Both companies invested resources in the proposal as part of the nuclear industry’s commitment to help identify and develop new job opportunities that can sustain the area’s economy beyond the closure of Dounreay.Dounreay is Europe’s most ambitious nuclear site closure project and the strength of its engineering, scientific and programme skills base formed an important part of the case to locate the UK vertical launch facility at Melness, 40 miles west of the site on the north coast of Scotland.Monday’s announcement by UK Government Business Secretary Greg Clark is expected to lead to a £20 million investment in the development of the site, creating or sustaining an estimated 400 jobs.“Decommissioning a complex nuclear site like Dounreay is about more than getting it into a state that is safe for future generations – it is also about securing the social and economic prosperity of future generations,” said Simon Bowen, chair of CDP.“That is why the nuclear industry – ourselves, our site licence company and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority – work so closely together to support the socio-economic priorities identified by the community and captured in the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Plan. The UK vertical launch facility is a key priority, with the potential to deliver high-value employment and supply chain opportunities, and I am delighted we have been able to help get the project to this stage through a combination of professional and financial support.”Simon Middlemas, a former executive of Cavendish Nuclear and managing director of DSRL until 2012, will continue his consultancy support to the project, providing specialist support in areas such as licensing, regulation and programme management. June Love, socio-economics manager at DSRL, will also continue to provide support as part of a secondment to regional development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).Charlotte Wright, chief executive of HIE, said: “The establishment of the UK’s first spaceport in the Highlands and Islands is a fantastic opportunity for the region, and for Scotland.”HIE area manager Roy Kirk said: “We are very grateful for the support of Dounreay and CDP staff, particularly June and Simon, in helping us moving this project forward to the point of success.”DSRL is the site licence company at Dounreay, employing more than a thousand highly-skilled staff on Europe’s most complex nuclear site closure project, with a similar number in the supply chain. The permanent site workforce is expected to reduce to a few tens of people by 2030-33 when the site is made safe for future generations.“Every single one of us here at Dounreay recognises the importance of seizing opportunities like these to create new job opportunities, not just for this generation but the one that follows when Dounreay is gone,” said Phil Craig, managing director of DSRL.“Our skillsets in engineering, environmental science, programme management and a range of technical disciplines are easily transferrable to industries such as the space sector and I am committed to working closely with the developer and operator to make the most of this amazing opportunity for our people.”
Photo: Vic Brazen; from 4/13/19 Twiddle was at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH on Saturday as part of their ongoing run of shows throughout the northeast with lespecial and Gatos Blancos. Saturday night’s performance with lespecial was another special one for Twiddle and their fans, as the popular jam/rock band delivered a fun mix of covers over two sets and an encore.Related: Twiddle Announces 2019 Tumble Down Festival LineupThe band began the show with a rendition of “Earth Mama” before tearing into a three-song segue beginning with “Latin Tang”. The segment continued right into “Indigo Trigger” from 2017’s PLUMP before guitarist Mihali Savoulidis led the charge into the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros with a cover of the “Game of Thrones” theme, a nod to the HBO show’s return on Sunday. The band’s electrifying cover of the beloved “GoT” theme can be watched below.Twiddle – “Game of Thrones” Jam – 4/13/2019[Video: Michael Liacos]The band didn’t jam around with the television tune too long, as they transitioned back into “Indigo Trigger” before continuing their first set with another cover, this time Citizen Cope‘s “Son’s Gonna Rise”. The first half of the show came to a close with the band returning to their own song catalog with two more songs off of PLUMP in “Lost in the Cold” and “Be There”.Twiddle – “Son’s Gonna Rise” [Citizen Cope cover] – 4/13/2019[Video: Michael Liacos]Twiddle returned to the stage to start the second half of Saturday show with “Hattie’s Jam” > “When it Rains it Pours”. The second set continued with “Zazu’s Flight” and “Gatsby the Great” before closing out with “Doinkinbonk!!!”. In the successful attempt at keeping their New Hampshire fans on their toes, Twiddle returned for a one-song encore with a cover of Talking Heads‘ “Girlfriend is Better”. Fans can check out the video below to watch the band’s show-closing cover of the Talking Heads’ 1983 tune.Twiddle – “Girlfriend is Better” (Talking Heads cover) – 4/13/2019[Video: Michael Liacos]Twiddle will be back in action later this week with their next performance scheduled for Friday, April 19th, at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA, with Gatos Blancos on as support. Fans can head to the band’s website for ticket info to all of their upcoming spring and summer performances.Below, you can also check out the photos from Saturday’s show via the gallery below, courtesy of Vic Brazen.Setlist: Twiddle | Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom | Hampton Beach, NH | 4/13/2019Set One: Earth Mamma, Latin Tang > Indigo Trigger > Game of Thrones Groove > Indigo Trigger, Son’s Gonna Rise (Citizen Cope cover), Lost in the Cold, Be thereSet Two: Hattie’s jam, When It Rains it Poors, Zazu’s Flight, Gatsby the Great, Doinkinbonk!!!Encore: Girlfriend is Better (Talking Heads cover)Twiddle | Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom | Hampton Beach, NH | 4/13/2019 | Photos: Vic Brazen Load remaining images
Advertisement Sokratis Papastathopolous reveals dressing room reaction to shocking Wolves defeat Arsenal face a fight to finish in the top four following their defeat to Wolves (Getty Images)‘[Wednesday night] was a bad moment for us,’ Sokratis admitted. ‘We cannot change it now. So we look forward to the next game. All the players take responsibility. We are not stupid. We know that we didn’t play good. We have to win all the games and be there.‘Maybe a little bit [of the problem is physical and mental] but it is not time to have excuses. We have to look forward: three games more. We need to win all the games and get nine points and we’ll see if we can be in the top four. I trust 100 per cent my team and the players and I think we can do it.”‘For us we have to be in the best four teams in the Premier League and then after to win also the Europa League,” he said. “We cannot wait only for our one chance. We have two chances and we have to fight for both.‘Leicester is another difficult game and if we face [it] like this, we will lose. It’s clear. It is not the problem of the coach, the system, it is nothing. It is just us. We have to win the next [League] three games and it is finished.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 25 Apr 2019 12:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link12Shares Sokratis admitted that Arsenal were not good enough during their defeat to Wolves on Wednesday (Getty Images)Sokratis Papastathopolous has called on his Arsenal teammates to take responsibility following back-to-back Premier League defeats and insisted they must win their remaining three games to qualify for next season’s Champions League.Arsenal’s top-four hopes have taken a hit over the past few days after they followed up a 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace at the Emirates on Sunday with a 3-1 loss to Wolves at Molineux on Wednesday.Those results mean that Arsenal are fifth in the Premier League table with three games remaining, a point behind fourth-placed Chelsea and four away from their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in third.AdvertisementAdvertisementSokratis, who scored Arsenal’s consolation against Wolves, insisted that Arsenal must do all they can to finish in the top four and win the Europa League, while also absolving his manager Unai Emery from any criticism.
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Things are going so well for the Pittsburgh Pirates these days that opposing teams can’t even make routine catches.Russell Martin’s bases-loaded fly ball popped out Jimmy Paredes’ glove when he ran into second baseman Jake Elmore with two outs in the ninth inning, and the second missed catch of the game by a Houston right fielder helped the Pirates rally past the Astros for a 5-4 win Friday night.Paredes and Elmore said neither could hear the other calling for the ball because of the crowd noise.“This game’s crazy sometimes,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. “The crowd helped us there on the error. They made it tough on the fielders and they created a break for us.”The Pirates (25-17) won for the seventh time in eight games to move a season-high eight games over .500.“I like the direction we’re headed, the effort and the attitude,” Hurdle said.The Pirates are tied with Cincinnati for the second-best record in the National League behind St. Louis (27-14). All three teams play in the NL Central.“I think because our teams don’t play on either coast and don’t play in major media markets that we probably get overlooked a little,” Hurdle said. “That’s OK, though. We know how competitive this division is.”The Astros also were part of the NL Central until being shifted to the American League West starting this season. Houston’s 11-31 start is its worst and matched Miami for the worst record in the major leagues.The ninth-inning miscue wasn’t Houston’s only fielding foible.Down 4-1, Pittsburgh started its comeback in the sixth when Chris Carter, usually a designated hitter, dropped Andrew McCutchen’s fly ball to right for a three-base error and Garrett Jones followed with a double.Pedro Alvarez hit a two-run homer in the eighth, a 462-foot drive that cleared the right-field stands and went into the Allegheny River on one hop.“I’m not going to take credit if it bounces in,” Alvarez said. “That’s cheating.”Daryle Ward is the only player to hit a ball into the river since PNC Park opened 12 years ago, doing so in 2002 for Houston off Kip Wells.Pirates right fielder Travis Snider hit a 458-foot shot into the Allegheny River on Thursday night against Milwaukee.“I’ve seen Pedro hit some balls pretty far, and that might be the farthest,” Snider said. “I’m surprised it bounced. That ball was crushed. When we saw it lift off, it was pretty exciting. It’s always fun to watch the big fella put one over the stands.”Starling Marte singled off Edgar Gonzalez (0-1) leading off the ninth, and Snider hit into a forceout, with the Astros failing to turn a double play because of a late throw to first by Elmore.McCutchen’s single put runners at the corners, and Gonzalez fielded Brandon Inge’s comebacker and dropped it for an error as he turned to throw to second, missing his chance to start an inning-ending double play.Neil Walker took a called third strike with a full count, and Martin lifted a full-count pitch to short right-center field, where Elmore settled under the ball and Paredes slammed into him as the ball hit his glove and fell to the field.Justin Wilson (4-0) pitched a scoreless ninth and McCutchen homered and had three hits for Pittsburgh.Astros starter Jordan Lyles allowed two runs — one earned — and four hits in five innings and is 0-4 with a 6.75 ERA in six career starts against Pittsburgh.Pirates starter Jeanmar Gomez gave up four runs — three earned — and five hits in 4 2-3 innings.Houston built a 4-1 lead on Jason Castro’s sacrifice fly in the first and a three-run third that included Matt Dominguez’s solo homer, Elmore’s run-scoring single and a throwing error by Walker at second.McCutchen homered in the first.NOTES: The Pirates placed RHP Jose Contreras on the bereavement list and recalled RHP Jared Hughes from Triple-A Indianapolis. … LHP Erik Bedard (0-2, 6.67) will start Saturday night for Houston against RHP A.J. Burnett (3-4, 2.73). Bedard started on opening day last season for the Pirates and Burnett had the honor this season. Pirates’ Russell Martin (55) is congratulated by coach Dave Jauss after Astros shortstop Jake Elmore, and right fielder Jimmy Paredes collided as they tried to catch a pop fly by Martin with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning of a baseball game May 17. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
SMITH LIKES THE LOOK OF SHARED BELIEFCHROME, HOPPERTUNITY POLAR OPPOSITESCALIFORNIA CHROME SLIGHT FAVORITELEWIS LURES SIX SOPHS ON DERBY TRAIL BETTER ‘DYNAMICS’ IN SAN MARCOS STAKES? SHARED BELIEF ALL HEART ON THE RACE TRACKShared Belief is not much to look at. He’s no War Admiral or Zenyatta. But it’s not what’s on the hoof that counts. It’s what’s in the heart.But for a rough start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic that might have cost him victory and assuredly besmirched his unbeaten record, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Shared Belief could have been Horse of the Year. How could you argue with perfection?As it is, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was quick to put the race behind him and move on, as did Shared Belief, who showed his valor and versatility by winning the seven furlong Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26 in his first start since the Classic loss on Nov. 1. “Shared Belief is as classy as classy comes,” says Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who has ridden the 4-year-old gelded son of Candy Ride in his last five starts, including a neck victory in the Grade I Malibu.Smith will be aboard Shared Belief again Saturday when he tackles Horse of the Year California Chrome and seven others in the $500,000 San Antonio Invitational for older horses at 1 1/8 miles.“Shared Belief is not a big horse that you’re going to sit back on and go like Zenyatta, who was imposing just to look at,” Smith said. “He’s not really that, but he’s extremely athletic and really, really well-balanced. He’s doing well. He looks good.“They say he’s been working good. As long as Russell (Baze, who works him at Golden Gate) says he’s doing good, then I’m all right. I was glad to see that colt (Conquest Two Step) come back and win (the Palos Verdes last Saturday), if I couldn’t win it (on favored Distinctiv Passion, who finished fourth).“Conquest Two Step is the one who was 70-1 when I beat him with Shared Belief in the Malibu, and everyone said, ‘Who did Shared Belief beat?’ Well, you saw who he beat. The horse came back and demolished them in the Palos Verdes.”Shared Belief jogged and stood in the gate Thursday morning, while California Chrome galloped and stood in the gate. “He’s good,” said Hollendorfer of Shared Belief, adding he was “very happy” drawing post position five.The field for the San Antonio, race eight of nine: Hoppertunity, Martin Garcia, 4-1; Tonito M., Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; You Know I Know, Drayden Van Dyke, 30-1; Imperative, Flavien Prat, 20-1; Shared Belief, Mike Smith, 7-5; Clubhouse Ride, Aaron Gryder, 30-1; Bronzo, Gary Stevens, 20-1; California Chrome, Victor Espinoza, 6-5; and Alfa Bird, Tyler Baze, 30-1. In other San Antonio news:For the third straight race, Hoppertunity will be breaking from the inside in theSan Antonio, having drawn post position No. 1, the same hole he had in winning the Grade I Clark Handicap Nov. 28. He captured the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes Jan. 10 breaking from post position two.“I live in the one hole,” Bob Baffert said. “I don’t know. I’m going to have to start going to the draw. I’ve always said, ‘There are two things you need to get rid of in racing: the one hole and the last race.’ I’d rather have been on the outside and clear.”On a serious note, the Hall of Fame trainer is looking forward to the San Antonio.“The horse is doing well. It’s going to be an exciting race,” said Baffert, who has won the San Antonio four times, with Congaree (2003); Richard’s Kid (2010); and Game On Dude (2012 and 2013). “It’s going to be a great racing day.”Trainer Sean McCarthy on running 7-year-old Majestic Harbor for only thesecond time on turf in 28 career starts in Saturday’s San Marcos Stakes, rather than the San Antonio: “The distance of ground (in the San Marcos, 1 ¼ miles) is more suitable for him and he’ll be running against a different type of horse.“As he’s gotten older, hopefully the grass might be more conducive.”And this nugget from HRTV’s Rich McManus: “In the Eclipse era, not since SnowChief finished third and Tasso finished fifth in the 1987 Californian have the 2-year-old champion and the 3-year-old champion, from the same crop of race horses, faced off against each other at age four.”The San Antonio will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1. Elvis Trujillo961213813%$779,586 FINISH LINES: Two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder “had a good open gallop today” and is about a week away from her first official workout following her scratch due to fever from the Breeders’ Cup Distaff last Oct. 31, trainer Richard Mandella said . . . Delta Jackpot winner Ocho Ocho Ocho worked four furlongs for trainer Jim Cassidy on a gorgeous Thursday morning in 49.80 for the San Felipe Stakes on March 7 . . . With three wins from his last four mounts including two on Sunday, Edwin Maldonado is back on the beam, and hopes to continue when he rides speedy Little Jerry in Saturday’s San Marcos Stakes. “I was happier than a dog with two tales,” Maldonado said after Sunday’s double. Trainer Richard Baltas on Little Jerry, who will be seeking the first stakes win of his 25-race career: “We’ll try them and see how it goes. He seems like he wants to run now. Before, he wouldn’t run unless he was on the lead. Last time he didn’t run bad. We’re taking a shot because we don’t have anywhere else to run.” Baltas added that Bing Crosby winner Big Macher came out of his disappointing showing in the Palos Verdes “perfect” and could re-surface in the $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf Feb. 21. “There’s a chance he could go there,” Baltas said. “I wanted to try him on the grass because he’s out of a Kris S mare.”. . . Andy Harrington, clocker for NationalTurf.com, will be Tom Quigley‘s guest handicapper Saturday in the East Paddock Gardens at 11:20 a.m. . . . Samantha Sachs, 8-year-old granddaughter of Tom Knust, agent for Elvis Trujillo, plays the lead role of Cossette in Les Miserables at the IFGF Los Angeles venue at 147 West Palm Ave. in Monrovia from March 27 through April 1. NAKATANI HOPES FOR BETTER LUCK IN SAN MARCOSCorey Nakatani is hoping for better luck on Dynamic Sky when he runs in Saturday’s Grade II San Marcos Stakes for older horses at 1 ¼ miles on turf.The son of Sky Mesa owned by John Oxley and trained by Mark Casse was beaten only two lengths while finishing sixth in the Grade II San Gabriel Stakes Jan. 3, “lacking room behind rivals in midstretch.”How tight was the finish? The eight starters were separated by only five lengths.“I was coming between horses and got cut off,” Nakatani said of the San Gabriel. “I didn’t really let him get a chance to run at the point when he needed to. He’s a real big horse. I’m looking forward to getting another opportunity.”The field for the San Marcos: Finnegans Wake, Victor Espinoza, 5-2; Patrioticandproud, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1; Majestic Harbor, Mike Smith, 8-1; Power Ped, Flavien Prat, 9-2; Little Jerry, Edwin Maldonado, 12-1; Diamond Bachelor, Martin Pedroza, 20-1; Quadrivium, Forest Boyce, 8-1; Dynamic Sky, Corey Nakatani, 3-1; and Power Foot, Kieren Fallon, 8-1. Richard Baltas2853318%$163,528 (Current Through Sunday, Feb. 1) Richard Mandella2553520%$231,900 Kent Desormeaux831914923%$1,103,492 Mark Casse3465418%$545,520 Jerry Hollendorfer7816111021%$1,508,004 Tyler Baze11914111612%$913,344 FIRING LINE TRIES DORTMUND AGAIN IN LEWISFiring Line came within a head of handing Dortmund his first defeat in the Grade I Los Alamitos Derby last Dec. 20, despite absorbing a pinball-type stretch run in the mile and a sixteenth race.Simon Callaghan is hoping for a less eventful trip when the Kentucky-bred son of Line of David owned by Arnold Zetcher tackles Dortmund and four others in Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.“He ran very well,” the trainer said of Firing Line. “He got bumped quite a bit down the lane, but he’s doing well and we’re looking forward to the race.”Firing Line will have a new pilot in the Lewis, Gary Stevens replacing Rafael Bejarano. “We decided to make a change,” Callaghan said.The Robert B. Lewis lineup: Tizcano, Martin Pedroza, 15-1; Rock Shandy, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Sebastian’s Heart, Agapito Delgadillo, 30-1; Hero Ten All, Tyler Baze, 10-1; Firing Line, Gary Stevens, 7-5; and Dortmund, Martin Garcia, 4-5. Martin Pedroza811014612%$384,410 Joseph Talamo10111121511%$876,634 Carla Gaines2353122%$290,865 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Rafael Bejarano11429191825%$1,402,854 SAN ANTONIO MORNING LINE FAVORITISM A CHALLENGEIn a showdown between two equine titans, California Chrome has been installed as the 6-5 morning line favorite by Santa Anita oddsmaker Jon White for Saturday’s Grade II San Antonio Invitational, with Shared Belief a close second choice at 7-5.“I can’t recall ever having a more difficult time deciding who to make the favorite between two horses,” said White, who also provides pre-race television commentary for Santa Anita’s simulcast network. “Not even in all of the Breeders’ Cup races that I’ve made the morning line have I had a harder decision between two horses in terms of favoritism.”White crafted the official Breeders’ Cup morning lines at Santa Anita in 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014.“One of the reasons I ultimately decided to go with California Chrome is he is the reigning Horse of the Year,” White explained. “And then there is his immense popularity. Being such a big fan favorite is something that could come into play in the wagering. Also, California Chrome did beat Shared Belief the only time the two have met.”California Chrome finished third in the Grade I, $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita last Nov. 1. Shared Belief ran fourth.“But while it’s true that Shared Belief finished 3 ½ lengths behind California Chrome in the Classic, most people, of course, feel that is a race you can throw out for Shared Belief because of all the trouble he had,” White said. “Shared Belief has lost just one time in his entire life. And if not for all of the trouble he had in the Classic, it’s entirely possible he would be nine for nine going into the San Antonio.“Something else to keep in mind is Shared Belief was the favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, not California Chrome. Shared Belief was 5-2. California Chrome was 4-1. I certainly would not be surprised if it turns out that Shared Belief also ends up being the favorite in the San Antonio.”While most of the attention is being focused on California Chrome and Shared Belief, Hoppertunity goes into the Santa Antonio off victories in the Grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs and Grade II San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita. White has pegged Hoppertunity at 4-1 for the San Antonio.“Ignore Hoppertunity at your own peril,” White cautioned.Meanwhile, White joins thousands of others in looking forward to seeing Saturday’s San Antonio.“This really is fantastic for the sport,” White said. “How great it is for the 2-year-old male champion of 2013 and the 3-year-old male champion of 2014 to meet like this? Will there be a tougher Grade II race in the entire country this year? I sure doubt it.” TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Drayden Van Dyke9610111610%$605,826 Fernando Perez878879%$329,284 Victor Espinoza721213817%$740,070 Philip D’Amato3458615%$317,110 Peter Eurton3674719%$317,458 Peter Miller671216618%$727,440 Martin Garcia55812615%$817,400 Corey Nakatani6188813%$481,500 Gary Stevens4495720%$614,632 John W. Sadler51571010%$347,432 Flavien Prat4772615%$289,750 Doug O’Neill6487813%$411,336 Mark Glatt3757614%$281,574 Bob Baffert46811717%$919,118 Mike Smith541111820%$863,361 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Hector Palma1252042%$93,310
We hate toilet paper puns. They’re tearable.Geocache Name:Privy (GC2Z6GB) by seskdsGeocache Location:Missouri, USADifficulty/Terrain Rating:D1/T1Why this is the Geocache of the Week:Find this cache and you might start to think more fondly about indoor plumbing. Luckily for the trackables left inside this cache, it’s not the real thing. Geocacher seskds has hidden this cache on his property, and given those geocachers who make the drive out to it a heck of a laugh.Some of the highlights:Exclusive “Privy Parking”A toilet paper roll logbookSignal the Frog artwork on the throne itselfBuckets of swag…and insectsWhat geocachers have to say:“Driving back to Indianapolis and stopping at interesting and convenient caches along the way. I saw all the favorite points on this one so had to stop. So glad I did. This is definitely one of the largest caches I have found and very entertaining. Definitely a favorite. Thanks for the fun stop on my journey through the area.” –rbmotmot“This cache is AWESOME!!! We hit the cache at the corner 1st and came back here. We took pictures, signed the log book (great log too) and spent way too much time looking at the swag and the craftsmanship here. I added some donate life stuff to the bottom of the door and took 1 poker chip. Thank you for a great cache in the middle of almost nowhere.” –Sycoscouter“This is another one of those amazing cache sites that gets people interested in Geo Caching! TFTC and thanks to the owners for providing parking to this one. Great Job and merits a favorite point from us.” –10-Nacious-Bs“Find 475. This one is fantastic! The kids loved it! The CO’s granddaughter came out to greet us while we spent some time exploring the container. We swapped some swag and signed the “roll”. A favorite! TFTC!” –P98Photos: What’s the coolest repurposed/reinvented geocache container you’ve ever found? Nominate it for Geocache of the Week below!Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedBoondocks USA Travel Bug Motel (GC3PMCM) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 22, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Geocaching: The Video Game — LostSailRs: Uncharted Waters (GC55CDQ) — Geocache of the WeekJuly 9, 2014In “Geocaching with Kids”Between a rock and…more rocks. — Pit Stop (GC5RM5D) — Geocache of the WeekMay 7, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”
I’m embarrassed to admit it, but yes, that photo shows the gas furnace and water heater in my condo. (I used to live in a very green SIP home that I built, but that’s another story.) It’s an 80 AFUE (80% efficient) furnace and natural draft water heater.Notice also that they’re common-vented, which can be a combustion safety problem. National Comfort Institute combustion safety instructor David Richardson calls this “one of the most dangerous installations allowed by code.”The good news is that soon I’ll be replacing both of these combustion appliances to improve the safety, energy efficiency, and comfort in our home. What I’ve decided to go with is a hydronic furnace (sometimes called a ‘hydroair’ system) that gets heat from a water heater, probably a condensing tankless model. It’s a nice configuration that makes a lot of sense, especially for us. I’m not going with a heat pump—mini-split or otherwise—because the condo association pays our gas bill, but we pay the electric bill. Hydronic heat is great supplemental heat source for heat pumps, tooIn our case, the hydronic furnace will be our sole source of heat. If you’ve got a gas water heater and a heat pump, though, hydronic heat works great as a source of supplemental heat. Most heat pumps use electric resistance heat to supplement the output of the heat pump when the temperature drops below the balance point. Electric resistance heat isn’t very efficient and can run up huge electric bills.Dual fuel systems, which use a furnace as a backup heat source, act as a replacement source rather than a supplement. When the temperature drops and the system calls for more heat, the heat pump shuts off and the furnace kicks on. The heat pump’s evaporator coil is usually installed downstream from the furnace, so to run both simultaneously would cause the refrigerant to boil, probably damaging the compressor. Putting the evaporator coil before the furnace would allow both to run at the same time, but furnaces generally have way too much capacity anyway, so, unless it were a modulating furnace, it wouldn’t make sense to do that.Because of the disadvantages of electric resistance and dual fuel systems, supplemental hydronic heat makes a lot of sense. Putting the evaporator coil upstream of the hydronic coil allows both to run simultaneously and is a great way to provide the supplemental heat for heat pumps. David Butler, probably the most knowledgeable HVAC designer I know, wrote a couple of articles on this topic earlier this year: Just Say No to Furnaces in High Performance Homes and Heat Pumps and Hydronics – A Great Team for High Performance Homes.Those of you in cold climates may well be familiar with hydronic heating systems, but they’re usually attached to hydronic distribution systems, too. In cooling climates where everyone uses forced air because of the desire for air conditioning, hydronic systems are rare. I think that these hydroair systems could have a lot of benefits and look forward to getting ours installed. I’ll let you know how well it performs. How a hydronic furnace worksHere’s how it works. The water heater does two jobs — it heats the water that we’ll use in the house, and some of that hot water is piped over to the hydronic furnace to heat the air passing over the hydronic coil. The second image, from Firstco, shows the setup.The schematic here shows a conventional, tank water heater, which works fine for this application. You just have to make sure the capacity of the water heater, whatever kind you choose, is great enough to handle both the domestic hot water needs and the heating load of the house. This won’t be a problem in our home since our heating load is currently about 25,000 Btu per hour, and I’ll be making some improvements to the building envelope as well to reduce it further. Even Rinnai’s smallest hydronic furnace (45,000 Btu/hr) and tankless water heater (157,000 Btu/hr) will give us more heat than we need.To prevent stranded water in the cooling season from becoming nasty, the pump will circulate water through the coil periodically. In the Rinnai model, the pump runs two minutes in each six hour period and even learns the schedule of hot water use to maximize efficiency. If we go with a tankless water heater, we’ll put a small buffer tank into the system, which keeps the tankless water heater from coming on for each and every little hot water demand.So, instead of two combustion appliances, this type of combo or integrated system means we’ll need only one. (Although it may be possible to do this with electric water heating, it’s not a good idea because of the amount of current required.) The two main companies that I know of that make hydronic coils, available by themselves or packaged in an air handler to make a hydronic furnace, are Firstco and Rinnai. I haven’t decided yet which one we’ll go with. You can see a photo of the innards of the Rinnai hydronic furnace below. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a RESNET-accredited energy consultant, trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard blog. *Tip of the hat for that expression to my 10th grade industrial arts teacher, Mr. Jackson, who liked to lecture to some of the guys in our class about their behavior. Safer and more efficient heat and hot waterI really like the idea of this type of integrated system. It’s simple, and in our case, it’s going to be much safer and more energy efficient than what we have now. We could use the blower in our current furnace and just add a hydronic coil, but we’re already using all the vertical height available in the room. By replacing the whole gas furnace, we’ll get a new, more efficient blower as well. I’m not sure about the Firstco model, but the Rinnai has an EC motor (sometimes called an ECM motor, which is equivalent to saying ATM machine or PIN number because the M already stands for motor). The electronically commutated motor (ECM) can be much more energy efficient than the standard Permanent Split Capacitor (PSC) motor.My strongest motivation in wanting to do this is to get rid of the natural draft water heater, with its combustion saftey issues and possibility for backdrafting. I really don’t want to wake up dead* some day because of carbon monoxide poisoning. So, what I’d like to do is replace it with a high efficiency, condensing, tankless water heater. I’m not a huge fan of tankless water heaters just for the sake of ‘being green.’ They may or may not save energy because the fact that they can keep pumping out the hot water continuously means that you may end up using more hot water than you would with a tank. When it’s part of an integrated system like this, though, I think it makes a lot of sense.
New Delhi, May 10 (PTI) Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) today reported an over six-fold jump in its consolidated net profit at Rs 1,514 crore for the fourth quarter to March, aided by the sale of its sports business.It had registered a net profit of Rs 226.52 crore in January-March a year ago, ZEEL said in a filing with the BSE.Total income during the quarter under review was at Rs 1,582.89 crore, up 1.50 per cent, as against Rs 1,559.38 crore a year earlier.”PAT for the quarter was Rs 1,514.22 crore, which includes exceptional gain of Rs 1,223.4 crore on account of sale of sports business,” the company said.Its total expenses stood at Rs 1,043.86 crore, down 0.42 per cent from the earlier Rs 1,048.31 crore.”Our domestic advertising revenue grew by 8.1 per cent despite the impact of demonetisation. After a couple of quarters of weakness, advertising growth appears to be back on track,” said ZEEL MD and CEO Punit Goenka.ZEEL earned Rs 846.91 crore as total revenue from advertising during the quarter in question, which was flat as against Rs 847.22 crore of the same quarter last year.”Advertising revenue of our international business was impacted by country-specific issues during the quarter and the base quarter revenue was aided by telecast of popular cricket events in Pakistan,” the company said.Its subscription revenue came in at Rs 557.95 crore, down 6.13 per cent, compared to Rs 594.44 crore in the year-ago period.”Domestic and international subscription revenues for the quarter declined by 2.8 per cent and 18.7 per cent yoy, respectively, largely due to catch-up revenues in the fourth quarter of 2015-16. In addition, consolidation of only two months of sports business impacted subscription revenue during Q4 2016-17,” it said.advertisementFor the year to March 2017, ZEELs consolidated net profit jumped over two folds to Rs 2,220.46 crore as against a net profit of Rs 823.73 crore in the previous fiscal.Its total income for 2016-17 rose 10.82 per cent to Rs 6,658.17 crore as against Rs 6,007.67 crore a year ago.Meanwhile, in a separate filing, ZEEL informed the BSE that its board in a meeting held today recommended payment of 250 per cent dividend, that is Rs 2.50 per share for 2016-17.The stock of ZEEL today settled at Rs 516.05 on the BSE, up 3.98 per cent. PTI KRH ARD
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches his team take on the Georgia Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium September 22, 2007 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Georgia defeated Alabama 26-23 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)It’s been documented in the past that Alabama head coach Nick Saban occasionally uses chewing tobacco. Today, on SportsCenter, college football fans got a look at his favorite brand. In an interview with ESPN’s Marty Smith, Saban had a pouch of “Red Man” next to his seat belt. It didn’t go unnoticed.Never thought of Saban as a Red Man guy pic.twitter.com/m2KwlSBhIX— Feitelberg (@FeitsBarstool) November 4, 2015ESPN camera in Nick Saban’s car catches a pouch of Red Man. He’s just like the rest of us; he has a vice! pic.twitter.com/B5QC2xbJQV— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) November 4, 2015For what it’s worth, it doesn’t really line up with Saban’s no-nonsense personality. But as Aaron Suttles of The Tuscaloosa News notes, we all have our vices.