Power Shift Project One: Driving Change – Identifying what Caused Low-Income Consumers to Change Behaviour

From 2013–2016 the Commonwealth Government established a Low-Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP) which funded 20 consortia across Australia to trial various initiatives to support low-income households to reduce their energy use and associated bills. Each LIEEP project completed a final report as part of its contract. The Group of Energy Efficiency Researchers (GEER) Australia, commissioned by Energy Consumers Australia as part of the Power Shift project, examined and synthesised the results of
these reports in order to conduct a ‘deep-dive’ and extract key findings and learnings to help inform future actions. This step is vital to ensure that the collective learnings of LIEEP projects can be gathered and used to inform future policy, advocacy support and energy industry strategies.

You can view the Executive Summary of the final report here

The full report can be found here

Full citation:

Russell-Bennett, R., Bedggood, R., Glavas, C., Swinton, T., McAndrew, R., O’Mahony, C., Pervan, F., & Willand, N. (2017). Power Shift Project One: Driving Change – Identifying what Caused Low-Income Consumers to Change Behaviour, Final Report, Brisbane: Queensland University of Technology and Swinburne University of Technology.

Carl Frampton discusses need for trainer change, looks forward to Nonito Donaire challenge

Ahead of his WBO Interim Featherweight title fight with Filipino boxing legend Nonito Donaire, Carl Frampton says he is feeling better than ever after changing camps and putting external distractions behind him.

In an interview with Behind the Gloves, the former two weight world champion said “I’m happier than I’ve ever been as a boxer. I haven’t felt this good in so long, maybe since I was 11 or 12 years old.”

Frampton says making a fresh start with new trainer Jamie Moore and Assistant Trainer Nigel Travis has made a huge difference.

“I’m just happy, there’s good camaraderie in the gym and we all bounce off each other and it’s the only time as a professional that I’ve gotten up in the morning, had a cup of coffee and some breakfast and looked forward to going to the gym,” he says.

You can read the rest of this article at Worldboxingnews.com

Is Nick Kyrgios Still the Next Big Thing?

After six weeks out with an elbow injury, Nick Kyrgios has made a solid return to the ATP tour. The World No. 24 reached the fourth round at the Miami Open and the quarter finals in Houston last week.

It seems like the talented yet divisive Australian has been around forever, but Boris Becker recently pointed out that he is still just 22 years of age. Big things were expected of Kyrgios after he shocked the world with a stunning victory over Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2014.

Expectations were so high that fans now tend to view him as a bit of an under-achiever. It would be harsh to say that he hasn’t lived up to the hype, however, given everything that he has achieved at such a young age.

The fact that he is still yet to seriously challenge for a Major has frustrated fans and experts who had earmarked him as the future of the sport. His knack for attracting negative publicity hasn’t helped him either. A string of code violations, unsportsmanlike behaviour, tanking and run-ins with other players quickly turned Kyrgios into the media’s go to “bad boy”.

You can read the rest of this article at Lastwordontennis.com

Frampton Targeting World Title, Criticises Scott Quigg

Former two weight world champion Carl Frampton wants a Featherweight world title fight next if he beats Filipino boxing legend Nonito Donaire on the 21st of April.

The winner of Frampton-Donaire will become the WBO Interim Featherweight Champion after Oscar Valdez suffered a broken jaw a month ago.

However, Frampton says that while the belt might look nice on his mantelpiece, he will not be satisfied with an interim title.

In an interview with Behind the Gloves, the Northern Irishman said “Fighters in the past have called themselves a world champion after winning an interim title but I know what this is, I’m not going to call myself a world champion if I win,” he says.

“I won’t feel like a world champion until I beat Oscar Valdez, Leo Santa Cruz, Lee Selby or Gary Russell jr,” Frampton says.

You can read the rest of this article at Boxinginsider.com

Poirier happy with performance but has plenty to work on

UFC lightweight contender Dustin Poirier was pleased with his performance against Justin Gaethje at UFC on FOX 29, but says he still has plenty to work on.

“I’m proud of myself, I made a couple of mistakes in there, but I stuck to the game-plan and used my jab and used my footwork,” Poirier told reporters at the event’s post-fight press conference.

However, Poirier said his body took far too much punishment against No. 6-ranked Gaethje who landed a number of hard inside leg kicks that visibly affected his movement.

“My leg’s pretty busted up,” Poirier said. “I got hit with a couple of leg kicks that I didn’t want to get hit with, more than a couple, but I’m growing and I’m still learning and I felt like I fought a good fight,” he says.

Poirier says he knew that Gaethje would throw a lot of leg kicks after watching his previous fights. “The Diamond” said he had developed a strategy to counter them.

You can read the rest of this article at MMASucka.com

Namajunas vs Jedrzejczyk: Numbers don’t tell the whole story

Rose Namajunas retained her UFC Strawweight title with an impressive, gritty performance against former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 223 in Brooklyn.

She didn’t have it all her own way though, as it was a close contest and Jedrzejczyk seemed to get stronger as the fight wore on.

However, Jedrzejczyk seemed extremely confident that she had done enough to regain the title when the final bell rang.

She looked stunned when all three of the judges awarded Namajunas a unanimous decision victory, 49-46.

Jedrzejczyk was adamant at the post-fight press conference that she had won the fight and that the fight stats proved it.

You can read the rest of this article at MMASucka.com

Tyson Fury Announces Return

Former Heavyweight World Champion Tyson Fury has finally agreed terms with promoter Frank Warren and is set to return to the ring on the 9th of June against an as yet unnamed opponent.

Speaking at the official announcement in Manchester, Fury promised that he will recapture the belts he won against the great Wladimir Klitschko over two years ago.

“I’m back to reclaim what is rightfully mine and that’s the world,” says the outspoken former champion.

“There are a lot of people out there who are claiming to be the world’s best, and I know for a fact they’re not,” he says.

However, Frank Warren says he will not be rushing Fury into a world title fight anytime soon as he will need three or four fights to get “fighting fit” first.

You can read the rest of this article at Boxinginsider.com