Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER program graduates 17

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Seventeen farmers and agribusiness professionals from around Ohio recently graduated from Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Institute Class X. The elite leadership program was started in 2008 to help agricultural advocates gain influence over public policy issues that impact their businesses and communities.Class X graduates are Megan Dresbach of Circleville, Katie Esselburn of Shreve, Kayla Finton of Coshocton, Doug Franz of Mt. Gilead, Amy Hamilton of Hillsboro, Amanda Hill of Marion, Jacob Hoelscher of Osgood, Sarah Ison of Moscow, Bailey Morrell of Wooster, Victoria Popp of Cincinnati, Trish Preston of Canal Winchester, Ashley Rose of New Vienna, Aubry Fowler-Shaw of Thornville, Sara Tallmadge of Loudonville, Lindsey Walls of Defiance, Laramie Wells of Russellville and Jonathan Zucker of Marion.Over the course of a year, Class X participants learned from experts on how to become better leaders and advocates for the agricultural industry, including spokesperson and media training, etiquette training, social networking and communications. They learned about public policy matters important to their local communities, as well as the state, nation and world. They visited Washington, D.C. where they learned about national and global issues, and they visited diverse agricultural operations in Arizona so they could better understand the differences and similarities in agriculture from state to state.Partnering with Ohio Farm Bureau on AgriPOWER Class X were AgCredit of Mt. Gilead, Brown County Farm Bureau, Certified Angus Beef, Clermont County Farm Bureau, Coshocton County Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Mid-America, Ohio Beef Council, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Ohio Soybean Council, Pickaway County Farm Bureau, Shoup Brothers Farm, Southern Ohio Agricultural & Community Development Fund and Wayne County Farm Bureau.Applications are now being accepted for AgriPOWER Class XI. Deadline to apply is April 19. To apply and learn more about AgriPOWER, visit ofbf.org/agripower.last_img read more

Ductless Minisplit Performance During Cold Weather

first_imgModem and router energy usageOn a totally unrelated topic: lately I’ve tried to identify the electrical loads in our house that use power around the clock.I am reluctant to have anything in the house that uses energy 24/7. With 8,760 hours per year, small usages add up. One such is the exhaust fan on the composting toilet — at about 20 watts it uses 175 kWh/year, or 4% to 5% of our energy usage.Another is the cable modem for internet access we have from Comcast, and the Apple Airport Express wireless router. I’ve been measuring both. The router uses just over 3 1/2 watts, while the modem uses 6 1/2 watts. Together they use 88 kWh/year.I imagine that if we were off-grid, we’d unplug them in the winter when solar power is short. Being grid-tied, we’re just lazy about it.What’s using power 24/7 in your house? GBA Encyclopedia: Ductless Minisplit Heat PumpsJust Two Minisplits Heat and Cool the Whole House Will Minisplits Replace Forced-Air Heating and Cooling Systems?Heating a Tight, Well-Insulated HouseNew Englanders Love Heat PumpsReport on Our Ductless Minisplit Heat PumpLoving My MinisplitsTackling the Plug Load ProblemLighting and Phantom Loads I tried an experiment this week during our cold snap. We’ve kept the door closed to the first floor ell (bedroom and bath) and let it run cold, because the Fujitsu wasn’t sized to heat that space too. I opened the door early in the cold snap, and let the heat pump go, leaving it set on 70°F. What I found was that overnight the main space went to 66°F, and the upstairs and back bedroom were 3° to 4°F lower.My calculated heat loss in these conditions is about 24,000 BTU/hour, and the heat pump is rated at about 17,000 BTU/hour at about 10°F. You’d think it would not be able to keep up.My heat loss number may well be too high, and the rated output of the unit may be quite conservative. My system has the temperature sensing built into the wall cassette, so it may be sensing a higher temperature than out in the room. It may make sense in severe weather to set the thermostat up to 72°F instead of our normal 70°F.Unlike a boiler, these variable-speed units taper off the output as the space approaches the setpoint instead of always running at full bore, so that may be a disadvantage of a smart unit — it’s trying to stay at a more efficient operating point instead of making me as comfortable as possible.Anyway, comfort trumped further experimentation and we closed the door again to the ell. Marc Rosenbaum is director of engineering at South Mountain Company on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. He writes a blog called Thriving on Low Carbon. Marc teaches a 10-week online Zero Net Energy Home Design course as part of NESEA’s Building Energy Master Series. You can test drive his class for free. A variable-speed minisplit tapers its output as it nears the setpointOne other thing I wonder about is that even though the room was not at the setpoint it seemed that the unit didn’t run on full output much. RELATED ARTICLES BLOGS BY MARC ROSENBAUM Minisplit Heat Pumps and Zero-Net-Energy HomesPractical Design Advice for Zero-Net-Energy HomesTwo Years With a Minisplit Heat PumpInsulating Window ShadesSelf-Cleaning OvensA Tough Energy Code Is the Worker’s FriendInstalling a Photovoltaic SystemLiving With Point-Source HeatInstalling a Ductless Minisplit SystemSeasonal Changes in Electrical Loadslast_img read more

SMB’s Fajardo expects tougher games ahead after squeaker over Magnolia

first_imgPBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — With the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup shifting to another gear, June Mar Fajardo is bracing for tougher games ahead.Facing one of the hottest teams in the league in Magnolia, Fajardo, the reigning four-time PBA MVP, got an early taste of playoff basketball on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img MOST READ Fajardo feels the duel won’t be the last time San Miguel will meet Magnolia as he anticipates the Hotshots, together with Ginebra, which beat the Beermen last week, to make deep runs in the postseason.That’s why Fajardo couldn’t stress the importance of having a healthy team in San Miguel’s bid to retain the all-Filipino crown.“We need to be in condition because the physicality is really intense. We need to be at our peak condition so that we won’t tire that easily,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT San Miguel gets another boost, this time from Chico Lanete Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We’re expecting more of those and it’s really tiring,” said Fajardo, who had scratch marks all over his arms after the Beermen’s tight 77-76 win over the Hotshots.Kept in check by the Magnolia defense, Fajardo struggled from the field, shooting 4-of-11, but still managed to produce 19 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhat couldn’t be denied, however, was his imposing presence down low especially on the defensive end, grabbing 21 rebounds while also blocking two shots.“All the teams are closely tied in the standings. You really need to get the win to make it to the playoffs,” he said. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

Asia’s new hot spot: Macau

first_imgThe Las Vegas of the East is where you can also explore heritage sites, picturesque villages and intriguing museums.Day 1: Begin your holiday in this glitzy city, better known as Las Vegas of the East, by checking into the centrally located Sofitel Macau (Rua do Visconde Paco de Arcos; www.sofitel.com). Senado Square, which is a shopper’s haven, is a 10-minute walk from here. You’ll go past fountains, designer stores and kiosks that sell everything from souvenirs to trendy accessories. After spending a couple of hours here, have lunch at one of the restaurants and then head to the Ruins of St Paul’s, a 15-minute walk away. See what remains of a 16th-century college and cathedral that were destroyed in a fire. Macau is a fascinating place to just walk around as it’s packed with churches, temples, and of course casinos, that come alive when the sun goes down. Have dinner at O Porto Interior restaurant (tel: +853 2896 7770) located at the Inner Harbour and indulge in Macanese dishes like codfish cakes, stuffed crab and egg tarts. Before calling it a day, try your hand at gambling at Casino Lisboa, one of the most popular and oldest casinos in Macau.Day 2: The Macau Tower, 1,109 ft high, the ubiquitous landmark of the city, is next in line. Go up to the observation desk and see this glamorous city spread out below your feet. Standing on the glass floor is quite an experience. Those who want to do something adventurous can try bungee jumping or sky walking, but if this isn’t your cup of tea, browse around the shops or catch a flick at the cinema. For lunch, tuck into Portuguese chicken and prawns at Restaurante Litoral (www.restaurante-litoral.com), about 10 mintues away from the Macau Tower. Make your way to the Grand Prix Museum (tel: + 853 8798 4180). You can find out about the history of this race and spot a number of cars that were used over the years. Up next is the Wine Museum (tel: +853 8798 4188), with a fascinating display of different varieties of wine. Sample a few of them before choosing which one to pick up. Have dinner at Rossio (www.mgmmacau.com/rossio), the Portuguese restaurant at MGM Grand Hotel and then walk into the casino, where you can gamble till wee hours of the morning. Day 3: Today is your date with Coloane Island, about 30 minutes away from the hotel. The picturesque Coloane Village here is quiet and surrounded with pastel coloured houses, perfect for a walk. After lunch at Lord Stow’s Bakery (www.lordstow.com), which is famous for its egg tarts, make your way to Hac Sa beach, just five minutes away. Spend the rest of the day at this four-km long beach, which is ideal for swimming and water sports.Day 4: Check out of your hotel, head to Cotai Strip and book yourself into a suite at The Venetian (www.venetianmacao.com). Cotai Strip, where most of the plush hotels and entertainment centres are located, is similar to The Strip in Las Vegas. No prizes for guessing that this resort takes inspiration from the Italian city, Venice, and even has a canal where you can go for a gondola ride. The Venetian is a destination in itself and you can easily spend the day shopping, at the spa, and of course gambling. Keep the evening for the Zaia, billed as one of the most spectacular shows in Asia. In these 90-minutes, you’ll witness acrobats and other lovely performances at a state-of-the-art theatre. Day 5: Explore Taipa Island, about ten minutes away from your hotel. Visit the Taipa House Museum and then keep the afternoon for shopping. You can pick up almond cookies from the Taipa Food Street. In the evening, go to City of Dreams (www.cityofdreamsmacau.com) and watch The House of Dancing Waters, a great water-based show opened last September, and is something not to be missed.Must knowGetting there: Fly direct to Hong Kong from any of the metros. At Hong Kong airport take the one-hour ferry to Macau. Cathay Pacific, Jet Airways, Kingfisher and Air India fly direct to Hong Kong from Delhi. Fare from Delhi Rs. 25,000 (approx). You can get visa on arrival. Currency: The Pataca (MOP$) is Macau’s official currency. 1 Pataca is equal to about six rupees. Most of the shops accept Hong Kong dollars as well. HK$ 1 is equal to about Rs. 5.Must do: Even if you are not into gambling, try your luck at one of the casinos. It’s an experience to remember. We recommend Casino Lisboa.Food tip: It may be tough to find vegetarian food, but there are a few Indian restaurants in the city. Aruna Indian Curry & Cafe House is at Taipa island. Travel tip: The weather is pleasant all year round. Dress light for summer.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgTFA would like to congratulate and wish luck to all who are representing Australia at the 2007 FIT World Cup, and you have the opportuniy to show your support for the Aussies and do the same.Messages of support and congratulations can be sent to all Aussie players, teams, coaches, and officials currently at the tournament.Send your message by fax to:Protea Hotel Stellenbosch, South AfricaFax: 0015-27-218-809-505last_img

Ohio State enters its bye week going up after 497 win over

Ohio State redshirt junior receiver Michael Thomas (3) shakes off Rutgers redshirt freshman cornerback Isaiah Wharton (11) during OSU’s 49-7 win on Oct. 24.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorIt would be hard for the Ohio State football team to script a better way to begin its lone bye week of the 2015 season.Its first eight weeks of the season had been littered with lackluster outings, despite emerging victorious in every outing.But now, a nearly unblemished performance against Rutgers on Saturday in Piscataway, New Jersey, presides as the backdrop for the Buckeyes as their Week 9 rest gets underway.“It’s definitely what we’ve been waiting for,” junior running back Ezekiel Elliott said following the win. “Coach (Urban) Meyer has been talking about cracking the rock, kind of playing at the potential that we should be playing at.”The Buckeyes, who maintained their No. 1 ranking in the AP Poll and picked up 11 new first-place votes, did not just crack the rock: They broke it to bits.OSU controlled the game from the opening whistle until the clock showed 00:00, blasting the Scarlet Knights 49-7 behind the arm and legs of newly minted starting quarterback J.T. Barrett. The redshirt sophomore threw for 223 yards and three scores while tacking on two more touchdowns and 101 yards on the ground. Elliott added 142 rushing yards and two scores to go along with redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas, who hauled in five passes for 103 yards and a dazzling 55-yard touchdown catch-and-run.The defense dominated, holding Rutgers to just 293 yards, its fewest number of yards gained all season long. The “Silver Bullets” nearly tossed a shutout had it not been for a 10-play, 90-yard touchdown drive with all second-string players on the turf. Even with the garbage time score, the defense looked like the stifling unit it was against Hawaii and Western Michigan.“I think this performance tonight showed not only what our offense is supposed to do but what our whole team is supposed to do,” senior left tackle and captain Taylor Decker said after Saturday’s win. “(I) felt like it was a really complete game.”Stringing together a complete game had eluded OSU up to Saturday’s kickoff. Whether it be the quarterback carousel and a soft run defense or the bevy of turnovers and penalties, something was always missing for the Scarlet and Gray. That trend, however, appears to have been reversed against the Scarlet Knights.The Buckeyes found their guy behind center in Barrett, whose performance led to him being named co-offensive player of the week in the Big Ten, and limited Rutgers to just 104 yards on the ground. The turnovers and penalty woes went by the wayside, too.OSU had just one turnover — an opening-drive fumble from Barrett after he accidentally collided with Thomas as the Buckeyes were nearing the red zone. But “the most impressive thing,” Meyer said, was that OSU was not penalized once during the 60 minutes of action.“That’s definitely a big step for us because if you look at all the games up to here, we had a lot of penalties, a lot of false starts … all that,” Elliott said. “Playing a clean game is great. Those penalties and turnovers kind of hurt our momentum, so when we are able to have our momentum and a roll, it’s a freight train.”Now, the freight train that is the Buckeyes is heading smoothly down the tracks, full of momentum, looking like the team that steamrolled everything in its way during the final games of 2014.“It’s that time of the year where teams either go up or they go down, and we needed to start going up,” redshirt freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard said. “It gives us a great feeling to get our bodies and minds right going into the bye weekend.”With no game on the docket, OSU will take advantage of a light practice schedule to get players back to full strength, as games against Big Ten heavyweights Minnesota, Michigan State and  Michigan loom on the horizon. Last season, OSU had two open weeks — the first was on Sept. 20, just three games into the year, while the second was on Oct. 11. But in 2015, the Buckeyes have played in eight straight weeks, which begins to take a toll. “It’s huge,” Decker said of the bye week, noting that starters have played a majority of the reps in most games. “There are some guys dinged up, just some little things here and there. Those just start to add up on you, a bunch of little things.” When the Buckeyes return, closer to full strength, they know the meat of the schedule awaits. But before the more competitive conference clashes begin, OSU will just savor its time off, especially knowing the team turned in its most complete performance of the season. “It will be nice just to get a little rest, get a little time away, just to kind of take a deep breath and then come back locked and loaded ready to go,” Decker said.  OSU is scheduled to resume action on Nov. 7 at Ohio Stadium against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

NCAA Tournament expansion Why mess with a good thing

Official reports are out that the NCAA has convened with head men from conferences and university athletic departments to determine whether the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, otherwise known as the best event in sports, should be expanded.Again.Shame on them.If someone could convince me that expanding the tournament to 68 or even 96 teams wouldn’t dilute the playing field, I’d gladly go along with the concept. But the notion of increasing the field to 96 is pure poppycock.I’d argue the field may already be too large, but the present size of the tournament is perfect for the right amount of upsets. Sure, George Mason’s run to the Final Four in 2006 was mesmerizing, but did the Patriots honestly deserve to win the National Championship?I think not.Furthermore, despite the successes of teams such as George Mason and Gonzaga in years past, statistics show there are a low number of upsets.Since the tournament swelled to 64 teams in 1985, a No. 1 has never lost to a No. 16. A No. 4 beats a No. 13 seed 79 percent of the time. Despite the belief that a No. 12 beats a No. 5 each year, it has only happened in 34 percent of the games.Judging at how big the tournament has become in terms of size of the field and the arenas that host the Final Four, it’s amazing to think about how far the tournament has come.In the tournament’s first year in 1939, the field had eight teams. Forty years later, when Larry Bird and Magic Johnson were dazzling fans, March Madness had grown to 40. By 1985, the tournament had ballooned to 64 teams.Currently, team No. 65 is determined by the “play-in” game or what I like to call the “lose-lose” game, since the winner gets to face the No. 1 overall seed and the loser essentially got invited to the Big Dance only to get turned away at the door.Even adding a few more play-in games is an insult to the teams that win their conference tournament only to find out they’re stuck on the outside looking in on the tournament.The funny thing about tournament expansion is it’s not really about the money. Sure, the NCAA has an 11-year, $6 billion contract with CBS, but the men’s tournament is the only NCAA championship tournament that doesn’t get to keep the profits. Instead, the revenue is divvied up between the participating schools and conferences.Adding more schools means spreading the wealth. Proponents of tournament expansion want the majority of the added slots to go to teams that won their conference’s regular season championship in order to put increased value on the regular season. Thus, the “little guys” would not be seeing much of the revenue and in effect the rich get richer, as the major conferences would swoop in for more bids.Any way you look at it, expanding the tournament causes problems for everyone. Expansion would render the NIT irrelevant and cause students to miss more class time. Schools would have to dish out more money to cover team expenses.And most of all, the quality of the basketball would suffer. read more