43 VICTORIES Corley is a 41-year-old veteran from Washington, DC, who has had 70 fights, with a record of 43 victories, 26 losses and one draw. He has boxed all over the world and last fought in Denmark on February 26, scoring a tko victory over Osama Hadifi. He has fought for world titles several times, among them a loss to Zab Judah for the WBO super lightweight title in 2003 and another loss to Miguel Cotto for the same title in 2005. He also had a non-title fight loss to boxing kingpin, Floyd Mayweather Jr, in 2004. Azore has 16 victories, five losses and three draws in a career that started in December 2006 and saw him becoming the Guyanese welterweight boxing champion in December 2012. He has been inactive recently because of his inability to get fights, but has been training hard for several months since learning that he would be a challenger in the Contender series. He told The Gleaner yesterday that he is “fit, ready and confident” and is looking forward to a good fight. Two experienced boxers – DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley from the USA and Iwan ‘Pure Gold’ Azore, a Guyanese-born fighter who lives in Trinidad and Tobago – will exchange punches tonight over five rounds in the second preliminary bout of the Wray and Nephew 2016 Contender Series. The action starts at 9 p.m. at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, Old Hope Road, and will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica. Last week, spectators left the venue bemused and disappointed when after only 55 seconds, one of the boxers, 19-year old Xzaviar Ford from North Carolina, USA, suffered a torn tendon in his right shoulder and could not continue, gifting the bout to his opponent, Jamaican Richard Holmes, who was declared the winner by technical knockout. The promoters and sponsors were very disappointed with the outcome and have made an effort to have a better line-up this week. Corley, who was not on the original list of boxers selected to appear this year, was recruited a few days ago to join the USA team in their bid to defeat the Caribbean team. The format of the competition is that there are eight boxers on each team – the Caribbean and the USA – respectively. A draw is then used to select the opponents from both camps, and they will challenge each other over five rounds, with the winners moving on to the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and then the final. The eventual winner of the competition takes home $2 million, the runner-up $500,000, third $250,000 and fourth $200,000.
U.S. electric utilities aren’t the only ones worried about the impact of renewable energy on their long-term ability to pay grid operating costs.A number of utilities here are worried that as more homeowners install photovoltaic systems at home, income will fall. That’s not only because solar customers buy less power, but also because utilities have been buying their surplus power at retail rates under net-metering programs.These trends have shifted more of the costs of maintaining the grid to non-solar customers, and some utilities fear the trend is a long term threat to maintaining the grid. Utilities in some states are seeking changes in net-metering rules that would help their bottom lines.Now, as The Wall Street Journal reports, the government in Spain also is worried about coming up with the money to pay for the grid. The immediate cause was an economic slump that reduced power use, not a tidal wave of PV installations. But it’s coming at a time of increased interest in renewables, and the dampening effect on homeowners may be the same.In July, the government, proposed a new fee on renewable energy systems that is expected to win approval from the Parliament and go into effect on Jan. 1, the newspaper said in a story published Oct. 21. It’s part of an effort to come up with as much as 5 billion Euros a year for the electrical grid. Installations on the risePV installations in Spain seem tiny compared with some other European countries. According to the newspaper, just 5,000 homes and businesses have gone to “self-production” since it was authorized in 2011 and solar electricity amounts to less than 0.1% of the country’s total. However, that was expected to grow 10 times by 2020.Now that’s in doubt. Under the new rules, those with grid-tied systems will be charged a fee for the electricity they generate for use at home or their place of business. Fines for scofflaws or those who fail to register are steep.The newspaper said the fees have been defended by the country’s energy minister as a way of helping to pay for the operating and fixed costs of the grid, which he says homeowners with grid-tied systems still need. Spain’s largest solar industry trade group criticized the pending change.Some homeowners and businesses that invested in solar panels say the fees will eat into projected savings. One architect in Madrid said the three panels he bought should have paid for themselves in eight years. Now it looks like it will be 17 to 19 years, so he gave the panels away.
The popular camera-sharing community ShareGrid is expanding into all fifty states. Here’s how you can make their equipment rental model work for you.1. Maximize Your IncomeIn the last few years, ShareGrid has paid millions of dollars in rental revenue to individual equipment owners, while also saving customers 30-50 percent on gear, compared to traditional rental houses.The company started small, building its platform one city at a time to maintain the integrity of the ShareGrid experience. And it proved to be worthwhile: In just seven cities, 50,000 members have listed over 500 million dollars of equipment, with built-in fraud prevention and the option to purchase insurance with a single click at checkout.Now, as ShareGrid goes national, equipment owners across the country can self-design the part-time, full-time, or sometimes jobs of their dreams.Some Facts:ShareGrid is the first company to feature an exclusive insurance partnership; the coverage is sold on the website so renters can rest easy knowing that their equipment is protected against damage, fraud, and theft.ShareGrid’s cut is only 15 percent — that’s less than any other consignment-style rental site on the market.Over 50,000 ShareGrid products are listed on Google.The guessing game is over. Live results of top-searched-for and top-rented gear are available through ShareGrid; this process can actually help you decide which pieces to invest in next in order to turn your collection into a side hustle.On the flip side, renting gear from someone else on the site can offer you the opportunity to try pieces out before you decide to invest in them.The list of popular choices on the site includes not just cinematography but photography equipment as well. Your speciality is someone else’s speciality: ShareGrid’s community can help you find the market that will make you the most money.People who list their gear on ShareGrid report a huge range of monthly earnings, from a few hundred extra bucks to a total annual income of over $100,000. The more time you invest, the greater your earning potential. 2. Let Your Investments Work for YouCinema equipment is expensive, and it often quickly depreciates in value, both through use and due to technological advancement. If a cinematographer purchases an expensive camera and is not constantly booking work, that cinematographer is actively losing money on that investment.But you don’t have to let your equipment sit in your metaphorical (or literal) closet. By renting out gear on ShareGrid, individual equipment owners can turn their investments into assets. This applies to a whole range of equipment types. In fact, some of the most searched-for pieces on the site are mid-range cameras and accessories. Any piece could turn into a big earner when properly curated.Use this sliding calculator to see how much you can potentially earn listing your equipment on the site.3. Reclaim Your TimeThe filmmaking hustle is this: notoriously long hours, heavy competition for jobs, and (at times) lots and lots of “no.” It’s not uncommon for indie filmmakers to find themselves thinking: “What did I do last month? Where did my money go?” With ShareGrid’s equipment-sharing community, your gear can earn you passive income for potentially the first time in your career.Film-worker and ShareGrid veteran Jayson Rahmlow tells us: “I was burnt out after being in L.A. for ten years, and I found myself thinking: ‘What else can I do to make money . . . besides sell every second of my time?’” Rahmlow, like many others, found a solution in renting equipment he wasn’t actively using every day. “Is your gear making you money?” he asks.Long story short: your gear should be making you money.4. Come For The Cash, Stay For The CommunityThe community support experience ShareGrid offers is two-prong. There is a substantial amount of feedback and advice available for renters and customers alike from the ShareGrid team. Then, there’s an entirely separate and more unexpected sense of camaraderie that has sprung up in the camera-sharing community.ShareGrid Perks:The site offers a live-chat feature that is active for more than 12 hours every day. Here, both renters and customers can receive real, thoughtful human advice on how to best rent equipment. In-house tech support (no outsourcing) ensures you’ll receive the most accurate information on the site’s policies and current statistics.The range of tips ShareGrid’s tech gurus can offer renters includes which pieces of yours are in highest demand at any time, which pieces to combine into rental packages, which pieces to invest in to maximize your rental income, and so forth.Alternatively, the range of tips ShareGrid’s tech gurus can offer renters includes which pieces are best for the look you’re going for, which accessories to include, and how to achieve your “10,000 dollar dreams on your 5,000 budget,” so to speak.People Perks:ShareGrid is ultimately a peer-to-peer space. This means that all individual rental transactions will include dialogue and a human discourse that can be valuable for renters and customers alike.Plugging into the ShareGrid community of knowledgable equipment owners and users offers you insight, perspective, advice, and support. “It’s like the human version of insurance,” one ShareGrid community member reports.The ShareGrid community is consistently growing, and with the advent of PRO, those valuable relationships can develop between customers and rental houses as well. The filmmaking and photography worlds can be challenging and incredibly isolating at times. Finding and connecting to like-minded creators can be highly rewarding. The opportunity to find those people is a fortunate side effect of listing your gear on the site. Rahmlow reflects that “I love almost everybody I’ve ever rented to. We’re all in this grind together.”All images via ShareGrid.Looking for more video gear tips and tricks? 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State Education Minister Vinod Tawde on Monday ordered a thorough probe into allegations that employees of a school in Pune strip-searched female students on suspicion of cheating during the ongoing HSC exams. The school administration has denied the allegations.On Monday, Mr. Tawde met with Pune legislators Neelam Gorhe of the Shiv Sena and Medha Kulkarni of the BJP, who demanded stern action against the administration of the Maharashtra Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Vishwashanti Gurukul in Loni Kalbhor, the exam centre where the incident reportedly occurred. Mr. Tawde tweeted on Monday, “Safeguarding the modesty of our students is always a priority. Accepting the memorandum presented by MLA @Medha_kulkarni ji and MLC @neelamgorhe, assured that the culprits behind the appalling incident at MIT, Loni #HSC centre will be dealt with the strictest of force by the law.”Several students of the school alleged last week that the women security staff forced them to remove their clothes in bathrooms to make sure they were not carrying chits or notes which could be used for copying during exams.Action soughtEarlier in the day, members of Sambhaji Brigade met the Deputy Director of Education and demanded that MIT Vishwashanti Gurukul’s licence be revoked. “This sort of overzealous vigilance is shocking … It resulted in loss of valuable time during the exams, and also caused the students unimaginable trauma,” said Santosh Shinde of the Sambhaji Brigade.Around 250 students are appearing for the HSC exams at Vishwashanti Gurukul, which is an exam centre for the first time. Following complaints, two women security personnel were booked under Sections 354 (sexual harassment) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code and sections of the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences Act by the Loni Kalbhor police last week.Ms. Gorhe has demanded that the staffers responsible be suspended and that the institute be banned from holding the HSC exam.Leader of Opposition and senior Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil and NCP leader Ajit Pawar have also sought action against the school administration and the guards. School’s sayHowever, Virendra Bawaskar, principal, MIT Vishwashanti Gurukul, has denied the charges, alleging that the students and their parents were doing this to “get back” at his staff for not “permitting cheating” at the examination centre. Mr. Bawaskar said one of the complainants had chits with her, and that the search was conducted in presence of a woman constable.MSCW seeks reportMeanwhile, the Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW) has asked the Superintendent of Police, Pune Rural, to file a detailed report about the incident. MSCW member secretary Manjusha Molavane said, “We have asked for a detailed report, as we learned about the matter through news reports. It will only be fair to have the police report before we take any steps.” Kapalini Sinkar, the public relations officer of the commission, said it seemed like the security officials were at fault. “However, we are waiting for the police report so that we have reliable and valid basis to take any action, and avoid allegations of taking extreme steps based on news reports,” she said.MSCW chairperson Vijaya Rahtakar said, “The commission keeps a vigilant eye on such cases, and it is extremely heartbreaking to know about this case. A security check is mandatory before entering the examination hall, but reaching such levels is simply disappointing. The MSCW will adhere to a strict course of action, but it will be decided after the police submit their report.”With PTI inputs