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OCA youth hold 4th Annual Celebrity Showdown to benefit Make-A-Wish

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association BEST Program for youth ages 8-21 years will host the BEST Celebrity Showdown at the Clark County Cattle Battle to benefit Make-A-Wish. The event, in its fourth year, will be held on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio.BEST youth will participate in this year’s battle, dressing up their cattle and presenting it to judges from the Harmony Township Fire Department. Through donations from family, friends, the community and members of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, youth participating in the Celebrity Showdown hope to raise $16,000 to help grant the wishes of local children battling life-threatening medical conditions. In the past three years, BEST participants raised more than $40,000.Incentive prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers at the OCA BEST Program Banquet on May 7, 2016. Donations to Make-A-Wish will continue to be accepted after the Celebrity Showdown until the BEST Banquet.The BEST Celebrity Showdown at the Clark County Cattle Battle is a part of the Kids For Wish Kids program. It gives students the opportunity to help make wishes come true. Students develop fundraising ideas under the supervision of a teacher, principal or club advisor and help share the power of a wish®. To learn more about the Kids For Wish Kids program, please visit makeawishohio.org.last_img read more

Add NoSQL Capabilities to MySQL With the HandlerSocket Plugin

first_imgTags:#cloud#news#Products 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Do you want to get the performance of a NoSQL database, but need to use MySQL (or the MySQL fork Percona Server)? DeNA developer Akira Higuchis’s HandlerSocket plugin adds NoSQL functionality to MySQL for handling tasks such as primary key lookups without caching. HandlerSocket runs as a daemon within MySQL mysqld process to simple CRUD operations on tables. It’s available for Linux-based installations of MySQL and is now included in Percona Server 5.1.52-12.3.According to a blog post by DeNA developer (and former MySQL/Oracle employe) Yoshinori Matsunobu, HandlerSocket has the following advantages:Supporting lots of query patternsCan handle lots of concurrent connectionsExtremely high performanceNo duplicate cacheNo data inconsistencyCrash-safeSQL can be used from mysql clientsAll operational benefits from MySQLNo need to modify/rebuild MySQLIndependent from storage enginesMatsunobu also notes the following disadvantages:Need to learn HandlerSocket APIsNo security featuresNo benefit for HDD bound workloadsThis seems like it could be a real game-changer in the database space as IT and developers wrestle with how to implement not-just-SQL solutions to various problems. klint finleycenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

A Heating Fuel Cost Comparison Calculator

first_imgEfficiency of consumption varies a lot tooAlso, the amount of useful heat obtained from a given fuel depends on how efficiently it’s consumed. 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. Heating with electric baseboard heaters is 100% efficient. (Keep in mind that most electricity comes from coal or natural gas, and utilities are only about 30% efficient in converting those fossil fuels into electrons delivered to your home.)Buildings using electric heat pumps have much higher efficiencies (typically 200%–300%), because electricity is used for moving heat from one place to another, rather than being converted directly into heat. Is there a better heating fuel out there?The cold endured by these penguins got me thinking about heating fuels. With home heating fuel prices bouncing up and down as much as they have over the last few years, it’s easy to think that there must be a better solution out there, with a different fuel. But is there? Some cost calculations will help us answer that question.Let’s check on the prices of major regional heating fuels. According to the Department of Energy, the average price this month for residential heating oil is $3.68 per gallon (wholesale is $2.97). Residential propane costs $2.78 per gallon ($1.52 wholesale). This varies all over the map, but the most common price I am seeing for delivered cordwood is $250 per cord. Wood pellets are priced at about $270 per ton. Electricity here in southern Vermont currently costs 14 cents per kilowatt-hour, but it’s all over the map (literally) across the country. Heating value and per unit of fuel variesBy themselves, these cost figures don’t mean much because the heating value, or BTUs, contained in a unit of each fuel is so different. For example, one gallon of fuel oil contains 0.15 million BTUs, while one gallon of propane contains 40% less: 0.091 million BTUs. Combining factors into one easy comparisonIn order to combine all these factors into a meaningful comparison of heating fuel costs, it’s easiest to use an online comparison calculator like one offered by BuildingGreen.This allows you to enter your cost for a particular fuel, your heating system efficiency, and its distribution efficiency. The end result is a figure in dollars per million BTUs that reflects your real costs of delivered heat and allows you to compare that with other options. Example: Switch from oil to propane?I know someone who heats with oil, paying $3.68 per gallon, and uses an older forced-air furnace with roughly 75% efficiency. The heat is distributed through ducts that run through the heated space, with roughly 98% efficiency. Using the online calculator, we can see my friend is paying $36.10 per million BTUs.Let’s say he wants to upgrade to propane in order to take advantage of the more stable prices, and the 90% efficiency offered by good propane furnaces. With the same ducted distribution, he would be paying $34.51 per million BTUs.Switching to propane would, in this case, save some money, but not a huge amount, and particularly with fluctuating prices a fuel switch here would be debatable on cost grounds. On a carbon comparison, however the higher efficiency, cleaner-burning propane would be an improvement. I might advise this friend to switch now if he felt really motivated by that, but otherwise to get more life out of his current furnace and in the meantime, work on air sealing and other cost-effective efficiency measures.What are you heating with, and what are you considering switching to? Check out our free online calculator at BuildingGreen.com/calc/fuel_cost.cfm and let me know what you think.Tristan Roberts is Editorial Director at BuildingGreen, Inc., in Brattleboro, Vermont, which publishes information on green building solutions. I recently caught up with where the rest of the world was in 2005 by watching the hit documentary “March of the Penguins.” It’s been on my list for a while but when evening arrives I’m much more prone to watching films about people — people like James Bond, for example. But my wife and I had a baby two weeks ago, and suddenly movies narrated by Morgan Freeman seem like more appropriate family fare.My only quibble with the movie is the name: it would be more accurate to call it “Commute of the Penguins.” I had understood that the movie was about this extraordinary 70-mile walk that Emperor penguins undertake once a year to get to their Antarctic breeding ground. I learned from the movie, though, that they go back and forth several times, with the parents taking turns to get food while the other does childcare. (Tip to dads: don’t let your offspring freeze while mom is out catching fish for dinner.) … And don’t forget efficiency of distributionTo 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.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% to 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% (0.78 x 0.65) — meaning that only half of the energy you’ve paid for is actually being used to keep you warm!last_img read more

Woman kills self in Baramati, names CRPF man in suicide note

first_imgA Maharashtra Public Service Commission aspirant killed herself on July 20, 2017 in Baramati after blaming a Central Reserve Police Force commando and seven others in her suicide note, police has said. She had alleged mental harassment and blackmail among other reasons for her decision. The incident occurred in the evening of July 20, 2017, said the distraught kin of the woman. In a detailed and impassioned three-page note, the woman revealed she had known the CRPF commando for the past year-and-a-half and alleged that she had been lured into a physical relationship by him on false promises. The woman had accused others named in note of continuous blackmail and threat in the last three years.”They used to harass me at tuition classes and the academy with the baleful intention of coercing me into sexual relationship. They said they would tarnish my reputation… My loved ones are not aware of these events. I have been traumatised for the past several months… seek justice against those named in my letter,” reads the note.An officer with the Baramati Police Station said, “The girl apparently never confided in her parents about these events for fear of causing distress to them. We have lodged an FIR against those named in the suicide note and are probing the case to determine all angles.” Police have lodged an FIR under sections 306 (abetment of suicide) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) acting on a complaint lodged by the woman’s kin.last_img read more

After frustrating him in NCAA, Thompson looks to turn tables on Amer in PBA

first_imgPBA IMAGESFor Scottie Thompson, it’s time for the second part of his redemption tour against Baser Amer.With the upcoming Finals clash between Ginebra and  Meralco in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup,  the former Perpetual playmaker and the San Beda floor general also renew they rivalry.ADVERTISEMENT “They [San Beda] were the ones in red then. Now, I’m the one in red so I wish to eliminate them again,” he said smiling.Thompson was on the losing end thrice in the Final Four as his tough-as-nails Altas failed to knock off Amer’s Red Lions from 2012 to 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe didn’t get his fourth crack at San Beda after Perpetual missed out on the playoffs in his senior year in NCAA Season 91.But Thompson did get one back on Amer after his Gin Kings won the 2016 Governors’ Cup at the expense of the Bolts last season. MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:40Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIEScenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH While they may be rivals on the court, Thompson could not help but be impressed with Amer’s improvement this year.“Baser has been playing really good. They’re successful right now is because of the way he plays. It’s also a big boost for them when they added kuya Ranidel (de Ocampo) and Mike Tolomia, so they have more weapons this time compared to last year,” he said.But the goal remains the same for Thompson as he hopes win his second championship at his friend’s expense.“I’m thankful to be back in the Finals and we really want to win this one,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Blue Eagles move closer to PVL finals sweep View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Four Filipinos to see action in ONE: Warriors of the World in Bangkok

first_imgPangilinan: PH ‘putting very good bid’ to host 2023 Fiba World Cup Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:29Police 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 Photo from ONE ChampionshipFour Filipinos will proudly hoist the country’s flag when they enter the cage at ONE Warriors of the World at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on December 9.Female fighters April Osenio and Rome Trinidad banner the Philippine delegation as they take on different opponents in the undercard.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next The Bangkok fightcard will see ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka Naito defend his title against Brazilian Alex Silva in the main event, while Shannon Wiratchai and Rasul Yakhyaev figure in a ONE Lightweight World Championship title eliminator.Singapore’s Christian Lee will also lock horns with Kotetsu Buku of South Korea, former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke going up against Riku Shibuya, hometown bet Yodsanan Sityodtong taking on Dodi Mardian of Indonesia, and Chinese bantamweight Tang De Pan facing Asraful Islam of Bangladesh. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The 23-year-old Osenio (2-2) is seeking to bounce back from her loss to Jenny Huang last year as Team Lakay pins its hopes on her when she faces the debuting Xiong Jingnan of China in their flyweight bout.Meanwhile, the 20-year-old Trinidad will be making her ONE debut as she showcases her Sikaran background and shoots for an upset against Thai contender Rika Ishige in their atomweight showdown.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCebuano featherweight Jimmy Yabo (5-5) is also seeking to end his three-match skid when he tangles with Muay Thai specialist Sagetdao Petpayathai.Wushu expert Rabin Catalan (4-3) is also motivated to snap his own slump as he faces strawweight contender Kritsada Kongsrichai of Thailand. View commentslast_img read more

London Olympics: France’s Camille Muffat wins women’s 400m freestyle swimming gold

first_imgCamille Muffat of France held off a strong challenge from Allison Schmitt to win the Olympic 400m women’s freestyle gold on Sunday. Muffat, a 2011 world bronze medallist, managed to fend off the American in the final 50m to win in 4 minutes, 1.45 seconds, an Olympic record.”I’m relieved and happy,” Moffat said. “I haven’t thought about all the work, I was thinking about the other swimmers and my family.””Being an Olympic champion was the most difficult dream to reach. I knew this year I was the best, but I didn’t expect to win.”Beijing bronze medallist Schmitt was 0.34 seconds behind, with Britain’s Rebecca Adlington, 2008 gold medallist in both the 200 metres and 400 metres freestyle, claiming the bronze.”I did not expect a medal,” Adlington said. “It’s a really tough race. The only disappointment is with the time.”World record holder Frederica Pellegrini of Italy was fifth.last_img

Gymnast Dipa Karmakar aims to topple US sensation Simone Biles

first_imgGymnast Dipa Karmakar, who has been the toast of the nation since her fourth-place finish in the Rio Olympics, said her next aim is to knock world No.1 Simone Biles of the United States off her perch.Biles claimed the gold medal in the women’s vault — the event which saw Dipa miss out on the bronze medal at Rio.”Simone Biles is the best. My aim is to beat her. I am preparing in such a way that even if I cannot get the better of her, I end up with a silver,” Dipa told a packed gathering here. (Dipa Karmakar reveals why she chose gymnastics and not any other sport)GOLD CROWNDipa was felicitated by a local Durga Puja organisation for her feat at Rio where she missed bronze by the skin of the teeth.”The response she has been getting from across the country has floored us. I have vowed to myself that I won’t rest until she wins a medal in Tokyo (Olympics in 2020),” coach Bishweshwar Nandi said in his speech.Actor Prosenjit Chatterjee gave Dipa a gold crown as promised by the organisers earlier this week.Among others present were former East Bengal coach Biswajit Bhattacharya and Bengal’s Ranji Trophy-winning captain Sambaran Banerjee.”I was happy with my finish until I came to my room. When I got to know the reaction of the entire country, the feeling of disappointment set in. If only I could win a medal, I could have gifted the country and all my fellow Bengalis something,” added the 23-year-old Tripura girl.advertisementON MEETING BIG BDipa met Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan in New Delhi at a function on Saturday. On asking the ‘Pink’ actor for a photograph, Big B’s reply pleased her no bounds.”He said ‘I will wait for you half an hour. You click 10 pictures with me. Don’t be disheartened. You will achieve more success. This is just the beginning’.”‘INDIAN COACHES BETTER’At a press gathering later, Dipa said Indian coaches are better than foreign counterparts citing the example of Pullela Gopichand who coached P.V. Sindhu to a silver medal in badminton at Rio.”I have an Indian coach who I owe everything whatever I am today. Sindhu was also under an Indian coach and so was Sakshi. Both have won medals for the country. I think an Indian coach is always better,” she reckoned.According to reports, coach Nandi is plotting a half-turn vault with an eye on Tokyo 2020. Quizzed about that, he preferred to beat around the bush: “Everyone wants a vault that he or she can master and is his or her identity. I have been working on something similar. Let’s see what happens.”Dipa will be in the city on Monday as well where she will first visit Bhowanipore Football Club followed by a programme at the Bengal Chamber of Commerce.last_img read more

The Latest UK envoy says EU shift on backstop could help

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):9 a.m.Britain’s envoy to Germany says the European Union might help avert a “no-deal” Brexit if it’s prepared to shift its position on the terms of future border controls with Ireland.Britain’s ambassador in Berlin, Sebastian Wood, says that the current “backstop ” solution is opposed both by U.K. lawmakers who want the country to leave the EU, and those who don’t.In an interview with German public broadcaster ARD, Wood noted that Britain wouldn’t have the right to get out of the backstop unilaterally “and many have noticed this.”He said “this might be the most important question in the coming days and weeks, and the EU can perhaps be a little helpful in that area.”___8:50 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a no-confidence vote a day after Parliament rejected her Brexit deal by an historic margin.May is battling to save her job after staking her political reputation on a last-ditch effort to win support for the divorce agreement she negotiated with the European Union. Though defeat was widely expected, the scale of the rout — 432-202 — was devastating for May’s leadership.Immediately after the vote, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tabled a no-confidence motion, saying it will give Parliament a chance to give its verdict “on the sheer incompetence of this government.”Still, most analysts predict May will survive because her Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party, which supports it, are expected to vote against the motion.___8:15 a.m.European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says the bloc is stepping up preparations for a chaotic no-deal departure of Britain from the bloc after the rejection of the draft withdrawal deal in London left the EU “fearing more than ever that there is a risk” of a cliff-edge departure.Barnier regretted Westminster’s massive rejection of the deal he negotiated with the government of British Prime Minister Theresa May and said that any future deal would still have to include approving the withdrawal agreement.He said Wednesday that “whatever happens, ratification of the withdrawal agreement is necessary. It is a precondition.”He said that a linked political declaration offered “possible options” for further talks.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Suncor cites crude by rail woes as it calls for early end

first_imgIn order to support the higher cost of rail over pipelines, the differentials need to be higher than US$15-$20 per barrel, Imperial says. On a conference call to discuss Suncor’s fourth-quarter results, Williams said the production cuts are also having a long-term negative affect on investor confidence in Canada.The criticism came as Suncor reported a $280-million net loss in the fourth quarter of 2018, in part due to the very price discounts the curtailments were designed to reduce.Calgary-based Suncor said its average realized price in Canadian dollars for raw bitumen in the quarter was just $7.96 per barrel, versus $42.80 in the fourth quarter of 2017. Its average realized price for upgraded synthetic crude was $46.07, compared with $70.55.“If you look at what’s happened, the differential corrected _ and over-corrected _ very quickly and the unintended consequence of that is … rail economics are severely damaged and a lot of the rail movements are stopping or have stopped,” said Williams.“That’s going to have the opposite impact to what the government wants.”The difference in price between Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend oil and New York benchmark West Texas Intermediate widened to as much as US$52 per barrel in October, but shrunk to single digits in December and January. CALGARY, A.B. – Suncor Energy Inc. is calling on the Alberta government to make an earlier-than-planned exit from the oil curtailment program it enacted on Jan. 1 because of its “unintended consequences.”CEO Steve Williams says the program designed to draw down crude storage and free up space on export pipelines has worked too well, reducing local price discounts to the point that shipping crude by rail into the United States is no longer financially sustainable.The same charge was levelled last week by Imperial Oil Ltd. CEO Rich Kruger, who said his firm would cut its crude-by-rail shipments to near zero this month, a major setback in oil movements as it had been responsible for about half of Canada’s rail shipments in December.last_img read more