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Bombers drop 111 on Wildcats in High School Hoop action

first_imgThe Cats are shooting for a provincial berth at the A-Boy’s tournament in Chilliwack March 7-11 while the Bombers are hoping to make a return trip to the AA finals in Kamloops.Bombers beat up on J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks at the HangarThe L.V. Rogers Bombers turned up the defence, holding the Hawks to two first-half points en route to a convincing 66-15 West Kootenay High School Boy’s Basketball victory over J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail Wednesday night at the Hangar.The Bombers outscored the Hawks 49-2 in through two quarters to put an exclamation point on the Silver City squad.Jesse Zak led the Bomber charge with 12 points — all coming from three-point land.Center Adam Berg added 10 points while Jack Sturrup and Ethan Perkins each had eight.The Bombers get right back onto the court to conclude the regular season Wednesday in the South Slocan against the Mount Sentinel Wildcats.Game at the Mount Sentinel gymnasium is 6 p.m.OVERTIME: The road to the B.C. High School AA Basketball Championships for Kootenay teams goes LVR as the Bombers play host to both girl’s and boy’s tournaments February 22-23 at the Hangar. Schedules and teams will be announced in the next week. Bomber coach Ross Naka let the boys out of the barn in the last tune-up game before playoffs.Matt Zukowski dropped in a game-high 30 points and Jesse Zak added 20 to lead the L.V. Rogers Bombers to a 111-46 West Kootenay High School Boy’s Basketball victory over the Mount Sentinel Wildcats Thursday in South Slocan.The Bombers broke open a close game in the third quarter, out scoring the Cats by a 32-9 margin.Cail Spencer chipped in with 15 points for the Bombers.Replying for the Cats were Devon Kabatoff  with 17 and Adam Twible with 13.Both teams now prepare for the Kootenay playoffs.last_img read more

MAN CITY VS CHELSEA

first_imgMAN CITY (4-2-3-1)HART, ZABALETA, KOMPANY, MANGALA, KOLAROV,FERNANDINHO, FERNANDO, NAVAS, SILVA, STERLING, AGUEROCHELSEA (4-2-3-1)COSTA, HAZARD, OSCAR, WILLIAN,MATIC, FABREGAS,AZPILICUETA, TERRY, CAHILL, IVANOVIC,BEGOVICIn just the second round of this season’s Barclays Premier League, a potentially defining clash takes place at the Etihad where the last two champions meet on Sunday.Chelsea, the reigning champions who finished a clear eight points ahead of second-placed City last season, started with a surprise 2-2 draw at home to Swansea, six days after losing the Community Shield to another close rival, Arsenal.Both meetings last season ended in 1-1 draws; the game at City saw the home side reduced to 10 men after Pablo Zabaleta was sent off.But Chelsea should be confident, given their impressive Premier League record at City. In 18 visits in the competition, Chelsea have an impressive 11 wins and two draws and only five defeats, though they have won just once in their last six trips to the Etihad.If Chelsea should fail to win it will be the first time that they have not won in their opening two games since the 1998-99 season when they lost at Coventry and drew at home to Newcastle.last_img read more

Motorcyclists, When Will You Ever Learn—or Must GOL Permanently Ban You from Our Streets…

first_imgThe latest victim of Liberia’s motorcyclists’ recklessness that we know of is Victoria Keryibah, the Bahn, Nimba County, woman who recently suffered broken bones in a head-on collision of two motorcyclists on the Bahn-Bartuah highway.Alas, many people, including motorcyclists themselves, have died because of this reckless behavior. When, when, we ask in desperation, will these motorcycle riders ever learn?Very recently, weeks before Victoria met her unfortunate fate, a Monrovia motorcyclist ended up dead under a truck! What was he doing there? Who does not know that underneath a truck, whether moving or stationary, is a very dangerous place to be, no matter who one is? About three years ago a senior official of a bank, driving home through Congo Town, just minutes before reaching his residence, ran underneath a parked dump truck and was instantly killed. People had to use axes to break open the car to remove his crushed remains.And what were two motorcyclists doing in a head-on collision on the highway in Bahn? Do they not realize that a head-on collision of any kind, be it motorcycles or motor vehicles, is dangerous and even life-threatening? Look at what happened to Victoria, a mother of four, who is now stuck alone to care for her four children, her man having eloped, saying he does not want a woman in her broken-up condition!How much more damage, injury, disruption of people’s lives, livelihood, health and security must these motorcyclists be allowed to inflict upon our innocent people only because they want to get from point A to B fast and collect the fare? Just last week, a man and his driver, riding an SUV, came very close to fatally hitting a motorcyclist who abruptly swerved before the moving SUV. Only the SUV driver’s attentiveness and quick reflexes stopped him from running over this reckless motorcyclist. Is it even necessary or useful to ask this motorcyclist why he abruptly and without thinking swerved before a moving SUV that could have seriously injured or killed him? We know that this question is futile. But how many times must such a question be asked? Must this always be the nature of the beast—to drive thoughtlessly and recklessly, without any thought of the consequences, be they injurious or deadly?Chris Massaquoi, the former Police Director, tried to tame the motorcyclists by banning them from certain parts of Monrovia. Now the new Police Director, Gregory Coleman, and his Deputy for Operations, Abraham Kromah, who has been re-instated following his earlier dismissal on account of these same reckless motorcyclists, are now faced with the identical challenge: taming these unconscionable and ruthless motorcyclists. Look what they have done to Victoria!This poses yet another serious challenge to the Liberian government—to fix the country’s transportation system. Presidential candidates, we know that you would not want to play politics with this one—pandering to the unscrupulous and often arrogant sentiments of motorcyclists. But be careful. The monster may come back one day to bite you! The question is, how will you contain, deal with motorcyclists’ recklessness that seriously threatens and endangers precious lives?If you think this question is unnecessary, just wait and see.The plight of Victoria should be the first wakeup call to Director Coleman and Deputy Director Abraham Kromah. Abe, you have been there before and are once again facing the same monster, motorcyclists’ recklessness. The public awaits your response to this dangerous scenario that you know all too much about.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BRADY OPTICIANS LAUNCH REVOLUTIONARY 3D OCT SCAN

first_imgBrady Opticians, Donegal Town are renowned for being the leader in safeguarding your eye health over the years, and their revolutionary new 3D OCT scans are a prime example of their innovation.U2 frontman Bono recently revealed that he has had the eye condition glaucoma for the past twenty years.He is not alone, as it affects approximately two in every 100 people over the age of 40. The danger with chronic glaucoma is that it’s a painless condition and people do not realise they have it.Glaucoma damages the optic nerve at the back of the eye resulting in a restricted ‘field of vision’.This impairs the persons’ ability to drive and navigate stairs for example.Unfortunately, the damage caused by glaucoma cannot be reversed, so it is important to have regular, thorough eye examinations. This is particularly relevant for those who are at risk of developing the disease, especially those who have a family member with the condition.Without treatment, glaucoma may eventually lead to blindness.Fortunately, there have been major advancements in the technology used to aid the early detection of glaucoma such as Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT).Similar to ultrasound, OCT uses light rather than sound waves to provide a 3D view of all the major structures in the eye enabling many eye abnormalities such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetes, and glaucoma to be detected at a very early stage.The scan is non-invasive, painless, and takes only a few minutes to complete. Brady Opticians are the first practice in Donegal Town to offer their patients this pioneering, cutting-edge technology which is usually only found in eye hospitals.Brady Opticians highly recommend that their patients consider utilising this advanced technology to safeguard their eye health.The charge for this service is €35 and is not covered by the medical card scheme, but the health benefits are obvious.Please contact Brady Opticians today on 074 9721727 or go online at http://www.bradyopticians.com/services_item/opticalcoherencetomographys_scans_oct/ to book your OCT scan appointment. BRADY OPTICIANS LAUNCH REVOLUTIONARY 3D OCT SCAN was last modified: November 24th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Bradys OpticiansBusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

DD Motoring: Land Rover Discovery Sport combines style and functionality

first_imgThis week DD’s motoring columnist Brian McDaid brings us on a test run of the Land Rover Discovery Sport and ‘discovers’ that this four-by-four can both ‘whistle and chew meal’ as it functions as a very practical work vehicle like the classic four-by-fours, while also being very stylish and comfortable. Brian also reminds you to check your tyres with the winter months approaching. Advertisement I spent the best part of a summer holiday at the wheel of an old petrol powered Land Rover that Hegarty’s garage used to tow cars in on breakdowns. It was the year of the petrol shortage and with no work for myself and my fellow petrol pump attendants , the late Andy Hegarty decided he would redeploy us and get us to cut and save the hay in a field that he owned.It was the push button starter on the Discovery Sport that reminded me of them hazy days of summer saving the hay. As I got behind the wheel to test drive the discovery sport. In them days they had more gear ratios than it had gears and I was warned by one of my workmates to stick to the four forwards and forget about the rest.Thunderbirds are go. A view of all the gears on a Land Rover when they arrived on the market first.It’s forty years on and I am sitting behind the wheel of the present day Land Rover and a young sales man is giving me a grind on the gearbox and funny enough he has pressed the same stop start button and has the very same message for me, ‘just stick her into drive’, he said ‘and forget about anything else’.Most of the Land Rovers today will be sold as automatic versions, Low and High ratios and diff lock levers have disappeared to be replace on the auto version with a switch. Which you place into Drive, Park, Neutral Reverse or Sport. Advertisement The model that I was testing also had hand pedals along the side of the steering wheel to override this excellent automatic gearbox but to be honest I couldn’t be bothered with it, when you consider that the automatic box is both quicker up to the legal speed limit and is as easy as the manual version on fuel. There’s not much point in having an excellent dog and barking yourself.There was a time when you could spot the driver of a Land Rover instantly. He was the one with the big rip in the back of his well worn barber coat where he caught it on the door lock check getting in and out behind the big upright steering wheel of the defender.A view on the leather interior of the Land Rover Discovery Sport complete with its switch for a gear stick on the automatic box. Photo Brian McDaidStepping around the Land Rover showroom in Letterkenny this week they unmistakably square box sections that made up the shape of the first Land Rovers have disappeared to be replace with slippery new stylish lines of the Evoke , Sport and Range Rovers as Land Rover fans await the arrival of the New Discovery which might make it in time for Santa.They say that this year is going to be one of the worst in years for snow and frost , mind you they said the same thing last year as well. Nature has its way of preparing with bumper crops of berries in these harvest months so all nature’s creatures can eat their fill as the prepare to starve over the winter months. Humans don’t have to worry about looking for berries anymore. Humans only seem to panic now when the shops will be closed for one full holiday or national holiday.Preparing for a possible winter of heavy snow we are out and about in the Land Rover Discovery Sport in HSE trim this week finished in Fuji White. Fitted with one of the new Jaguar/ Land Rover Diesel engines and matched up to a nine speed automatic gearbox with stop start technology and 180 bhp on tap these yokes can go. I know the technical buffs out there will think ‘only nine gears in a Land Rover for God ’s sake they’ve had ten in them for years!’Whistle and Chew mealLong before I knew it was Robbie Burns that coined this phrase,you can’t Whistle and Chew Meal. I always thought it was our local shopkeeper the late Mrs. Gallen in Glencar that created it. She would say it to me when I tried to cycle home with a stone of spuds on the bar of my bike. It comes to mind when I think of permanent four wheel drive and economy, you can’t do both which was true enough of the big four-wheel drives in the past. So many car brands have faded out completely over this last decades, especially British makes.Being the petrolhead that I am I didn’t need a degree in marketing to see the cracks in the theory of buying a brand and then getting the bean counters in to run the company was a road to failure. Thanks-be-to-God the Land Rover brand have come out the other side successfully going through its many new homes having to evolve in order to survive.The is what the New Land Rover defender might look like with a possible arrival in two years time.From January next year for the first time since 1948 you will not be able to buy a Land Rover of any sort with its spare-wheel mounted on its back door. Now it’s a get-me-home-wheel hid in the boot as the original defender disappears in the mean time. The best four by four by far as they once marked them now no longer wears there spare wheel on their back door, their heritage has brought them through.The original four by four can now both whistle and chew meal. it’s now an excellent off-roader which is hid behind an elegantly sleek city suit and has a bonus that its as ultra efficient on fuel thanks to it new jag engine. The Discovery Sport starts at €50,000 on the road or off the road which ever way you like, it’s a great combination of a workhorse and style.Tyre troubleI am sure my friend will forgive me for showing you a picture of the tyre they were running about on recently. They didn’t even notice it them selves they have since replaced it. A family car has only roughly a one square foot of contact with the road through its tyres at any given time. We depend on that contact to safely steer us around a corner and safely come to a stop.Now if the time to check the condition of the you tyres as he head into the winter months. Photo Brian McDaidGood tyres should have no problem dealing with all these requests in normal conditions, that is normal speeds and dry roads,If you multiply wet roads and speed into this equation a family car can still deal with these conditions.The one element that all the safety technology in cars cannot deal with is worn tyres, So now as the autumn and winter months close and the roads get wet and very slippery take a look at the conditions of your tyres.Safe motoring folks!DD Motoring: Land Rover Discovery Sport combines style and functionality was last modified: September 22nd, 2016 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:brian mc daiddd motoringfour by fourgearsland roverland rover discovery sportreviewTYRESlast_img read more

MOVE OVER MARTIN HARLEY – DONEGAL HAS A NEW TOP-CLASS JOCKEY, AND HE’S ONLY 13!

first_imgSPORT: Letterkenny jockey, Dylan Browne-McMonagle, pictured with Charlie Farrelly (above) after a race meeting in the southern region at Thomastown. Co Kilkenny on Sunday. He was being interviewed after another great day in the saddle. The talented 13-year-old took the mile and a quarter open on board Athea Jade in a pulsating finish, getting the better of Good Times Ahead and stable companion, Let Us Go.This was Dylan’s second win of the new season and he will be looking to continue his good form this Sunday, June 5th, at Hillsborough House, Ramelton.This meet has a 2pm start. Bookmakers will be in attendance, and refreshments on course.Martin Harley has competition on his hands if he wants to keep the title of Donegal’s No.1 jockey! MOVE OVER MARTIN HARLEY – DONEGAL HAS A NEW TOP-CLASS JOCKEY, AND HE’S ONLY 13! was last modified: June 1st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:13 year-olddonegaljockeynewsSportlast_img read more

Walker reveals why he only took five days holiday after World Cup

first_img Kyle Walker, right, won the Premier League in his first season at City Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Kyle Walker loves football. In fact, he thinks the beautiful game is so beautiful that he’d rather go without a decent holiday in the sun for pre-season training and the chance to win more medals. silverware BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Man City news Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade ‘I only took five days of holiday’@KyleWalker2’s love of football is something else 👏 pic.twitter.com/TCpMfDrrZU— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 7, 2018Listen to the full interview above and catch Drive on talkSPORT every weekday betweeen 4pm and 7pm here. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars smart causal center_img REVEALED possible standings PEP TALK Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule whoops REVEALED 1 targets What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas shining The defender moved to Manchester City from Tottenham in 2017 for £50m and won the Premier League and League Cup in his first season there. He won a place in Gareth Southgate’s starting XI for the World Cup as a result and made it to the semi-final where afterwards was entitled to a some well earned holiday.“I only took five days [holiday],” he told Adrian Durham and Darren Gough on talkSPORT Drive.“I took five days in Italy with my family; they know how much I love football. I’ve spent a lot of years not winning things – and that’s no dig at Tottenham – it’s just the truth, so for me to come back and compete in the Community Shield paid off as I have nice medal at home now.”last_img read more

Ribery loses temper as Bayern Munich suffer 4-3 defeat to Borussia Dortmund

first_img REVEALED Franck Ribery was involved in an altercation with a journalist following Bayern Munich’s 3-2 defeat against Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.It is believed Ribery took offence to commentator Patrick Guillou blaming him for two of the three goals during a post-match interview. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury BEST OF 2 Latest Football News Ribery looks on as Borussia Dortmund players celebrate no dice REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Eyewitnesses claim the former France international then became physical with Guillou, as Bayern issued a brief statement to say the matter will be dealt with internally.“Franck Ribery has informed us that he had an altercation with his compatriot Patrick Guillou, whom he has known well for many years,” sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic saidcenter_img RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade huge blow MONEY ADVICE “We agreed with Patrick Guillou that we would speak at a personal meeting, we will talk about how we can solve the matter, and Mr Guillou has already signalled that it is in his interest.”Two Robert Lewandowski goals twice gave Bayern the lead, but Dortmund hit back through a Marco Reus brace before Paco Alcacer netted the winner. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Franck Ribery had an altercation with a journalist last_img read more

DENIS DONALDSON INQUEST ADJOURNED FOR 14TH TIME

first_imgAn inquest into the death of Sinn Fein spy Denis Donaldson has been adjourned for the 14th time.The late Denis DonaldsonThe inquest in Letterkenny today was told by Gardai that the investigation has now extended to another police force’s jurisdiction.Donaldson was murdered at his cottage outside Glenties in 2006. The inquest was adjourned until February next year. DENIS DONALDSON INQUEST ADJOURNED FOR 14TH TIME was last modified: July 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Denis DonaldsondonegalinquestSinn Feinlast_img read more

With planting finished, it’s time to take a walk

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Finally corn and soybean fields are planted and are up and growing. Now growers need to walk their fields often or hire a professional to identify crop issues that can impact yields.What happens in the next 80 to 90 days will have a major effect on maximizing yield potential. A good tool for scouting plan is the Corn and Soybean pocket Field Guide from Purdue or Ohio State University. Here are some potential problems to monitor.There are corn fields where seedling blights — especially Pythium  — had an effect on the stand, especially in early planted fields. With the wet and cold conditions of early May, soil borne insects including wireworms and seed corn maggots attacked the seed and also hurt the stand. For some fields where 30,000 to 34,000 kernels were dropped, because of seedling blights and insect issues, stands were reduced down to 24,000 to 28,000 plants.With many corn fields planted with the Roundup Ready trait we have become lax in keeping track of weed issues. This year with pre-emerge herbicides applied early and no rain following, weeds have come back and need to be controlled so as to not compete with the growing crop.Take note especially in corn fields for the plants’ response to a lack of nitrogen. After last year’s heavy rains following planting and losing the majority of the field’s nitrogen, many growers in 2016 are having a nitrogen stabilizer added to their nitrogen applications. To maintain the higher corn yields, we need to have the required N amounts into the plant prior to tasseling. If in doubt, use a Pre Sidedress Nitrate Test (PSNT) to determine how much nitrogen is in the ground.Another area to keep track of is the presence of insects in fields in the next several weeks. Armyworm and stalk borer can still attack the later planted corn fields up to July. In fields of continuous corn as well of areas where corn rootworm hatches have occurred, we need to watch for feeding. At times of higher than normal pressure by this insect, we can see more early root feeding that could result in stalk quality and standability issues later in the growing season, which can reduce yield if not harvested early. Depending upon the area, this insect has been found in first-year corn fields following soybeans.In the darker soils of the soybean fields, I have seen bean leaf beetles take out existing plants to the point the growers had to replant in these areas. Under dry growing conditions later on, these pests could cause significant leaf damage and may warrant an insecticide application.As we walk our fields, pay attention to any leaf diseases that have been present in past years. Normally gray leaf spot and northern corn leaf blight will occur, if the conditions are right, prior to tassel and shortly after tassel. Both of these diseases start at lower areas of the plant and will move up. With the lower grain prices and the high cost of fungicide applications in corn fields, check a current seed guide for the hybrid’s tolerance to both of these foliar diseases. Most hybrids today have very good tolerance to these diseases without yield reduction. An offensive type hybrid without good tolerance to these diseases may need a fungicide application.It is important to note seedling blights or root rots that impacted early soybean stand establishment. When walking soybean fields take a hoop or measuring tape to see what your population is when determining yield potential. In areas where sudden death syndrome or brown stem rot is present, a fungicide application will not help.Taking the time to walk and scout crop fields will help growers stay on top of issues affecting crop growth and yield potential. Due to lower crop prices we need to make sure we are getting the most bushels per acre come fall and to really know what is happening out in our fields, we need to take the time to take a walk.last_img read more

Improving Water Heater Efficiency

first_imgLast week I wrote about a high-tech solution for water heating–heat-pump water heaters that can cut costs by more than half compared to conventional electric water heating. This week, I’ll address the low-tech efficiency side of water heating.First, some context: in a typical American home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, water heating accounts for about 16% of total annual energy expenditures–a little more than for air conditioning, on a national-average basis, and twice as much as is used for refrigerators. An average American family pumps nearly 3,000 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year from heating water, a not-insignificant contributor to global warming.The two easiest ways to reduce your energy use for hot water are to a) use less hot water, and b) reduce heat loss in your water heating and hot water distribution systems. We’ll take a look at each of these in turn.Reducing hot water use: Replace older showerheads with new, low-flow models. Expect to spend about $25 for a good model that delivers a satisfactory shower with as little as 1.6 gallons per minute.Fix any leaking faucets or showerheads.Replace aerators on bathroom faucets with products that have a flow rate of no more than one gallon per minute.Wash laundry in cold water, or at least use a cold-water rinse.If you’re replacing your clothes washer, buy an Energy Star, horizontal-axis (front-loading) model.Reduce waste in washing dishes. Most modern dishwashers don’t require that dishes be rinsed; just scrape off food. If you must rinse, use cold water.If you’re replacing a dishwasher, buy an Energy Star model.Reducing waste in heating and distributing hot water: Insulate your water heater. If you have a storage-type water heater, adding additional insulation will reduce heat loss from it. Follow manufacturer’s recommendations on insulation, especially with gas-fired water heaters (to avoid blocking the air inlet).Insulate hot water pipes. If the water sitting in your hot water pipes stays warm after you run the tap, there’s greater likelihood that you won’t waste water and energy the next time you turn on the hot water. In new construction, all hot water pipes should be insulated (I even recommend insulting cold-water pipes to reduce condensation and dripping in the summer). In existing houses, insulating pipes can be quite difficult and may not be worth the effort, except for those that are readily accessible–such as in a basement.Install “heat traps” or “anti-convection valves” on the hot and cold water connections to your water heater. These simple devices prevent “thermosiphoning” of heat out of the water heater.Some new water heaters include built-in heat traps.Turn down the temperature setting on your water heater. If your water heater is currently set to 140 degrees F, decreasing it to 120 degrees (about midway between the “medium” and “low” setting on most water heaters) should reduce your energy use for water heating by 6-10 percent. Due to concern about Legionella bacteria, which can live in lukewarm water, some people recommend keeping a water heater set to at least 130 degrees.Install an “on-demand circulator” under bathroom or kitchen sinks that are located far from the water heater. This is a user-activated pump that brings hot water to the point-of-use and returns water that’s been sitting in the hot water pipe back to the water heater. See my Energy Solutions column, “Waiting for Hot Water,” from June, 2009 for more on this strategy.Once you’ve invested effort in reducing hot water use and minimizing losses in your water heating system, an alternative system–such as a solar water heater–will be able to satisfy a larger fraction of your needs and can be kept smaller (and more affordable). “Efficiency first” is almost always the best investment.I invite you to share your comments on this blog. You can also follow my musings on Twitter.last_img read more

A Positive Rejection to Your Request for an Appointment

first_imgDo you believe a polite request for information or a call back is something other than a rejection?How do you assuage your prospect’s fears that you will waste their time? We have our scripts, and our clients have their scripts. When we make calls, we put our script up against the prospect’s script.There are countless reasons your prospect may not want to meet with you, but a good part of the time they refuse your request because they don’t hear a good value proposition in your pitch. But rather than allow you to overcome their concerns, they give you a positive sounding rejection.Email Me Some InformationWhen your prospect requests that you email them more information, they are politely telling you that they do not hear enough value in your pitch to agree to your meeting request. By asking you to email them information, they are giving you something that sounds positive instead of something that sounds negative. But it isn’t positive. It’s just a nicer form of rejection.There is no information that you can email your prospective client that is going to compel them to call you back and award you their business based on your magnificent and compelling sales collateral. No one is going to take your sales brochures home to study them.Call Me BackA request for a call back is no better. You might want to believe that your prospective client wants you to call back when they have more time, but they really just want you off their telephone. It’s hard to argue with a request for a call back because it sounds like there is interest. The fact your prospect asked you to call back feels like something positive. This too is another polite form of rejection.At no point will your prospective client be sitting by the phone waiting for you to finally call them back. If your prospect is your dream client, then it’s likely someone else’s dream client too. The fact that they are high profile and high value means that some other salesperson will be calling them in the next 24 hours. They don’t need your call.Let Me Call You BackYour prospective client sounds sincere when they ask for your number so they can call you back. You might even be able to tell that they are writing down your number. But your call back isn’t coming.Your prospective client knows that by being polite, you have to be polite. Pushing for an appointment would be impolite. It might even seem argumentative.It’s hard to argue with a positive rejection. But it is a rejection all the same. There is no difference between a positive rejection and a negative rejection; in neither case do you have an appointment with your prospective client.The right response is to address their real fears and concerns, namely that you are going to waste their time and that you have no value proposition that makes meeting with you worthwhile. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Mob torches police station

first_imgA police station in Sambalpur city in western Odisha was ransacked and set ablaze by irate residents on Friday following the alleged custodial death of a tribal youth.Abinash Munda, 22, was picked up by the police on Thursday evening. According to the police, he was given a bed sheet and a blanket in thehazat(lock-up) of Aainthapali police station. Later in the evening, he was found hanging with the bed sheet. The inspector-in-charge and two other staff of the police station have been placed under suspension for “negligence”.Abinash’s family members were informed about his death early on Friday. They rejected the police version and alleged that Abinash succumbed to injuries following “excessive torture” in police custody. Soon, the news spread to other tribal-dominated colonies of the city. Hundreds of residents gathered outside the police station and started hurling stones on the premises. They overpowered the small police party stationed there and torched the police station. Even senior police officers who reached the spot became a target of the mob’s ire. Seven police personnel were injured in the attack. At least a dozen vehicles parked on the campus were burnt down.The State government has ordered a multilevel investigation. “The Aainthapali police of Sambalpur had arrested a person on charges of theft on Thursday evening. He was, as per the report of the police station, found hanging in one of thehazatsafter 10 p.m.,” said R.P. Sharma, the State’s Director General of Police.“The investigation into the case has been handed over to the Human Rights Protection Cell of Odisha police. Apart from this, the Inspector General of Police (northern range), Sambalpur, will conduct an independent inquiry at his level and submit a report,” Mr. Sharma said.Meanwhile, CM Naveen Patnaik announced an ex gratia of Rs. 5 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased on compassionate grounds.The Odisha Human Rights Commission directed the State government to inquire into the circumstances under which Abinash died and submit the report within three weeks.last_img read more

WWE Reveals New Logos, Graphics, Theme Songs For Raw and Smackdown Shows

first_img AC/DCBray WyattSkilletwwe First Published: September 25, 2019, 7:09 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. With WWE Raw making its season premiere for USA Network on Monday September 30, and SmackDown making its Fox debut on Friday, many of the elements for the signature shows are getting a makeover.Both logos for SmackDown and Raw have been revamped with the Blue Brand logo been promoted heavily on Fox over the last few weeks. For Raw, the logo has had a minor adjustment from the former. While WWE is yet to release an official version of the new Raw logo, a CBS Sports report say that the new logos are on the bottom and in case of Raw will likely be the same color red as the current logo.Furthermore, according to CBS Sports, along with debuting new logos, WWE has given a sneak peak at what the graphics will look for each show..@WWE’s #FourHorsewomen are at it again…One week from Friday, #RAW #WomensChampion @BeckyLynchWWE will join forces with @MsCharlotteWWE against #SDLive #WomesnChampion @itsBayleyWWE & @SashaBanksWWE! pic.twitter.com/nMZ7JlMa6f— WWE (@WWE) September 25, 2019 .@TrueKofi is confident, but can he BEAT #TheBeast @BrockLesnar? The #WWEChampionship is on the line NEXT FRIDAY on the @FOXTV #SDLive premiere! @HeymanHustle pic.twitter.com/G3iiCM39C4— WWE (@WWE) September 25, 2019 Notably, the SmackDown song will most likely be familiar to most as it is “Are You Ready” by AC/DC. The Raw theme appears to be “Legendary” by Skillet, the report further revealed.However, CBS Sports has revealed that while the logos and graphics packages are ready, it is possible that these songs are simply being used for promotional materials.Notably, WWE will hold a formal draft on October 12 to create brand-exclusive rosters for both shows and it is expected that there will be separate commentary teams and different sets for each programme going forward.Notably, according to a report on What Culture that cited the ever reliable Wrestlevotes Twitter account, FOX representatives are desperate to have The Fiend Bray Wyatt move to SmackDown Live during the impending WWE draft.Something nobody can deny: a person who works for FOX has directly told me, face to face, they would like Bray Wyatt on SmackDown. However, it looks like he’s going to remain on RAW, with Paul Heyman being a gigantic fan of his. Not confirmed, but we’ll see.— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) September 24, 2019 last_img read more

Rafael Nadal tops Richard Gasquet again, Frances Tiafoe upsets Alexander Zverev in Cincinnati Open

first_imgRafa Nadal extended his spotless record against Richard Gasquet, while unseeded American teenager Frances Tiafoe upset Alexander Zverev to reach the third round of the Cincinnati Open on Wednesday.It must have felt like deja vu for the Frenchman, who fell 6-3 6-4 to drop to 0-15 against Nadal. Gasquet last won a set against the Spaniard in 2008.Nadal, who repelled the only break point he faced in the match, served out the match at love in the 10th game, firing in three aces, including the finishing point.”I work every day to play better. It’s obvious that was an important start for me, a good one,” said French Open champion Nadal, who will claim the world number one spot on Monday.”Now I have another opportunity tomorrow to go on court and play.”The 15-times grand slam winner will next face fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who eliminated Nadal’s Wimbledon conqueror, 16th seed Gilles Muller of Luxembourg, 5-7 6-4 6-4.World number seven Zverev, who stunned Roger Federer in the Montreal final last week after claiming the title in Washington D.C., was on a 10-match winning streak but faded in the final set against energetic baseliner Tiafoe, who won 4-6 6-3 6-4.It was 19-year-old Tiafoe’s first win over a top-10 player and he bounded around the court in joy, thumping his chest to a standing ovation after Zverev floated a backhand long on match point with his third unforced error of the last game.”I saw he was a bit tired, but he was still competing. It was tough. I was happy to get through it,” 87th-ranked Tiafoe told Tennis Channel. “My game plan was to keep the rallies long and keep him out there and that’s what I did.”advertisementTiafoe will meet John Isner next and said he knows he will be tested by his compatriot’s booming serve.”I just got to weather the storm,” Tiafoe said. “He’s going to drop some big-boy heat on me and I’m going to have to be ready for it.”Zverev, 20, was not dismayed too much by the defeat and said he was looking forward to the U.S. Open later this month.”I think Roger (Federer) and Rafa are the strongest ones and a few guys coming after that. I think I am involved in that group. I am in that small group of players,” the German said.”So I feel very confident the way I was playing in the last two weeks. And I think going into the U.S. Open, I feel the best I have ever felt maybe going into a slam.”Earlier, Bulgarian seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov beat Feliciano Lopez 7-6(5) 6-4 to set up a last-16 clash with Juan Martin del Potro.Del Potro advanced with a 6-4 6-4 win over American qualifier Mitchell Krueger, winning each set on a late break.Dimitrov has not beaten Del Potro in five career meetings, with the most recent defeat coming at Rome in May.Australian Nick Kyrgios beat Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3 7-6(6) to reach the third round, where he will face unseeded Croatian Ivo Karlovic.last_img read more

Ravichandran Ashwin is the best spinner in the world, says Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan

first_imgSri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan feels India’s Ravichandran Ashwin is currently the best spinner in the world and his achievements with the ball are a testimony to his greatness.Ashwin on Monday became the fastest bowler to reach 300 Test wickets in his 54th match, breaking Dennis Lillee’s record during India’s convincing win over Sri Lanka in the second Test.Muralitharan congratulated the Indian off-spinner on his achievement.”I want to congratulate him (Ashwin). It’s a big achievement as getting 300 Test wickets is not an easy job. Definitely, he is the best spinner in the world at the moment,” Muralitharan said. (More blessed than the other greats, says R Ashwin after becoming quickest to 300 Test wickets)”He is not in the One-Day team but hopefully he will return and do wonders in the shorter formats also,” said the spin legend, who holds the world record for capturing 800 wickets in 133 Test matches.Australian fast bowling legend Lillee had reached the milestone in 56 Test matches way back in 1981 and it took 36 years for another bowler to eclipse the record. Ashwin is also ahead of some of the illustrious names, who had completed the milestone in quick time.Among them are Muralitharan (58 Tests), Richard Hadlee, Malcolm Marshall and Dale Steyn (61 Tests each).Having eclipsed Lille’s feat, the real challenge now for Ashwin is to break Muralitharan’s record of being the fastest to 400, 500, 600, 700 and 800 Test wickets.”He (Ashwin) is hardly 31, 32 years of age and can play for another 4-5 years at least. But it will also depend on how he performs and remains injury free. Only time will tell as it will be very hard for him after 35,” said Muralitharan.advertisementBesides, Ashwin also has 150 ODI wickets from 111 matches. Not just quality of two teams but overkill of contests have taken the sheen out of India-Sri Lanka series, a fact which was recently endorsed by India captain Virat Kohli.Asked Muralitharan about the issue, he gave a tongue-in-cheek reply.”I can’t say there is too much of (India-Sri Lanka) cricket but may be Virat (Kohli) is getting bored of winning every time,” he said.While Muralitharan complemented the current Indian team under Kohli for its level of consistency, he expressed serious concern about the sorry state of Sri Lankan cricket.”India is a very good side and I rate them very high. You can’t take credit away from India by saying that Sri Lanka is a weak team. They are doing really well in every format,” he said.”Alarm bells (in Sri Lankan cricket) rang two-three years ago. For me it’s a matter of great concern. You lose sometime but this (Sri Lankan) team is losing a lot and that is a major worry,” a concerned Muralitharan said.”Young cricketers are not coming through. They are not performing. That’s the biggest concern we have,” concluded the spin great.last_img read more