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Weekend Pick: Frosty Foot

first_imgWinter weather taking a toll on your running routine? Give those chilly toes a wake-up call this weekend at the Frosty Feet Trail Races in Bryson City.Nantahala National ForestRunning store Foot Rx‘s “Yeti or Not Winter Trail Series”, the Frosty Foot run takes to the Tsali Trail System in the Nantahala National Forest. Participants can choose between 30 and 50 kilometer distances on the trails, and both options promise beautiful views of the North Carolina countryside to reward your efforts along those rolling hills.The 50K race will begin at 8:30 on the morning of Saturday, January 17, with the 30K close behind at 9 AM. All runners should arrive at the entrance to the Tsali Recreation Area by 8 to prepare for the challenge ahead! There will be three aid stations in total, two for both the 30 and 50K at miles 5 and 14, plus a third for the 50K at mile 23.Tsali Trail RaceImage courtesy of Christopher-GraphicsThe Frosty Foot Trail Races will accept only 300 runners altogether, so hurry to make the cut. Online registration has closed, but Foot Rx will offer in-store registration opportunities throughout the week as well as on-site registration on race day from 7 to 8 AM to fill any open spots.Every runner will walk away with a free race beanie from Foot Rx, and 50K racers will also receive a pair of snazzy arm sleeves to sport for more winter runs to come. Proceeds from the race will directly benefit the Nantahala Area Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association in their valiant efforts to clean up and maintain the very Nantahala National Forest Trails that you’ll be running on! Help show these trails some love, both with your wallet and with your feet, at the Frosty Feet Trail Races.last_img read more

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A Heat-Pump Water Heater – Is it Right for You?

first_imgCall us to help find the right water heating solution for you. At Energy Efficiency First, in partnership with Quality Renovation and Carpentry, we couple construction experience with principles of building science, and we embrace emerging energy efficient technologies like the hybrid heat pump water heater. We also offer a complete set of energy performance contracting services. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Energy Efficiency FirstA Heat Pump Water Heater is an energy efficient upgrade giving homeowners significant energy savings.Electric water heaters used to be simple insulated tanks with a couple of electric-resistance elements that heated the water. As a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) study put it, “Traditional Electric Resistance Water Heaters (ERWHs) are an inefficient and expensive form of water heating . . . and have the lowest source Coefficient of Performance and the highest cost per BTU of delivered water thermal energy.” The DOE posits that “swapping ERWHs with HPWHs could result in roughly 50% reduction in water heating energy consumption for 35.6% of all U.S. households.”According to the DOE report, Heat Pump Water Heaters (HPWHs) promise to significantly reduce energy consumption for domestic hot water over standard ERWHs. While ERWHs perform with energy factors (EFs) around 0.9, new HPWHs boast EFs upwards of 2.0. With the advent of HPWHs, home owners get at least twice as much hot water from each kilowatt-hour of electricity consumed as from standard electric water heaters. The Energy Factors of these units range from 2.0 to 2.5–meaning that they are, effectively, 200% to 250% efficient at converting electricity into heat.These efficiencies are achieved by combining a vapor compression system, which extracts heat from the surrounding air at high efficiencies, with electric resistance elements, which are able to help meet large hot water demands. The primary heating mechanism is a heat pump refrigeration cycle (like those in a refrigerator or air conditioner, but operating in reverse) that transfers heat from the surrounding air to the water stored in the tank. Auxiliary electric resistance elements are also included for reliability and quicker recovery. HPWHs are hybrids: they integrate a heat pump and electric resistance element(s) into a single storage tank. Puget Sound Energy (PSE) representatives have publically endorsed the fact that the AirGenerate AirTap unit will work efficiently down to 20 degrees, before it starts operating like a traditional resistance electric water heater.DOE believes that HPWHs have efficiencies and operating costs similar to natural gas storage water heaters, making HPWHs an excellent choice for homeowners who currently use an electric resistance, fuel oil, or propane water heater and do not have access to natural gas. A caveat is that, if the unit would be installed in conditioned space, replacement of natural gas water heaters with HPWHs is not recommended in heating dominated climates because HPWHs will increase the load on the space heating system without a similar benefit to the space cooling system.How do HPWHs work?Instead of using electricity directly to heat water, a heat-pump water heater uses electricity to move heat from one place to another–in this case, from the surrounding air where the unit is located into the water. This is done by circulating a special “refrigerant” fluid that can be alternately evaporated into a gas and condensed into a liquid by changing its pressure. Surrounding air is drawn into the heat pump where the heat in that air vaporizes refrigerant in the “evaporator,” releasing cooler air into the room. The refrigerant vapor is then pumped through a “compressor” where it condenses back into liquid form and releases its stored heat into the water. All this sounds pretty complicated (and, well, it is), but this “refrigerant cycle” is well understood and widely used in both refrigerators and air conditioners.How can a HPWH save you money if you have an existing electric water heater?According to Puget Sound Energy, the average home uses 17% of its energy usage to heat water. This is the second largest way that a home consumes energy, after space heating.DOE estimates that a HPWH will pay for itself in under five years.The DOE table below, Table 4, shows the 2012 nationwide average cost to install a HPWH, after rebates are applied, as $2,100 and the predicted savings from operating a HPWH as $322. These calculations were based on average installation costs and average savings as indicated in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) National Residential Efficiency Measures Database and the U.S. Energy Guide labels.Using these averages, DOE calculated the Simple Payback Period and the Return on Investment ratio for installing HPWHs. Two methods of evaluating the cost effectiveness of energy efficiency measures are simple payback (SPB) and return on investment (ROI). The SPB period is the ratio of incremental initial cost (dollars) to annual energy savings (dollars/year). The ROI is the ratio of net proceeds to the investment costs. DOE calculated SPB for HPWHs as 4.7 years, and the ROI as 113%.While considerably more expensive to install than ERWHs, reductions in utility bills will likely result in more savings over the course of the water heater’s life. Also, because HPWHs provide such dramatic savings, rebates in the range of $1,800 are available to encourage utility customers to make the switch.last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — November 7, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 11-7-17No change in the pattern or the forecast this morning. We are dry and cool through the rest of the week and the weekend. We may see a few clouds sneaking into extreme southern OH this afternoon and evening as a stronger system passes by south of the Ohio River, but we do not see any major precipitation threats. By the same token, a few clouds may work in late Sunday as the remains of a front coming out of Indiana work in here. But, all moisture from the front will be used up by the time it gets here, so we are keeping our forecast basically dry. Temperatures today will be several degrees cooler than yesterday, and we will see cooler weather still tomorrow. In fact, we see our coolest air in over the state for the second half of the week. This will come as dominant high pressure settles over the region. The map above shows temps as they relate to normal for Friday afternoon (Friday’s highs).We remain dry for Monday and Tuesday. The best chance of rain in the next 10 days comes at midweek next week. On Wednesday, the 15th, we have a front coming in from the north and west that has the potential to trigger .1”-.4” rains over about 50% of the state. We like the best chances north of US 30, with some chance north of i-70. However, the southern half of the state probably sees only clouds from this event. This can be just a precursor to a stronger cold front that moves in for the 17th and 18th, but models are in dramatic disagreement on that circulation again this morning. For now, we only have confidence in the action for midweek next week.The rest of the extended period looks dry, outside of that chance of action for the 17th and 18th. Where high pressure sets up later next week over the Corn Belt will be key to where that extended period system goes. IF the high builds in over IA, WI and northern IL, that will likely keep the system farther south and a complete miss for us. But, if the high sets up farther north, and especially farther northwest…that will likely allow for a track right over the state. So, stay tuned.Temps will be cool this week as we mentioned, but we look to be mostly below normal next week too. The exception will be as that system arrives at midweek. There could be some good south flow ahead of it, and that may take temps up to normal or even slightly above normal levels for a day or two. But, then we are back at the cool stuff for most of the second half of November.last_img read more

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VALE – TOUCHWEST PATRON AND OLYMPIC CHAMPION

first_imgBelow is an article from the TouchWest homepage re the loss of Shirley de la Hunty. Olympic track and field champion and TouchWest patron Shirley de la Hunty has passed away at her Perth home aged 78. A winner of seven Olympic medals, including three gold medals, Shirley was always thrilled to attend recent TouchWest State Championships and schools Touch events. She was without question one of WA’s finest sports people of all time. All the members of TouchWest pass on our sympathy to the family of Shirley de la Hunty.last_img read more

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Delhi BJP asks EC to take strong deterrent action against AAP

first_imgNew Delhi: A delegation of Delhi BJP Wednesday met Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and demanded “strong deterrent action” against the Aam Aadmi Party for violating the model code of conduct by allegedly playing the religious card to disturb communal harmony.The delegation comprising the Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Legislative Assembly Vijender Gupta, party MP from South Delhi Ramesh Bidhuri and other leaders including Subhash Arya, Subhash Sachdeva and Rajiv Babbar submitted a memorandum against the “misinformation campaign” by the AAP through its call centres. “We submitted a memorandum against efforts of the AAP to disturb communal harmony, peace and goodwill by playing the religious card. More than a dozen complaints and three CDs against call centres were also submitted. “We demanded a strong deterrent action against AAP Convener Arvind Kejriwal and other leaders,” Gupta said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe claimed that the Election Commission has assured necessary action. Gupta said the BJP will shortly call upon the Delhi police commissioner to ensure that the action against call centres spreading misinformation is taken to its logical conclusion. The BJP had earlier accused the AAP of running call centres to spread its “misinformation campaign”. Talking to reporters, Bidhuri said the AAP was trying to create rift among different communities. Referring to a tweet made by AAP’s South Delhi Lok Sabha candidate Raghav Chadha, Bidhuri said he used a picture of a cow and a calf at the door of a house to hurt religious sentiments.last_img read more

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USA asks its citizens to reconsider travel plans to terrorhit Pakistan

first_imgWashington DC: The US has advised its citizens to reconsider their travel to Pakistan due to terrorism and asked them not to travel to restive Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), identified as the most dangerous areas due to terror attacks. While Pakistan in general has been placed in “Level Three” category in the latest travel advisory issued by the US on Monday, several parts of the country, including Balochistan, KPK province, PoK and India-Pakistan border, have been placed in the most dangerous “Level Four” category, in which US citizens are asked not to travel due to high risk areas. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or near Pakistan, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR), the State Department said in the travel advisory. Asserting that terror groups continue plotting possible attacks in Pakistan, the State Department said that terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, military installations, airports, universities, tourist locations, schools, hospitals, places of worship and government facilities. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Terrorists have targeted US diplomats and diplomatic facilities in the past, and information suggests they continue to do so, it said. Terrorist attacks continue to happen across Pakistan, with most occurring in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Large-scale terrorist attacks have resulted in hundreds of casualties, it said. Do not travel to Balochistan province, the State Department said, adding that active terrorist groups, an active separatist movement, sectarian conflicts and deadly terrorist attacks against civilians, government offices and security forces destabilise the province. Similarly, in the PoK, it warned that militant groups are known to operate in the area and the threat of armed conflict between India and Pakistan remains. “Indian and Pakistani military forces periodically exchange gun and artillery fire across the Line of Control (LoC), it said. Noting that India and Pakistan maintain a strong military presence on both sides of the border, the travel advisory said the only official Pakistan-India border crossing point for persons who are not citizens of India or Pakistan is in the province of Punjab between Wagah and Attari.last_img read more

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Restaurants small B2C entities under scanner for GST evasion

first_imgNew Delhi: GST officers are working out a mechanism to deal with non-payment of taxes by large number of small restaurants and B2C entities which are collecting taxes from customers but not depositing the levy with the government. Several consumers have filed complaints through a mobile app -Iris Peridot – that GST was charged by small restaurants but the eatery neither deposited taxes with the government nor filed GST returns. Many customers have downloaded the Iris Peridot app, developed by a GST Suvidha Provider, allowing them to scan the unique GST Identification Number (GSTIN) of a business and find out whether the returns have been filed by the entity. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra Complaints of consumers about non-filing of returns by the entities which are charging Goods and Services Tax (GST) are being forwarded on a real-time basis to the tax department for further action. Small businesses with an annual turnover of up to Rs 1.50 crore can opt for the composition scheme and file returns quarterly. However, such businesses are not allowed to charge GST from consumers and are required to print on their invoice that they are under the composition scheme and hence not supposed to charge GST on supplies. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days Under the composition scheme, traders and manufacturers pay 1 per cent GST on their turnover, while restaurants and service providers pay 5 per cent and 6 per cent taxes respectively. “We have received several complaints from consumers with regard to charging of GST by entities who have not been filing returns. Some customers have also flagged the issue of charging of GST by small local restaurants who otherwise would be under the composition scheme,” an official told PTI. As the number of complaints is very large, the tax department is developing a mechanism to find out the quantum of possible tax evasion and refer them to field offices for follow-up actions. “In absence of sufficient manpower to deal with such huge number of complaints with relatively small tax implication, it has become an administrative nightmare for the department,” the official said, adding similar complaints have also started coming in against small B2C entities dealing in hardware, sanitary ware, furniture, electrical goods. PwC India Partner and Leader (Indirect Tax) Pratik Jain said tax evasion at B2C level remains a big concern for the government. “To achieve over 20 per cent projected growth in GST collection in current fiscal, it’s important that evasion in B2C segment significantly reduces. Governments across the globe are trying to find ways to incentivise consumers to help in creating a more compliant eco-system, which we need to explore as well. Also the tax policy should be aligned to check tax evasion,” Jain said. Jain further said restricting input credits for restaurants and real estate sector may disincentivise the businesses to come in the tax chain and such policies need to be carefully reviewed. EY Tax Partner Abhishek Jain said “with a significant growth in GST collections envisaged in this Financial Year, the focus of the government would be to plug GST leakages”. For 2019-20, the government proposes to collect Rs 6.10 lakh crore from Central GST and Rs 1.01 lakh crore as compensation cess. The Integrated GST balance has been pegged at Rs 50,000 crore. The Central GST collection in 2018-19 fiscal was Rs 4.25 lakh crore, while compensation cess was over Rs 97,000 crore.last_img read more

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Ohio State defensive line pressure a key to success against Oklahoma

OSU redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard (6) sacks Tulsa redshirt senior quarterback Dane Evans during the first quarter against Tulsa on Sept. 10. The Buckeyes won 48-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorCoach Urban Meyer and the No. 3 Ohio State football team head to Norman, Oklahoma for Saturday’s battle with the No. 14 Oklahoma Sooners. The last two opponents, Bowling Green and Tulsa, provided few challenges for the Buckeyes, but this game is a little different.“I think the two (teams) we’ve faced, they’re both going to win games. This one’s real, real real,” Meyer said.Oklahoma will be the most potent offense OSU has faced to date in 2016, possibly all season. Redshirt junior quarterback Baker Mayfield is a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate who has an elite arm and the ability to scramble and avoid tacklers to extend plays. He has completed 71.7 percent of his passes for 567 yards and five touchdowns.Along with Mayfield, the Sooners’ backfield has NFL-like talent in both of their running backs. OSU associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said he believes junior Samaje Perine and sophomore Joe Mixon are two of the top five running backs in college football.For OSU to slow down coach Bob Stoops’ offense, the defensive line will have to put pressure on Mayfield and contain the run game, something OSU has struggled with at times thus far.“They have a big offensive line and we got to stop the run first,” said redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard.For some perspective on the size of the Oklahoma offensive line, its five starters average height is 6-foot-6 and average almost 315 pounds in weight. Left tackle Orlando Brown boosts most of those stats, standing at 6-foot-8, 340 pounds.Hubbard registered his first sack on Saturday against Tulsa for an 11 yard loss on a third down in the first quarter. He finished the day with three tackles, all of which came in the backfield.The Buckeyes have totaled four sacks so far this year, compared to last year’s six sacks through two games. Replacing former defensive end Joey Bosa and defensive tackle Adolphus Washington was never going to be an easy task, but the team’s two sack leaders from 2015 in Hubbard and redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis returned this year and lead a D-line that has underperformed statistically.On Saturday, this is an opportunity for the unit to establish itself in the national picture.“We want to make that statement because we believe we are one of the best units in the country,” Hubbard said. “It’s going to put us on the national stage for everyone else to think that, so it’s a big opportunity for us.” For Hubbard, Lewis and junior defensive lineman Jalyn Holmes will be tested going up against the physically intimidating Brown on the Sooner offensive line. He added that he hasn’t ever tried to move someone that big, but it’s important for him to be violent with his hands, if he and the D-line hope to get to Mayfield in the backfield.More than ever, this week’s preparation is critical for the defense. Hubbard said that going up against redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett has improved the play of the defense because Barrett is just as elusive as Mayfield.Saturday also serves as the first statement game for the young defensive lineman like redshirt freshman Dre’Mont Jones, redshirt freshman Robert Landers and freshman Nick Bosa. Schiano said he’s excited to see how his young guys respond to the environment awaiting the Buckeyes at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.“This is big-boy football. Do we know how they are going to respond? No. A lot of these guys have never been in this situation,” Schiano said. “As a coach, you just try to prepare them the best they can. I believe we have the right people here, but that gap between knowing and doing is the biggest gap there is.”For someone who has played in games against Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame, Sam Hubbard said a game like this is the reason he plays at OSU.“I want to get there and make a big play,” he said. “I know Tyquan does, and everyone on the line does.” read more

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Football Ohio State remains at No 2 while Michigan drops to No

OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett huddles up with teammates prior to the Buckeyes 30-27 double-overtime win against Michigan. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorSaturday’s win for the Ohio State football team over Michigan in double overtime solidified the Buckeyes as a playoff contender. In Tuesday’s latest installment of the College Football Playoff poll, OSU finds itself at the No. 2 spot, awaiting to hear whether they it be playing in the Peach Bowl or the Fiesta Bowl.Alabama remained at the top spot, and will be playing No. 15 Florida in the Southeastern Conference championship. At No. 3, Clemson moved up to replace Michigan following the Wolverines’ loss to the Buckeyes on Saturday. Washington rounds out the playoff spots in No. 4. Michigan dropped to No. 5.No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 7 Penn State will compete in the Big Ten Championship game, and both hope their respective performances are good enough to convince the committee to give them a spot in the playoffs.In the top six spots, the Big Ten has three teams, so the conference will have at least one representative in this year’s playoff. read more

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Ohio State womens basketball tops Iowa in overtime advances to Big Ten

It was a win, but nothing came easy for the Buckeyes.The Ohio State women’s basketball team took down Iowa, 91-85, in overtime Saturday night, advancing to the Big Ten Tournament final.Tied 37-37 at halftime, the Buckeyes roared back to take out the Hawkeyes for their second straight tournament win in Hoffman Estates, Ill.Freshman forward Alexa Hart connected on a free throw with 17 seconds to play to give OSU an 81-79 lead, but the Hawkeyes answered with a layup at the three-second mark to tie the game and force overtime.Iowa held the Big Ten’s leading scorer, OSU freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell, to 21 points in regulation, but she took over in overtime with a pair of 3-pointers and two late free throws, sealing the win for the Buckeyes.OSU is set to face No. 1 seeded Maryland in Sunday’s championship battle at 7 p.m. read more

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