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Saint Louis School Getting New Water Fountains

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Saint Louis School will be getting 4 new water fountains thanks to a grant from the Ripley County Community Foundation and the William A & Martha H Hillenbrand Foundation.The new water fountains will include water bottle fillers.The school currently allows students to have water bottles in class to promote student wellness, but the current fountains are not designed to fill bottles.Filling one bottle can take around 30 seconds.The new fountains will eliminate the time challenge, as bottles can be filled while students are getting drinks.The school’s goal is to complete the installation over Christmas break.last_img read more

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PBSO: Crowd Burglarized West Palm Medical Marijuana Business, Others

first_imgPalm Beach County sheriff’s deputies say they are looking for about 30 people who allegedly burglarized a medical marijuana business in West Palm Beach on June 1.According to authorities, the group broke into Miracle Leaf on Sansbury’s Way.Surveillance video shows dozens of people breaking the windows of the property with a sledge hammer, and then rushing into the store at about 3 a.m. Officials believe the same group has committed other burglaries in the area.Anyone with information is asked to contact Palm Beach County CrimeStoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.last_img read more

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Save a Cat, Wash Your Car

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Save a Cat, Wash Your Car: Feline Friends to host second annual summer benefit to help homeless cats.OLYMPIA– People who like cats often say do just about anything for their furry companions, including getting a little wet and dirty. A group of those cat-lovers will be doing just that, in hopes of raising money for charity.Volunteers for the Feline Friends Cat House and Adoption Center are having their second annual charity car wash from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 30 at the Walgreen’s in Tumwater, 702 Trosper Rd. SW.All proceeds from the event support goods and services to stray cats in the Feline Friends rescue program. Types of goods and services include foster care, spay and neuter needs, food and supplies. There’s no set fee; customers are encouraged to donate any amount they can.Larry the “cat guy” will also be on site dressed in a cat suit collecting donations.The organization is also taking donations of car wash-related supplies such as rags, buckets, sponges and towels. Organizers are also accepting any volunteers who wish to help staff the event.For more information or to find out about volunteer opportunities, go to www.feline-friends.net.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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first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Senior Action NetworkThe Senior Action Network (SAN) will present the 14th Annual Caregiver’s Recognition Dinner and Auction on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Olympics West Retirement Inn. With an emphasis theme of Caregivers: We Celebrate YOU! the event is slated to be an evening of fun, care and honor to spotlight the many who selflessly provide medical, physical, emotional and loving support to a vast community, which includes a high percentage of senior  citizens. Both professional and volunteer caregivers are duly recognized during the night of food, story and thanks.The Caregiver Recognition Dinner welcomes approximately 75 nominees a year from residential communities, family homes and facilities as well as private households. More than 15 will be honored for outstanding service representing their type of caregiver environment. Emcees Linda Terry, brain health learning coach, and Chris Quimby, Senior Centers Director of Senior Services for South Sound, will keep all attendees celebrating in a spirit of fun, prizes and care directed at the Caregivers to be honored.Throughout the evening, stories highlighting the industry and individuals are sure to inspire, delight and unite the caregivers who often serve others in behind-the-scenes fashion. For the recipient of care and their families, the caregiver is actually on the-front-line providing important quality of life health and well being support. “The role of the caregiver is not to be overlooked for his or her contribution to the entire family,” notes Rick Crawford, SAN President, Thurston County Council on Aging, Senior News editor. “Regardless of whether the person works in a home or a facility, if paid or unpaid, outstanding caregivers naturally place others first. The Recognition Dinner is a small gesture to turn the tables by showing them that as family members, co-workers, bosses and related business community we know their contribution is far beyond the day to day care given. We want caregivers to be first on this special night.”The 2014 Caregivers: We Celebrate YOU! Recognition Dinner also includes a fundraising raffle and silent auction which supports the Senior Action Network mission and programs. Nominations for Outstanding Caregiver or donations to the auction can be submitted online. The Senior Action Network consists of more than 163 Thurston, Mason, and Lewis Counties members dedicated to enhancing the lives of seniors through business development and services. SAN members meet monthly for professional development, networking, and community service. SAN distributes more than $11,500 annually throughout senior communities and has outreach speakers available to promote awareness on topics important to enhance senior life.last_img read more

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Bacho’s homer lifts Crabs past Kings

first_imgDawson Bacho hit a 2-run home run to put the Humboldt Crabs ahead for good in what was a 5-4 win over the visiting West Coast Kings, Friday night at the Arcata Ball Park.Bacho gave the Crabs the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth inning. Bacho did his best Kyle Knell impression from Wednesday’s win over the Redding Ringtails and sent a home run over the left field wall and onto the 101 — which at this point should have some sort of signage warning drivers of a Crabs lineup prone to …last_img read more

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Bacteria Generate Hydrocarbon Reservoirs

first_imgEthane and propane have been detected in ocean depths near the Galapagos, reported EurekAlert.  These heavy energy-rich hydrocarbons may be widespread in ocean sediments.  The authors of a paper in PNAS1 believe it is formed by bacteria metabolizing acetate from organic material in the sediment, and that this “upsets the general belief that hydrocarbons larger than methane derive only from thermal degradation of fossil organic material.”  Though the paper discusses only the C2 and C3 hydrocarbons ethane and propane specifically, this surprise announcement includes the possibility that heavier hydrocarbons could be formed by processes not yet understood.  The end of the paper says cryptically, “Specifically, they signal the presence of an additional process, probably significant in many environments, for extending the terminal degradation of organic material.”1Hinrichs et al., “Biological formation of ethane and propane in the deep marine subsurface,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print September 21, 2006, 10.1073/pnas.0606535103.Maybe lowly bacteria, not decaying dinosaurs, will keep our automobiles (or barbecues) running for the foreseeable future.  This announcement could have ripple effects on astrobiology as well as geopolitics.  It also illustrates how little we still know about some of the most basic processes on our own planet occurring today.  Remain doubtful, therefore, about what some scientists claim was going on billions of years ago.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Wenger admits Arsenal have no title target

first_imgArsenal Wenger admits Arsenal have no title target Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 08:26 12/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Arsenal Arsene Wenger Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsène Wenger The Gunners boss concedes that his side are too far adrift at present to be considering a tilt at the Premier League crown in the 2017-18 campaign Arsene Wenger admits talk of a Premier League title challenge from Arsenal is “not realistic”.The 2017-18 campaign is only 15 games old, but the Gunners are already prepared to focus on other areas.Wenger’s side sit 15 points adrift of leaders Manchester City at present, with a 3-1 defeat to Manchester United dropping them into fifth spot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arsenal are, however, very much in the top-four picture, safely through to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup and the last-32 of the Europa League and preparing to open their FA Cup campaign with a third round clash against Nottingham Forest.With there plenty of other avenues to explore for his side, Wenger is prepared to forget about chasing the top-flight crown for now, telling reporters: “At the moment we have different worries than the title.”We are too far from the title at the moment to speak about the title. It’s not realistic. Let’s try to win our next game and over a longer distance see if we can come back.”Mathieu Debuchy ArsenalArsenal’s next game comes against Southampton on Sunday.That contest represents another quick turnaround for the Gunners, with kick-off at St Mary’s set for noon.Wenger’s side were in Europa League action on Thursday evening against BATE and the Frenchman believes rivals are getting preferential treatment from those in charge of fixture scheduling.He said: “I have nothing against the fact that we have to do that, as long as our opponents have the same recovery days.”That was not the case last week and will not be the case again. Between three days and five days is a big gap on the recovery side. If we have to play every day I don’t mind as long as our opponents do as well.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Yao Ming Premieres The End Of The Wild

first_imgCelebrities, conservationists, political officials and the media recently gathered for a special premiere screening of “The End of the Wild,” a new documentary that follows basketball legend and committed conservationist Yao Ming on a fact-finding mission into the heart of Africa’s wildlife conservation crisis.Both Yao Ming and Peter Knights of WildAid (who accompanied Yao on his 12-day trip through Kenya and South Africa) addressed the media and were joined by representatives from CCTV, which is airing “The End of the Wild,” and CITIC Publishing Group, which is releasing the film’s companion book, “Journey in Africa.”Yao visited Kenya and South Africa in August of 2012 to learn about the poaching crisis and witness the dramatic toll that poaching is taking not only on Africa’s endangered elephant and rhinoceros populations, but also on the human communities that coexist with them. “End of the Wild” follows Yao as he meets wild elephants and rhinos before encountering the butchered bodies of five poached elephants in Kenya and a poached rhino in South Africa. In Nairobi, Kenya, Yao tours the “ivory room,” an underground vault filled with thousands of confiscated elephant tusks and other wildlife remains. He also visits local school children, whose education is funded by revenue from wildlife tourism, and meets with conservationists and government officials working to protect these endangered species.“The End of the Wild” aired in two parts on CCTV-9 on August 11 at 9:00 p.m. (21:00 CST) and August 17 at 10:00 p.m. (22:00 CST). Part one focuses on elephants and the ivory trade; part two shines a light on the recent explosion of rhino poaching.A BIG STEP IN THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST IVORY AND RHINO HORNIn April 2013, Yao launched the “Say No to Ivory” and the “Say No to Rhino Horn” campaign with WildAid, the African Wildlife Foundation, and Save the Elephants. He has been a leader in the effort to reduce demand for ivory and rhino horn, and has been featured in television ads and billboards. WildAid’s elephant ivory public awareness messages have aired 7,697 times on over 25 television channels in 2013 amounting to US$15 million in-kind broadcast value. This is the amount certified by the media monitoring firm CTR and does not include several major media outlets and could account for only 50% of the actual total broadcast value.In March 2014, Yao delivered a petition during the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) asking China’s government to ban sales of ivory. The “End of the Wild” documentary is yet another big step in Yao Ming and WildAid’s effort to save endangered species by encouraging the public to stop buying wildlife products. In the documentary Yao clearly states his intent, “I believe what people will see in those pictures, [they] will remember it. That’s what we’re here for: film this, bring it back home … and show everybody the reality.”“With this film, Yao is helping to spread the word about the ecological and human costs of the illegal wildlife trade,” explains Peter Knights, Executive Director of WildAid. “We hope that with more public awareness and support, that China will become a true global leader in conservation and help save elephants and rhinos.”Yao previously helped to reduce China’s demand for shark fin through his campaign with WildAid. He appeared in public service messages that have reached hundreds of millions of consumers throughout China on broadcast and satellite television, LCD screens on trains and in subway and railway stations, airports, airline in-flight entertainment, shopping malls, banks, taxis, and universities and hospitals. Yao’s messages helped change public opinion and encouraged President Xi’s administration to ban shark fin from state banquets. A 2013 survey revealed that 85% of respondents in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chengdu had stopped eating shark fin soup within the last three years. Sixty-five percent of those who quit shark fin cited public awareness campaigns as a reason.An estimated 33,000 elephants are killed each year for their tusks, and 95% of the world’s rhinos have been lost over the past 40 years. Growing demand in China and Southeast Asia is driving sharp increases in poaching. In China, ivory is prized as a status symbol by the nation’s growing affluent and middle classes, and the country’s legal market perpetuates demand and provides a laundering mechanism for illegal, poached ivory from Africa. Rhino horn is highly sought after for purported health benefits. In Vietnam, rhino horn has a reputation as a cancer treatment and a hangover cure regardless of the fact that the horn is composed of keratin (the same substance as human hair and fingernails).last_img read more

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Cleveland Indians to face 9 billion lawsuit trademark challenge

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Cleveland Indians professional baseball team could soon face a $9 billion lawsuit for 100 years of “dispossession and racism,” says the head of a Native American organization in the city.Robert Roche, a Chiricahua Apache who is part of the People Not Mascots organization, says the lawsuit will be launched in U.S. federal court next month.“It is disparaging, it’s racism,” said Roche, 67, about the Cleveland team’s name and logo of Chief Wahoo.The planned lawsuit comes as the Washington Redskins football team fights a decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to strip the NFL franchise of its trademark on the grounds it is a “racial slur.”The Cleveland Indians could also be facing a trademark challenge on the same grounds. The legal action is also expected to move on two fronts.One front will argue that Native Americans are “hindered from using the public accommodations of the stadium” because of the team’s racist name, said James Patrick Meissner, one of the lawyers involved in the case.“You wouldn’t allow stadiums to put up Nazi paraphernalia and say Jews shouldn’t take offense,” said Meissner.Meissner said they will also be suing for libel and slander.“The Native Americans feel that the appropriate damages from this team that has made money off it would be $9 billion,” he said.Roche said that should they win, the money would go toward the many underfunded services for Native Americans in Cleveland and the rest of Ohio.“Health issues, employment training for job skills, for furthering education,” said Roche. “We have the highest drop-out rate in Cleveland and type 2 diabetes is epidemic.”Roche said times are changing and the general public is now more aware of the racism faced by Indigenous people in the U.S.“The public is more aware of racism and the inhumanity of it,” said Roche, in an interview Wednesday with APTN National News. “Before, people weren’t willing to look at it.”The Cleveland Plain Dealer also recently called for the name to be changed in an editorial.“It’s time to acknowledge once and for all that the caricature represents a racially insensitive stereotype of Native Americans,” wrote the newspaper in its February 28 editorial.Roche said the Cleveland Indian’s current stadium, which was completed in 1994, is also built on a burial ground.This is not the first time the Cleveland Indians faced a lawsuit of this kind. Meissner was involved in another case dating back to 1971 that involved famed American Indian Movement leader Russell Means and nine other people.The case resulted in an undisclosed settlement, but the team kept on using its name and logo.The Cleveland Indians name dates back to 1915 and there is some dispute as to its origins.The team claims the name was chosen in honour of Louis Sockalexis who played in 94 major league games for the Cleveland Spiders. He was signed in 1897, according to the Society for American Baseball Research. A member of the Penobscot Indian Tribe in Maine, Sockalexis faced racial taunts during his appearances on the field.Team historians, however, say the name had little to do with honouring Sockalexis, but was the result of a contest held by the Plain Dealer.A spokesperson said the Cleveland baseball team would not be commenting on the [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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