Earlier snowfall than 2012 unlikely in Fort St. John

first_imgThe first fall dump last year was posted as 4.4 centimetres on October 10th, but it was followed by about 83 more before the month was over. In 2011 it took until the 21st of the month before any snow was recorded, and then it was only 2.2 centimetres, and that was all we got for the entire month. 2010 was the year the airport station recorded 1.8 centimetres on September 1st, and by the end of that month it had received 43 centimetres, which was about seven more than we got in October of that year. According to Environment Canada records, that’s the earliest date Fort St. John has received snow in the last half of the year in this century, but the agency has snowfall records for this city for every month of the year. – Advertisement -In fact the daily record amount for August is about 23 times the average snowfall for that month. We officially received 18.5 centimetres on August 17 in 1973, even though the monthly average is 0.8 centimetres. The July average is zero, but on the 4th of the month in 1999 Environment Canada officially recorded 0.4 centimetres.last_img read more

Video: Celebrating contemporary dance

first_imgThe FNB Dance Umbrella 2009, on in Johannesburg until 14 March, celebrates 21 years of offering a platform for contemporary dance in South Africa. Zoopy TV pays a visit to Newtown to check out French choreographer Fabrice Guillot’s “Tuning into the Void”. Click arrow to play video.last_img

invisibobble hair ring – Great for curls!

first_imgPrice tag /qty is a minimal out of balance but wonderful for my lil babby’s thick extended hair, absolutely she’ll enjoy the relieve of using these in lieu of ‘brittle’ rubber bands.These are the most effective bobbles i have ever experienced. Really don’t know how i ever managed devoid of them. They do extend out slightly after to start with use but can be squashed again into shape. This will not truly bothere me as normal bobbles which i would acquire extend out in any case. I have definitely extensive hair so i like to snooze with my hair tied up and made use of to wake up with earache and headache in a morning. These are so a great deal additional cozy than a typical bobble – my ponytail feels limited and and secure when i touch it but feels like i have no bobble in through the day.Features of invisibobble hair ring – BrownIt doesn’t leave a kink in the hair. Preventing headachesStrong grip. Avoids split ends and hair breakageWater- and sweat-repellent. Prevents uncomfortable tugging and pulled hairInnovative styling tool. Antiallergic. Compatible with every hair typeActually good grips hair but does not hurt the head, i use them all the time in particular for operate where by my hair requires to be tied back again.Really durable very little hair rings. They do perform and retain your pony tail up even with thick hair like mine. Not seriously for working and sport like that as they will fall down but for do the job and day to day they’re best – and they glance interesting when on your wrist.They are very a lot more costly than other selections so i am not sure that i built a good choice. I will finally update my remark. Strange, i have posted a a bit negative critique and amazon boycoted it but if we are only meant to put up beneficial kinds what is the level?. In any case, in this article it goes all over again, i attempted these hair rings but i am not absolutely sure that they will get the job done in the lengthy run as i get the perception that they will turn into wider in no time (i have only utilised it 2 times so much). I also experienced problem untangling it just after using it from my hair. They are really much more high-priced than other options so i am not absolutely sure that i made a great option. I will ultimately update my comment.Boight these for a buddy and she loves them. She has rather thick and extended hair and just just one of these bobbles retains her hair in place without complications and traces.I enjoy these, they leave no marks in your hair. The vendor was fab arrived actually speedily.My hairdresser encouraged these as i have obviously curly hair and typical bobbles seem to hold my hair way too limited and squash the curls. I’ve received brownish hair so they really are rather invisible when surrounded by curls. They practically keep where i set them, no slipping at all. I’m not positive how they’d operate for straight hair but fantastic for curls.I wrestle to obtain bobbles that i like and never pull my hair when i place it. I wrestle to find bobbles that i like and you should not pull my hair when i set it up so when i came throughout these i imagined i would give it a test and i am so joyful i did i can not dwell without my invisibobble. They are terrific i hugely advocate it to any lady. They are so cozy and nearly invisible in your hair :).Was speedy supply and the product or service is a complete match changer for mei was seriously shocked by the smaller size of them when they arrived, but they really worki can have my hair tied up all day and it feels secure. They never snag or pull hair when taking away and they you should not go away the bump/ridge in my hair that a normal hair band does.Terrific they are smaller sized and thinner than the very clear types i buy and may perhaps not very last as very long but greater for my goddaughter fine hairbrush.Does what it claims on the box. When they arrived they were a large amount scaled-down than what i expected as i had previously purchased some hair bands comparable and they were more substantial in sizing. I have employed 1 band several periods now it is however intact and goes back again to size in a number of hours leaves minimal or no kink it varies. I would advise these to a buddy. Very good product or service even for extremely thick hair. I have incredibly thick hair (hairdressers are often shocked when they see the extent of its thickness) but i like to dress in it as a pony but sadly ordinary sizing bobbles can’t just take the pounds permit on your own in good shape properly and scrunchies reduce elasticity around time. Can be a bit tangly to get out and meant to ‘spring again to shape’ but more than time mine are having difficulties to do so. They return again to a circle but hardly ever have absent back to as little as when comes. Would undoubtedly advocate for thick hair.Always on my wrist or in my hair. Started out off with the pink ones but believed id get brown for my brunette hair.I have shoulder length obviously extremely curly hair, and observed this bobble to be the greatest matter because sliced bread. It holds my curls back again in a unfastened ponytail, but in contrast to scrunchies, this does not tumble out midway through the day. My hair has hardly ever felt so securely held, even though also emotion as if there was almost nothing in it.The invisibobble does specifically what it suggests holds hair securely with out pulling hair, leaves no ‘dents’ when taken out, and would not rip out hair when you take away it. I was concerned with the style and design that my curls would get tangled in it, but it came out quite effortlessly. I even slept in one particular, and the future day when taken out, my hair seemed as superior as it did the evening prior to, no awful mark wherever the bobble had been, and no straightened curls from being pulled again far too tightly. I am guessing this will also work properly with straight hair, while if it is good you may perhaps have to have to double it over.Can’t live without them!!!Good product even for extremely thick hairWon’t cut into the hairDoes what it says on the boxGreat for curls!Great for curly hair!last_img read more

Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s BEST Program set to kick off season

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) is pleased to announce the 2019-20 BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) program sponsoring partners that include AgPro Companies, Bob Evans Farms; Farm Credit Mid-America; Frazier Farms; Garwood Arena; Kalmbach Feeds – Formula of Champions; M.H. Eby, Inc.; John Deere, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Weaver Leather Livestock. BEST is a youth program of OCA that recognizes Ohio’s junior beef exhibitors for participation and placings through a series of sanctioned cattle shows that include showmanship competitions, educational contests and leadership opportunities. Juniors who participate in these sanctioned shows earn points for their placings. Points are tabulated for cattle, showmanship, registered Bred & Owned animals and first or second year BEST participants in a separate Novice division for market animals, heifers and showmanship. The program promotes consistency for exhibitors at sanctioned shows hosted by county associations or agricultural groups and clubs. These points are tabulated and posted at www.ohiocattle.org.The 2019-20 OCA BEST Season is as follows:AGR Holiday Classic — Columbus, Dec. 7-8Scarlet & Gray Midwest Showdown — Springfield, Jan. 4-5Clark County Cattle Battle — Springfield, Jan. 25-26DTS Cupid Classic — Springfield, Feb. 15-16Holmes County Preview — Millersburg, March 7-8Ohio Beef Expo — Columbus, March 19-22BEST Awards Banquet — Columbus, May 2New for the 2019-20 BEST season, OCA is introducing the Stockmanship division. This new opportunity was developed in an effort to further youth’s knowledge of cattle throughout the state and to allow youth to showcase their abilities and talent outside of the show ring.The Stockmanship division will be comprised of beef industry-focused events and competitions that are in conjunction with BEST shows and OCA events. This division of the BEST program is open to all Ohio youth regardless of if they show cattle during the BEST show season. If an existing BEST participant would like to sign up for the Stockmanship division, they will do so under their BEST user profile at best.ohiocattle.org for no additional cost outside of existing cattle nominations. If age-eligible individuals would like to participate in the Stockmanship division but don’t have any cattle enrolled in the 2019-2020 BEST program, they should create their username and profile at best.ohiocattle.org (if they don’t have an existing account either BEST or non-BEST) and elect to participate in the Stockmanship division. Non-cattle exhibiting BEST Stockmanship participants will need to have a current $75 family OCA membership and will pay a one-time Stockmanship participation fee of $60. Individuals may sign up for the Stockmanship program at any point throughout the season.  Stockmanship participants may sign up for contests at https://www.ohiocattle.org/best/stockmanship.The following are the 2019-2020 Stockmanship Contests:Salesmanship — held at the Scarlet & Gray Midwest Showdown Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020Quiz Bowl — held at the OCA Annual Meeting Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020Fitting Contest — held at the DTS Cupid Classic Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020Judging Contest — held at the Ohio Beef Expo Friday, March 20, 2020Cattlemen’s Challenge Written Test — available at the Annual Meeting or any BEST sanctioned show in the show office.As the BEST program prepares to kick off its’ season the first weekend in December, the program’s volunteer leadership has kept the focus on continuing a family-friendly and leadership building atmosphere. To accompany this effort, the committee, sponsoring partners and sanctioned shows are working together to give participants and their families opportunities to showcase their strength outside of the show ring through community service participation and character trait recognition.This year’s community service partner is the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio (RMHC). BEST participants are encouraged to collect pop tabs, volunteer at RMHC, and participate in the Celebrity Showdown. BEST participants can sign up for the RMHC — BEST Volunteer Day that will be on Dec. 23. The Celebrity Showdown will be hosted Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Champion’s Center in Springfield in conjunction with the Clark County Cattle Battle. All pop tabs collected by BEST participants are turned in at the BEST Awards Banquet where the top collector will be awarded. Visit https://www.ohiocattle.org/best/community-service for complete details and sign-up information.OCA and sponsoring partner, Weaver Leather Livestock, have teamed up to recognize individuals that are exceptional leaders, no matter their age. Any OCA member or BEST participant or their parents may nominate other cattlemen, breeders and exhibitors for any of the Character Traits to be awarded at the end of the nomination period. Character Trait nominations for the 2019-20 season will open at www.ohiocattle.org on Dec. 6 and close on April 1, 2020. The categories eligible for nomination include: Focus, Teachable, Attitude, Kindness and Boldness. View more about the Character Traits at https://www.ohiocattle.org/best/character-traits. Nominations will be evaluated by a committee and awarded during the BEST program awards banquet on May 2, 2020.All cattle entering Ohio to show in a BEST sanctioned show MUST be tagged with an electronic identification (EID) ear tag prior to arriving at their first BEST show. To obtain farm EID tags, exhibitors must first obtain a Premise ID number through the state’s Department of Agriculture — Animal Division. Once the Premise ID is received, contact an animal health product distributor and purchase EID tags. Visit best.ohiocattle.org to learn more about applying for a farm’s Premise ID before ordering EID tags.BEST nominations and all show entries must be made online at best.ohiocattle.org. The website will be open for the 2019-20 BEST season in late November. Each exhibitor, BEST and non-BEST) will create a unique user account and record their cattle along with that account. Exhibitors who have participated in the program in previous years are able to keep their existing username and password. Exhibitors may complete this portion of the sign-up process now and show entries can be made starting on the Monday prior to each BEST show until the closure of check-in at each event. At the first BEST sanctioned show, the animal’s EID tag number will be recorded and will be used to check that animal in at any future BEST show for the 2019-20 show season. Once the participant and animal are entered into the system, show entries must be made prior to each show. Exhibitors may then pay for show entries online with a credit card or they may choose to pay upon arrival at the BEST show. Computers will also be available at each BEST show to facilitate online check-in. Please note that all cattle must be entered in the show prior to bringing cattle through check-in. Participants may also use their smartphone, tablet or PC and make show entries.The program concludes with an annual awards banquet held in May where over 225 awards will be presented valued at over $85,000. All BEST participants that sign up for the program will receive a sign-up gift as a special incentive. Additionally, sponsoring partner, M.H. Eby, awards one lucky BEST participant the use of a livestock trailer at the end-of-the-year awards banquet. BEST participants earn a ticket into the trailer drawing for each time they exhibit a nominated animal at a BEST-sanctioned show. First or second year Novice participants are also entered into a novice-only drawing for a grooming chute, donated by Weaver Leather Livestock.For the 2019-20 show schedule or for more information regarding the BEST program, visit www.ohiocattle.org or contact the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at 614-873-6736 or email [email protected] Be sure to follow OCA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat or visit www.ohiocattle.org for the latest program updates.Click here for a link to the BEST and sponsoring partner logos.last_img read more

The Carbon Footprint of Minisplits

first_imgHow much CO2 is emitted by my state’s electric utilities?Since the EPA has promulgated its Clean Power Plan (CPP), Americans can, at least for the time being, make reasonable estimates of just how much carbon is emitted by their electricity use.But first, some basics on the carbon emissions of different fuels. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Agency has tabulated a short list showing the pounds of CO2 per million BTU (MMBTU) of source fuel. The most common space heating fuels on that list are:    Heating oil:         161.3 lbs/MMBTU    Propane:             139.0 lbs/MMBTU    Natural gas:         117.0 lbs/MMBTU It’s often presumed that heating with high-efficiency heat pumps has a lower carbon footprint than heating with other equipment (and often it is). But how do you really know?Do the math! Heating appliance efficiency mattersTo reach a reasonable first estimate for an apples-to-apples comparison, it’s important to factor in the heating equipment’s efficiency. Better class oil-burning appliances have an AFUE (efficiency rating) of about 87%, while better-than-average appliances the burn propane or natural gas burners are in the 95%+ range. So, after adjusting for appliance efficiency, the carbon emission numbers look like this:    Heating oil:     161.3 / 0.87 = 185.4 lbs/MMBTU    Propane:         139.0 / 0.95 = 146.3 lbs/MMBTU    Natural gas:     117.0 / 0.95 = 123.2 lbs/MMBTU Dana Dorsett has lifelong interests in energy policy, building science, and home efficiency. He is currently an electrical engineer in Massachusetts. To determine the heat pump numbers for comparison purposes, start with the heat pump’s HSPF specification (an efficiency rating). An HSPF number can be converted into an efficiency percentage by dividing the HSPF by 3.412 (the number of Btu in one watt-hour of electricity). For example, a heat pump with an HSPF of 8.0 has an efficiency of 235%.If a heat pump is properly sized for the heating load, the HSPF rating will be reasonably close the actual in-use efficiency for Climate Zone 4. In Zone 3 and warmer zones, the in-use efficiency is likely to be a bit higher than the HSPF, while in Zone 5 and colder zones, the in-use efficiency is likely to be a bit lower than the HSPF. You can assume a 0.85 multiplier to determine the degradation of a heat pump’s efficiency for each climate zone colder than Zone 4. (There are exceptions to this rule of thumb, but a close examination of the topic is beyond the scope of this article.)For example, if the HSPF of a heat pump is 11.3, the “adjusted” efficiency of the heat pump when installed in Climate Zone 6 (two zones colder than Zone 4) will be something on the order of:    0.85 x 0.85 x HSPF 11.3 = 8.2The units of HSPF is BTUs per watt-hour, but electricity is metered and billed in increments of kilowatt-hours (=1000 watt-hours). So an HSPF of 8.2 means on seasonal average basis it delivers 8,200 BTU per kWh of electricity used. From there we can calculate the kWh input per MMBTU delivered:    1,000,000 / 8200 = 122 kWh/MMBTU Tracking Our Company’s Carbon FootprintStrength in NumbersReducing Our Carbon Footprint — Part OneReducing Our Carbon Footprint — Part TwoHow Deep Is Your Footprint?Life-Cycle Assessment is a Tool, Not a Silver BulletEnergy Return on InvestmentAll About Embodied Energy Q&A: Experience with carbon footprint modeling for construction? RELATED ARTICLES Heat pumps make sense in “low carb” statesRight away it’s obvious that in this state with a lower-carbon grid, the heat pump is “lower carb,” far and away, than any appliance burning one of the common fossil heating fuels. And the heat pump will be even lower carbon going forward.Clearly, in states like Wyoming with a high-carbon grid, even when the grid reaches the 2030 CPP target, a heat pump won’t beat a condensing appliance that burns natural gas. But that’s not to say it’s impossible to get there in other ways. In deregulated electricity states like Michigan, it’s possible to buy grid-supplied electricity from greener sources. A 100% renewables package purchased through brokers or a direct power-purchase agreement would provide electricity for the heat pump that is essentially zero-carbon power.Wyoming has very favorable wind resources — resources that could be developed if there is a retail market for 100% wind power — but state regulators in Wyoming promote vertically integrated utilities, and haven’t yet decoupled electricity markets. Wyoming also lacks net-metering for behind-the-meter (residential) PV, so until the regulatory framework changes, most heat pumps in Wyoming are going to have a higher carbon footprint than condensing gas, even if the state meets its CPP targets.This isn’t intended to be a precise model of what’s going on; it’s just a reasonable rough cut. There are many factors that can raise or lower a heating system’s efficiency, and often local utilities within a state have much higher or lower carbon output per MWh than the statewide averages. But as a quick estimate, it’s way better than a guess. Utilities in each state have carbon targetsMeanwhile, the CPP has defined carbon targets for every state (except Vermont, which was exempted due to a dearth of fossil fired power generation in that state). The carbon targets include the 2012 estimated carbon intensity per megawatt hour (Mwh = 1,000 kWh), as well as a projection for 2020 in a “business as usual” without the CPP, and a target for 2030 with the CPP.So, let’s compare how well a heat pump fares in say, the Climate Zone 6 portion of Michigan, a state with a grid with medium carbon intensity:    2020 Projections (without CPP):     1,588 lbs/MWh = 1.588 lbs/kWwh   1.588 lbs/kWh x 122 kWh/MMBTU = 193.7 lbs/MMBTUUnder these circumstances, the heat pump is has a slightly higher carbon footprint than an 87% efficient heating appliance that burns #2 heating oil. (The oil-burning appliance has a carbon intensity of 185.4 lbs/MMBTU of heating.) When you include the electricity used by the air handlers, pumps, and burners, it’s probably a wash. But the carbon footprint of the heat pump is considerably higher than the 123.2 lbs/MMBTU of a gas-burning appliance.But assuming that Michigan hits its 2030 target under the CPP (and remember, by 2030, a heat pump installed in 2016 would have reached more than half its anticipated lifecycle), the heat pump will be at 1,169 lbs/MWh, or 1.169 lbs/kWh.At that point the heat pump will have a carbon footprint of:    1.169lbs / kWh x 122 kWh / MMBTU = 142.6 lbs/MMBTUThat’s considerably better than an appliance burning #2 oil, and right in there with the 146.3lbs/MMBTU for condensing propane, but still well above that of natural gas.But for comparison, take a look at parts of Maine that are in Climate Zone 6:    2020 Projections (without CPP):     736 lbs/MWh = 0.736 lbs/kWh    0.736 lbs/kWh x 122 kWh/MMBTU = 89.8 lbs/MMBTUlast_img read more

Volunteers help revamp the Salvation Armys downtown center

first_imgVolunteers help revamp the Salvation Army’s downtown center April 26, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Salvation Army’s Downtown center was cleaned up this morning with the help of local business and volunteers.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries has more on Project Beautification Day. KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 26, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more