Bluewater Productions, the company behind Female Force, has also showcased (in comic book format) such female heroes as Gloria Steinem, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Walters and Angelina Jolie. Oh, and the cast of Glee. Publisher Darren G. Davis says the Female Force series aims to examine “strong women in today’s society that have inspired generations and shaped the culture of today.” Nana-nana-nana-nana nana-nana-nana-nana…LIZA! Forget Batman, forget Spider-Man and forget Babs, even. Our new favorite comic book hero is Liza Minnelli. Female Force: Liza Minnelli, a comic book detailing the life of the iconic performer, is now available in digital and print editions. View Comments The 24-page saga is written Michael L. Frizell, illustrated by Rafael Cordeiro and highlights key moments from Minnelli’s prolific career. From her wild days at Studio 54 to her Oscar-winning performance in Cabaret and beyond, Female Force tells it all. What’s missing, sadly, is that time she battled the Green Goblin and the time she took off her glasses and revealed her true identity is Lois Lane. The book comes in four collectible covers, so you should probably definitely buy all of them.
Motor vehicle drivers in the 13 states that have adopted California’s Clean Car Standards approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would save hundreds of dollars annually at the gas pump while reducing heat-trapping greenhouse gases, according to a report issued today by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). The states — Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland,Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington– represent approximately one quarter of the U.S. vehicle fleet and vehicle miles traveled.”Cleaner cars are a trifecta that will save families money at the gas pump, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and cut global warming pollution from tailpipes,” said James Fine, economist and policy scientist at Environmental Defense Fund.Tuesday’s EPA grant of California’s long-standing request for a Clean Air Act waiver immediately clears the way for vehicle emissions standards in these states to cut global warming pollution. The waiver request was denied under the Bush administration. Under a January 26, 2009 Presidential Memorandum, EPA was directed to reconsider the decision. The standards were adopted in Assembly Bill 1493 (2002, Pavley), the first law in the United States to set limits on global warming pollution from tailpipes. The waiver grant follows a breakthrough agreement announced by the Obama administration, states and automakers in May to put in place a national clean car program in model years 2012 to 2016 that is based on the state standards.The new report, Saving Fuel, Saving Money, Saving Our Climate, compares automobile fleets under two scenarios for years 2010 through 2030. The first scenario is based on current and projected federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. The second scenario is based on implementation of California’s vehicle greenhouse gas performance standards (i.e., Clean Car Standards) through 2020, with continued progress through 2030. These Clean Car Standards can be achieved using existing technologies, including: alternative fuels, advanced tire technology, engine adjustments and improved air conditioning systems.”This study shows that once these standards go into effect in these states, drivers will save billions of dollars, while dramatically reducing global warming pollution from tailpipes, one of the major sources of global warming pollution,” said Fine.The analysis features aggregate and state-specific results for the states that have already adopted the standards. Combined, the 13 states will avoid consuming 16 billion gallons of fuel in 2030, saving drivers $40 billion in fuel costs based on an average gas price of $2.50. Depending on future gas prices and actual miles driven, and after subtracting estimated costs of vehicles to comply with standards, drivers of 2030 model cars will gain net benefits between $33 and $560; drivers of light duty trucks will enjoy net benefits between $340 and $1,390. In addition to fuel savings, the standards will avoid 100 million metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2030 alone, and nearly one billion tons of emissions between 2010 and 2030. Cutting one billion tons of pollution is roughly equivalent to eliminating two years worth of California’s emissions from all sources, based on 2004 estimates of 484 million metric tons (MMT).Low-income drivers will be hardest hit by rising fuel prices because they spend proportionately twice as much of household budgets on transportation compared to average drivers.(1) Consequently, this same group of drivers will benefit most from more efficient vehicles. We estimate that people driving 10-year-old cars in 2030 are expected to gain an annual net benefit of $164 to $770 depending on the extent of driving, fuel prices and actual costs of car technologies required to meet the standards. Nearly a quarter (23 percent) of the households in the 13 states are considered low-income.New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey have the largest fleets of the 13 states, so they will reap the greatest benefits. For example, New York drivers will save nearly $8 billion in fuel costs between 2010 and 2030 and avoid 184 MMT of GHG emissions between 2010 and 2030. New Jersey will save $4.1 billion and avoid 102 MMT of GHG emissions. The table below shows avoided fuel costs and GHG emissions from cars and trucks in 2030 in each state.(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090630/DC40435(link is external))”California and these states have pioneered clean car standards that reduce one of this country’s leading sources of global warming pollution, while strengthening our national and economic security,” said Derek Walker, director of Environmental Defense Fund’s California Climate Initiative.The Saving Fuel, Saving Money, Saving Our Climate report analyzed automobile fleet data of 13 states using theVISION model developed by Argonne National Laboratory. The study compares fuel consumption and emissions for cars and light trucks in two scenarios based on vehicle fuel efficiency estimates developed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Estimates of net benefits are derived from subtracting annualized vehicle modification costs from estimates of avoided fuel costs.About Environmental Defense FundA leading national nonprofit organization, Environmental Defense Fund represents more than 700,000 members. Since 1967, Environmental Defense Fund has linked science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships to create breakthrough solutions to the most serious environmental problems. For more information, visit www.edf.org(link is external).(1) Source: U.S. Census Bureau Data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation. Median percentage spent on commuting by income level. In 1999, persons making annual income below $8,000 spent 9.5% on commuting compared to all persons that spent 3.9% on commuting. SOURCE Environmental Defense Fund, June 30, 2009.
Patrick Kelly, the English under 18 champion, pulled off a major victory across the Atlantic when he won the annual post-Christmas Junior Orange Bowl International Championship in Florida despite battling with conjunctivitis and nosebleeds. The 18 year old from the Boston West club in Lincolnshire not only beat a high class international field but he did it by 13 strokes after returning four sub-70 rounds over the Biltmore Course. Kelly set a hot pace from the start with an opening six-under-par 65 to lead by two shots, then added 68 to see his advantage cut to one at halfway from California’s Corey Pereira. However, while his main rivals slipped back, a third round 66 for 199, 14 under par, saw Kelly extend his lead to seven strokes over Jamie Lopez-Rivarola from Argentina. After spending three hours in hospital with conjunctivitis and nosebleeds, Kelly wasn’t sure he would be able to see well enough to continue; but when he opened his third round with three consecutive birdies he put his blurry eyesight out of mind. “I’ve sort of got used to it and new eye drops have helped. I could have made at least three more birdies over the next stretch but instead I made my first bogey at the 12th and another at the 14th, both from poor bunker shots. Fortunately I was able to get one back with a birdie at the final hole. “This course really requires a lot of shot positioning and I’m learning that as I go,” he added. “Fortunately, from the start I’ve had great pace on these greens, which are really slick.” With the finishing line in sight, Kelly was in no mood to relax his grip. Even when Pereira holed out from a greenside bunker at the sixth to get within five, Kelly responded with a birdie of his own at the next, one of his many fine long irons of the tournament, hurled through a 25mph crosswind, to within six feet of the hole. Just to emphasise his triumphant week, Kelly concluded his final round with a birdie on the 17th and a chip- in eagle-three at the final hole for a closing 66 and 265, 19 under par, while Lopez-Rivarola could only finish with 72 for the runner-up spot on 278 and Pereira 71 for 279. “It’s a thrill and an honour to win this famous event,” Kelly said. “and I’m delighted.” The victory capped a highly successful 2012 for Kelly, who won the English under 18 Championship for the Carris Trophy at Royal Cinque Ports in Deal, Kent, last July when he beat Bobby Keeble from Essex in a sudden death playoff. A boy international since 2011, he also won the Fairhaven Trophy and was unbeaten in his six games in helping England win the Boys Home Internationals in Ireland. He eventually finished second on the 2012 Titleist FootJoy England Golf Boys Order of Merit. Leading final scores: 265 P Kelly (Eng) 65 68 66 66 278 J Lopez-Rivarola (Arg) 69 67 70 72 279 C Pereira (USA) 68 66 74 71 280 J Montano (Bol) 68 69 75 68 281 M Gradecki (Pol) 70 74 67 70 Kelly is pictured left, receiving his trophy. 31 Dec 2012 Boy champion Kelly wins Orange Bowl by a street