first_imgLos Molinos >> In the opener of two Five Star League battles, the Mercy High girls volleyball team proved to be the aggressor most of the night, besting its Tehama County small school rival Los Molinos in straight sets, 26-24, 25-22, 25-16 Thursday night in Los Molinos. Allie Adams led the way with nine kills and seven aces, while Elizabeth Carlos collected five blocks — three solo — for the Warriors (8-9, 1-1 FSL). Mercy, which snapped a four-match skid to Los Molinos, is back home Tuesday …last_img read more

first_imgYou would think that establishing a definition for “showerhead” would be simple. But, as the Department of Energy (DOE) is discovering after issuing a draft interpretive rule on the matter, nothing is simple when it comes to getting people wet.Some showerhead backgroundBack in early 1994, under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) of 1975, all showerheads manufactured in the U.S. could have a maximum flow no greater than 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm) at 80 psi. The intent, of course, was to save water, particularly hot water and its associated energy use.Over the years, plumbing manufacturers have gotten pretty creative about how people can get wet in their showers or baths. In recent years, the trend has been toward “multi-spray” systems, which have up to six “showerheads” (each of which complies with the 2.5 gpm flow maximum) and “waterfalls,” which aren’t really “showerheads” and therefore aren’t subject to the requirement (see photos for examples of each). These systems can use up to 20 gallons of water per minute, just for one person. And even though the actual installation number for these DOE-dodging plumbing fixtures is relatively low, they represent an important, high-end product for plumbing manufacturers.Manufacturers erupt over new rulingWhen DOE quietly issued a draft interpretive ruling earlier this year that essentially made these systems illegal, the water world erupted. The ruling said:1. “…a showerhead is any [emphasis added] plumbing fitting that is designed to direct water onto a bather.”2. “…the Department will find a showerhead to be noncompliant with EPCA’s maximum water use standard if the showerhead’s standard components, operating in their maximum design flow configuration, taken together, use in excess of 2.5 gpm when flowing at 80 psi, even if each component individually does not exceed 2.5 gpm.”Bye-bye “multi-spray” and “waterfall” direct-water-to-bather devices.Water conservation community not happy eitherIt’s not just the plumbing manufacturers but also the water conservation community and water conservation experts who are upset with the DOE showerhead rule. It all stems from the key word “interpretive”—both camps agree that DOE should have invited them to comment on this “interpretation,” which they say actually represents a rule change.Here is what DOE says about its action in the draft rule itself:“This draft interpretative rule represents the Department’s interpretation of its existing regulations and is exempt from the notice and comment requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act. See 5 U.S.C. § 553(b)(A).“In other words, DOE did not need to treat this rule as a “substantive” rule change, an approach with exacting and lengthy requirements for input from the outside. So plumbing manufacturers and trade industry groups are upset because they consider this change to be more than a little bit substantive and one in which they should have a say (see the trade industry letter to DOE Secretary Chu opposing the interpretive rule affecting multiple showerhead systems).Water conservationists are upset for the same reason, but from a different side of the issue—they’re quite certain that manufacturers will manage to find loopholes. “This is a substantive change and working out all the definitions and conditions to make sure the language is watertight will take a lot of effort from a lot of folks,” says water expert John Koeller, P.E. “And frankly, lots of hard work has been done on this topic within ASHRAE 189.1 (a code-ready green building standard) and the IAPMO Green Building Supplement, work that is not reflected in the DOE interpretive rule.”One source within the plumbing industry who asked not to be named said, “I know that DOE is way behind on its rulemaking and is even under a consent decree including this particular rule, but this is not the way to get caught up.”Rule will harm the elderly? NAHB goes too farOf course, every rule change brings along a few fear mongerers. I was flabbergasted to get an email press release from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) entitled, “DOE Showerhead Rule Limits Choices for Elderly and Disabled, Says NAHB.” The release included this quote from current NAHB President Bob Jones:“This is going to make it much more difficult for older Americans to live independently. Under the new definition, replacing a traditional, single showerhead with one that includes a flexible hose to take a shower while seated will result in half the water pressure for each—which would be too weak for either one.”This sort of overstatement undermines NAHB’s credibility and the legitimate concerns the building industry has with the nature of the rule change. I contacted Marsha Mazz, the Technical Assistance Coordinator for the U.S. Access Board, the agency that handles accessibility issues for the federal government. “We don’t see it as a disability issue at all,” stated Mazz. “People with disabilities will not use both showerheads simultaneously and all the combination hand-held/mounted showerheads of which we are aware have a diverter that directs all of the flow to one head or the other.”NAHB’s e-release (and the NAHB letter to DOE regarding the rule, supplied by NAHB to BuildingGreen) goes on to express the same legitimate concerns expressed in the trade letter above. NAHB should have stuck to that line; the unfortunate title and quote lands them squarely under a compliant showerhead, fully dressed.A bit of good news on WaterSenseMeanwhile, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense¯ program is merrily proceeding on its way to market its WaterSense labeled product and new homes, using its specification for water-efficient showerheads and shower compartments—a specification achieved by consensus. And it is not luck but hard and intelligent work that resulted in specification language that holds water and aligns well with the DOE draft rule, ASHRAE 189.1, and the IAPMO Green Building Supplement.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement While working a photography gig, she found out about plans to redevelop the West Don Lands, an ex-industrial site east of the Distillery Distrct. Excited by the area’s potential, she decided to make it the starting point of her condo search. With a $300,000 budget, she began hunting. A pre-construction Streetcar Developments condo in Corktown seemed perfect, but when she showed up at the sales centre, there weren’t any units left. “I was so bummed,” she says.READ MORE Alexis Jardin, 50ArtistWhere: Corktown, TorontoHow big: 497 square feetHow much: $256,000When Alexis Jardin left her rented Liberty Village penthouse behind in 2008 after a breakup, she was ready to buy a home of her own, but she did not want to bring more than a few suitcases with her. She had a short wish list: the place had to be small, it had to be easy to rent out when she was travelling and it had to have at least a little bit of outdoor space. (Jardin grew up in Muskoka and can’t abide by an indoor-only lifestyle.)last_img read more

Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (June 30, 2015), we discuss the U.S. women’s national soccer team lineup, preview Wimbledon and discuss the weirdness of NBA free agency. Plus, our Significant Digit of the week: Luke Ridnour was traded this week for the fourth time this offseason, to the Toronto Raptors.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss on this week’s show:Allison McCann on the greatest Women’s World Cup game of all time.Andy Murray defending his coach ahead of Wimbledon.A full list of NBA free agents.Significant Digit: Luke Ridnour, the man that no team, and every team, wants. Hot Takedown More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

first_imgAberdeen manager Derek McInnes has confirmed that the injury suffered by Gary Mackay-Steven is not severe after a clash of heads with Dedryck Boyata.The winger was stretched off during Aberdeen Scottish Cup final loss to Celtic on Sunday, but his manager revealed he has suffered no major damage.“I saw his family down at the dugout and there was an obvious concern there,” McInnes said, according to The National. “I was told he was unconscious and there was an urgency to get medics onto the park.”“Thankfully he’s sitting up in hospital, getting his tests down and it will be hopefully a straightforward concussion. Obviously, he misses the next game but I’m gutted for Gary because he was so looking forward to the opportunity to shine and has been in good form for us.”ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - MAY 04: Manager of Celtic Neil Lennon celebrates as his side secured the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership title after the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Celtic at Pittodrie Stadium on May 04, 2019 in Aberdeen, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)Lennon praises Celtic’s fan support Manuel R. Medina – May 5, 2019 According to the team manager, the way the supporters behave this season helped the team achieve an eighth consecutive title.Meanwhile, McInnes also admitted he is unhappy with match referee Andrew Dallas, following his decision to award Celtic a penalty kick.“The penalty decision didn’t do us any real harm, but it wasn’t a penalty in the first place,” he said.“It was clearly outside the box. If we didn’t have a goalie like Joe Lewis it would have been 2-0 and far more difficult.”“I also felt there was another yellow card challenge from Ryan Christie when Dom Ball breaks. The ref said he played the ball when he clearly didn’t. You need a lot of things to go for you in a final and it might sound churlish but a couple of decisions were really harsh on my team today.”“I love Ryan Christie, but it was another yellow card and the referee was in a brilliant position to see that and I don’t understand how he can say he played the ball.”last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos, November 29, 2017 – The Prosecution will have to find stronger witnesses and better evidence in its case against Cortez Simmons as yesterday the Appeals Court gave them another chance to secure a murder conviction.In one of the most followed murder cases in recent TCI history, a verdict came from the Appeals Court that was both a sigh of relief and a victory.  Cortez Simmons won his appeal but was not acquitted, instead a retrial in the murder of Keziah Burke is ordered by the court.Simmons had been acquitted before of murder, that was in 2009 and the victim then was the first cousin of Keziah Burke.  Simmon’s defense team argued that the evidence in the Burke murder was circumstantial and refuted expert testimony and findings that the gun used in the killing of Burke, who was 25 at the time was the same gun used in a shooting at the movie cinema where Simmons was allegedly caught on CCTV with the shooters in that case.During the trial in 2015, it was revealed that Keziah Burke was gunned down in the parking lot of Uncle Dough’s Bar in Providenciales, while trying to escape – on hands and knees – being shot by the accused Cortez Simmons in the back, allegedly.  The report says the shooting unfolded in plain sight of multiple witnesses, but no one was talking.Evans Welch, attorney from Trinidad and Tobago, led the prosecution team which used as its star witness, a man who was a part of the cinema shooting, Haitian-born, Boker Odema.  Odema testified that the gun used at the Digicel Cinema, was taken from Cortez Simmons and that after the shooting then, Simmons demanded his gun back.It is said that gun, a 40 caliber weapon, was the same one which ended the life of Burke on April 13, 2013.  Our understanding is that there were as many as 20 grounds in the appeal, all of them against the trial judge – Margaret Ramsey Hale.  The conviction was deemed unsafe and was overturned in a matter of minutes.Arguments by the defense team including Alvin Garland and Jacqueline Samuels Brown, QC out of Jamaica lasted longest on whether Simmons was due an acquittal or a retrial.Cortez Simmons can apply for bail and be freed until the retrial date is set. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

first_imgHe said a campaign against the Iditarod by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had nothing to do with its decision. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The maker of Jack Daniel’s whiskey says it’s dropping its long-running sponsorship of Alaska’s 1,000-mile (1,610 kilometer) race. Jack Daniel’s spokesman Svend Jansen said in a statement the company decided to go in a different direction by shifting most of its marketing efforts to a partnership with the National Basketball Association. The action by Louisville, Kentucky-based Brown-Forman follows a tough year for race organizers who have faced financial hardships, loss of other sponsors and the first-ever dog doping scandal. PETA lauded the action, saying the company did “the right thing.” PETA says it first contacted Jack Daniel’s following the deaths of five dogs connected with the 2017 race.last_img read more

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina — Collected from Forbes siteSeeking a consecutive third-term in office in the 30 December elections, prime minister Sheikh Hasina has been ranked the 26th most powerful woman in the world.German chancellor Angela Merkel has topped the list for the eighth year in a row in the ranking by Forbes magazine published on 4 December.Britain’s Theresa May has been placed at 2nd position, head of the IMF Christine Lagarde 3rd, Oprah Winfrey at 20th, Queen Elizabeth II at 23rd and US president Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump at 24th position.Sheikh Hasina, serving also as president of ruling Awami League since 1981, moved up to 26th position from 30th in 2017 and 36th in 2016 on the Forbes’ list of 100 most powerful women on earth.“The 2018 World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list celebrates the icons, innovators and instigators who are using their voice to change power structures and create a lasting impact,” Forbes said in a statement.It lauded premier Hasina for working on the safe repatriation of Rohingya to Myanmar, she was quoted to have said that Bangladesh cannot bear the burden of permanent shelter.Forbes also criticised the regime for authoritarian attitude and undermining democracy as the elections approach.The opposition parties demanded level-playing field for free and fair elections, alleging a variety of measures to thwart their candidates and campaigners from contesting the polls smoothly.Sheikh Hasina also served as a prime minister between 1996 and 2001.last_img read more

first_img Share APThis undated artist rendering provided by the Galveston Police Department shows a depiction of a boy that police are asking for the public’s help to identify. The young boy’s body was found on a beach in Southeast Texas. Galveston police say the boy, aged 3 to 5 years, was found Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. Police are sifting through hundreds of tips and leads to discover the name of the little boy whose body was found on a deserted beach in Southeast Texas last week. (The Galveston Police Department via AP)The mother of a 4-year-old boy whose naked body was found on a South Texas beach last year admitted to authorities that she beat him and denied him medical care after he suffered a head injury from running into a wall, then drove to Galveston in the middle of the night and dumped the body in the water, according to court documents.Galveston police identified the child as Jayden Alexander Lopez. Authorities had named him “Little Jacob” after no one came forward to report him missing.Galveston police chief Vernon Hale announced Wednesday that the child’s mother, Rebecca Rivera, and her girlfriend Dania Amezquita-Gomez, had been arrested and charged with fabricating or tampering with physical evidence.An affidavit says Rivera, in an interview on Tuesday, told authorities she woke up in the middle of the night after her son had died, carried his body to her vehicle and drove to Galveston with her other young child and Amezquita-Gomez.According to an affidavit, she said she put her dead son into the water because he went to the beach previously and he liked the water.Last month, in an interview with authorities, Amezquita-Gomez acknowledged being in the vehicle but did not give any other details about where they went or about the dead child being in the vehicle, according to the affidavit. She reported being too drunk to remember the details.APThis undated photo provided by the Galveston Police Department shows Rebecca Rivera. Galveston police on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, announced that the unidentified 4-year-old boy whose body was found eight months ago washed ashore in South Texas had now been identified as Jayden Alexander Lopez, and his mother, Rivera, and her girlfriend have been arrested and are charged with fabricating or tampering with physical evidence. Investigators say they’re trying to determine whether the mother was connected to her son’s death. (The Galveston Police Department via AP)Rivera admitted that she abused the boy, saying “she was stressed out and took this out on Jayden by striking him with ‘whatever I could find,’” according to the court documents.Rivera told authorities that about two weeks before the boy’s death, he had bumped into a wall, causing a head injury. Rivera told police she used alcohol to clean the injury but she and her girlfriend began to argue, causing the alcohol to spill onto the child’s face.According to the court documents, she said her child’s face started to swell, and over the next two weeks his health “deteriorated.” He reportedly complained of stomach aches and became visibly more lethargic, the mother told police.Rivera also told police her girlfriend blamed the child for problems in the couple’s relationship, the affidavit says.Jail records did not list attorneys for either woman.Bryan Gaines, a supervisory senior resident agent with the FBI, called the crime “appalling” at a press conference Wednesday announcing the arrests.“No one reported Jayden as missing. No one was looking for Jayden. Jayden had no advocate other than us,” he said. “Someone took a beautiful, innocent child and discarded him in the ocean as if he was a piece of trash.”Investigators made the unusual move of releasing a photo of the face of the dead boy earlier this year, hoping it would generate new leads about his identity. Authorities had previously released a sketch of the child with a phone number to call with tips. Police on Wednesday said tips led to a possible name for the boy and a DNA comparison led to the positive identification.Lois Gibson, the forensic artist who created the sketch, said she was at home when she heard news of a break in the case.“I cried, I cried with relief,” said Gibson, who works as forensic artist at the Houston Police Department.last_img read more