Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Conservation Tillage Conference will be March 6-7, 2018 at Ohio Northern University in Ada. The full program, registration details, CCA and CLM credits, maps, and more are on the website: ctc.osu.edu.The program has more than 60 speakers including 11 from USDA, 30 OSU folks, several from 9 other universities, plus industry experts and farmers.David Montgomery, a well-known author and speaker from the U. of Washington, will give the keynote based on two of his books, “From Dirt to Regenerative Agriculture.” He will also speak later during one of four concurrent sessions, the special 2-day program on Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters, held in the Chapel.A Tuesday session on Nutrient Management, organized by Glen Arnold and Amanda Douridas, OSU Extension, has ten presentations including legal issues, manure application mistakes, drag hose research, response to sulfur, and the impact of big rains on Lake Erie. Two other Tuesday sessions are Corn University and Precision Ag & Digital Technologies.Although the General session starts at 9:00, two of the concurrent sessions begin at 8:00 and break for the keynote speech. The March 7 (Wednesday) lineup of concurrent sessions includes: the second day of Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters; Soybean School; Water Quality Research and BMPs; Alternative Crops (half day); and Management of Atypical Pests (half day). Two start at 8:00, the other two at 8:30. The new session on alternative crops includes barley, hops, blueberries, honeybees and woodlot management. The “atypical pests” include slugs, voles, geese, deer and invasive plants.Do you need training for applying dicamba? As a benefit for our CTC attendees, Monsanto will provide a training session, both days, from 1:00 to 2:30, in another room at the McIntosh Center. Sign up at: www.roundupreadyxtend.com/training.You can register for CTC online or by mail. Advance registration is: $85 for both days or $65 for one. For mail, please send by Feb. 24; online registration is available until March 1. The website is: ctc.osu.edu.Connect with us on Facebook.com/Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference, to receive updates and other details.
The houses are ready for saleC.R. Herro, vice president for environmental affairs at Meritage, says there are 187 lots at Sierra Crest, divided into three communities. The net-zero houses are split into two groups, one group in the “Grand Canyon” neighborhood and another 11 homes clustered in the “Yosemite” neighborhood.Meritage, Herro said, is the eighth largest homebuilder in the U.S. and constructs some 8,000 homes per year, principally in warm weather parts of the country (Fontana, for example, is in Climate Zone 3). The company has focused on energy-efficient construction over the last six years and now makes solar and net-zero performance available on every home it builds, anywhere in the country, he added.“What we hope to do is demonstrate that what most customers think is a future potential is available right now,” he said in a telephone interview. “You don’t have to wait. It’s something that consumers should learn to demand from their new homes.”Some of the features in houses at Sierra Crest include:Advanced framing techniques with 2×4 walls that are insulated with a continuous layer of R-5 polystyrene on the outside of the walls, and stud cavities insulated with open-cell polyurethane foam for a total R-value of roughly R-19.Conditioned attics insulated with 6 inches of open-cell foam. (The roughly R-24 of the insulation falls below the level required by the International Energy Conservation Code, but Herro says Meritage follows a performance path allowed under California’s Title 24.)Heat-pump hot water heaters.Variable speed air-source heat pumps for heating and cooling.LED lighting.Air leakage rates of between 1 and 1.2 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 pascals.Uninsulated, post-tensioned concrete slabs.Low-e, double-glazed windows with a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.22 and a whole-window U-factor of 0.34.Grid-tied PV systems with an average rating of 4 kW.The net-zero energy houses range in size from about 1,900 square feet to 2,900 square feet, with costs from about $379,000 to $432,000. HERS scores on the houses average -3. A new subdivision 50 miles east of Los Angeles includes 20 net-zero energy homes that will help California builders and electric utilities get ready for new residential efficiency requirements that take effect in 2020.The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), which is leading the effort, says that the Sierra Crest development in Fontana, California, is the first net-zero energy community in the state. The 20 net-zero houses are part of a much larger subdivision being built by Arizona-based Meritage Homes. The houses will help the California Public Utilities Commission and others evaluate how clusters of net-zero buildings equipped with photovoltaic (PV) systems can be integrated onto the grid most effectively.In 2020, all new houses in California will be required to produce as much energy as they use on an annual basis. Sierra Crest is designed in part to proving the concept is workable, says Clay C. Perry, a EPRI spokesman.“Over the next several years, the project team will study how these houses and their advanced technologies can be effectively integrated into the utility’s electric grid,” EPRI said. “Simultaneously, researchers will investigate avenues that improve the scalability and economic feasibility of these communities across the state.”Other project participants include BIRAenergy, Itron, and Southern California Edison. Developers will study PV impactBoth of the clusters of net-zero energy houses will be connected to batteries, but in different ways. In the smaller of the two groups, each house will have its own 3 kWh lithium-ion battery provided by Sun Power; in the Yosemite neighborhood, net-zero houses will be connected to a single, larger battery.In each case, batteries are designed to even out the load on the grid over the course of the day, not provide long-term backup power.What worries utilities serving solar customers is something called the duck curve, which represents production and demand for electricity in houses with grid-tied PV systems and their impact on the grid as a whole. During the day, there’s typically an overproduction of electricity, but when the sun fades in late afternoon and PV production falls off there’s a spike in demand as those houses begin drawing on utility power. In chart form, the demand curve looks a lot like a duck.Dividing the houses into two groups — one with residential-sized batteries and another with a communal battery — will help utility researchers understand PV grid integration a little better. But the idea is the same: the excess power produced during the middle of the day can be applied to the grid when PV production declines in the evening.“The Holy Grail now is how do you make this a win-win,” as Herro puts it. “And the big win is we need to make flat load shapes.”“It’s not a case of whether renewable energy is good or bad, it’s how to you integrate it,” he continued. “We shouldn’t be optimizing for southern exposure, we should be optimizing for western exposure. We should think about smart ventilation practices and smart HVAC design and controls and thermal mass should come back in. Nobody’s talked about thermal mass for 20 years, but thermal mass is the best opportunity to start leveling these really energy-efficient homes out.” Net-zero energy still not in high demandCalifornia’s upcoming requirement for net-zero performance represents a big shift in residential building, but at the moment even consumers who are given the chance to buy a net-zero house often don’t.Meritage can offer a net-zero option to any homebuyer in the country for a relatively modest increase in cost, Herro said, but only about 1 percent of buyers take advantage of it.“I don’t think it’s whether they want to or not,” he said, “it’s whether they’re even aware they can have it… If you’re a new home buyer, you’re kind of overwhelmed by location, design, and price, and you’re not yet challenging the homes you’re looking at for these advanced features. You should, but I think it’s really a matter of of home buyer sophistication and the quicker buyers start expecting more from the homes the faster the market will change.“They don’t even know they can have what they can have, so they’re settling for conventional,” he added.A 2,800-square-foot home built by Meritage would typically need about $12,000 in solar panels in order to hit the net-zero mark. When that’s rolled into a mortgage, Herro said, the incremental increase in payments is more than offset by lower energy bills.
What features do you look for in a health app?How do you select and evaluate health apps:Blog by Robin Allen MSPH, RDN, LDNWhat a great webinar “Mobile Apps for RDNs in Patient Care: What Does the Evidence Say?” I learned about the many different features that make apps useful for Dietitians to use in their daily practice. If you missed this webinar you can still earn 1.0 CPEU by watching the recording and completing the evaluation located at the event page. We discovered according to the polls that most Dietitians choose apps based on recommendations from other dietitians. Below are apps suggested by our participants and other dietitians:Nutrition apps suggested by DietitiansFitbitMyfitness PalLose it!SparkPeopleSworkit: Personalized workout videos.Baritastic: Weight loss surgery app.Coach mobile: Top Beachbody coach tips.SupertrackerRecovery Record: eating disorder treatmentMap my walkMy SymptomsNike running app and iRunneriFitBG Star glucose monitoringPerformance triadMonash University FODMAPHealth Watch 360ALIVE-PD: online support for preventing diabetesCalorie Counter by Fat SecretSome helpful apps specific to diabetes are:Fooducate: healthy food and diet scanner with over 200,000 products in the databaseGlooko Logbook: quickly & accurately records blood glucose readings by syncing to your glucose meterDiabetic Audio Recipes Bite: healthy easy recipes; app reads direction to you so you can keep your hands free for cookingDiabetic Connect: biggest diabetes network on the web; support from your peersGlucose Buddy-Diabetes Helper: reminder to monitor blood glucose, tracts blood glucose levels, carb intake, medicine, A1C and moreDiabetes Buddy-Control Your Blood Sugar: reminder to monitor blood glucose, tracts blood glucose levels, carb intake, medicine, A1C and moreOn Track Diabetes: helps track blood glucose, food intake, medications, blood pressure, pulse, activity and weightGlucool Diabetes: helps customize your diabetes management planDiabetes Pilot: records blood glucose, medications, exercise, test results, weight and more; helps you make healthier food choices; calculate correct insulin dosage; charts blood glucose over timeWave Sense Diabetes ManagerBlood Glucose Star® Diabetes ManagerMy Net Diary: over 475,000 different foodsDlife Diabetes CompanionWorkout Trainer: features workouts led by personal trainers; does not require any equipmentWhat apps do you use in your health care practice?This was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.
English Premier League club Newcastle is up for sale.Newcastle owner Mike Ashley’s company, St. James Holdings, released a statement Monday saying the decision was taken “to give the club the best possible opportunity of securing the positioning and investment necessary to take it to the next level.”The 53-year-old Ashley bought Newcastle in 2007, clearing existing debts and securing the club’s financial future at a troubling time. The club has been relegated twice in the intervening decade and there has been frequent discord with the fans.The statement said Newcastle has made a public announcement due to growing “press speculation,” which increased after the appearance of financier Amanda Staveley at Newcastle’s game against Liverpool this month.Ashley had also put Newcastle up for sale back in 2008.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar believes adapting to the Kookaburra ball and the bouncy wickets in South Africa will be crucial as India prepare for the first of the three Test series beginning January 5 in Cape Town.”The first thing that comes to our mind about bowling in South Africa is bouncy wickets, seaming wickets. But you can’t be sure we are going to get such wickets. When it comes to bowlers, Kookaburra is one of the toughest balls to bowl with as it doesn’t do much after 25-30 overs, these are the kind of situations we are tackling with,” Bhuvneshwar told the media.”We know the general conditions in South Africa, so we are preparing according to that. We just want to prepare our best, that’s all we want,” he added.Bhuneshwar informed that the Indian pacers have not started to prepare their strategies for the first Test and will only do so a couple of days before the series.Bowlers vs Batsmen. What a contest it turned out to be here this afternoon at Cape Town. @MdShami11 @Jaspritbumrah93 @hardikpandya7 Avesh Khan and Ankit Rajpoot snaring pace! What a sight! #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/cE4GWt3skr- BCCI (@BCCI) December 31, 2017″We haven’t talked so far. We are trying to do basic things. A couple of days before the Test, we will see how to go into the match. What are the things we can bring into the Test, regarding strategies, regarding their batsmen. These are the things we will definitely do, but for now we are trying to do the basic things,” he said.advertisement”Yesterday, we did two sessions to get into the Test mode. It is a six-hour day in a Test match so we bowled twice. We wanted to bowl as long as possible,” the Meerut pacer added.India are yet to win a Test series in South Africa. But the team has been in excellent form over the past two years, winning every series in that period and reclaiming the top spot in the Test rankings in the process.Bhuvneshwar asserted that on current form, the Indian team has a very good chance of winning a first ever Test series in South Africa.”Everyone is confident. Whenever any team tours abroad, there is a great chance to win those series, but you have to give your best in every department on all five days. This team has done well in the last two and a half years, so we are confident of doing well in these conditions. But yes, like I said, we have to be at our best to win the series here,” he said.(With inputs from IANS)
The 2019 edition of the World Cup goes back home to where it all started in 1975 and the Englishmen will be hoping to finally add the coveted trophy to their cabinet as they host the top ten teams in world cricket. Interestingly, England go into the tournament as favourites and while many would think it is an added pressure, all-rounder Ben Stokes has his own take on the matter.Speaking to IANS, Stokes said that the tag was a result of the performance that his team has put up day in and day out over the last few seasons. In fact, rather than feeling the heat, he just cannot wait for the showpiece event to get started on May 30 after demolishing Pakistan in the just concluded ODI series.”I think we have earned the right to be favourites with the cricket that we have played in the last three or four years. Being world no.1 you will always come into the tournament as favourites. If India or Australia were the no.1 ranked team, they would come into the tournament as favourites. But we cannot take the no.1 tag into the tournament if we want to win it because as you saw during the Champions Trophy (2017) that we were playing great cricket and then we got onto a wicket against Pakistan which wasn’t suited to our style and suited them more. But we have learnt from that and we are more capable to adapt to situations now than we were back then. We are a much better team now because we are able to read situations better,” he explained.advertisementThe once in four years extravaganza also brings with it an opportunity to see the best in the business clash against each other as they chase ultimate glory. Talking of the best, two players who will be really looking to make it count are India skipper Virat Kohli and former Australia skipper Steve Smith.While Kohli’s form will be crucial for India to stay true to their favourites tag, Smith will want to use this event to once again show the world what it missed out on for the last 12 months as he served a ban after the Sandpaper Gate. For Stokes, it is about watching two high-class performers weaving their magic on the fans.”They are both phenomenal players and have played quite a bit against both of them. You watch them play and they make the game look a lot more easier than others do. So, I am a massive fan of both the players. They have both got their own styles and they are both different in the way they play, but they are both very very effective. You obviously play against guys to win, but at the end of the day you got to look at it from an angle that I love cricket and I love watching both Virat and Steve go about doing their jobs so consistently,” he confessed.Coming back to the English team, while many have been talking about how Jos Buttler and Stokes will have a crucial role to play as England chase their dream of winning a World Cup, the all-rounder believes this English team is more about firing in unison than about individual stars.”The reason we have done so well is that it hasn’t been about one player. Different people have put their hands up at different times, whether it be with bat or ball. You have someone like a Moeen Ali who probably goes under the radar as a performer for us. He bats down the order and bowls his 10 overs very economically. To have a player of his quality lower down the order is amazing.”We have Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, skipper Eoin Morgan and obviously Jos Buttler who go out and play these amazing innings. We also have guys who go under the radar but do their bits very consistently. And one person we definitely need to be firing is Morgan as he is a great leader of our team and when he is going, he keeps scoring. Both Buttler and Joe Root are high quality players who go about doing their jobs, but I feel Eoin firing is really important,” he pointed.Having home fans to cheer for you is obviously an advantage. But Stokes also brings in the ever so crucial “on that day” factor while agreeing that having fans backing the players as well as sharing the moments with family and friends will be a great thing.advertisement”I think home advantage is a good thing coz you have your home fans to back you. But then, the thing with the World Cup is that whoever turns up on the day and plays better cricket will win, so the home advantage doesn’t matter if you think that way. Was speaking to Steve Smith a few days back about it and he was telling me how playing in front of the Australian crowd and sharing the moments with his friends and family was really special and one of his best memories. Having spoken about it so much, I really want the World Cup to start now. Just want that first game to get underway,” he smiled.While form is temporary and class is permanent, a lot has been made of Stokes’ performance ever since the pub incident in 2017. But the all-rounder believes that a player must not let failure or success affect his journey and just like one cannot rest on past laurels, one mustn’t let failure take a toll or hamper self belief.”I think everybody would want to be consistent, but you take it as it comes. Everyone wants to go out and do their best every time, but sometimes it doesn’t come off and you just wipe out that part. Also, if you do well, you can’t live off that,” he said.Also Read | Where are India’s 2011 World Cup winners?Also Read | Everyone will be looking at their phones: Woakes on final World Cup selection callAlso See
Angel MooreAPTN NewsAn anti-bullying campaign being run by a Mi’kmaq First Nation is aiming to go beyond prevention and awareness.Workshops promote zero tolerance, but also support and healing for both the victim and the bully.Youth support workers are touring schools and say all children have to be involved in ending [email protected]@angelharksen
The hunt for a new Youth Congress chief has begun with the term of incumbent president coming to a close and Rahul Gandhi seeking to make the party fighting fit after its Lok Sabha polls debacle.“Satav continues to be the Youth Congress president but he has requested for a new team including a new president, as the term of his team is over,” AICC secretary Sooraj Hegde said.Dismissing as “not true” the speculation that Satav has been dropped from the post, Hegde said that the incumbent IYC chief is participating in the process of finding a new team. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIHe also dubbed as “baseless” suggestions that Satav’s replacement was being thought of after his organising the Caravan programme.Satav said he had expressed his desire to relinquish his charge so that “new blood comes in”.He said that he had resigned from the Youth Congress two years back as well but was asked to continue.Satav is a Lok Sabha member from Hingoli constituency in Maharashtra, where the party could secure only two out of 48 seats.Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has introduced the system of elections in Youth Congress and NSUI ending the nomination culture soon after he took charge as AICC general secretary in 2007. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindGandhi now oversees all frontal organisations of Congress including Mahila Congress and Seva Dal while playing a key role in decision making in the parent party.Though doubts were expressed in certain quarters of the party about the internal election process in Youth Congress, indications have it that the same will continue.In the past, the office-bearers of Youth Congress and NSUI were nominated by leaders of Congress party till Gandhi introduced internal elections in these bodies.The leadership, has, asked state youth Congress leaders to send in names for the next national chief of party’s youth body.Recently it was decided that the State Congress Presidents will have the power to nominate and promote office-bearers, an attempt to strengthen their authority.