Previous articleWalorski updates recent coronavirus moves in Washington and IndianaNext articleLatest COVID-19 numbers for Indiana Tommie Lee (“Dollar General,” by Mike Mozart, CC BY 2.0) Literacy programs in Indiana are about to benefit from a grant program by Dollar General.Non-profits around the state are receiving $143,000 in literacy grants. They will benefit summer, family and adult literacy programs in Indiana.The money represents part of the largest single-day grant announcement by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. $8.6 million was given to 970 non-profits across the country.La Casa de Amistad in South Bend, adult literacy in the South Bend Schools, The Elkhart County Boys & Girls Clubs, and Kosciusko Literacy Services are among those receiving funds WhatsApp IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Facebook WhatsApp Dollar General literacy grants will benefit Michiana Google+ Google+ Pinterest By Tommie Lee – May 19, 2020 0 457 Pinterest Facebook Twitter Twitter
The Pentagon has moved about 1,600 US Army troops into the Washington, D.C., region, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, after several nights of violent protests in the city.”Active duty elements are postured on military bases in the National Capitol Region but are not in Washington, D.C.,” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman said in a statement.He said the troops were on “heightened alert status” but “are not participating in defense support to civil authority operations.” Meanwhile, the Trump administration has floated the idea of taking control of Washington’s police department amid nationwide protests over police brutality, according to media reports on Tuesday.US President Donald Trump said in remarks in the White House Rose Garden on Monday he would deploy thousands of soldiers and law enforcement officers to halt violence in the US capital and threatened to do the same in other cities.”I think you heard the president yesterday that he wanted a show of force in D.C. and we know that they examined a lot of ways to do that,” Muriel Bowser, the city’s mayor, told reporters on Tuesday.Her office told reporters the Trump administration had floated the idea of federalizing the district’s 4,000-member police force, the Washington Post and the local NBC affiliate reported earlier. The district’s Metropolitan Police Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Washington, D.C. is among several US cities engulfed by protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, an African-American man who died in police custody in Minneapolis after an officer, who was later fired and charged with murder and manslaughter, pressed his knee onto Floyd’s neck for some nine minutes.Protesters outside the White House were forcibly pushed back and reported being tear-gassed by police on Monday before Trump walked to a nearby church.A White House spokesman said the US Park Police were reacting after the protesters ignored orders to clear the area. The US Park Police confirmed the statement and said smoke canisters and pepper balls were employed.Washington, D.C.’s special status means its 700,000 residents pay federal taxes but don’t have political representation in the US capitol, and local politicians have less control over law enforcement.US state governors are in control of the local national guard, but in Washington the guard reports to the president. The city is also home to dozens of federal agencies with their own active law enforcement.The protests come as millions of Americans are unemployed as a result of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, which has sickened 1.8 million and killed more than 105,000 people in the United StatesTopics :
Eight students who performed exceptionally well at the just-ended inter-high school debate competition have received scholarships from the BlueCrest University College.The eight students were selected from four schools that made it to the finals of the competition.At yesterday’s presentation of the scholarship award letters to the winning students, BlueCrest Country Manager Rameshwar Mehrotra said each of the recipients will benefit for six months only to obtain certificates in computer networking and other courses the university offers. “Althought the scholarship is for a semester, it will be extended for a year when it expires depending on the academic performance of the recipients,” Mr. Mehrotra announced. He said Blue Crest administration believes that education is the best gift and in that light, the institute awarded the scholarships to students who performed well in the competition.The founder of the Devine Events and Consultancy, organizer of the debate competition, Alex Devine appreciated BlueCrest family for living up to their promise.He assured them that the selected beneficiary students will performance to meet the expected academic requirements.“I strongly believe in these students’ academic performances, under no condition can they let me down. These students were not just randomly selected, they went through a rigorous selection process and were therefore qualified,” Devine said.On behalf of the scholarship recipients, Satta F. Sheriff assured the administration of their preparedness to meet up with the required grade points to maintain the scholarships. Student Sheriff is also the speaker of the Liberia National Children’s Representative Forum. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
While energy prices have dropped from their record highs a few months ago, many area residents are still wondering how they’ll pay for heat this winter. The most common fuel in northern New England, heating oil, is still priced at over $4.00 per gallon.But how does the price of oil compare with the price of other fuels and electricity? That sounds like a simple enough question, but it’s actually fairly complicated.For starters, different fuels are sold in different units. Heating oil, kerosene, and propane are sold by the gallon; natural gas by the hundred cubic foot (ccf) or therm (100,000 Btus); firewood by the cord; wood pellets and coal by the ton; and electricity by the kilowatt-hour (kWh).Second, the amount of useful heat obtained from a given fuel depends on how efficiently it’s burned. Combustion efficiency varies widely—from as low as 30% for the worst of the outdoor wood boilers to over 95% for a top-efficiency, condensing gas boiler. Baseboard electric-resistance heat is 100% efficient—since the electrons you’re paying for in the electric current are converted entirely into heat. Heat pump efficiencies are much higher (typically 200-300%), because electricity is used for moving heat from one place to another, rather than being converted directly into heat. Note that these electric heat efficiencies don’t account for the “upstream” energy costs of electricity generation, such as the waste heat at a coal or nuclear power plant—but for the purposes of comparing your heating costs, that doesn’t matter.) To further complicate fuel cost comparisons, a third factor is how efficiently heat is distributed. With electric baseboard radiators, the heat is produced right in the room, so the distribution is 100% efficient. Baseboard hot water (hydronic) heat is also usually very efficient, though uninsulated hot water pipes running through an unheated basement can lower that efficiency to some extent. With a hot-air furnace and ducts to carry the heat, however, the distribution efficiency can be quite low, especially if poorly insulated, leaky ducts run through an unheated attic or crawl space—distribution efficiency as low as 60-65% is not uncommon.To calculate the actual delivered efficiency of your heating system, you have to multiply the combustion efficiency by the distribution efficiency. For example, if you have a 78% efficient oil furnace and a relatively leaky duct system running through an unheated attic (65% efficient distribution), your overall efficiency of delivered heat is just over 50% (.78 x .65)—meaning that only half of the energy you’ve paid for is actually being used to keep you warm!Finally, to compare different fuels (sold, as described above, in different units), you have to convert the costs to an equal basis so you’re comparing apples to apples. The most common standard is dollars per million Btus of delivered heat. The easiest way to do this is with an online calculator like the one our company.This allows you to enter the cost for a particular fuel, your heating system efficiency, and its distribution efficiency. The end result is a figure in dollars per million Btu that reflects your real costs of delivered heat and allows you to compare that with other options. Say you heat with oil and pay $4.40 per gallon (roughly today’s cash price in Brattleboro), using an Energy Star boiler (83% efficient) and hot water baseboard distribution (98% efficient). Your cost of delivered heat with these assumptions will be $39.00 per million Btu. By comparison, electric baseboard heat at the CVPS rate of 12.3¢/kWh converts to $36.05 per million Btu of delivered heat—that’s 8% lower cost for electric heat! Using a heat pump with a coefficient of performance of 2.0 (200% efficient) and ducts fully within the insulated house envelope drops the cost of delivered heat to $18.39 per million Btu. And firewood, at $250/cord burned in an EPA-compliant wood stove (70% efficient), converts to just $16.23 per million Btu of delivered heat. The beauty of an online calculator is that you can quickly and easily vary any of the inputs to compare lots of fuels and heating options.Keep in mind that energy costs are volatile. It probably doesn’t make sense to rip out your oil boiler and put in electric baseboard heat, because either oil prices could go down, or electricity prices could go up. But if you’re thinking about replacing equipment anyway, you might want to consider an electric heat pump or pellet stove. RELATED ARTICLES GBA Encyclopedia: Green Heating OptionsA Heating Fuel Cost Comparison CalculatorComparing Fuel Costs
The World Masters Games is the world’s largest multi-sport event, which will take place throughout Sydney later this year.The partnership will see Games television spots featuring one of Channel Nine’s most popular on-screen personalities, sports presenter Ken Sutcliffe, start appearing on the network shortly and several Channel Nine stars competing in the event.Touch Football is one of the 28 sports being played at the 2009 World Masters Games, in divisions including Men’s 30’s, 35’s, 40’s, 45’s, 50’s, 55’s and 60’s, Women’s 30’s, 35’s and 40’s and Mixed 30’s and 40’s. Touch will be played from the 12th-15th October 2009.Channel Nine Chief Executive Officer David Gyngell said that the network was proud to be a partner of the seventh edition of the major international multi-sport event at which everyday people can have extraordinary experiences.“The World Masters Games are unique in that they provide everyone, regardless oftheir sporting prowess, with an opportunity to take part in a sports event on the bigstage. Channel Nine is delighted to be associated with this year’s Games in Sydney.”Shane O’Leary, Chief Executive Officer of the Games Organising Committee, said thatChannel Nine’s support of the Games will help raise the event’s profile to a whole new level.“We warmly welcome Channel Nine to the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games family and look forward to seeing some of the network’s stars competing against fellowsports enthusiasts from all around the globe over nine exciting days in October.“It doesn’t matter how good or how old you are. Everyone’s invited to take part in this great festival of sport. The Sydney 2009 World Masters Games are all about being fit, fun and forever young. Don’t miss out on your opportunity of a lifetime.”The Games, running from the 10th -18th October, are open to everyone rather than just elite athletes, are expected to see 25,000 people from more than 100 countriescompete at 72 Sydney venues, including many Olympic sites.Games registrations are open now at www.2009worldmasters.comThanks to Mark Worwood for providing the content of this article.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Arsenal midfielder Guendouzi reveals big World Cup ambitionsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is determined to break into the France squad.The Gunners revelation has only just been capped at U21 level by France, but already has bigger ambitions.Guendouzi declared, “My dream is to win the World Cup one day. “Wearing the A’s jersey is the Grail, it’s above all. If I continue to work like I do with Arsenal, I’ll get there.”It’s been an eventual few months for Guendouzi, who has turned down Morocco to pledge his international future to France.
Urban Meyer Son First PitchTuesday night, the Cleveland Indians hosted Urban Meyer and his son Nate as they took on the Mariners at Progressive Field. Initially, it was thought that Meyer himself would be throwing out the first pitch. But in the end, it was actually his son doing the honors. Meyer caught the ball at home plate instead. Pretty cool.Thursday, Ohio State released a short video to recap the experience. Meyer and his son met a number of players, hung out in a luxury box, toured the facility, and of course, got to walk on the field. Enjoy, OSU fans:
Instagram/sterlingbrown3 Duquesne isn’t the only college basketball program to run into some serious blizzard-related bus problems in Pennsylvania. Undefeated SMU is in Philadelphia for tomorrow’s game against Temple, and the team had to push its bus out of the snow in order to make it to practice this afternoon. #PhliiyChroniclesA video posted by SB (@sterlingbrown3) on Jan 23, 2016 at 8:55am PST Our Bus got stuck. pic.twitter.com/yyswmZkE6E— Ben Moore (@JaminTheFiend) January 23, 2016Things aren’t nearly as dire for the Mustangs as they are for the Dukes, however. SMU was able to make it to the gym.Oh the weather outside is frightful But the gym is so delightful And since we’ve no place to go Let It Snow #PonyUp pic.twitter.com/DalyoNsdjY— SMU Basketball (@SMUBasketball) January 23, 2016Not even a blizzard can beat SMU. Bus stuck until players helped push. Practicing now. SMU-Temple 11am CT ESPN2 https://t.co/jUFr0Ixdzp— Ted Emrich (@tedemrich) January 23, 2016“We’re talking about PRACTICE?!” … Not even #blizzard2016 can stop us! SMU vs Temple – Noon Sunday #ESPN2 #PonyUp pic.twitter.com/qfV9K5041s— Jay Duncan (@JayDunks) January 23, 201618-0 SMU faces Temple at noon tomorrow.
Vine/Rob DausterGuard Angel Rodriguez led all scorers with 17 points in Miami’s 65-63 win over Pitt, but no basket was bigger than his final one. With just 1.4 seconds remaining on the clock, Rodriguez tipped the ball in to give the Hurricanes the decisive lead.Wild sequence as Miami takes the lead with 1.4 seconds left over Pitt https://t.co/GNVSwIdste— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) February 10, 2016Angel with the huge tip-in and the BUC is going nuts as Miami leads 65-63 with 1.4 sec left. Here’s my view: pic.twitter.com/b4YMSTDnZl— Austin Sapin (@AustinSapin) February 10, 2016There was a bit of drama on the ensuing Pitt inbounds, with some contact on the last second heave, but the refs did not make a call, giving Miami the win.Refs swallow the whistle and Miami wins over Pitt. https://t.co/7evyYHLmkq— Adam Comarow (@ComarowsCorner) February 10, 2016Miami is now 19-4, and 8-3 in ACC play.