Everton v QPR: Cesar plays

first_imgKeeper Julio Cesar makes his first appearance of the season for QPR, who start with Danny Simpson for the FA Cup third round clash at Goodison Park despite manager Harry Redknapp indicating that he would rest the right-back. Everton striker Nikica Jelavic – a transfer target for Redknapp – makes his first start since September.Everton: Robles, Coleman, Oviedo, Stones, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Barry, Naismith, Barkley, Osman, Jelavic.Subs: Howard, Hibbert, Heitinga, Pienaar, Mirallas, Vellios, Lukaku.QPR: Cesar, Simpson, Onuoha, Hill, Assou-Ekotto, Traore, Phillips, Barton, Henry, O’Neil, Austin.Subs: Murphy, Dunne, Johnson, Onyewu, Kranjcar, Zamora, Benayoun.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Volunteer anglers wanted for Klamath River study

first_imgThe California Department of Fish and Wildlife is putting its money where its mouth is. Stemming from the backlash of the California Fish and Game Commission’s decision to close a stretch of the Klamath River to fishing from the mouth of Blue Creek to downstream one-half mile, it is now making good on a promise to study the effects of water temperature and the catch and release mortality of steelhead. These studies come on the heels of the recent modification by the commission when it changed …last_img read more

Sharks road trip ends on a sour note with loss to Devils

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. — A third period to forget ended the Sharks five-game road trip on a sour note.The New Jersey Devils scored twice in the final frame, ripping two points out of the Sharks hands with a 3-2 win. As a result, the Sharks completed their road trip with a 2-2-1 record.Mirco Mueller, the Sharks 2013 first-round pick, got revenge on his former-team, setting up the game-winning goal scored by John-Sebastien Dea with a shot from the left circle. The Sharks traded Mueller to the Devils for …last_img read more

Another Game 2, another Sharks loss as Blues even series

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — The Sharks are going to have to do it the hard way one more time.The Sharks missed an opportunity to take a 2-0 series lead for the third straight round, as Robert Bortuzzo’s goal at the 16:34 mark of the second period proved to be the game-winner in the St. Louis Blues’ 4-2 victory at SAP Center in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final on Monday.Oskar Sundqvist added an insurance goal with 3:08 left in …last_img read more

2018 Soybean Planting Cab Cam – Kris Swartz, Wood County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After a cold and wet spring in northern Ohio, some farmers in that part of the state are just getting started with the 2018 planting season. Wood County farmer Kris Swartz started less than a week ago and in this Cab Cam, brought to you by Fennig Equipment, he tells Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins, he is making more progress than others in the area.last_img

Watershed project keeping Indian Lake clean with fundraising help from local star

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Joel Penhorwood, Ohio Ag NetGovernor John Kasich earlier this year put out a list of watersheds he hoped to see listed as impaired. The status of those areas remains up in the air for the time being, though one watershed in farm country is noticeably absent from the list. Indian Lake in northwest Ohio is the third largest inland lake in the state, coming in with a surface area of 5,104 acres. It is a popular destination, even more so in recent years as Indian Lake has not had a major algal bloom event.Not far away from Indian Lake’s shores is Grand Lake St. Marys, which has seen notable challenges as the result of harmful algal blooms hurting lake activity, local businesses and more.With an average depth of 10 feet and a watershed that sees heavy concentration of livestock and crop farms, the question remains of why hasn’t the pride of Logan County seen a big algae bloom? Ask the locals and they will say the reason is in big part due to the Indian Lake Watershed Project, which has been actively trying to keep the watershed clean for over 28 years.The project has actively pursued nonpoint source pollutants through work with area farmers and landowners in number of unique programs.That effort towards a cleaner watershed has been noticed by Indian Lake High School graduate Even Stevens. Though his name might not be familiar, his work surely is. Stevens is the songwriter behind such hits as Eddie Rabbit’s “I love a rainy night,” and “Drivin’ my life away” and Kenny Rogers’ “Love will turn you around,” just to name a few.Though his music career has taken him away from the lake to Nashville and beyond, he still visits home and has, in recent years, made an effort to bring a helping hand to fundraising for the Indian Lake Watershed Project. This has been done through the annual Nasvhille Hitmakers concert, performed each summer at the local high school. Stevens, a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, brings in a rowdy group of country songwriters to perform their hits to the packed auditorium, with proceeds going to the Indian Lake Watershed Project.This year’s lineup of singer/songwriters included Dean Dillon (Tennessee whiskey, Marina del Rey), James Slater (In my daughter’s eyes), Alison Prestwood (Austin), Jason White (Red ragtop), and more.Stevens said water quality is an important motivator behind the fundraiser. He specifically thanked Frank Phelps, former president of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and Logan County farmer, for helping to start the program years ago.“I live on a lake in Tennessee. I’ve always lived on lakes and rivers because I love water,” he said. “To keep the lake beautiful is just so important because it’s a natural resource that you just can’t replace. And when they go bad, it’s bad. We know that from other places around that they had trouble and can’t correct it. A lot of things happen — you can’t swim, you can’t enjoy it, people who live on it lose value to their homes — all kinds of things happen. It was a genius thought they had to get everybody on board to try to keep it great. I love them for doing that, I really do.”Abbi Hastings is watershed coordinator for the Indian Lake Watershed Project and has taken an active role in overseeing the unique fundraiser and the various projects around Indian Lake.“It really gets our name out there and brings a lot of attention to what we’re doing and what we’re trying to accomplish,” she said. “We do need funding and this is a great way to bring everyone together, get our name out there and to get a little support.”Hastings, a Kenton native, has taken on a couple new projects this year to keep the good work going in the watershed.“Indian Lake is actually one of the healthiest lakes in Ohio. This project has been in place for 28 years and because of that, Indian Lake has been recognized nationally for the health of the lake,” Hastings said. “Right now, there are no huge problems at the lake — nothing that we can go to state or nationally and say ‘we’ve got a problem and we need money.’ That’s why projects and events like this are good to get our name out there and what we’re actually trying to do.”Glenn Ammons, owner and operator of Ammons Family Farms, LLC, is a member of the project’s board of directors. He takes pride in the watershed’s success.“Probably the thing that amazed me the most, and I’ve been in it from the beginning, was all the government agencies that worked together,” he said. “You had Soil and Water, FSA, Ohio EPA — state park and DNR people. You get talking to farmers and bring up EPA and right away everybody gets scared. Then you try to put three counties together with their organizations and everybody comes together and works. That doesn’t happen today. All these agencies came together between Hardin, Logan, and Auglaize Counties and made the project work.”Those involved with the project have done more than just discuss the problem, they have actively created projects to help farmers finance more conservation-minded practices.“I thought they came up with some pretty good inventive programs. We had an equipment buy-down project. No-till equipment was built a little heavier and cost more than regular equipment and drills and planters. They came up with a program where they would pay $4,000 towards the purchase of a new piece of equipment. Chaff spreaders and chisel points were also included,” Ammons said. “Another program paid towards the repair of broken tile. That stopped chemical and fertilizers from going right in the hole and toward the lake. We had an intensive grazing program that went on for several years where they sectioned off and would rotate livestock. We had a streambank stabilization program. There have been a lot of good programs.”Certain conservation methods are more prevalent in the watershed than other areas. Larger buffer strips help to naturally filter water at field edges.“It’s just something you need to do. Rock chutes and different things that we’ve done make it work. Buffer strips make a nice place to park equipment sometimes. It also makes a good place for rabbits, pheasants, and so forth,” Ammons said.Also included in the list are watershed development projects, a low interest loan program, pesticide/nutrient containment facilities, conservation easements, and more. In addition, the program worked well with the area Amish and helped to get them on board with the same conservation programs.“It makes you feel good that all this came together and worked the way it has worked,” Ammons said.With the current state of water quality discussions in Ohio, Ammons said it’s good to be in a place of cooperation.“We’ve attended a lot of other meetings where they tried to get other things started and you could see there was just tension between the counties and the different agencies,” he said. “They would ask ‘How did you make your project work so well?’ It’s because all the agencies came together and worked together to work with the farmers. I was involved because I farmed in the watershed and I was a lake user with my boat. You go over to Indian Lake in the summer and you know how well the project has worked.”last_img read more

New, Vented Crawl Spaces Should Be Illegal

first_imgFor new homes, vented crawl spaces should be illegal. That may seem harsh, considering the entrenchment of this common, code-compliant construction detail. I am on board for most local and common practices when they’re done right, but it’s tough denying that most building science research is condemning the classic vented crawl space in a humid climate. It’s time for this building practice to be outlawed for new construction.There are plenty of crawl spaces that seem to do fine, but even a dry crawl space can have negative effects on indoor air quality in the living spaces above. Most vented crawl spaces are not dry; they are building science disasters. Do you really think building a cave below your house is a good idea?There is danger in breathing air that comes from open earth. Radon is one of the most alarming forms of indoor-air pollution. While radon can be an issue for all foundation types, homes on slabs (stem walls or basements) offer more control over water and soil gases like radon than houses built over a crawl space. An unvented crawl space — or, better yet, no crawl spaceIn humid climates, vented crawl spaces don’t make sense because they increase moisture problems.In an unvented crawl space, plastic sheeting seals the ground and keeps most of the soil gases out of the air. But it’s easier said than done. RELATED ARTICLES Building Plans for Insualted and Conditioned Crawl Spaces Other possible arguments against slabsThere are a few other concerns raised about slabs. One of them is that slabs can cause joint and other orthopedic problems because they’re so hard. We have yet to see any research supporting this theory. There are studies suggesting that dogs might develop toenail problems, but that should apply to all hard surfaces, including tile and hardwood.I disagree that wood or wood-framed floors are significantly more forgiving. Modern, code-built floors have immeasurable deflection from normal foot traffic. The only finish where I notice a difference is rug or carpet with thick padding, which is among the worst material choices for those with indoor-air quality concerns. A better strategy for joint and related concerns are orthopedic insoles.Yes, slabs can be cold, but we include insulation under our slabs, making them close to the same temperature as the indoor air. This also reduces the chance of condensation and creates another redundant barrier to soil moisture and gases like radon. The plastic should be completely sealed to the walls, piers, and any other penetrations from the ground. In areas prone to groundwater during heavy rains, the crawl space grade should be sloped to a daylight drain. Crawl space walls should be insulated, while allowing access to some portion of the wall for termite inspection.Finally, unvented crawl spaces need some method of dehumidification or space conditioning, which adds to energy costs and maintenance needs.One of our arguments against crawl spaces is that cramped conditions leads to inferior work from all parties involved with the home: carpenters, plumbers, electricians, HVAC contractors, crawl space encapsulation workers, energy raters, the builder, and finally the homeowner. Show of hands: Who wants to go spelunking to ensure craftsmanship and maintenance?Proper unvented crawl space encapsulation is not cheap. Moisture and ongoing energy loads have big lifecycle costs. Building an Unvented Crawl Space What’s the Best Way to Insulate Crawl Space Walls? Vented Crawl Spaces and the Psychometric Chart Are Not FriendsGreen Basics: Crawl SpacesAll About Radoncenter_img CONSTRUCTION DETAILS Brian Knight is a builder and the owner of Springtime Homes in Asheville, North Carolina. Consider a basement or stem walls with slab insteadStem walls with slabs work anywhere that is suited for a crawl space. It’s better building science, because the building envelope is more defined.Moisture and soil gases like radon are big risks to indoor-air quality. Building researchers seemingly agree it’s easier to create a solid separation of the ground with a slab. This is largely due to the even bed of clean gravel and vapor barrier called for in good slab construction. Simple perforated drain pipes can do double duty as sub-slab drainage and passive radon mitigation systems. The taller the stem wall and more volume of clean gravel, the better the protection.Slabs are the most common foundation type in some areas of the country, but many people still object to them. I find that opinions against slabs mostly come from those uncomfortable with concrete work. The best argument against them: it’s hard to change plumbing. Changing or adding waste lines under slabs is most intensive, but usually not a problem as the house is likely undergoing major renovation anyway. The risks of flooding and high groundwaterFlooding problems, which are usually small plumbing leaks, are more quickly discovered with a slab. Subfloors and framing are more at risk of rot than concrete. Leaks getting past the slab drain harmlessly through the gravel. When a leak pools in a crawl space, it increases humidity, energy costs, and the risks of mildew and mold.Higher groundwater from a heavy rain is less of a risk with raised gravel drained to daylight. With a crawl space, it’s usually tougher to get positive drainage around the house. It’s also tougher to get daylight drains from under the house because of the sub-grade conditions.Crawl spaces contribute to higher humidity, mold, and mildew. They are also are tougher to remediate for radon and other soil gases, making them a poor choice for those concerned with indoor air quality. They also contribute to higher energy costs, which is not good for outdoor-air quality.If you’re still not convinced, at least be sure that your crawl space is properly encapsulated and unvented. That advice goes for existing homes, too.Eventually, vented crawlspaces will be an illegal building practice in new construction. This is why our company will not include them directly below living spaces. We will do unvented crawlspaces, but we think there are usually better options.last_img read more

Nearly 200 Haitians intercepted two boats towed by Police

Nearly 200 Haitians intercepted two boats towed by Police

first_img#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 30, 2017 – Two more Haitian sloops were intercepted in Turks and Caicos waters overnight, brought in early this morning and the count is  178 to be returned to Haiti.  A report to Magnetic Media is that 125 were on the first boat which landed around midnight; 53 were on the second vessel which came into South Dock about 4:30am.  There were 98 males on the first, 46 males on the second and 27 females are recorded on the first intercepted boat with seven females on the second sloop.While residents are saddened by the situation in Haiti and the recent capsized boat which resulted in at least 15 deaths, there continues to be growing resentment for the financial and security burden rescuing, housing, feeding and repatriating the migrants creates for a small island state like the TCI.On Thursday, the United Kingdom agreed to carry out and pay for a security needs assessment; this came out of that National Security Council where the Premier, Deputy Premier, Attorney General, Commissioner of Police, Minister of Home Affairs, Deputy Governor and Governor were present.   During the session, which was a scheduled NSC meeting, there was talk about border security and the coastal radar and the dire situation with illegal entry by boat in particular; this is the fourth known Haitian vessel since the PDM took office.The issue creates concerns about human, narcotics and firearms trafficking.  That UK assessment will happen before April, which marks the beginning of a new fiscal year according to the release from His Excellency’s office.Also discussed at the NSC meeting, resource needs of the TCI Police Force, a need to firmly inform the Haitian government of their responsibility to prevent these illegal migrations, a renewed commitment to getting a list of undocumented illegals and the unacceptable levels of crime and how a whole of government approach must be taken to thwart increased instances of crime and violence.center_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more