MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow is bracing for more protests seeking the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who faces a court hearing Tuesday. Tens of thousands filled the streets across the vast country Sunday for a second straight weekend calling for his freedom, with thousands of arrests in the largest outpouring of discontent in Russia in years. They chanted slogans against President Vladimir Putin. Navalny was jailed last month and faces years in prison. A human rights group says over 5,400 protesters were detained, and some were beaten. One of those taken into custody for several hours was Navalny’s wife, Yulia, who was ordered to pay a fine of about $265 for participating in an unauthorized rally.
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A 30-year-old Orlando man has been sentenced to life in prison after he killed his parents and his brother because they allegedly tried to cut off his online relationship with an adult webcam model.The murders of Chad, Cody, and Margaret Amato occurred on January 24th at the family’s home on Sultan Circle.Authorities say the suspect Grant Amato, became infatuated with a Bulgarian webcam model named Silvie and reportedly stole nearly $200,000 from his family to fund his online relationship with her. The 30-year-old stole $60,000 and guns from his brother, Cody, and another $150,000 from his father Chad which included a loan that was taken out on his parents house.When the family interceded in the relationship, Grant then planned his revenge.Grant reportedly spent the day with his mother but at 4:45 pm when she sat down at the computer, he shot her in the back of the head and left her body “face-down dead at her computer desk,” while he waited for his father to come home. He then shot his father and his brother when they came home hours apart.The suspect then rearranged the bodies to make it appear that his brother killed his parents before he killed himself. Investigators realized, however, that Cody could not have been responsible for the deaths due to the time each person was killed.Grant was arrested and charged with first degree murder on July 31st, however, jurors reconvened Monday to decide whether Grant should receive the death penalty or just be sentenced to life in prison.After deliberations, it was decided that Grant be sentenced to life behind bars without prole.
The Nelson Curling Club put a ribbon on a great season at the Heritage City facility with its annual Club Championship Saturday.Champions were crowned in the Ladies, Men’s and Mixed Leagues.Marla Dreher edged out Allison Sutherland to claim the Ladies League title.Dreher, third Deena Cownden, second Shadow Biln and lead Gloria Beecham defeated the Sutherland rink of third Deirdre Lang, Tracey Mozel and lead Sheila Ryan. In Men’s Final, Brett McLellan put a steal of three on the board in the fifth end to double Fred Thomson 6-3.McLellan added another steal of one in the sixth end to build the insurmountable lead.Team McLellan included third Chris Osborne, second Devon Duncan and lead Shane Learmont.Team Thomson included third Kevin Thompson, second Chad Staten and led Eric Thompson.For the final spares Jamie Tedesco and Corey Anderson filled in for the Thomson rink.In the Mixed League Final, Rick Cutler needed an extra end to lead his rink to a win over Team Douglas.The Cutler rink includes Cutler, third Jana Bidwell, second Mike Brennan and lead Danyell Rosenbaum.Peter Douglas is the skip, Karen McGinnis is third, Tammy Douglas is the second and Andy Gullen is lead on Team Douglas.
Share 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.
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Efficiency 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!
PBA 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 STORIES 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 — Pagasa
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Camille 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.