One of the Warriors’ new centers says he’s a whole new man.Omari Spellman said Monday at the team’s media day that he is down to a slim 275 pounds after weighing in at 315 during NBA summer league.Spellman said he plans to lose 10 more pounds by the time the Warriors open the regular season Oct. 24 against the Clippers.Summer League, I’m pretty sure you guys saw, I was pretty heavy. In Summer League I was about 315,” Spellman said. “This morning before breakfast I was 275, so still want to …
With Black Friday behind us, it’s time for my annual Christmas shopping list — ideas for energy-saving and green living gifts this holiday season. Most of these products can be purchased locally — benefiting the local economy. Discounts may be available for both in-store and online purchases.Concept SL-100 Solar-Powered LED Security LightI haven’t actually used this product, but I read user reviews of some of the leading solar security lights, and the Concept SL-100 32 LED Solar Security Light with Motion Detector seems to be the top-rated product right now. It is installed without an electrician and requires no connection to your home’s wiring system. A small (two-watt) amorphous-silicon photovoltaic (PV) panel charges a lead-acid battery that powers a motion-sensor-controlled outdoor light source consisting of 32 individual LEDs. The manufacturer claims comparable light output to a 20-watt compact fluorescent lamp with ten hours of continuous operation on a full charge. The PV panel can be mounted up to 12 feet from the light. List price: $79.95. (I looked everywhere but was unable to track down the actual manufacturer; information on the product can be found on Amazon and many other websites.)Belkin Conserve Switch Surge Protector with RemoteThe problem is that a lot of our electronic equipment keeps on using electricity when it’s turned off. Home entertainment centers, TVs, DVD players, stereo equipment, computer monitors, cable modems, and wireless routers often consume electricity 24/7. The Belkin Conserve Switch Surge Protector allows you to quickly and easily turn off all the devices plugged into the power strip using a wall-mounted, wireless switch. Sure you could save as much energy with a simple power strip if you remembered to turn it off when you weren’t using the equipment, but convenience means a lot. The remote switch for this Belkin surge protector can be mounted right next to your light switch–making it easy to put an end to these phantom loads. List price: $39.99.Water Heater BlanketIf you have a storage-type water heater, “standby losses” account for a significant portion of its annual energy use. Those standby losses can be reduced by fitting the water heater with an insulating blanket. Most are made with fiberglass insulation and vinyl facing. Use care if insulating a gas-fired water heater; for safety reasons the air inlet must not be blocked. Cost: $15 to $35, depending on product; rebates may be available from some utility companies or energy offices.Public Transit PassLooking for gifts for employees? In an urban area with a public transit system, consider transit passes. You will encourage an energy-saving and pollution-reducing alternative to commuting by automobile — and you might actually improve productivity at the workplace, by allowing employees to relax or check e-mail on their way to work. Cost: varies widely depending on location, duration of pass, etc.Hand RakeHand rake? It’s a great alternative to a gasoline-powered or electric leaf blower. It saves energy, is easier on the ears (yours and your neighbors’), reduces pollution, and gets you outside to enjoy the fresh air. Available in bamboo, plastic, and steel. Cost: $8 to $60, depending on quality.Caframo Ecofan for Wood Stoves and Gas StovesThis is not only a functional present that can help deliver heat from your wood stove or freestanding gas stove, but it’s also a really cool gadget that demonstrates the fascinating process of thermoelectric power generation. When the Caframo Ecofan is placed on a hot surface, the base heats up, while an upper metal surface remains much cooler. A thermoelectric material sandwiched between these two layers uses that difference in temperature to produce electric current. Technically, this is called the Seebeck effect, after the Estonian-German physicist Thomas Johann Seebeck. With the Caframo Ecofan, the electricity powers a silent fan that pushes warm air rising from the wood stove into the room. List price: $159.99 for the larger three-blade model (#802). Different model sold for certain gas stoves.Accutire Digital Tire GaugeSome pundits made fun of candidate Obama when he touted the energy-saving benefits of keeping tires properly inflated, but he was exactly right. The Accutire MS-4021 Standard Digital Tire Gauge is the best-rated digital gauge on the market. With a tire-pressure range from 5 to 150 psi, it works for bicycles as well as cars and trucks, and the accuracy of 0.5 psi allows precision monitoring of tire pressure. For highway driving, keep tire pressure at the upper end of the recommended inflation range to reduce rolling friction and improve fuel economy. The downside is that it does require small batteries that have to be changed after a few years. List price: $14.99.The book “Your Green Home”All right; I’m a biased judge of the value of this book, since I wrote it. But if you have a friend thinking of building a new home, this is a great starting place. Published in 2007 by New Society Publishers. List price: $17.95 from your local bookstore.In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex contributes to the weekly blog BuildingGreen’s Product of the Week, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. You can sign up to receive notices of those blogs by e-mail — enter your e-mail address in the upper right corner of any BuildingGreen.com blog page.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. 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After months off the Facebook wagon, I tentatively took a step back on this week. There were a few friends that I struggled to keep up with offline, and I wanted more contact with them. What I didn’t want was a constant barrage of politics. Maybe I just chose a bad week to get back on Facebook. After all, what with the Supreme Court’s momentous ruling on same-sex marriage, there was bound to be virtual cheering and fist-pumping on one side, or anguished hand-wringing on the other. And for good reason: it’s a big deal that affects us all.Yet even for these high-profile issues that deeply matter, many of us don’t want to have a friendly place to mingle turned into London’s Speakers’ Corner, with friends and family broadsiding us with politics.And why do we think that a Facebook or Twitter post is the right way to communicate our personal views to the world, anyway?Think about it. When was the last time you started a conversation with a friend or co-worker by shoving a picket sign into their face? Or, really, when was the last time you started a conversation with a political statement at all? At least since the golden age of the French salon, politics and religion have been excluded from polite conversation. Yet on Facebook and Twitter they’re front and center.Why?Politicking To Bolster Self-EsteemAccording to research by professors Keith Wilcox and Andrew Stephen, “people present a positive self-view to others,” which in turn causes them to feel good about ourselves and decreases our self-restraint. We’re all familiar with this as it pertains to our pictures of perfectly assembled meals (“Look at the food I get to eat!”, our selfies in front of famous tourist attractions (“I live a glamorous life of travel!”) and nights out on the town (“My life is so fun!”). As much as we dread seeing others show us their highlight reels, we do it ourselves.But how does this apply to our political posts? Following this same research, posting political statements may be a way of telling friends and followers “I’m enlightened.” We want people to see that we’re on the right side of a particular discussion, which is easy on Facebook, in particular, because we tend to congregate with like-minded people and get positive reinforcement in the form of “likes” and “attaboy/girl” comments.Indeed, this may contribute to helping us feel less lonely, as another study found. In this University of Arizona study, the mere act of posting to social networks—even absent any feedback in the form of comments or likes—led to an increased sense of well-being. Perhaps telling the world our political beliefs makes us feel engaged and in partnership with other like-minded people who surely must be out there, reading our posts.The irony is that while such rewards apparently motivate our online politicking, we generally aren’t convinced by others’ political screeds. We either nod our heads in agreement with like-minded individuals or dig in our heels against conflicting opinions. Or, in my case, we’re turned off both by those with whom we generally agree and disagree.Yet this doesn’t seem to inhibit the ego-boost and sense of well-being we get from raising our own virtual pickets.Can I Turn This Thing Off?Whatever our motivations for foisting our opinions on others, is there a good way to avoid others’ political posts? After all, as much as I’d like to simply unfriend or unfollow friends and family who persist in telling me how they feel about genetically modified salmon or President [insert your least favorite president here], that’s not always possible. After all, I love my mom.During the election season, when political sloganeering reached fever pitch, Jason Perlow (who posts far too much about food but nothing about politics) walked through how to use Social Fixer to cut down on political clutter. I’ve found that it works well, though only for Facebook. Also, it requires constant feeding to weed out the latest social or political cause your friends now want to share at you. Still, it’s a good start.Civil Discourse For A Civil SocietyUnfortunately, that’s all it is. Because let’s face it: until people stop broadcasting their political beliefs, no filter is going to perfectly block them. Kind of like spam in our email inboxes.Hence, maybe the best we can do is to take care that the next time we want to tell the world why they should vote for X, or care about Y, we remember just how ineffective it is when others yell their beliefs at us, and forbear. If we absolutely must share our opinion, try one-on-one. It’s amazing how much higher the quality of our communication becomes when done in-person. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Facebook#politics#social media#twitter Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Matt Asay Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
Captain Kane Williamson ensured New Zealand maintained their unbeaten record in the World Cup 2019 as he guided his team to a 4-wicket win over South Africa on Wednesday and take the Blackcaps back on top of the points table.Chasing a below-par score of 242 for victory, New Zealand collapsed from 72 for 1 to 80 for 4 but Williamson stood at the crease like a rock and his unbeaten 106 helped the Kiwis reach the target with 3 balls to spare.He was involved in a 60-run partnership with Martin Guptill for the second wicket and then he added 57 with James Neesham after a mini-collapse to steady the nerves.Neesham, who is in red-hot form with the bat himself, scored 23 off 34 balls to provide the perfect support to Williamson.After Neesham’s departure it was Colin de Grandhomme who played a few big shots to ease the pressure. de Grandhomme and Williamson’s 91-run partnership took the Kiwis to within touching distance of the target before the former departed after a quickfire 60 off 47 balls.The chase turned tense after the dismissal but Williamson ensured there no upsets in the end as he guided the team past the finish line in the final over. Williamson’s 138-ball knock was laced with 9 boundaries and a six.Trust these two teams to give us a thriller!A brilliant hundred from Kane Williamson and from Colin de Grandhomme take New Zealand to a four-wicket win! #SAvNZ | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/1nQk5Q2KTGICC (@ICC) June 19, 2019For the Proteas, Chris Morris grabbed 3 wickets while Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo and Lungi Ngidi took one each but that wasn’t enough for the South Africans to stage a comeback in the match even though it got close in the end thanks to some tight bowling but their efforts went in vain.advertisementEarlier, a tight bowling performance from New Zealand restricted South Africa to a modest total of 241-6 in their rain-delayed World Cup match at Edgbaston on Wednesday.Asked to bat first in a game that was reduced to 49 overs a side, South Africa’s batsmen, barring Hashim Amla and Rassie van der Dussen, failed to build on their starts in the face of a disciplined bowling effort from the Kiwis.South Africa had hope while Amla was at the crease but that too faded after he was bowled for 55 by Mitchell Santner in the 28th over but Van der Dussen’s unbeaten 67 gave them a respectable total.Kiwi pacer Lockie Ferguson was the pick of the bowlers, picking up three wickets, while all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme contributed with an economical spell of 1-33 in his 10 overs.Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Shoaib Akhtar, Virender Sehwag silence trolls who attacked Sania MirzaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan announce ‘robust review’ of performance amid World Cup struggleAlso See
Man Utd academy chief Butt reveals loan plans for youngstersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United academy chief Nicky Butt has revealed plans to release several of their youth teamers for loan next month.Butt, expects some members of his Under-19 squad to depart on loan during the January transfer window, despite the promise of playing knockout games in the UEFA Youth League in March. He said of the forthcoming loan market, “It will affect the Under-19s [as a team]. But if you ask any Manchester United fan or Ed [Woodward] or the owners or the manager, they want players in the first team. That’s my job. That’s the job of the Academy coaches – to get players in the first team. If you can win competitions as well, that’s the best thing you can do.”Is it good to have some players just waiting for an Under-19s game to come along? No. So we are looking to get players out on loan to develop them so they come back better players and better people for our club, with a real chance on playing on the biggest stage in the world.”Butt continued: “We see January as a changeover of the guard if you like. “A lot more players will be pushing up to the Reserves and the youth team will be made up more regularly of first-year scholars.“They will be starting more regularly in the youth team and players will be going out on loan. But, yeah, we plan – we don’t just pick it out of the air.””“We make plans for a year, 18 months or two years for players and we believe it’s the right way to do things.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Danilo D’Ambrosio pleased to prove Inter Milan matchwinnerby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDanilo D’Ambrosio was pleased to prove Inter Milan’s matchwinner against Lazio last night.His header separated the two teams on the night.D’Ambrosio later remarked: “What counts are the three points, this is always the case. I missed from close range against Milan but luckily my mistake didn’t matter in the end.“In the first half, we didn’t produce what the Coach had asked from us, but then we played in a more relaxed manner and deserved the win. We could have scored a second after the restart to put the result beyond doubt, but in the end we got the three points. This is the most important thing.“I feel comfortable in any kind of role, playing as part of a five or three doesn’t make any difference for me. When you have a coach like Conte, there are memorised playing patterns and you need to give 100% in every match, irrespective of the position you play in. Lazio are an experienced side and have quality in all positions. If we’d lost or drawn today, the Derby result would have meant nothing.”
Clemson Football Coach Dabo Swinney Also Believes Notre Dame Should Be In A Conference To Be Playoff Eligible
Dabo Swinney WhipAs we make it through college football media days and the various ESPN “car washes” that follow, Notre Dame’s independent status has become a hot topic of conversation once again. Last week, Missouri’s Gary Pinkel argued that the Fighting Irish should be forced into joining a league within a year. Clemson’s Dabo Swinney agrees: either Notre Dame should join a league with a conference championship, or adopt a 13 game schedule.Dabo Swinney agrees w/Gary Pinkel: “Absolutely Notre Dame needs to be in conference or play 13 games to be in @CFBPlayoff“— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 27, 2015Swinney’s not the only high-profile ACC coach to think this.Paul Johnson: “Notre Dame should be in the ACC. It’s another brand program to strengthen the conference.”— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 27, 2015The ACC obviously has a lot to gain from Notre Dame, if it ever committed fully to joining a conference. With the current scheduling arrangement between the Fighting Irish and the league, the ACC is currently the most logical landing spot for Notre Dame football. Adding Notre Dame would be a big boost to the ACC football brand, which lags behind the other power conferences when it comes to perceived strength.
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration says people would drive more and be exposed to increased risk if their cars get better gas mileage, an argument intended to justify freezing Obama-era toughening of fuel standards.Transportation experts dispute the arguments, contained in a draft of the administration’s proposals prepared this summer, excerpts of which were obtained by The Associated Press.The excerpts also show the administration plans to challenge California’s long-standing authority to enact its own, tougher pollution and fuel standards.Revisions to the mileage requirements for 2021 through 2026 are still being worked on, the administration says, and changes could be made before the proposal is released as soon as this week.The Trump administration gave notice earlier this year that it would roll back tough new fuel standards put into place in the waning days of the Obama administration. Anticipating the new regulation, California and 16 other states sued the Trump administration in May.Overall, “improvements over time have better longer-term effects simply by not alienating consumers, as compared to great leaps forward” in fuel efficiency and other technology, the administration argues. It contends that freezing the mileage requirements at 2020 levels would save up to 1,000 lives per year.New vehicles would be cheaper — and heavier — if they don’t have to meet more stringent fuel requirements and more people would buy them, the draft says, and that would put more drivers in safer, newer vehicles that pollute less.At the same time, the draft says that people will drive less if their vehicles get fewer miles per gallon, lowering the risk of crashes.David Zuby, chief research officer at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, said he’s doubtful about the administration’s estimate of lives saved because other factors could affect traffic deaths, such as automakers agreeing to make automatic emergency braking standard on all models before 2022. “They’re making assumptions about stuff that may or may not be the same,” he said.Experts say the logic that heavier vehicles are safer doesn’t hold up because lighter, newer vehicles perform as well or better than older, heavier versions in crash tests, and because the weight difference between the Obama and Trump requirements would be minimal.“Allow me to be skeptical,” said Giorgio Rizzoni, an engineering professor and director of the Center for Automotive Research at Ohio State University. “To say that safety is a direct result of somehow freezing the fuel economy mandate for a few years, I think that’s a stretch.”Experts say that a heavier, bigger vehicle would incur less damage in a crash with a smaller, lighter one and that fatality rates also are higher for smaller vehicles. But they also say that lighter vehicles with metals such as aluminum, magnesium, titanium and lighter, high-strength steel alloys perform as well or better than their predecessors in crash tests.Alan Taub, professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Michigan, said he would choose a 2017 Malibu over a heavier one from 20 years earlier. It’s engineered better, has more features to avoid crashes and additional air bags, among other things. “You want to be in the newer vehicle,” he said.An April draft from the Trump administration said freezing the requirements at 2020 levels would save people $1,900 per new vehicle. But the later draft raises that to $2,100 and even as high as $2,700 by 2025.Environmental groups questioned the justification for freezing the standards. Luke Tonachel, director of the clean-vehicle program at the Natural Resources Defence Council, said the risk from people driving more due to higher mileage is “tiny and maybe even negligible.”Under the Trump administration proposal, the fleet of new vehicles would have to average roughly 30 mpg in real-world driving, and that wouldn’t change through 2026.California has had the authority under the half-century-old Clean Air Act to set its own mileage under a special rule allowing the state to curb its chronic smog problem. More than a dozen states follow California’s standards, amounting to about 40 per cent of the country’s new-vehicle market.Asked if he thinks a freeze in U.S. mileage standards is warranted, EPA acting administrator Andrew Wheeler told a small group of reporters at EPA headquarters last week, “I think we need to go where the technology takes us” on fuel standards.Wheeler did not elaborate. Agency spokespeople did not respond when asked specifically if the EPA acting chief was making the case that modern cars could be both fuel efficient and safe.Wheeler also spoke out for what he called “a 50-state solution” that would keep the U.S car and truck market from splitting between two different mileage standards.The Department of Transportation said in a statement that the final fuel economy standards would be based on sound science. The department cautioned that a draft doesn’t capture the whole picture of the proposed regulation.The draft said a 2012 analysis of fuel economy standards under the Obama administration deliberately limited the amount of mass reduction necessary under the standards. This was done “in order to avoid the appearance of adverse safety effects,” the draft stated.___Krisher reported from Detroit.
FORT NELSON, B.C. -The Fort Nelson Community Forest Agreement, in partnership with the British Columbia government has been approved.Residents and area communities that have long fought to revive Fort Nelson’s forest sector are starting to realize the benefit of their efforts, shared the government.According to the government, the Fort Nelson Community Forest Agreement partners include the Fort Nelson First Nation and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality. Community forests are long-term, area-based tenures. They are designed to encourage community involvement in the management of local forests while expanding economic opportunities and opening doors for local job creation. This agreement has an allowable annual cut of 217,650 cubic metres per year from 191,571 hectares of Crown land, including a BC Timber Sales volume reservation of 32,650 cubic metres annually for the part of the land base that includes BC Timber Sales’ operating area.Stand-level retention targets of 8.9% for wildlife tree retention areas, ungulate winter ranges and consideration of possible future impacts to the timber-harvesting land base for boreal caribou management were submitted in a management plan during the application process.Old-growth retention targets will be a minimum of 37% in the Northern Boreal Mountains (6% of the agreement area) and 17% in the Boreal Plains (94% of the agreement area).The agreement provides for maintenance and distribution of diverse forest types throughout the agreement area, including coniferous stands, mixed-wood stands and deciduous stands.Of the 217,650 annual cubic metres, partitions include a maximum conifer harvest of 118,000 cubic metres, with the remainder to come from deciduous stands to achieve and maintain the current diversity.
Meditation – which is widely believed to be an antidote to mental health issues – may not always be a pleasant experience for everyone, according to scientists who advocate more research into such practices. The research, led by scientists from University College London (UCL) in the UK, found that over a quarter of people who regularly meditate have had a ‘particularly unpleasant’ psychological experience related to the practice, including feelings of fear and distorted emotions. Also Read – The Puja carnivalPublished in the journal PLOS ONE, the study also found those who had attended a meditation retreat, those who only practiced deconstructive types of meditation, such as Vipassana (insight) and Koan practice (used in Zen Buddhism), and those with higher levels of repetitive negative thinking, were more likely to report a ‘particularly unpleasant’ meditation-related experience. However, the study, which comprised an international online survey of 1,232 people who had at least two months’ meditation experience, found female participants and those with a religious belief were less likely to have had a negative experience. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this Navratra”These findings point to the importance of widening the public and scientific understanding of meditation beyond that of a health-promoting technique,” said Marco Schlosser, a researcher at UCL. “Very little is known about why, when, and how such meditation-related difficulties can occur: more research is now needed to understand the nature of these experiences,” Schlosser said in a statement. “When are unpleasant experiences important elements of meditative development, and when are they merely negative effects to be avoided?” he said. The study, conducted with researchers at Witten/Herdecke University in Germany, and the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, was triggered by a limited but growing number of research reports and case studies, which indicate psychologically unpleasant experiences can occur during meditative practice. Some traditional Buddhist texts also reference vivid accounts of similar experiences. However, very little is known about the prevalence of these experiences. Of the 1,232 participants, 25.6 per cent indicated that they had previously encountered particularly unpleasant meditation-related experiences. More male participants, 28.5 per cent, experienced a particularly unpleasant experience, compared to 23 per cent of female participants. About 30.6 per cent of those who did not have a religious belief had a particularly unpleasant experience, compared to 22 per cent of those who had a religious belief. More people, 29.2 per cent, who practised only deconstructive types of meditation reported a particularly unpleasant experience, compared to 20.3 per cent who only engaged in other meditation types. About 29 per cent of those who had been on a meditation retreat (at any point in life) had a particularly unpleasant experience, compared with 19.6 per cent, who had never been on a retreat. “Most research on meditation has focussed on its benefits, however, the range of meditative experiences studied by scientists needs to be expanded. It is important at this point not to draw premature conclusions about the potential negative effects of meditation,” Schlosser said. Researchers acknowledged a number of limitations in the study. The study only asked one question to capture prevalence of particularly unpleasant meditation-related experiences. The data does not provide any indication of the exact type of experiences or their severity and impact. The study did not assess possible pre-existing mental health problems, which could have confounded the prevalence estimate of particularly unpleasant meditation-related experiences.