Crusaders cruise into NCS quarterfinals


first_imgThe St. Bernard’s boys and girls basketball teams each claimed first-round victories in Wednesday night’s North Coast Section Division-V playoff games. The No. 6 seed St. Bernard’s boys downed visiting No. 11 seed Oakland Military Institute 92-66 on the back of a 29-point performance by Garrison Finck.“They played the smartest game they have all year,” St. Bernard’s boys head coach Steve Thrap said. “No one played selfish, we played team focused basketball.”The No. 2 seed St. Bernard’s girls …last_img read more

Crabs’ bats go cold, Caps take series opener


first_imgThe good news is that the Crabs can still finish off their 2019 campaign with a series win.The bad news, they won’t top off the summer with a sweep.The Humboldt Crabs fell 6-2 to the visiting Pacific Union Financial Capitalists in the first contest of a 3-game series between the two clubs, Friday night at the Arcata Ball Park.It started off well for the Crabs. Two of their top bats, Kokko Figueiredo and Damian Henderson, drove in runs off singles in the first inning to put the home team …last_img read more

The Ghost of Unfound Caches needs help


first_imgA geocaching ghost story.A Geocaching HQ visitor recently shared a chilling tale:“I was hiking not too far from here when a ghostly spectre appeared. The transparent figure was chained to an ammo can.‘Am I in the presence of a ghost?’ I asked. The ghost answered not, but pointed onward with its pen.‘You are about to show me the geocaches I have not yet found — those cursed hides that haunt my sleep?’The ghost inclined its head, as if to agree. Then a logbook appeared, seemingly conjured from thin air. In the logbook, these words were written:Look upon me. I am the Ghost of Unfound Caches. I haunt the hides you have not found: the caches of your past you did not look for, those you searched for but DNF’d, and the caches you do not yet know exist.Find them. Free me from these Haunted Hides.”The Ghost of Unfound Caches needs our help.October 29–31: Unlock the Haunted Hides souvenir.Find a geocache or attend a geocaching event between October 29–31, 2016, to free the Ghost of Unfound Caches from its ghostly prison and unlock the Haunted Hides souvenir.Night Caches are a great way to earn this ghostly souvenir. Learn more about Night Caches here.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThe ghost of caches pastOctober 29, 2019In “Learn”The Seanachai: Keeper of the Old Lore, Reviewer of the New CachesMay 6, 2015In “Community”Padlocks, RFID chips, and secret briefcases: an interview with a geocaching maniacMarch 12, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

Google Buzz API: They Built It, But Will Developers Come?


first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Google#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img chris cameron When Google Buzz launched back in February of this year, it was initially met with intrigue which soon turned to concern as users became wary of the privacy concerns of mixing their email contacts with their social stream. Today at Google I/O, the Big G is hoping to take Buzz to the next level by introducing an application programming interface (API) which will allow third-party app developers to build native Buzz apps or integrate it with existing services.Twitter saw its use skyrocket with the introduction of a public API, and Google Buzz could see similar growth with its integration into popular web apps and services. Google accrued an impressive list of beta testers before announcing the API, including TweetDeck, Seesmic, Ping.fm, Plancast and Boxee. Fans of Buzz will soon be able to access their streams as easily as they do Twitter feeds, and will be able to post information directly to Buzz from web services that use the API. Google is taking the earlier privacy concerns surrounding Buzz to heart with their API releases today, making sure to note the control users will have over which applications can access which data. When an application wants to access the Buzz API, users will be taken to a page where they can determine which level of access they want to grant the app.The Google Code Blog outlined the features the API currently supports today, including “support for fetching public per-user activity feeds, fetching authorized and authenticated per-user activity feeds, […] searching over public updates, […] posting new updates, […] posting comments, liking updates, retrieving and updating profiles and social graphs, and more.”Will a Buzz API give the service a much-needed shot in the arm and help ease its earlier privacy concerns? Only time will tell, but it seems like an open invitation to develop third-party applications is a wise and logical next step. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Choosing a New Wood Stove


first_imgThe pellet stove optionOne way of taking some of the variables out of the picture is by opting for a pellet stove, which would operate more automatically than a wood stove fed by hand, Charlie Sullivan suggests.Pellet stoves incorporate electrically driven augers that move compressed wood pellets from a hopper to the firebox; the feed rate is determined by the setting the temperature on a thermostat. And that’s part of the problem: without electricity, the auger won’t work.“The issue with pellet stoves is that we’d rather not have to depend on the electric grid (and we don’t have alternative power),” Applebaum says.Granted, Sullivan says, but some pellet stoves can be run on a 12-volt battery as a backup, and the battery pack could be sized to run the stove for as long as she wanted. He points to four companies that offer than option on their pellet stoves: American Energy Systems, Sierra Products, Inc., Quadra-Fire, and Thelin Hearth Products.Dorsett suggests another problem with pellet stoves: the cost and availability of fuel.“A few years ago many people in my area got caught short during an exceptionally cool stretch of spring weather, and many of the local vendors don’t restock after early March, and there was a real run on retail pellet inventories,” he said. “It’s a more convenient fuel than cordwood in many ways, but it isn’t nearly as cheap. And (as a co-worker of mine recently discovered as she shivered while waiting for the UPS truck to arrive with the replacement board) the power controls will sometimes have reliability issues, too, just like any other electromechanical whatzit.” Err on the side of smallMarc Labrie sees parallels between the size of a wood stove and the size of a house: “Do you prefer one that is 2% of the time too small or 98% of the time too big?”Referring Appelbaum to Woodheat.org, Labrie argues there’s nothing green about a big wood stove with a smoldering fire. “Gone are the days of loading huge unspilt blocks and choking off the air supply before bed,” he writes, “a procedure that wastes much of the wood’s potential and coats the chimney with flammable creosote.”For his money, a small firebox with a hot fire keeps both the chimney and the glass doors cleaner with less work.Yes, replies Dorsett, but having a wood stove with a small firebox means someone will have to stay up to tend it. “Some amount of oversizing still works OK, and lets you get more sleep on the really cold nights,” Dorsett says. “A reasonable compromise is ~1.5x oversizing, which still means it has to hot enough that the glass will stay clean. (Some stove designs are better than others at keeping the glass clean too.) But until you’ve done the heat load calculations it’s hard to pick one.”And, Holladay points out, there is the human variable, which makes the ideal 500 degree burn target a matter of wishful thinking rather than reality.“A wood stove isn’t like a furnace. It is fueled by humans who load it with oddly-shaped chunks of wood, and who have a variety of needs: a desire to warm their cold hands, to dry their mittens, and to make a fire last all night, with coals to greet them in the morning,” Holladay says. “All of these factors mean that aiming for 500 degrees is probably not going to happen.” All About Wood StovesWood Stoves: Safety FirstUnderstanding Pellet StovesHow to Provide Makeup Air for a Wood Stove A small, hot fire is bestA fire that burns quickly and intensely is the most efficient kind because it produces the most heat per unit of fuel, and also the least amount of air pollution, GBA senior editor Martin Holladay says. Hot fires also produce less creosote than low, smoldering fires that are starved for air. RELATED ARTICLES GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE center_img Our expert’s opinionGBA technical director Peter Yost adds these thoughts:We often ask a lot — and I think too much — of our wood stoves: burn cleanly and efficiently, heat a space or room as well as a whole home, fire and heat up quickly yet accomplish an overnight burn. Their job is tough enough to begin with, being both the heating plant and the distribution system.So I would just like to add a resource and another perspective:The best resource on choosing a wood stove is “Buying, Installing, and Maintaining a Wood Stove.” This is actually great content and a collection of the best resources on specific aspects of the challenge. And note that the EPA has a list of approved products that includes both catalytic and non-catalytic stoves.Gary Goodemote is the owner of Friends of the Sun here in Brattleboro, Vermont, as well as the chair of our local Sustainable Energy Outreach Network. Gary has been selling, installing, and maintaining wood stoves for more than 25 years. When I asked him about the Applebaum situation, here is what he said:“It sounds like a medium to large stove would be a good choice. I try to get people to think of the future when they may find that a new, high-efficiency stove is more enjoyable to use than their old stove. In that case, they would do well to have a larger stove and get more use out of it. If they’re certain that they won’t use it that much, no matter how easy or enjoyable it is, than they should probably go with a medium stove. I wouldn’t recommend a large stove if the expectation is that people will use it just once in a while to heat the whole house.“It’s hard to get more than four- or five-hour burn times from a small stove. A medium stove can give a user seven or eight hours. For many people, seven to eight hours is the minimum acceptable burn time and that’s often the determining factor. New, high-efficiency stoves can be slightly oversized and still be efficient, as long as they’re heated up sufficiently to start with. If a stove is drastically over-sized, it’s hard to get it up to temperature initially without overheating the space.“One more factor that often comes into play is the setting. A small stove would look and feel okay in a room that is smaller and has a low ceiling. It may look and feel out of place in a room with a vaulted ceiling and a lot of wall space, not matter how well matched it is by the numbers.“The most difficult sizing situation for us, in the store, is for people who have very well insulated, very tight construction, small homes. It’s very likely that anything we might recommend for a wood stove would be too large.” Patricia Appelbaum is in the market for a new wood-burning stove, one without a catalytic element, to provide mostly supplemental heat for her 1,600-square-foot home. There are a lot of models to choose from, and that’s part of the problem.“We understand that a non-cat stove needs a minimum temperature of around 500 degrees for an efficient secondary burn,” she says in a post in GreenBuildingAdvisor’s Q&A forum. “But we would like to have enough capacity to heat the whole house occasionally if necessary.”Appelbaum’s family already has an older wood stove, a large model, that some people in the family like to run at a lower-than-optimum temperature. Before buying a new stove, she’d like to know whether having one with a smaller firebox would make any difference.That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. Heating Stoves“Going to a stove in the 50,000-55,000 Bth/h range can still work for a house with a ~25,000 Btu/h design heat load, but try not to go beyond that,” advises GBA reader Dana Dorsett. “Once the stove is up to temperature, it will still burn cleanly when throttled back to ~25% of its rated fire, which isn’t going to roast people out very quickly.”The thermal mass of a stove becomes an important factor when the stove is used only intermittently but at high temperature, he adds. But there’s a caveat — when the output of the stove is three or four times more than the heating load, it won’t be as effective.“A soapstone stove can be 2x oversized for the heat load and still work well with an intermittent high-temperature burn strategy,” Dorsett says, “but less well at 3-4x oversizing, since it takes time to get the stove up to temperature (due to the thermal mass that helps you coast between firings).”last_img read more

Probe into Rajasthan human clinical trial


first_imgThe Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation has sent a three-member team to Jaipur to inquire into an alleged unethical human clinical trial conducted by a pharma company at a private hospital in the Rajasthan capital, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) said on Saturday.State panel Rajasthan Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf also constituted a three-member panel to probe into the alleged incident. According to State officials, nearly two dozen people hailing from Rajasthan’s Churu and Bharatpur districts were allegedly subjected to the unethical human clinical trial for an osteo-ortho drug at the hospital. DCGI Dr. S. Eswara Reddy, in Delhi, said, “We have sent a team of three officials to Jaipur to inquire into the matter along with the State drug controller.” Mr. Saraf said a three-member panel, headed by an additional director-level officer has been constituted to probe the matter. “Action will be taken, if lapses are found, the Health Minister said. Hospital visitedThe panel on Saturday visited the hospital located in Vishwakarma Industrial Area to initiate the probe. “Principal investigator and patients enrolled in the clinical trial were not available at the site. We have asked the hospital staff to provide necessary documents related to the trial,” Dr. Ravi Prakash Sharma, the head of the three-member probe panel constituted by the State government, said.last_img read more

Ahomiro gets green light


first_imgLATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Former Ateneo stalwart Amy Ahomiro gets to play in the coming Premier Volleyball League Open Conference after all.This after the PVL amended its rule about permanent residents, allowing the Perlas spiker to see action in the Open which kicks off this Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smith or Myers? TNT has until noon to decide What ‘missteps’? MOST READ The development is welcome news for Perlas which lost Dzi Gervacio, who will study in the US for two months.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games According to a statement by PVL president Ricky Palou, the organizing Sports Vision will now allow players with Alien Certificate of Residence to play provided they have been residing in the Philippines for at least 10 years.Ahomiro, born in New Zealand, has been in the country for more than 10 years. She finished high school at Brent before playing for the Lady Eagles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We will allow foreign nationals who are residents of the Philippines and holders of ACRs to play,” the statement read. “However, we have restrictions.”The league has also barred Thai Pacharee Sangmuang, who has been living in the country for three years, to play. View commentslast_img read more

London Olympics: Kazakhstan’s Zulfiya Chinshanlo wins gold, sets new world record


first_imgKazakhstan’s teenage prodigy Zulfiya Chinshanlo powered her way to a weightlifting gold in the 53kg category on Sunday, breaking her own world record in the clean and jerk. The 19-year-old posted a snatch of 95kg before making history with 131kg in the clean and jerk, one kilogram more than her effort at last year’s world championships.The total of 226kg gave a seven-kilo winning margin ahead of Hsu Shu-Ching of Chinese Taipei, who took the silver, and Moldova’s Cristina Iovu, who won the bronze.Hsu was awarded the silver over Iovu due to a lesser bodyweight.China’s 17-year-old prodigy Zhou Jun, one of the favourites for gold, was a surprise early casualty, failing to snatch 95kg.Another contender, Yuderqui Contreras of the Dominican Republic, also crashed out in the snatch after dropping all three attempts at 94kg.last_img read more