Budgets project future income and expenses with a goal of achieving positive cash flow. Therefore, developing and following a budget requires a level of attention to detail (e.g., recording and adjusting expenses). Below are four recommendations to develop a budget that works:Define Your Income– Base a budget on average monthly take-home income. Multiply weekly pay by 4.3 to get a monthly amount. This accounts for “extra” income months (e.g., months with five Friday paydays).Pay Yourself First– Ask yourself if you can live on 80% to 90% of your income with 10% to 20% of income set aside for savings goals. The 20% amount is meant for long-term savings and includes tax-deferred retirement savings plan contributions. Savings is the most difficult “expense” to budget.Set Aside Reserves– Plan ahead for occasional expenses by setting aside money monthly for them. Examples include insurance premiums, home and car maintenance, pets, and property taxes if not escrowed.Follow the “2x Gas” Rule– Set aside twice the amount that you spend monthly on gas for car maintenance and repair expenses. Drivers who buy more gas put more “wear and tear” on their car. You will not have expenses every month, but when you do, the money will be there.Food is a major recurring expense in family budgets. It may not be the largest expense (dollar wise) compared to housing costs, income and property taxes, child care, and transportation, but people still spend a lot of money buying food. Below are seven smart ways to cut food costs to get your budget numbers to balance:Make a Shopping List– List items to buy and their approximate cost before you go food shopping. Then stick to the list. Include “miscellaneous” and a dollar amount (e.g., $5) so impulse buying is built in.Use Coupons Wisely- Redeem coupons from newspapers and online platforms, but only on products that you plan to buy anyway and only when the after-coupon cost is cheaper than alternative products.Search for Bargains– Look for marked down bakery items, meat/seafood, and other supermarket “clearance” foods. If the packaging is intact, it is generally safe to buy these foods if used immediately.Double (or Triple) Your Savings– Take advantage of double or triple the savings on manufacturer’s coupons and supermarkets that allow you to combine a store coupon and a manufacturer’s coupon.Join the Club- Sign up for supermarket “shoppers’ cards” that provide access to special sales promotions and/or an opportunity to earn points toward free or reduced price food items (e.g., a free Easter ham).Stock Up to Save– Buy (or grow in a home garden) fresh fruits and vegetables when they are in season and freeze, can, or dry them for use at a later date.Cut Up Your Own Food- The more preparation that a store does (e.g., cutting up stew beef, making meat and vegetable kabobs, and slicing fruit or making fruit salads), the more consumers generally need to pay.To prepare you own personalized budget, download this Spending Plan Worksheet from Rutgers Cooperative Extension that includes spaces to list income and fixed, variable, and occasional expenses.last_img read more