Arcata >> The Eureka Loggers won this season’s Big 5 League title on the backs of a deep pitching staff, solid defense and a contact-hitting lineup.All that was on display during Thursday’s Charlie Lakin Championship Baseball Tournament semifinal game, as the Loggers (16-9 overall) scored early and rode starting pitcher Ethan Fischel’s efficient outing to a 9-2 victory over the Fortuna Huskies (11-11) at the Arcata Ball Park.“When we take care of the baseball and score early and often, we’re …
GEM is getting its volunteers to help feed and play with the kids of Ethembeni Children’s Home in Johannesburg. (Image: Youtube: Salvation Army Vision Network)By Ray MaotaA children’s home in the heart of Johannesburg that offers refuge for children infected or affected by HIV/Aids is getting a helping hand from a group running a mobile app for volunteers.GEM (Go the Extra Mile), the mobile rewards platform for volunteers, is getting South Africans to help out at Ethembeni Children’s Home in Doornfontein, Johannesburg. Ethembeni, meaning “place of hope” in isiXhosa, was established by the Salvation Army in 1995 and is home to as many as 60 children from birth to three years old.David Shields, co-founder of GEM, said volunteers from all walks of life gathered to do their bit for the home. “They will be helping out at the home, whether it’s playing with the children, helping to feed them, taking care of general maintenance and once that is done they receive their GEMs.”The activation was one of six throughout Johannesburg on Saturday, 7 May.GEM AND PLAY YOUR PART ‘GO HAND IN HAND’GEM’s relationship with Play Your Part started with a phone conversation between Shields and Brand South Africa’s strategic relationship manager for business, Rodney Moloko. This led to the app’s first 10 activations, on Mandela Day last year.“Since then we have grown in leaps and bounds. I would like to think GEM and Play Your Part go hand in hand as GEM helps people physically play their part,” said Shields.The turnout varies from activation to activation as volunteers tend to go to places closer to them. “We choose the establishments to help whether or not they fit the GEM profile, which is quite stringent. The place has to be safe, warm and welcoming and some organisations don’t fit those criteria.”SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP RISINGShields believes the millennial generation has seen what their fathers and forefathers have done to the country and how the entire capitalist system is bloated.“There is no way that people can keep making money for themselves without caring for others, the environment or the animals. We have seen the after effects of this and now we want to do well by doing good.“With the rise of the internet and other technologies we have more information than our parents and so we are more consciously aware of what it takes to make a change.”FUTURE OF GEMShields said: “We have actually started on working on benefits for GEM users. At the moment we are developing a USSD trivia quiz where users can log on and answer questions and by doing such, earn GEMs.“In the next six months to a year we would like to get into the banking sector by catering for the unbanked people of South Africa.”
Electricity markets around the world are transforming from a model where electricity flows one way (from electricity-generating power plants to the customer) to one where customers actively participate as providers of electric services. But to speed this transformation and maximize its environmental and cost benefits, we need to understand how customer actions affect the three distinct parts of our electric system: generation, transmission, and distribution. GenerationGenerators — or power plants — convert an energy source such as natural gas, coal, wind, or sunshine into electricity that flows across wires and into your building, allowing you to turn on lights and use appliances. Although the electricity is no different whether it is generated by solar or coal, the environmental and economic costs associated with different energy sources vary significantly.Not all generators are created equal in terms of efficiency, pollution, and how much they cost to build and run. Some generators produce electricity very cheaply and with fewer carbon emissions, but are expensive to build and maintain. Other generators are more polluting than clean energy alternatives and cost more per unit (or kilowatt-hour) of electricity generated, but can be turned on when demand for electricity skyrockets (for example, during heat waves). As demand increases, a variety of generators are used to provide the needed electricity — relying first on the cheapest generators (such as wind and solar) in order to keep costs low, and only turning on expensive and inefficient “peaker” generators (such as natural gas-fired power plants) during periods of high demand. Analysis Sees Little Benefit in Off-Grid EconomicsSolar Energy Can Make the Grid More ResilientWhen Will Rooftop Solar Be Cheaper Than the Grid?New York Utility Finds Big Payoff in New IdeasRethinking the GridThe Cheapest Way to Scale Up Renewable Energy?An Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems TransmissionElectricity is transported from power plants to local communities via transmission lines. In addition to exporting energy from traditional power plants, transmission lines also allow communities to “import” clean and cheap energy from distant areas. But long transmission lines are expensive, and as more electricity flows through them, power is lost through heat, requiring greater amounts of electricity to be produced. Thus, different areas in the same state can face different prices for electricity depending on that area’s overall demand and distance from the generation sources.Again, reducing demand and increasing local sources of generation helps control these transmission costs. The less electricity needed from large, distant power plants, the less electricity needs to be moved. Beia Spiller is a senior economist with the Environmental Defense Fund. Kristina Mohlin is an economist with the EDF. This blog post is part one in a four-part series that takes a deep dive into economics of the electric system and the role pricing can play in accelerating the clean energy economy. It originally appeared at the website of the Environmental Defense Fund. For example, the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative in New York and the Public Utilities Commission-mandated Distribution Resource Plans in California require utilities to consider alternatives to traditional infrastructure investments to deal with peak demand. These initiatives encourage customers to install rooftop solar or adopt energy efficiency, storage, and demand response to reduce their use of grid-supplied electricity at peak times.And, in Texas, the Distributed Resource Energy and Ancillaries Market Task Force (DREAM TF) is working to guarantee that customers who generate electricity are able to actively participate in the Texas electricity market. This will ensure distributed energy resources are paid appropriately for the benefits they provide to the system.These efforts in New York, California, and Texas are on the right track. Reducing the amount of electricity that needs to be generated by traditional power plants, transmitted long distances, and distributed locally, reduces the overall cost and environmental impact of our energy system. That’s not just clean, it’s smart. RELATED ARTICLES Reducing demand for utility-provided electricityConsider how residential rooftop solar affects the entire system. Each home equipped with solar panels requires less electricity from its local utility. Thanks to this reduction in demand and its related costs, the utility can use funding it would have needed for new transformers or substations to invest in improving energy efficiency or incentivizing more customers to generate their own electricity.Consolidated Edison is currently pursuing this type of effort in the Brooklyn-Queens area by identifying multiple alternatives to try to avoid the billion dollar substation investment. Other utilities are also experimenting with home energy batteries, which can store excess solar energy during daylight hours for use at night, further reducing each customer’s daily electricity use and impact on the distribution system. And because solar reduces demand for utility-provided electricity, less electricity has to be generated at power plants and transmitted from distant regions, reducing generation, transmission, and environmental costs. Many initiatives across the country are attempting to capture the opportunities offered by these technologies to change the fundamental way we interact with the electric grid.A simplified illustration of the electric grid Because higher demand for electricity from power plants drives up cost and pollution, reducing demand for power plant-generated electricity can reduce both the overall cost of the system and harmful environmental impacts. DistributionFinally, local utility companies distribute electricity via the traditional electric wires we’re used to seeing on city streets. Some utility costs, such as billing and metering, are not affected by customers’ usage of electricity. However, very expensive grid infrastructure — including substations, transformers, wires, and poles — is significantly affected by how much electricity customers demand.Local utilities also must conduct costly maintenance and operations on this infrastructure to avoid blackouts and meet safety requirements. Importantly, as local demand peaks, the system needs to expand accordingly, causing distribution costs to increase even further. For example, New York City’s local utility (Consolidated Edison) foresees a billion-dollar investment in a new substation to accommodate increased demand in the Brooklyn-Queens area.
Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. When I first started to look into these products, I was using the acronym WRB to stand for “weather-resistive barrier.” It seems that “weather-resistive barrier” and “water-resistive barrier” are often used interchangeably, both by building professionals and manufacturers. However, I learned enough in my interviews with trusted building professionals to change the acronym so that “WRB” stood, more specifically, for “water-resistive barrier.”The thing is, it’s important to be very specific about the four different control layers in a building assembly—water, air, vapor, and thermal. Unlike the water-resistive barrier, which may terminate at the top of the wall beneath a roof overhang, for example, an air barrier is a continuous assembly that must connect from one plane of a building to the next. As you’ll see, the products often can do more than just keep water out of your walls and you may be able to use a water-resistive barrier as the air barrier on walls, but that is only one dimension of the air-control assembly.As you choose products for your work, take the advice of the building professional I spoke with and think about the four control layers individually at first. Then, if you can use a product that does double duty, great. Here are nine products that all work first-and-foremost as water-resistive barriers. Some have been around the block, others you may not have encountered yet.For a while it seemed that the brand name “Tyvek” was used synonymously with “housewrap.” This is because it was the first synthetic product to hit the American market, long before a WRB was required by the International Residential Code (IRC). Tyvek HomeWrap is nonwoven, nonperforated, high-density polyethylene. It has a perm rating of 56, one of the highest available, and is UV resistant for 120 days. DuPont… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Arellano brushes off San Beda for second PVL win LATEST STORIES Read Next PBA IMAGESTNT blew a big lead before holding off Meralco, 113-107, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Jayson Castro made crucial defensive plays down the stretch to help the KaTropa preserve their fifth victory in eight games.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The 31-year-old Castro finished with 27 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field, three rebounds, three assists and two blocks while TNT import Glen Rice Jr. had 32 points and 11 rebounds.TNT lost a 21-point lead it built in the second quarter as Meralco pulled to within two, 78-76, at the 3:41 mark of the third quarter.The Bolts, however, couldn’t get over the hump as they suffered just their second loss in seven stints and slipped to third place.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Castro had two blocks late, including a risky rejection on Jared Dillinger’s 3-point attempt that kept the Bolts, who were just down by four, 109-105, during that point, at bay.“This [close] game was expected because we’re playing against probably the Best Import of the conference,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela, referring to Meralco’s Allen Durham.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Our players were up to the challenge, Kelly (Williams), Mo (Tautuaa) and I think Ranidel (de Ocampo) for a while so it took us a team effort to make it hard for him on the offensive end,” he added.Durham, the reigning Governors’ Cup Best Import, still came away with 39 points and 24 rebounds despite the KaTropa’s defensive schemes. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments
Xavi spies Barcelona move – ‘or Man City, Chelsea’by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona great Xavi admits he’d like to coach in England.Xavi has taken his first steps into management with Al Sadd in Qatar, the club he spent his final four years with as a player.He told Sky Sports: “I don’t hide it, my goal is to return to Europe and return to Barca, it is my challenge ahead, but I’m still learning in this project and I’m also enjoying it.”My idea, which also happened to me as a footballer, is to be in Barcelona.”Training this type of team would be a privilege and the greatest privilege for me would be to return to Barca.”Although a return to the Catalan club is the target, Xavi has not ruled out a managerial role in the Premier League should an opportunity arise.He added: “That is my goal, but obviously, who doesn’t like the Premier League? The football atmosphere, the packed stadiums and the people who play in the Premier League say it’s extraordinary.”Obviously if I had to choose, I would choose a big team, [Manchester] City or United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham.”Also, [Jurgen] Klopp and [Mauricio] Pochettino and Unai Emery, many people who have gone there are doing an extraordinary job.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 03: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers reacts during the second half against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on September 3, 2016 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The start of college football season is just 50 days away, and this fan’s highlight video for Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson will get you ready for the upcoming action.Fan IPTAY SAB’s video highlights Watson’s 2015 historic season. Check it out:Watson had a spectacular 2015 campaign, winning 14 games and leading his team to the 2016 College Football Playoff national title game. The quarterback had a historic performance throughout the season, setting the record for most total yards in national championship game history, with 478 yards against Alabama, the nation’s top defense. He threw for over 4,000 yards and rushed for another thousand yards on the ground as a true sophomore; Watson remains the only player to ever accomplish this in the history of college football.In 2015 Watson was named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, the first time a Clemson player has been invited to the Heisman Trophy Presentation. He then won the Davey O’Brien Award, which is awarded annually to the best college quarterback, as well as the 2015 ACC Player of the Year and the ACC Offensive Player of the Year awards.
It has been awhile since Ohio State had a game-breaking return man.One could nominate Ted Ginn Jr. as the last fearsome returner Jim Tressel sent out to field kicks and punts. For the last few years, the enigmatic Ray Small delivered flashes of brilliance, but his career was more defined by off-the-field issues. However, OSU may have finally found its man.Corey Brown, a 6-foot tall, 180-pound recruit from Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, Pa., is known for his speed and, like Ginn Jr., is a high school track star. Brown is an All-American sprinter who holds the Delaware County 200-meter record. He used that speed to become a gifted return man on the football field, an ability that could lead to early playing time, says Steve Helwagen of Bucknuts.com“I think he can potentially return some kicks and punts. Those positions are pretty much wide open,” Helwagen said. “[OSU] lost Lamaar Thomas who was their main kick returner and now DeVier Posey is [the kick returner] by default. I think Ohio State is looking for that game-changer and Brown is another guy in that mix.”The Under Armour All-American Game participant succeeded at multiple positions in high school, including seeing extensive time at running back. In spite of his success in the backfield, Helwagen envisions Brown switching to another position once he arrives in Columbus.“He’s a guy that can go in a lot of different directions, but I think he’ll start out at wide receiver,” Helwagen said. “Ohio State is really deep at wide receiver, so he’s going to really have to do well over the summer and do some big things. However, if there’s a position where you can [gain early playing time], it is wide receiver.”Brown did plenty of big things in high school. He was two-time All-State, three-time All-Philadelphia Catholic League and was named to the Philadelphia Daily News PCL All-Decade team. Furthermore, for his career, Brown had 3,000 yards rushing, 1,500 yards receiving and scored 50 touchdowns.Helwagen sees Brown settling in as a slot receiver, maybe even eventually as the team’s featured pass catcher. Nevertheless, the key for OSU is to get the ball in Brown’s hands and let him make something happen.“You envision him as a flanker or slot guy so he uses that speed to get off the ball quick and create separation on a deep pass or an underneath route,” Helwagen says. “You’ve got to get him the ball in space and let him [use his skills].”One thing Brown may have to acquire once practice starts is a nickname, as OSU has another Corey Brown on the roster. However, the Monroeville, Pa. native is a redshirt freshman cornerback, so as long as the incoming Brown stays on the offensive side of the ball, he should be safe.
Then-junior outside hitter Gabriel Domecus (7) during a match against Ball State on Feb. 6 at St. John Arena. OSU lost 3-2. Credit: Courtesy of OSUOhio State’s top-ranked men’s volleyball team (18-0, 8-0 MIVA) takes on two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opponents in University of California, San Diego (5-13, 2-11 MPSF) and No. 6 University of California, Irvine (13-6, 9-5 MPSF).The Buckeyes head into the weekend riding a 41-match win streak. UC San Diego and UC Irvine come out of one of the most competitive volleyball conferences in the country with 10 of the 12 teams ranked in the top 15 nationally.“MPSF always says that they’re the best conference,” said sophomore setter Sanil Thomas. “We want to kind of put them in their place a little bit, so it’s going to be fun.”UC San DiegoOn Friday, the UC San Diego Tritons face OSU after UC Irvine takes on No. 12 Ball State in back-to-back games in St. John Arena. The last time the Buckeyes and the Tritons met was in 2011, when the Tritons won in a four-set match in California, but the Buckeyes hold the all-time series 2-1.After having a four-day break from volleyball, the Buckeyes will hope to break its five-match second set losing streak when it takes on the Tritons on Friday. Eight of 10 total sets lost this season have come in the second set for OSU.“If we’re looking ahead to the Saturday match and we don’t take care of business on Friday, then we haven’t done ourselves justice,” said OSU head coach Pete Hanson. “I would like to think that [the OSU players] would have a little more pep in their step so to speak come Friday and Saturday.”The Tritons rank in the top 20 in blocks per set nationally with 2.11 per set. Junior opposite Tanner Syftestad lead the team with 43 total blocks including four solo stuffs. Freshman libero Ryan Lew has 109 digs to lead the Tritons receiving at a rate of .928.UC IrvineOn Saturday, OSU and Ball State swap opponents, with the Buckeyes taking on the UC Irvine Anteaters. The trip to Columbus will be the Anteaters’ first, where they will hope to improve their record against the Buckeyes to 7-4. The last time the teams met was at Long Beach State University last season, where the Buckeyes earned a win in four sets.Senior libero Gabriel Domecus leads the Buckeyes in digs with 125 this season. His 743 career digs sit in the No. 2 spot in school history, tied with Conor Martin from the 2005-2008 seasons. Senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen is not too far behind Domecus this season, tallying a total of 102 through 18 matches. “I think that when we play our game we’re very hard to beat, very tough to beat,” Thomas said. “It’s all about us bringing our best game, holding ourselves to a higher standard.”The Anteaters rank sixth nationally with 12 assists per set. Senior opposite Michael Saeta leads the team with 619 assists this season. Senior opposite Tamir Hershko is the go-to target for Saeta with 3.03 kills per set, the team’s best.The two matches this weekend will put Hanson within two of 1,000 career matches in his three-plus decades as the coach of the Buckeyes. Under his guidance, the program has gone 663-333 (.667) overall and 288-90 (.762) in Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association conference play.OSU faces UC San Diego on Friday at 7 p.m. and UC Irvine on Saturday at 7 p.m., both in St. John Arena.