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Jacks look inward to solve issues heading into 2017

first_imgArcata >> Humboldt State women’s basketball head coach Michelle Bento-Jackson did as most of us do during the holiday break. She spent time with the family, unwrapped gifts and did much of what is a traditional holiday vacation — with one exception, however.“I just watched a lot of film on us,” the first-year HSU coach said, “That’s what I did over my Christmas break.”As far as basketball activities are concerned, aside from a short recruiting trip, Bento-Jackson watched hours and hours of …last_img read more

Emergency call centre for Kruger

first_img14 January 2005The Kruger National Park has introduced an emergency call centre to assist guests and staff with anything from minor problems to emergency situations they may find themselves in.The call centre – 013 735 4325 – will operate round the clock every day of the year.Park spokesperson Raymond Travers says the centre is being accommodated in the protection services building at the headquarters in Skukuza.The centre’s staff members have been trained to capture information rapidly and pass it on to the appropriate authorities for immediate attention.Travers adds that the centre is geared to handling anything from minor problems or inquiries – such as a need for assistance with a flat tyre or travel directions – to action in connection with matters of a more serious nature.Park chief executive Bandile Mkhize points out that the creation of the new centre is aimed particularly at enhancing the Kruger experience for visitors, and hopes visitors will use the service responsibly and proactively.“Like most such centres, the key to its effectiveness will lie in the training of the people who will run it, and we will therefore be very careful in our selection of these staff members”, says Mkhize.He says people seeing anyone disregarding Park rules and regulations can also use the emergency number to report such incidents.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — February 13, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nothing spectacular in our forecast today, although we should see temps climb a good 5-8 degrees over yesterday, getting back near normal for this time of year. We continue to see southwest winds develop through the afternoon, and that gives a signal that this warm up is just beginning. Clouds will likely start to develop later this afternoon and tonight. Above normal temps will be seen tomorrow, and we have to keep an eye out for some minor precipitation. We won’t rule out a few scattered showers over the state, particularly late tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night. Rain totals will be a few hundredths to .4” with coverage at 70% of the state.A second wave of action pushes in from the west and southwest Thursday afternoon and evening and goes through Friday. This will be where we see more significant moisture. We are looking for 1-2 inch rains from over 85% of the state from Thursday afternoon through Friday early afternoon. While we do not have as big of concern about thunderstorms, this will still be an impressive batch of water, and we still think that localized flooding will be likely seen, particularly in areas with significant snow melt and frozen ground as of today.Much colder air comes in behind that system to start the weekend. However, it does not last long term. A cold night is expected Friday night, leading to a chilly start on Saturday. But, west and southwest winds are back over Ohio by midday Saturday, and we should see temps move back to near normal levels for Saturday and above normal levels then for Sunday. We will be dry through the entire weekend.Next week is damp, with scattered showers likely from overnight Sunday night through next Friday. Several waves of light moisture will move through. The first, overnight Sunday through Monday will bring A few hundredths to a third of an inch over 90% of the state. Tuesday’s action stays mostly over NW and north central Ohio, and then tries to sag southeast slowly on Wednesday, not making much headway. In those areas, we can see half to 1.5” rains. Then Thursday, the front pushes across the rest of Ohio and brings half to 1” rains to 80% of Ohio. We follow that up with some drier air for a day or two. Temps will be mostly above normal all of next week, leading to increased rain potential. This is a wet upcoming pattern. The 10 day cumulative rain totals map is updated above.In the extended period, we likely see a clipper for Sunday the 25th. That fast moving system can bring some scattered snow, or perhaps some rain mixing with snow. The much stronger front remains targeted for the 26th and 27th, bringing liquid equivalent precipitation of half to 1.5” over the entire state. Right now south flow ahead of that system would indicate rain potential, but the timing of the cold air arrival will be the key going forward.last_img read more

My Top 10 Building Science and Energy Efficiency Ideas of 2015

first_imgThe year 2015 is almost finished. I’ve written 70 articles in the Energy Vanguard Blog and this one makes 49 here at GBA. I’ve been to a bunch of conferences and talked to a lot of people. A lot of thoughts about building science, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and more have gone through my head. (Not to mention all the thoughts about skiing, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, and those things that I never let out of the confines of my skull!)As I sit here at the end of the year looking back on all of it, here’s what I see as the best and most interesting stuff I’ve written and thought about.10. My New Favorite Duct DisasterOf course, there’s always the fun stuff like this absolute monster of a duct system. And I don’t mean that in a good way. The photo above shows part of it, but if you click the link above, you’ll see a bit more.9. The Layers and Pathways of Heat FlowI’ve been teaching this stuff in classes for years, and this year I finally wrote it up for public consumption. Combine this with some of my other articles—like the one about the mind-blowing hole in your building enclosure and the one about flat vs. lumpy insulation — and you’ll have a good understanding of insulation and heat flow.8. California Mistakes Put Spray Foam Insulation on the ‘Bad List’Oh, California. There may be good reasons to be cautious about spray foam, but you sure didn’t get this one right. The official recommendation was to include spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation in the first three Priority Products in the Safer Consumer Products Program.7. Introduction to the Physics of Water in Porous MaterialsJoe Lstiburek teaches this stuff in his two-day Building Science Fundamentals classes, and I’ve seen versions of it in some of his presentations. It’s also really important stuff that can help you understand how to protect buildings from those three things that cause the most problems in buildings: water, water, and water. (That’s from the late Gus Handegord, a Canadian building scientist.)6. Green Builder Coalition’s WERS – Water Efficiency Rating ScoreAnd speaking of water, it’s kind of important to everything we do. In fact, it’s right up there with energy. The Green Builder Coalition has been working for nearly two years to put together a program similar to home energy ratings but based on water efficiency. (RESNET’s working on a similar program, but GBC’s program is already out there and getting some traction.) New Mexico is already implementing the program, and you can read about it in this article.5. Nest Thermostat Data Unveiled at ACI ConferenceMichael Blasnik got permission to share some of the data that all those Nest thermostats have been collecting for the past few years. The room was packed. Blasnik had a multitude of charts. The data did not disappoint. Click above to read all about it.4. Winterizing Your Home? Don’t Caulk the Windows!Every fall I have to write about this topic, it seems, as the media trot out their silly advice about caulking your windows and weatherstripping your doors. This article, I believe, is the best one I’ve written on the topic. Be sure to read the followup article I wrote, too: Winterizing Tips That Work.3. Is This the End of the Double-Wall, Cold Sheathing Scare?Vapor diffusion is, Martin Holladay says, the bogeyman of building science. It’s been the source of a lot of confusion and misinformation and is rarely the source of moisture problems. With thick walls packed with vapor permeable insulation, however, it can be a problem. In a study from Building Science Corporation, the exterior sheathing of a home with double-stud walls got wet because of vapor diffusion. This was my article explaining their study, in case you don’t want to read the whole 72 page paper yourself.2. Electricity Demand and the Duck CurveI ate duck a couple of nights ago. The “duck curve” has nothing to do with real ducks. It has to do with electricity production and use and the shape of a utility company’s load profile throughout the day. It has to do with the increasing amounts of solar electricity in the mix. It has to do with problems that occur when utilities have to ramp up more quickly than is possible as the sun goes down.And it could be hitting your state already.1. The evolution of “smart”What’s happening with the electricity grid is part of this, but the thing that really captured my attention this year was self-driving cars. It started when I listened to an episode of my favorite podcast, 99 Percent Invisible, called Johnnycab (Automation Paradox, pt. 2).In that podcast, Roman Mars talked about cars that would do the driving for us, of course, but the bigger idea was getting to the point where we don’t need to own cars anymore. We just call for a self-driving car when we need one. And when all the cars on the road are self-driving, we’ll be able to reduce lane size because they’ll be programmed with great precision to avoid each other. The name of that episode also hints to a darker side. Johnnycab was the name of the robot-driven taxis in the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Total Recall — but hey, let’s focus on the positive here.I heard of a similar idea on another podcast, The Unconventionals. There’s a company named Bridj in Boston, and they’re somewhere between a taxi and a bus, but optimized with big data on traffic patterns and the movement of people from one place to another. You should check it out. There’s some really cool stuff happening out there that’s changing the world. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

Joshua Smith drops big game Racela is expecting from him

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJoshua Smith knows that his hefty size is seen as a defensive liability at times for TNT, so when coach Nash Racela called his number in the final 7.1 seconds of regulation on Friday, even he was surprised.“It’s weird because in those situations, I’m [usually] out off the floor. The fact that they put me on the ball, I kind of looked at the coach and told him, ‘Are you sure you want me out there?’ I was just trying to be disruptive, use my length,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire With the KaTropa staring at an 89-88 deficit, Smith tried his best to distract inbounder Chris Newsome and take his options out, forcing the Bolts swingman to throw the ball to his foot.“Once I saw he had no options, he was going for my feet, I tried to move out of the way. It ended working out for us,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe ball rolled on the court, paving way for Jayson Castro to split the ball and fish for the foul. He ended up splitting his freebies to tie the game at 89 and force overtime.TNT went on to claim the winner-take-all Game 3, 104-96 to advance to the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide What ‘missteps’? Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For all of his faults, Smith delivered a monstrous double-double in the victory with 31 points, 27 rebounds, four assists, and two steals, much to the delight of Racela.“He’s a due for a big game like this. If you’ve noticed from the moment he came in, he has been playing controlled minutes. There were games when he played less than 20 minutes, but slowly, we’ve been stretching that,” the youthful mentor said. “As long as you give him minutes, he will get you numbers. That’s the good thing about Joshua. We just took advantage of what we had.”Smith, meanwhile, is just making most of the confidence Racela has on him, especially with the high stakes the Game 3 of the quarterfinals had for the KaTropa.“In do-or-die games, you want to leave it all out there. You don’t want to have any regrets. You don’t want to have turmoil—coulda, shoulda, woulda,” he said. “Today, I wanted to make sure I could score as many points and to try and grab as many rebounds as I can.”With Meralco out of the way, TNT will now move on and prepare for top-seed Ginebra in the best-of-five semifinals series to start on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron sets record for most triples-doubles in NBA Finals View commentslast_img read more

Come on yaar: Hardik Pandya furious with Shikhar Dhawan’s fielding effort

first_imgHardik Pandya was playing his first match since September 19, 2018 and he was trying to make an impression in the third ODI against New Zealand on Monday. Back after a suspension following his controversial comments on Koffee with Karan, Pandya came on to bowl in the 11th over.However, soon into his spelling, Hardik Pandya was left fuming at a weak throw from Shikhar Dhawan. Emotional and passionate on the field, Pandya yelled “Come on yaar” at his senior teammate.In the 14th over, as Pandya bowled a short ball to Ross Taylor and he managed to pull it over mid-wicket. Dhawan got to the ball quickly but then threw wildly to the middle of the pitch. Pandya was unhappy with that piece of fielding from Dhawan and reacted to it.INDIA VS NEW ZEALAND 3RD ODI MOUNT MAUNGANUI LIVE SCOREShikhar Dhawan responded with a smile and walked back to his fielding position.That was a fielder’s wicket, absolutely stunning catch from Hardik Pandya. #NZvIndMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 28, 2019Just three overs later, Pandya perhaps translated that emotion into inflicting a stunning piece of fielding himself and managed to get the big wicket of Kane Williamson.On Yuzvendra Chahal’s delivery, Williamson attempted to flick the ball but Pandya stretched and literally flew to his right to grab a stunning catch at mid-wicket.Right after the catch, Chahal turned around and pointed at his captain Virat Kohli and it looked like it was a bowling plan between the two against Williamson and having their best fielding at the position worked for India.advertisementHardik pandya come back super catch pic.twitter.com/Bl83rckpO8 Kanai Kumar (@KanaiKumar9) January 28, 2019Hardik Pandya was suspended and ordered to return home from Australia along with JL Rahul after the two created a controversy with their sexists comments on Koffee with Karan.Pandya and Rahul missed the three-match ODI series against Australia and the first two ODIs against New Zealand.However, the suspensions on the two players were lifted pending the appointment of am ombudsman. While Pandya flew out to to New Zealand to join the Indian team for the ODI and T20I series, Rahul featured in a match for India A against England Lions.Sunil Gavaskar, speaking to India Today, had wondered what would happen to Vijay Shankar after Pandya returned. As it turned out, Vijay was rested to make way for Pandya on Monday.”The question is: what was he suspended for? How has the suspension been lifted without a hearing? But forget all that.”Hardik will be key for India in the World Cup and it’s a good thing he is coming to New Zealand but then what happens to Vijay Shankar? He has not done a bad job at all in the two games he has played so far.. he has done a pretty good containing job.. What’s going to be his position? Is he going to be sent back now that Pandya is coming here? I know BCCI is wealthy enough to have 20, 30 people. We saw a squad of 19 in Australia,” Gavaskar told India Today.”I think the sooner that is sorted out, the better it will be for everyone concerned. Having said that, Hardik Pandya is going to be a key element in India’s quest for the World Cup,” Gavaskar said.Also Read | How Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul got into trouble for Koffee with Karan: A timelineAlso Read | Dinesh Karthik is an ODI wicketkeeper after nearly 5 yearslast_img read more

Indigenous tourism prepares for an Alberta boom

first_imgWhile Travel Alberta has been targeting jetsetters from all over the world, the province’s Indigenous businesses want to make sure they’re a stop for those with a ticket to Wildrose country.The 2017 International Aboriginal Tourism Conference is wrapping up at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino in Tsuut’ina Nation on Tuesday, and Alberta was identified as a major area for growth.“There is a tremendous visitor demand within Alberta itself and of course we’re seeing a lot of new international interest,” Keith Henry with the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada said. “The fact is Alberta offers a key gateway for many destinations internationally.”The association estimates there are about 90 Indigenous businesses in the province’s tourism sector offering cultural activities, tours, accommodations and other services.Henry wants to make sure they’re capitalizing on international opportunities.“China is a growing market, a growing market that’s not just coming into Alberta generally, but that Chinese market is very much interested in Indigenous culture,” he said.Henry points to the provincial government and Travel Alberta’s goal of making tourism a $10 billion industry by 2020 and the association said it wants to ensure operators are part of the marketing growth.last_img read more

BC Oil and Gas Commission warns Coastal GasLink over pipeline construction

first_imgVANCOUVER _ The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission says Coastal GasLink must submit a notice of construction at least 48 hours before it starts work under its permit to build a pipeline that is opposed by some members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation.The commission has warned the Calgary-based company after it received complaints from the Office of the Wet’suwet’en who alleged that Coastal GasLink engaged in construction without an archaeological impact assessment and also destroyed traplines and tents.A letter from the commission dated Thursday says Coastal GasLink didn’t submit the required notification on Jan. 22. Coastal GasLink is building a natural gas pipeline from northeastern British Columbia to a liquefied natural gas export facility at Kitimat.On Thursday, the provincial government said it is undertaking a process with the Office of the Wet’suwet’en focused on the First Nation’s title, rights, laws and traditional governance throughout their territory.Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs oppose Coastal GasLink’s $40-billion project, which led to the arrests of 14 people at a blockade last month.last_img read more

PM Modi lays foundation stone for RRTS between Delhi, Meerut

first_imgNew Delhi: Commuters between Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut may enjoy the country’s first rapid rail transport facility by 2024, as Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi on Friday laid the foundation stone for the construction of 82 km long Regional Rapid Transport System (RRTS) between Delhi, Meerut via Ghaziabad.PM Modi said that “Giving a new way to next generation urban infrastructure, this will be the first RRTS project built with a cost of Rs 30,000 crore. The rapid rail and the metro both will be running on this corridor in Meerut. Once this is completed, Delhi-Meerut journey will be covered in less than an hour. Of this RRTS, commuters’ suffering will be removed and traffic system will be streamlined.” Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”In an immense relief from the road congestion and pollution faced by the commuters travelling between Delhi and Meerut, the RRTS, regional rail will cover the 82-km stretch in less than 60 minutes. It will offer high-speed, high-frequency, safe and green public transit. The operating speed of RRTS would be 160 kmph and average speed of 100 kmph. The frequency of the trains would be between 5-10 minutes and there would be an RRTS station at every 5-10 km,” said an official from RRTS. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe statement further said that the RRTS will pass through some of the most densely populated sections in Delhi and Meerut. Starting from Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi, the corridor will go up to Modipuram in Meerut, joining many urban cities such as Anand Vihar in Delhi, Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Muradnagar and Modinagar in Uttar Pradesh. “Meerut Metro: In a unique feature, the Meerut Metro services with 12 stations on 18 kms stretch between Modipuram and Meerut South stations on RRTS infrastructure will meet the local mobility needs of citizens of Meerut besides providing efficient regional connectivity. The arrangement of Meerut Metro on RRTS infrastructure would also result in an overall cost saving of approximately Rs 6,300 crore,” a statement said. While the Meerut Metro would mostly be elevated, it would run underground in high density areas like Bramhapuri, Meerut Central, Bhaisali and Begumpul. The RRTS trains will be equipped with all modern features and every stations and trains will have universal access for the differently abled. Meanwhile, each train will also have a Business Class and a Ladies coach. Addressing the gathering in Meerut, Union minister, Hardeep Singh Puri said, “The population in cities is increasing rapidly. Therefore, public transport and intercity linkages are a must. If you make a rapid transit system, there would be many people who would prefer living in Meerut and NCR and come to Delhi for work. I am confident that RRTS project would be completed on time and will improve the ease of living of people living in Meerut and nearby areas along with improving the region’s economic situation.” “RRTS stations will be seamlessly integrated with other transport modes like Airport, Railway, Metro, ISBTs and will be connected seamlessly through Elevators, escalators, travellators etc. All three corridors of phase I of RRTS will be inter-operable, thus does not require changing of train to go from one corridor to another, the statement said.With new Metro line, travel from Dilshad Garden to Gzb in 16 mins New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 9.4-km-long Dilshad Garden-New Bus Adda section, an extension of the Delhi Metro’s Red Line, which will open for passengers from 8 am on Saturday. After the inauguration of Red Line extension, the PM boarded the metro train from Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda) at around 7:07 pm and deboarded the metro train at Kashmiri Gate metro station at 7: 26 pm.With this new section, the Delhi Metro will foray into the interiors of Ghaziabad for the first time, touching the industrial areas in twin cities of Ghaziabad and Sahibabad. “Passenger services on the Red Line extension from Dilshad Garden to Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda) in Ghaziabad will start from 8 am on Saturday,” DMRC’s Executive Director for Corporate Communications Anuj Dayal said. The stations on the stretch are Shahid Nagar, Raj Bagh, Rajendra Nagar (Major Mohit Sharma Rajendra Nagar station), Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala, Hindon River Station and Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda). “The Rajendra Nagar Metro Station has been rechristened as Major Mohit Sharma Rajendra Nagar station and the end station New Bus Adda has been renamed to Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda),” the official said. This section will be an extension of the 25.09-km Rithala-Dilshad Garden corridor or Red Line, which has 21 stations. After opening of this section, the entire Red Line will become 34.72 km. “Trains will be available at a peak hour frequency of six minutes and twelve seconds on the Dilshad Garden New Bus Adda section. A total of 35 six-coach trains will be used on the entire Rithala-New Bus Adda Red corridor. The total journey from Dilshad Garden to New Bus Adda will take about 16 minutes,” Dayal said.last_img read more