Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLittle did anyone know, Alex Cabagnot was sick on the eve of the San Miguel Beer’s all-important Game 5 tussle against Barangay Ginebra in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals.“I didn’t say anything to the coaches,” he shared. “I was just puking and releasing you know how it is, and I checked myself at Medical City at 10 p.m. and I spent the night there. I was confined until 11 a.m. today (Saturday). But I just really wanted to help the team. I didn’t want to say it in the beginning because I don’t want any excuses if we win or lose.”ADVERTISEMENT Still not feeling 100 percent, Cabagnot tried his earnest to play at his best hours after checking out of the hospital.He scored 12 points, grabbed five rebounds, and dished out five assists in 41 minutes on the floor, but saved his best for last as he scored back-to-back buckets in the final four minutes that took the air out of the opposition.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut Cabagnot wasn’t the lone hero for the Beermen as the rest of his team churned out a solid performance to close the series out in five games.The veteran playmaker lauded the effort of reserves Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, Von Pessumal, and Gabby Espinas, who helped ease some of the pressure off San Miguel’s starting five. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Outside the court, searching for the hero within Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback “We’re stepping up from the status quo that has been given to each player. Even though they’re coming off the bench, that doesn’t mean they’re less of a talent than the first stringers. It’s just the situation, but I love how everybody is stepping up,” he said. “Everybody could be a first five on any given day. It’s a tribute to their disposition that they can come off the bench and still produce. I love how they’re mentally engaged through every game.”Returning to the championship series, Cabagnot shared that the feeling of competing for the grandest prize never gets old.“No, it doesn’t. We’re as happy as we were the first time around,” he said, noting that continuing the Beermen’s dynasty and continuously racking up championships will remain as the team’s main motivation every game.But more than the trophies, Cabagnot sees it as a chance for this San Miguel group to establish itself as the bar for this generation’s championship teams.“I think, other than winning a fourth championship, I think coach and everybody else on the staff and management, they want to be labeled as the paradigm of Philippine basketball and I think that’s the ultimate goal that we’re striving for,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ View comments
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has constituted the membership of the Advisory Board of the National Symbol Review Project (NSRP). The board would advise the NSRP’s secretariat on how to proceed with consultation processes that would lead to a final decision as to whether the symbols should be changed or not.The NSRP project is meant to review and put in perspective for acceptance by every Liberian, all of the nation’s symbols, including its Flag, Coat-of-Arms, Seal, Anthem, and its National Awards that—whether they are aware of it or not—have, up to this point only represented no more than a small segment of the entire society. The project is organized as a semi-autonomous initiative of the government under the auspices of the Governance Commission.The Advisory Board, according to the Executive Mansion, will be responsible for, among other things; exercising oversight functions of the project’s program implementation agenda, including civic education, national consultation and artistic design of newly proposed symbols as well as monitor and evaluate the program areas.Members of the Board would also serve as resource persons in coordinating program activities in the political sub-divisions or organizations which they represent. They would advise the team of experts on program implementation schemes more suitable to the county or region they represent; assist in marketing and publicity of the project in their county or region of representation; approve project final work product as such product is submitted to the Executive and Legislative Branches of Government, among others.While appointing members of the Board, President Sirleaf described their selection as a call to national duty, and not a salary position. She pointed out that when travels are made on account of the project, a modest amount to cover expenses would be made available.The Advisory Board for the National Symbol Review Project, which comprises representatives of all counties and other civil society sectors as follows, was constituted on Monday March 31.Members of the board along with their areas of representation are as follows: Dr. Fineboy Dakina, Bomi County; Mr. Joseph N. Konomia, Bong County; Ms. Maima Cortee Sarnor, Gbarpolu County, Rev. Dr. John G. Innis, Grand Bassa County, Ms. Miatta Fahnbulleh, Grand Cape Mount County.Other are, Gbai M. Gbala, Grand Gedeh County; Roselind Sneh, Grand Kru County; Cllr. Norwu Cooper, Lofa County; Madam Elizabeth Fallah, Margibi County; Sister Mary Laurene Brown, Maryland County; Amb. Wesley Johnson, Montserrado County; Dr. Joseph Saye Guannu, Nimba County; Mrs. Vickie Beah, Rivercess County; Cllr. Dempster Brown, Rivergee County; Mrs. Ciah Bush, Sinoe County.A single representative from each of the following Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are also members of the board: The Liberia National Student Union (LINSU), Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY), European Federation of Liberian Associations (EFLA), Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA) and the Liberian-Ghana Diaspora Community.This critical look at the national self, the process of reviewing the national symbols, participants were told at the launch of the NSRP by President Sirleaf on February 6, 2014, is intended to encourage Liberians to clarify for themselves why they call themselves Liberians, and what national self-image they wish to project to the world.She reminded the audience that during the rigorous nationwide consultations for the Vision 2030 launch, the issues of the national symbols were highlighted by several participants and it is now imperative (a must) that the symbols be reviewed in order to make sure that they tell Liberians’ collective stories to themselves and the world.The Liberian leader noted that the revision of the symbols is a serious business because it has several political and financial implications, and as such, should be treated with urgency and commitment by all stakeholders.The Coordinator of the NSRP, Dr. Elwood Dunn, said at the launch that the present generation of Liberians knows less than their parents about the country’s history and founding ideals.According to him, “Many Liberians are more aware of what divides us than what unites us. We are in danger of becoming not “one nation indivisible” as our Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag says, but its opposite, ‘many nations’ lacking a central core, a unifying ideal.”He said the one of the many purposes of the symbols review is to advance a national conversation precisely on the subject of Liberia’s national identity, and to affirm the belief that “what unites us is far greater than what divides us.”He said a sense of national identity is necessary to enable individual Liberians transcend self or ethnic group absorption and commit to the common good. “Without it, Liberia can neither reconcile nor can it genuinely pursue the goals of Vision 2030.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Klopp admitted he will speak to Van Dijk about maintaining his concentration at St. Mary’s, but expects him to rise above the baiting.“We are all human beings, we are influenced by circumstances. It will not be a normal game, how can it be?“I think how football fans are, they want to disturb everything we try to do to help their team and they will whistle.“Is it nice? I don’t think so. Will it have influence? I don’t think so.”However, Van Dijk is far from the only former Saint set to feature for Liverpool on Sunday.Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane have all followed the same route north to Anfield in recent seasons, whilst Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also starting his career at Southampton before joining Liverpool from Arsenal in August.And Klopp believes rather than anger, some Southampton fans might be grateful for the hundreds of millions their club has cashed in on from Liverpool.“I don’t think Southampton will say we have stolen him. It was a really public deal,” Klopp said in reference to the Van Dijk signing.“They may say thank you for all the money they have.”However, Klopp believes Liverpool’s persistent interest in Southampton players is a testament to Saints’ academy.“There are a few good players from there so maybe we should have a scouting department at Southampton,” Klopp joked.“It shows the good work they do down there.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Virgil Van Dijk has had a difficult start to his Liverpool career © AFP/File / PAUL ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 9 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp expects a frosty reception for Virgil Van Dijk when the world’s most expensive defender returns to Southampton for the first time since his £75 million January move.Despite Van Dijk scoring the winner in an FA Cup Merseyside derby on debut against Everton, the Dutchman hasn’t had an easy start to his Liverpool career with Klopp’s men failing to win in his last three appearances against Swansea, West Brom and Tottenham.
Alli may not have played for the World Cup semi-finalists in any case as England manager Gareth Southgate is believed to be set on making radical changes to the starting line-up against a side that reached the last 16 of the World Cup.Southgate — who would become the first England manager to suffer four successive defeats if the Swiss prevail — is not calling up a replacement for Alli having already bolstered his squad with uncapped young Leicester City duo, defender Ben Chilwell and winger Demerai Gray.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000England midfielder Dele Alli is injured and misses the friendly with Switzerland © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 10 – England midfielder Dele Alli will miss Tuesday’s friendly in Leicester with Switzerland because of a minor muscle strain, the Football Association announced Monday.The 22-year-old Tottenham Hotspur star suffered the injury in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Spain in the Nations League.
Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos never wanted to leave the Spanish giants for Manchester United, according to club president Florentino Perez.The in-demand centre-back was the subject of interest from the Premier League side throughout the summer.Louis van Gaal had made the defender one of his top transfer window priorities and United pushed hard to get a deal done.But Ramos eventually committed his future to Los Blancos by penning a long-term contract.And Perez insists there was never any chance of the 29-year-old leaving the Bernabeu.“Ramos never wanted to leave Madrid and Madrid never wanted him to leave”, Perez told Cadena COPE.“It took us five minutes to fix it.” 1 Sergio Ramos
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Two aspects of stand establishment often discussed by agronomists are emergence and seed spacing. “Picket fence” spacing in corn helps plants grow efficiently and minimizes competition between them. Uniform spacing is an important part of stand establishment. More importantly, however, is uniform emergence. Plants that are just 1 leaf collar behind (due to uneven emergence) significantly reduce yield. According to Paul Jasa, University of Nebraska Extension ag engineer, “When a plant develops ahead of its neighbor, it hurts yield dramatically. It’s going to vary somewhat from year to year, but a plant lagging behind those around it becomes a weed.” To achieve uniform emergence, consistent planting depth is critical.Field conditions, gauge wheel settings, unit down pressure, and planter speed all affect seeding depth. Set planter depth and check it regularly. A planter may have enough weight to apply the proper down force when full, but what about when it’s almost empty? If it is a model with center fill hoppers, is there enough weight on the ends? Additional weight may need to be added. Keep in mind, too much down pressure and planting in “marginal” or wet conditions can result in sidewall compaction of the seed trench, which will hinder root development and negatively impact yield.Ground speed can greatly impact planter performance. Planting too fast may cause units to bounce, resulting in uneven seeding depth. Planter units and seed tubes are designed for accuracy at certain speeds. For example, if a planter is designed to drop seed correctly at 5 mph, planting at 6 mph will reduce the accuracy of seed spacing and can result in seed bounce, as well as seed placement on the side of seed trench instead of at the bottom. Following the equipment manufacturer’s recommendations and planting at the appropriate speed will improve the accuracy of plant spacing and depth.Yields can be severely affected by late emerging plants. In a publication called: Uneven emergence in corn, The University of Wisconsin has documented as much as a 9% decrease in yield when 25% of corn plants were delayed a week and a half in emerging. Because emergence is so critical to yield, it is important that corn growers set up, adjust, and operate their planters to ensure uniform seed placement and even emergence this spring.
Prices tracked for installed and planned systemsThe authors looked at prices for PV systems that were completed last year, as well as prices for “modeled” systems that were quoted in the last quarter of 2012 and expected to be installed in 2013.For completed systems, the median price for residential and small commercial systems (those with a capacity up to 10 kilowatts) was $4.69 per watt; for large commercial systems (those over 100 kW), the median price was $3.89/watt; and for utility-scale projects (ground-mounted systems with a capacity of more than 5 megawatts), the cost was $3/watt.Prices have been trending downward since the late 1990s. Systems with a capacity of less than 10 kW cost about $12/watt in 1998, according to the report. The global module price index has shown a parallel decline and is now less than $2/watt, although prices were up 7 cents/watt between 2012 and 2013.Researchers gathered information from 60 PV incentive programs in 32 states. Median costs for systems under 10 kW were lowest in Florida ($3.33/watt) and highest in North Carolina ($5.31/watt). Prices for photovoltaic (PV) systems fell by between 12% and 19% last year, and should drop another 3% to 12% this year, a joint report from two national laboratories says.The trend toward lower prices is keeping the country on track to meeting the targets of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot initiative, the report said, which forecasts a price reduction of 75% in the cost of solar-generated electricity between 2010 and 2020, to 6 cents per kilowatt-hour.The third edition of a joint report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on PV pricing was released on October 20.“These price drops are consistent with previous annual reductions achieved since 2010, when the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative was established,” NREL’s David Feldman, a lead author, said in a statement posted with a report summary.Feldman also said there are “significant variations” in solar prices due to a number of factors, including local competition, differences in system specs, and geographic location.Still, prices should continue to tumble. “There is still considerable uncertainty as to how low PV system prices will drop in the next five to 10 years,” Feldman’s statement said. “However, there appears to be an emerging consensus that the SunShot’s price reduction targets are within reach and more and more likely to be realized. We see this reflected in the fact that many of the current projections are far lower than projections made in the recent past by the same sources.”
This study complements a prior ACEEE study that found that switching from electric furnaces to heat pumps is often financially attractive to consumers, as is converting from electric baseboard heat to heat pumps in homes with ducts or homes with above-average space heating energy use. On the other hand, another ACEEE study found that the economics of converting gas furnaces to heat pumps are often not compelling to homeowners (e.g., simple payback periods commonly over 10 years, although lower in the deep South). And work by others has identified efficient new homes as another attractive market for heat pumps. Electrification can be a smart investmentWhen it is time to replace heating or cooling equipment, high-efficiency electric heat pumps or water heaters can often provide an attractive alternative to homeowners looking for a cost-effective solution. In fact, the energy and money saved by installing electric equipment instead of propane- or oil-powered equipment can often make up for the upfront cost in relatively short order, as shown in the following table:* Payback periods are generally longer in the upper Midwest, where oil and propane prices are below the national average and heat pumps operate less efficiently due to lower average temperatures. Note: furnaces provide warm air that is circulated through a house via a system of ducts; boilers provide hot water that is circulated through a house via pipes and radiators.These results are for fully replacing an oil or propane system with heat pumps; partial replacements that leave the existing oil or propane system in place to provide supplementary heat are less financially attractive because the backup system will eventually need to be replaced. RELATED ARTICLES Heat-Pump Water Heaters Come of AgeAir-to-Water Heat PumpsGBA Encyclopedia: Heat PumpsHow To Buy a Ductless MinisplitRules of Thumb for Ductless MinisplitsBruce Harley’s Minisplit TipsJust Two Minisplits Heat and Cool the Whole House Heat pumps are becoming more popularStudies generally find that consumers are receptive to heat pumps, but some issues do remain, including comfort at cold temperatures, operating costs, aesthetics, noise, and reliability.Some early programs to promote heat pumps have met substantial success and others less so. Programs in Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, and the Northwest have incentivized the purchase of thousands of heat pumps, primarily ductless heat pumps, with the market share of ductless heat pumps now at 13% in the Northwest. The most successful programs tend to provide substantial upstream incentives (to wholesalers) or midstream incentives (to contractors). They also include contractor training and certification so that systems are installed properly. RecommendationsStates interested in pursuing heat pump programs as a way to support energy savings and emissions reduction goals can take the following steps:Offering programs to promote high-efficiency heat pumps to replace less-efficient oil and electric systems, and sometimes propane systems as well. Such efforts can build on successful programs in the Northeast and Northwest. In addition, programs to promote heat pumps in new construction deserve attention.Training and education for contractors on proper installation and for homeowners on good applications for use of heat pumps.More field monitoring on actual heat pump performance and refining of performance metrics based on this monitoring.Additional research on supplemental heat for heat pump replacements in colder climates that could avoid the need to retain a fossil fuel system for supplemental heat during the coldest days.Continued work to develop improved cold-climate electric ducted air-source heat pumps and gas-fired heat pumps.These efforts can increase the market share of high-efficiency heat pumps in attractive applications while better learning what does and doesn’t work in terms of both technologies and programs. Steven Nadel is the executive director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. This post was originally published at ACEEE’s website To achieve the common and ambitious worldwide goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80% or more by 2050, analyses find that consumers and businesses will need to use a combination of energy efficiency and carbon-free electricity (e.g., electricity from renewable resources or nuclear) or low-carbon electricity (efficient fossil fuel use with carbon capture and storage) for transportation, space heating, and water heating (see here and here).But does electrification save money for homeowners considering making the switch? Our new study, “Energy Savings, Consumer Economics, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions from Replacing Oil and Propane Furnaces, Boilers, and Water Heaters with Air-Source Heat Pumps,” looks at that particular question.The report finds that replacing oil and propane furnaces, boilers, and water heaters with high-efficiency electric heat pumps can often reduce total energy use and energy bills and will also reduce emissions in many cases.