Ashley Wright Joins Kilawatt Technologies

first_imgShelburne, VT-November 13, 2008- Kilawatt Technologies is pleased to announce Ashley Wright has joined the energy conservation software company as a Sales Representative. Ms. Wright will support the companys wholesale conservation partners who use Kilawatt’s products, based on the company’s EnerSuite software, to lower energy consumption, cut costs and reduce greenhouse gases in commercial buildings. Ms. Wright will also be working closely with organizations that are using Kilawatt’s LEED products to achieve valuable points in the Energy and Atmosphere section of the LEED certification for existing buildings. Ms. Wright graduated from UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources in 2007 and currently lives in Burlington.Kilawatt Technologies is headquartered in Shelburne and is a leading information software company helping organizations around the world conserve energy, lower costs and reduce greenhouse gases in large commercial and industrial buildings with little or no capital investment. For more information about Kilawatt Technologies, please call 802.985.2285 or visit www.kilawatt.com(link is external).last_img read more

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Lamb and Li to contest Junior Players Championship in Florida

first_img Matty Lamb (Hexham, Northumberland) and Jamie Li (Bath, Somerset), two youngsters recently capped at boy level, have been selected to represent England Golf in the Junior Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Florida on 28th – 31st August.Both players stepped up from under 16 level to play a part in England’s winning team in the Boys Home Internationals at Western Gailes in Scotland.Lamb (image copyright Leaderboard Photogrpahy), 16, a former winner of the Scottish under 14 Championship and the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and a runner-up in the English Boys under 14 Championship, was capped against the other three Home countries in last year’s under 16 internationals.This year, he has finished second in the Fairhaven Trophy, equal fourth in the English Boys under 16 Championship for the McGregor Trophy, and fifth in the McEvoy Trophy. He also finished ninth on his previous overseas trip to the European Young Masters.Li, 17, lost a playoff for the English Boys under 18 Championship, the Carris Trophy, last year at West Lancs before being capped in the under 16 internationals against Wales and Scotland. After finishing tied fourth in last autumn’s Daily Telegraph Junior Championship, he finished equal sixth in this year’s McEvoy Trophy and tied seventh in the Fairhaven Trophy.The Junior Players Championship is contested over 54 holes of stroke play. 22 Aug 2014 Lamb and Li to contest Junior Players Championship in Florida last_img read more

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Fitness for Everyone

first_imgFinding a program to keep fit can be a challenge but here are some thoughts on how to start a healthy, sustainable exercise program.
 Fitness goals should be attainable and you should have some forethought and preparation for each workout. If you’re coming off the couch, there are some factors to keep in mind.Your body may feel fine when not exercising, but many people experience injuries from the first couple of workouts. Who wants to warm up slowly and properly when you can just jump on a treadmill or lift some weights? The truth is that an exercise program should start with some foam rolling (for self-massage to release muscle tightness), then progress to some dynamic stretching and low impact heart rate elevating exercises.After muscles are warmed up and body temperature is elevated, the body is better prepared to handle smart exercise stress. Injuries are what most often keep people from reaching their fitness goals.Starting out with lofty or unattainable goals compounded with an injury is a recipe for failure. An adage to remember is that a body in motion stays in motion, unless it has a sprained ACL or torn meniscus.Not to get too philosophical, but we know for a fact that a better diet and regular exercise combats a plethora of diseases and helps you live a healthier happier life. Improving your appearance and the way you feel is inevitable only with consistent smart exercise. The point is that it’s hard to get in shape and maintain a healthy, focused mindset with reoccurring or initial injuries. Doing what you can to prepare the body for what you’re asking it to do is a recipe for success!The other thing to keep in mind that is vital to a good exercise experience is proper fuel. This is a broad complex topic, but generally speaking, a light meal consisting of low-glycemic carbs approximately 1 to 1-1/2 hours before exercise is ideal for most. Even with the perfect pre-workout meal, that plus exertion can lead to mild or moderate nausea, especially in a de-conditioned state. Sometimes it takes a few workouts to learn how certain foods react with your body when followed by exercise. You want your blood sugar level and have some stored fuel, but beyond that there are too many factors affecting dieting considerations to generalize. One tip however: Water must reach body temp to pass through stomach. Cold water has a tendency to slosh around and cause a stomachache. Try drinking water at room temperature to help avoid nausea and cramps.Another thing to keep in mind: accountability when starting an exercise program, makes it easier to stay consistent. There are many different fitness professionals with many different philosophies on how to get fit. Beyond credentials, personality and energy should be determining factors when choosing a personal trainer. Can this person motivate and inspire you to help reach your goals? Also make sure you trust the way your body feels. The best trainer with the most credentials and kinesthetic awareness still doesn’t know how your body feels and responds to exercise. If it feels wrong, chances are it is wrong for your body. It might even be just that particular exercise or just that session. Either way, voicing your concern allows your fitness professional to make a better decision based on how an exercise is affecting you. Good pain must be separated from bad pain.Exercise keeps people feeling passionate and grounded. Readers should be encouraged and inspired to know that there is a way for anybody to get and stay in shape.”Dan Weltman, who owns and operates Rumson Personal Fitness with his wife Darleen, has been working with clients to get their desired results for more than 25 years By Dan Weltmanlast_img read more

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No joy in Boundary Country, Leafs pound Bruins 15-0

first_imgIt’s easy to say Carsen Willans likes playing the Grand Forks Border Bruins.As a matter of fact, so do a lot of Kootenay International Junior Hockey League teams.Willans, a Nelson Minor Hockey Association grad, scored four times as the Nelson Leafs shocked it to the Bruins 15-0 in Murdoch Division play Thursday in the Boundary City.Despite winning its first of the season last week in the Invermere, there’s not much positive to report for interim coach Matt Zamec.The former assistant was elevated prior to the win after head coach and GM Brent Batten was relieved of his duties by team executive.Nelson scored five times during the first eight minutes of the opening period to literally put the game away after 20 minutes.During the first frame the Leafs outshot the Bruins 21-5 en route to a 57-shot barrage at the Grand Forks tandem of Jeremy Mandoli and backup Nathan Nicloson.Grand Forks also surrendered three power play goals in the contest.Along with Willans padding his stats, a host of other Leafs also filled the stats bucket.The game’s first star Brett Norman scored three times while adding two helpers for a five-point night.Former Trail Smokie defenceman J.J. Beitel also had a breakout game, with two goals and three assists along with center Nik Newman, one goal four assists.Nelson defenceman Walker Sidoni had four assists as well as Nelson native Dallon Stoddart, also finishing with four points on a goal and three assists.Other goal scorers included Matthew Naka, Julian Davis, Eric Spring and Matti Jmaeff.Patrick Defoe had a relatively easy time in the net, stopping 27 shots.The only real bright spot for the Bruins came in the third period when Grand Forks fired 14 shots — more than the first two periods — at the Leaf goal.LEAF NOTES: Nelson, 18-9-0-2, climbs into a second-place tie with idle Castlegar Rebels, each team now has 38 points. However, Castlegar has played two less games. . . .The night was cut rather short for Leaf center Matthew Naka. After scoring Nelson’s fifth goal of the opening period, the Vanderhoof native was handed a game misconduct for an illegal check to the head later in the first frame. . . . In four games against the Bruins Carsen Willans has accumulated 17 points, including seven goals. . . . Grand Forks has yielded league high 253 goals in 27 games for an average of almost 10 per game. . . .Thursday’s game was the lone contest of the weekend for Nelson. The team returns to action Friday, December 9 at the NDCC Arena when the Rebels visit in a Murdoch Division showdown. Game time is 7 p.m. . . . After playing 19 games in seven weeks, Nelson’s schedule is back to somewhat normal as the Leafs have eight games in December. Seven of the eight are against Murdoch Division opposition, including two each against powers Castlegar and Beaver [email protected]last_img read more

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COMEBACKING AMBITIOUS BREW UPSETS FAVORED FOREST CHATTER & WINS $100,000 LENNYFROMALIBU STAKES BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER PRAT; ZIEBARTH HOMEBRED BY TIZBUD, TRAINED BY JONES, GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF IN 1:13.78

first_imgRACE IS ONE OF FIVE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY STAKES FOR CAL-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERS ARCADIA, Calif. (May 28, 2016)–With Flavien Prat orchestrating a pedestrian opening quarter mile in 22.88, Pamela Ziebarth’s comebacking homebred Ambitious Brew marched to an impressive 2 ¼ length victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Lennyfromalibu Stakes. Trained by Marty Jones, Ambitious Brew, who had been idle since Oct. 12, covered 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:13.78.“We ended up getting a great trip,” said Jones. “You could tell after the first quarter mile that he was in the right spot and he was gonna be tough to beat. I keep feeling like I should’ve gotten more out of this horse, he’s a really good horse. Hopefully, we can finish off the year with something big with him.”The 2-1 second choice in a field of five older horses bred or sired in California, Ambitious Brew paid $6.40, $2.80 and $2.20.A 6-year-old gelding by Ziebarth’s Tizbud, Ambitious Brew is out of her Forest Wildcat mare, Kathwen. Today’s win marked his third stakes victory and he improved his overall mark to 16-6-6-0. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $398,380.“Marty just asked me not to rush him,” said Prat, who was aboard for the first time. “He broke so well and I had an easy lead. I was surprised to be on the lead that easily with him, but after that, when I asked him after crossing the dirt, he just took off.”Although he appeared full of run crossing the dirt at the top of the lane, Forest Chatter, who may well have been compromised by the slow early pace, never threatened the winner and had to settle for second, 1 ½ lengths in front of Old Man Lake.Ridden by Mike Smith, Forest Chatter was off at 3-5 and paid $2.20 and $2.10.The longest shot in the field at 25-1 with Tyler Baze, Old Man Lake completed the trifecta and paid $3.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.88, 45.82 and 1:07.90.The Lennyfromalibu was the first of five California-bred or sired stakes on an 11-race card at Santa Anita.last_img read more

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Solar Beats Utility Power in Many Cities

first_imgIn 42 out of the country’s 50 largest cities, electricity produced by fully financed photovoltaic (PV) systems would be cheaper than power purchased from the grid, researchers from the NC Clean Energy Technology Center said.Their report, Going Solar in America, also found that in 46 of the largest U.S. cities, a fully financed system was a better investment than the stock market.Of the single-family homeowners in the country’s 50 largest cities, the authors estimated that 9.1 million live in a city where solar electricity costs less than utility power if they purchased a PV system outright. Nearly 21 million people, 93 percent of all single-family homeowners, in those cities could beat utility rates if low-cost financing were available.“So why aren’t more Americans investing in solar?” the authors asked. “There is a clear information gap, and with this report we intend to open the eyes of average homeowners by showing that solar can generate both significant monthly savings and long-term investment value, and not infrequently cost less than energy from some of America’s largest electric utilities.”Citing information from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the report notes that the median cost of a PV system (before tax or other incentives) dropped from $12 per installed watt in 1998 to about $4.70 per watt in 2013, a decrease of 60 percent, and had fallen to between $3.70 and $4.24 per watt by the third quarter of last year.Solar, the authors said, is “not just an option for the rich.” Calculating the value of PVHere are some of the other conclusions the authors reached:PV systems bought with a loan have a greater net present value (the value of the investment over its lifetime in today’s dollars) than PV systems purchased outright with cash.The levelized cost of energy produced by a fully financed 5-kW system is as low as 3.1 cents per kilowatt hour (in Washington, D.C.), and as low as 8.8 cents per kWh for a system purchased upfront with cash (in Miami). (The levelized cost is the total cost of the system divided by its total output over its lifetime.)In many of the country’s biggest cities, the net present value of a dollar invested in PV yields a better value than a dollar invested in Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index fund.Hardware costs for PV have dropped steadily, but the “soft costs” of installation, financing and permitting, accounted for 64 percent of total system costs in 2012. “It is not hyperbolic to say that the soft cost reduction challenge is at the heart of getting rooftop solar PV to a level of broad-based cost- effectiveness,” the report says. Even in the north, savings add upBenefits are not limited to parts of the country with a high solar potential. In fact, homeowners in some cities not known for sunny weather should be able to offset a higher percentage of their consumption with solar sources than those living in much sunnier places.For example, in Boston, a 5-kilowatt PV system could be expected to produce 567 kWh of power a month, about 75 percent of the average use of 761 kWh, the report says. The numbers in Chicago are very similar. In Phoenix, Arizona, the same system would produce 735 kWh of electricity — substantially more power but still only about 68 percent of the average monthly 1,077 kWh total use.And as hardware costs for PV systems drop, savings will increase. The EIA forecasts increases in utility rates of between 33 percent and 83 percent over the expected 25-year life span of a PV system, the report says.“When the declining cost of solar is coupled with the rising cost of grid electricity, the financial case for solar (given the strong odds of future rate increases) can be quite persuasive, particularly for locales with higher than average electric rates, such as California and the Northeast,” the report says.center_img Incentives and net-metering helpThe report also points to a range of state and federal incentives as important motivators. Net metering, which allows PV owners to sell excess power to their utilities, is either state policy or offered voluntarily by utilities in all but four states (South Dakota, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi). Many states also have renewable portfolio standards requiring some portion of electricity come from solar sources.In addition to the 30% federal Investment Tax Credit, many states offer rebates, state tax credits, sales tax exemptions, and property tax exemptions on PV equipment, the report notes.When it’s all added up, a 5-kW system can save consumers in some California markets about $185 per month during the first year of operation (before a loan or lease payment is calculated). Savings are greatest, the report says, for customers of Pacific Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, Arizona Public Service, and NSTAR, which serves Boston-area consumers.last_img read more

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10 months agoDONE DEAL: Marco Baroni named new coach of Frosinone

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Marco Baroni named new coach of Frosinoneby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarco Baroni has been named new coach of Frosinone.Baroni replaces Moreno Longo after the latter’s sacking yesterday.The 55-year-old is best known for his stints in charge of Juventus Primavera and Benevento, the latter of whom he guided into Serie A for the first time in their history.He takes over a Frosinone side already five points adrift in 19th place after just one win all season. last_img read more

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Cree woman dying of cancer last one standing on Attawapiskat diamond mine

first_img(Rebecca Iahtail (left) and Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence (right) at the diamond mine ice road blockade on Friday night. APTN/photo)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsATTAWAPISKAT– Inside the wood stove-warmed canvas tent beside the barricades on the ice road leading to the De Beers diamond mine, Rebecca Iahtail says she’s dying from cancer.There are several women sitting around Iahtail, three men, including Iahtail’s partner Noah, at the tent’s entrance. The conversation is almost totally in Cree.Spruce boughs and canvas are used as ground cover. Inside the tent a single candle burns next to an ashtray and an empty coffee cup. The flame glints softly off Iahtail’s glasses, her round face half shadow, half glow.The wood stove pops and hisses. The tinny sound of a pop tune can be heard coming from the headphones of a teenage girl.It’s Friday night in Attawapiskat, day six of the blockade is about to come to an end.Exhaust fumes, illuminated by headlights, float across the ice road. Tail lights streak through the darkness. A number of SUVs and pick-up trucks are buzzing between the barricades and the community, which is a couple of kilometres away.The news that De Beers obtained a court injunction to break the blockade has triggered rumours of impending arrests by the OPP.Iahtail says she has colon cancer and was given three years left to live. A mother to an 11 year-old son who is in Moose Factory at a hockey tournament, Iahtail says her impending death is part of the reason why she’s decided to stay until the end.“I got to do something,” says Iahtail. “I know I don’t have much time left.”She’s the last of the original blockaders.The other men involved decided to step down after a meeting late Friday afternoon with Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence and her band council.They were handed a letter asking them to stop the blockade because De Beers planned to launch an $130 million lawsuit against each of them.“Chief and council understand your frustration with De Beers in not dealing with your grievance matter,” says the letter, signed by Spence. “However, we cannot endorse any actions that prevent De Beers from operating its mine pursuant to our Impact Benefit Agreement.”The Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) is at the root of the current blockade, the second one in as many weeks.The community members involved say the IBA agreement is bad for Attawapiskat and doesn’t give the community enough for the use of the diamond riches on their traditional territory.Inside the tent, Danny Metatawabin, the IBA coordinator, uses his gloves to outline the Victor mine site and points out De Beers is also looking to exploit another area called “Tango.”Metatawabin says the company will have to negotiate a new IBA and, based on the problems the community sees with the current deal, the Attawapiskat government will be looking to land a better agreement.Iahtail, however, doesn’t want to wait four more years for a better agreement. This is her stand, she says, and the blockade won’t end even if she’s taken away.“I know there is a lot of people that are going to come back,” she says. “They told me they are going to keep blockading…They are going to keep on. After they take me they are going to keep blockading. Are they going to take the whole reserve out? Build an Idle No More prison?”Others have told APTN National News that people know Iahtail is sick and they will stand behind her if the OPP comes to take her away.Spence was briefly at the site Friday night. She and her council said during the meeting earlier in the day that they couldn’t officially support the blockaders because it would open up the band to a massive lawsuit from the company.In an interview with APTN National News, Spence says she marked “No” on the ballot during the IBA vote in the 2005. She says there are problems with the agreement, but the band needs to work them out with De Beers.“I understand what the blockaders are saying, but we have to look out for everyone and protect them,” she says. “I understand their frustration, but we need to stand together if we are going to fight De Beers.”Iahtail, however, feels she’s been abandoned by Spence. It was Iahtail who cast the deciding vote putting Spence in as chief in 2010. Spence was tied in the race for chief with Greg Shisheesh and Iahtail, as the election officer, cast the tie-breaking vote.Iahtail and several of the women inside the tent also helped install a teepee in front of the band office in support of Spence’s six week fast on an island in the Ottawa River.“How come she’s not supporting us, why is she backing away?” says Iahtail.By late Saturday morning, the blockade site is again alive with vehicles and visitors. Someone has brought food for Iahtail.It’s now day seven.De Beers claims the blockade is threatening its operations for the rest of the year.The mine ships up about 11 million litres of fuel up the winter road every year, along with machinery and parts too heavy to fly into the mine’s airport.The mine also uses the winter road to truck-up hazardous substances like ammonia nitrate and truck out “hazardous waste material” that can’t be flown out of the mine.But the ice road to the diamond mine remains shut to De Beers.“Enough is enough you know,” says [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Early signs show vulnerabilities to high debt housing have eased central bank

first_imgOTTAWA – The Bank of Canada is flagging the steady climb of household debt and still-hot housing markets as the financial system’s top vulnerabilities — but it’s also seeing some early signs of improvement.In a report Tuesday, the bank said there’s some evidence Canada’s exposure to these persistent trouble spots has begun to ease, thanks to healthy job creation, tightening housing policies and higher mortgages rates.The assessment is part of the bank’s semi-annual review, which explores key vulnerabilities and risks surrounding the stability of the financial system. It describes vulnerabilities as pre-existing conditions that could amplify or propagate economic shocks.“Overall risks to the Canadian financial system remain elevated. Some preliminary signs of improvement, however, are emerging,” the bank said in its latest financial system review.“Better economic conditions and several new policy measures support prospects for additional progress.”The report said indebtedness, especially the number of highly indebted households, remains high. Household debt relative to income has reached historically lofty levels and continues to grow, the bank said.But it noted there’s already some green shoots that suggest stricter lending rules have started to reduce the country’s exposure to hefty debtloads.When asked about the Bank of Canada’s slightly more-optimistic tone compared to its last review in June, governor Stephen Poloz told reporters the most important thing to remember is that the vulnerabilities remain elevated.“These are not measured in decimal points — they’re just elevated,” Poloz said in Ottawa.“That means that any shock that comes our way is going to be magnified by those vulnerabilities and that’s a concern for us.”The report pointed to mortgage insurance policy changes, which included a stress test, introduced by the federal government a year ago.The bank predicted further easing is likely on the way due to higher interest rates and another new stress test to be introduced in the new year, this time aimed at low-ratio mortgages that don’t require insurance.In January, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions will implement new lending guidelines that will require borrowers who do not require mortgage insurance to show they would still be able to make their payments if interest rates were to rise.The Bank of Canada has raised its benchmark rate twice since July and experts predict it’s likely to continue along a gradual hiking path.The combination of these factors is also expected to reduce household imbalances by applying downward pressure on prices in major real-estate markets like Vancouver and Toronto.Still, the bank’s report carefully noted that it’s uncertain exactly how borrowers and lenders will react to the incoming OSFI measures.But it did offer estimates about the impact of the upcoming OSFI changes.The bank said if the new stress tests had been in place for the 12 months leading up to June, then 10 per cent of low-ratio mortgages nationwide would’ve failed to qualify. For Toronto, Vancouver and their surrounding areas, the bank estimated that 12 per cent of mortgages would not have qualified.“The policy changes affecting housing finance are clearly a step in the right direction,” Poloz said.“Still, it will take time for these, as well as the effects of recent interest rate increases, to significantly reduce these vulnerabilities.”In the report, the bank once again listed cyber threats as another key vulnerability for Canada.Poloz has said a cyberattack against the financial system is a scenario that likely troubles him the most. In a recent interview, he said he was unsure how severe the fallout from such an event could be and he struggled to picture what it might look like.“Cyberattacks do not respect borders: they can originate from outside Canada and be transmitted across the global network that financial institutions rely on to operate their businesses,” the report said.The bank said it has been working with industry, international organizations and federal and provincial authorities to improve collaboration and policy-making to ensure rapid response and recovery from a cyber event. An example could include a loss of connectivity or corruption of data within the payments system.The report also assessed how the biggest risks facing Canada have evolved since its last update in June.It said the chances of a severe nationwide recession or a drop in global growth triggered by a significant financial disruption in an emerging market, like China, remained elevated. However, the bank added that the chances of these scenarios playing out were decreasing.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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