Protect pipes

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaDepending on where you live in drought-stricken Georgia, it may have been a while since you’ve been allowed to water your lawn. But don’t forget about your irrigation system or leave it unprotected this winter. A few precautions now can save a lot of time, money and even water later.Most grass is going dormant now and doesn’t need watering in winter. Freezing temperatures will hit most of Georgia this month. This can cause the water in an exposed pipe to expand. If the water expands too much, the pipe bursts.”With home irrigation systems, you probably wouldn’t know you had any pipe damage until you turned it on for the first spring watering,” said Kerry Harrison, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension irrigation specialist.Most in-ground sprinkler pipes will be OK. Only the top 2 inches of the ground will freeze in most of Georgia. Pipes should be well below this level. Other irrigation components, such as backflow-prevention valves, are at ground level, though, and could be in danger.If any exposed valves or pipes are around your home, tape them up or “use a good old sack to wrap them,” Harrison said. Home-improvement stores have many tapes, foams and gadgets to keep these pipes warm on cold, winter nights.The tips of sprinkler heads can hold water. When frozen, they can rupture. The whole sprinkler system holds water, too, even when it isn’t being used. Don’t forget to drain the system, Harrison said. If you don’t drain it properly in the winter, your sprinkler could be a geyser when you turn it on next spring.”Arrangements should have been made in the installation process to have a way to drain those lines that would hold water through a buried valve in a pit,” he said.If you bought a home with an installed irrigation system, find this drain valve. Some systems are equipped with automatic drain valves.Don’t forget about outside water hoses. Just do one of two things:* Leave the hoses hanging outside. But disconnect them from faucets.* Disconnect, drain and store hoses someplace with a constant temperature. This will prolong the life of the hoses.If you leave hoses undrained outside in the winter, don’t move them or touch them in freezing weather. Frozen hoses are fragile. You could be the one to break them.Private water users and rural residents with wells should check out their main water pump. Usually a quarter-inch pipe connects to the pressure switch. If it’s metal, it likely won’t freeze. But if it’s plastic, it might freeze and burst. This could cause the water pump to fail or continue to run and cause some major winter repairs.If all these precautions fail and a pipe bursts anyway, there’s still one thing to remember: “Know where your main water cutoff is,” Harrison said.last_img read more

GM, Ford sign big wind power deals with Michigan utility DTE

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Crain’s Detroit Business:General Motors will use 100 percent renewable energy to power its global technical center in Warren and a large part of its Detroit-based world headquarters at the Renaissance Center.About 300,000 megawatt-hours of wind power, enough to power about 30,000 households per year, will come from DTE Energy Co.’s MIGreenPower program, said GM and DTE in a statement. Nationwide, GM said its renewable energy deals to date total 1.71 terawatt hours, more than any other automaker in the region.Last week, Ford Motor Co. signed a similar deal with DTE for 500,000 megawatt hours through MIGreenPower.DTE said it plans to build or acquire new wind projects to source the MIGreenPower program that Ford has joined. The Detroit-based company did not say where they would be located as sites are being investigated. The company now has 13 wind parks and 31 solar arrays. The wind parks are in the Thumb and mid-Michigan. The utility said it plans in March to commission its largest park so far, in Gratiot and Isabella counties in Mid-Michigan.In January, the Michigan Public Service Commission approved a special rate structure for DTE to expand MIGreenPower, its voluntary renewable energy program for large corporate and industrial customers. GM is the second company, after Ford, to take advantage of this new structure. In 2017, DTE launched a slightly different MIGreenPower voluntary program to residential customers in which people pay extra on their monthly bills to support renewable energy capacity. Customers can invest in DTE-owned wind and solar farms by paying about $5 extra per month. Michigan’s 2016 energy law mandated utilities to create a green pricing program for customers.GM officials also said the company now generates 20 percent of its global energy supply from renewables. GM also is a member of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance and an early signatory of RE100, a collaborative global initiative uniting influential businesses committed to 100 percent renewable electricity, working to massively increase demand for and delivery of renewable energy.More: DTE, General Motors agree to wind farm green energy project GM, Ford sign big wind power deals with Michigan utility DTElast_img read more

Trail Mix – November 2015

first_img Hear the Bang Denny Lile 3:19 3:26 2:55 5:09 Embed Audio PlayerDenny LileHear the BangUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 2:55 3:24 4:27 Lavendula Israel Nash 4:05 In My Ring Violent Mae Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. Lately I’ve Rescued a Rose Stephen Young & The Union Featured this month is a premiere of “Hear the Bang” from long departed songwriter Denny Lile.Even the brightest light can be lost in shadow.Perhaps the most poignant story in all of the artists featured on this month’s Trail Mix is that of Denny Lile. A rising songwriting star from Louisville, Kentucky, Lile’s music and, ultimately, his life, fell victim to substance abuse. Lile died in 1995 at the age of 44 due to complications from alcoholism, joining Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Graham Parsons in the ranks of musicians gone well before their time.Hear The Bang: The Life and Music of Denny Lile was released last month, finally shedding long deserved light on a man and his music and absolutely justifying Lile’s comparisons to the likes of Townes van Zandt, Kris Kristofferson, and Vic Chesnutt. Recorded in 1971, the songs on this record have been shelved for over forty years. We can thank the folks at Big Legal Mess Records for finally bringing this collection to the light of day.Trail Mix is happy to premiere the title track, “Hear The Bang,” on this month’s mix.Also featured this month are brand new tracks from Israel Nash, Carlos Timon, Granville Automatic, Joanne Rand, Sun Club, Violent Mae, McClain Sullivan, The Pollies, and Red Moon Road.For our fans of jazz, please check out “Reflections,” a Thelonious Monk tune aptly reinterpreted by Terry Adams of NRBQ.And we are just getting started! More goodness awaits with tunes from The Harrow, Elephant Stone, Sarah Clanton, Stephen Young & The Union, and the Kathy Kallick Band.Stay tuned to the Trail Mix blog. On tap this month are chats with Andy Hackbarth, Peter Cooper, Annabelle’s Curse, and The Nouveaux Honkies.And, of course, make sure you get out and support the artists who have given their music to Trail Mix this month. Tell a friend, buy a ticket, or grab a record or two. Love Like Shadows The Harrow Sweet Carolina Sarah Clanton Woodstock Joanne Rand Rose Mary y Yo Carlos Timón Tropicoller Lease Sun Club 3:44 Lost The Pollies Steal You Away Andy Hackbarth 3:26 2:29 Whiskey’s Gettin’ Harder To Drink The Nouveaux Honkies 5:09 3:07 Lanterns At Horseshoe Ridge Granville Automatic 3:58 4:30 Words Of The Walls Red Moon Road 4:44 3:54 Reflections Terry Adams The Devil’s Shelter Elephant Stone 3:24 Lovedrunk Desperados Annabelle’s Curse My Bad McClain Sullivan 5:43 3:56 3:24 Carnival Jim & Jean Peter Cooper My Montana Home Kathy Kallick Bandlast_img read more

State Trooper Struck While Investigating Crash on Northern State

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A state trooper investigating a one-car crash on the Northern State Parkway Saturday morning was injured when another car lost control and slammed into his vehicle, state police said. The trooper was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola where he is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The crash occurred at 7 a.m. on the right shoulder of the westbound lane at Exit 31A. Police said the trooper was parked along the shoulder investigating the earlier crash when a 2006 Honda Civic driving in the left lane lost control and spun across the parkway. The Civic only came to a stop after striking the trooper’s vehicle on the driver’s side rear door, police said. The driver of the Honda was also treated at Winthrop for minor cuts he sustained trying to help the trooper out of the vehicle. Two lanes at Exit 31A were closed for nearly three hours. Police did not provide details about the initial accident that the trooper was investigating.last_img read more

T-Mobile, Costco, Baidu & more

first_imgPeople walk by a T-Mobile store in San Francisco, CaliforniaJustin Sullivan | Getty Images – Advertisement – – Advertisement – SmileDirectClub — SmileDirectClub traded 3.2% higher after the bell on the back of better-than-expected quarterly results. The tele-dentistry company posted a loss of 11 cents per share on revenue of $168.5 million. Analysts polled by Refinitiv expected a loss of 14 cents per share on revenue of $146.2 million.Baidu — The Chinese internet company saw its stock dip 0.6% even after the release of quarterly results that beat analyst expectations. Baidu reported a profit of CNY20.35 per share, adjusted, on revenue of CNY28.23 billion. Analysts had forecast earnings per share of CNY13.62 on revenue of CNY27.45 billion. Check out the companies making headlines after the bell on Monday:T-Mobile — T-Mobile shares rose more than 2% in after-hours trading after Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway disclosed a stake in the mobile networking company. A 13F filing showed the conglomerate bought 2.4 million shares of T-Mobile in the third quarter.Costco — Shares of the wholesale giant popped more than 2% after the company declared a special cash dividend of $10 per share. CFO Richard Galanti said this is possible thanks to Costco’s “strong balance sheet.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

WHO says Lao death likely caused by H5N1

first_imgMar 5, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A 42-year-old woman from Laos’ Vientiane province who died yesterday probably had H5N1 avian influenza, according to World Health Organization (WHO) officials. Confirmation of the case would mark the country’s first human death from the disease.The woman was hospitalized 5 days ago with severe pneumonia, and tests showed that she had an H5 flu virus, but authorities are awaiting results that would clarify if it was the H5N1 strain, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. A Bloomberg News story reported essentially the same information from WHO and Laotian officials.”It is very likely it is H5N1,” WHO spokeswoman Dida Connor told AFP. If the woman’s case is confirmed by the WHO, she will be listed as Laos’s second avian flu case-patient in less than a week and the country’s first person to die of the disease.On Feb 27 Laos announced its first human H5N1 patient, a 15-year-old girl from suburban Vientiane who is undergoing treatment in a Thai hospital, according to media reports. Connor told AFP there is no direct link between the woman and the girl; Bloomberg said the two cases occurred about 31 miles apart.Officials are investigating how the woman caught the disease and are monitoring her family members and hospital staff, AFP reported.Outbreaks of H5N1 in poultry returned to Laos, striking birds near Vientiane, the capital, in mid-February after 6 months without major outbreaks. The Associated Press today reported a new poultry outbreak in southern Laos, but few details were available.Meanwhile, physicians in China are hoping to boost the immunity of the country’s latest H5N1 patient, a 44-year-old farmer from Fujian province, by transfusing her with serum from another Chinese patient who recently recovered from an H5N1 infection, Xinhua reported today. The donor is a 37-year-old man from Anhui province who was confirmed on Jan 10 by the WHO as China’s 22nd H5N1 case-patient.The woman, who fell ill Feb 18 and possibly had contact with sick birds at her home, is in critical but stable condition, Xinhua reported. Her diagnosis was confirmed on Mar 1 by the WHO, and she is the country’s 23rd case-patient.The treatment appears to be the first use of serotherapy to treat a human H5N1 infection. Researchers from the US Navy, writing in the October 2006 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, reported that the practice may have reduced mortality when it was used to treat patients during the “Spanish flu” pandemic of 1918. Though avian flu experts acknowledge that serotherapy may be beneficial in a flu pandemic, some say supply and logistical problems would hamper its use.In other avian flu news, a handful of countries have recently reported further bird or poultry outbreaks:Myanmar reported three more outbreaks in chickens and ducks near Rangoon, as well as positive H5N1 findings in crows, AFP reported yesterday.Kuwait reported that new cases were detected in Al-Sulaibiya and Wafrah, increasing the total number of infected birds to 50, most of which were backyard poultry, according to a report from Kuwait News Agency today.Pakistan confirmed H5N1 in birds, including crows and chickens, in Peshawar, Naushera, and Charsadda districts, The International News, a Pakistani Web site, reported today.See also:Mar 1 WHO statement 10 WHO statement TC, Kilbane EM, Jackson JL, et al. Meta-analysis: convalescent blood products for Spanish influenza: a future H5N1 treatment? Ann Intern Med 2006 Oct 17;145(8):599-609 [Abstract]Sept 8, 2006, CIDRAP News article “Could blood from H5N1 flu survivors help others?”last_img read more

Police chief condemns recent incident involving police officer

first_img Share LocalNews Police chief condemns recent incident involving police officer by: – April 13, 2012 Share 31 Views   no discussions Police Chief, Cyril Carette. Police Chief Cyril Carette has spoken out regarding a recent incident involving a police officer being arrested and charged for theft of a government owned pistol.Carette said any law enforcement officer who breaks the law, should be given the highest level of condemnation.Ohssel Tyson a police constable has been released on $30, 000.00 bail for allegedly stealing a 1 glock 19 pistol and 15 rounds of ammunition valued at $3742.50 belonging to the state on April 7th 2012. He entered a “not guilty” plea to the charges at the magistrate’s court on April 10th, 2012.Carette described the incident as a “sad day” for the Police Force, “When we have officers who are charged with the responsibility of preserving the integrity of the state, dispensing law and order in the country are trying to do this collaborating with criminals outside there to do such acts.He said this kind of behavior is unacceptable within the force and the culprit deserves the highest level of condemnation.“We cannot afford to have that in our police force. We consider this the height of corruption in the police force when people do those kinds of things. We have been having allegations outside there where guns are leaving headquarters and any such corruption will not be tolerated,” he said.He said the police force is not the best place for anyone who cannot be trusted. Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Man, 38, killed in Cabatuan stabbing

first_imgMark Aries was rushed to the Ramon Tabiana Memorial District Hospital in the town where the attending physician declared him “dead on arrival.” This prompted John to stab Mark Aries using a bladed weapon. ILOILO City – In Barangay Ayong, Cabatuan, Iloilo, a man was allegedly stabbed to death by his brother. Tagged suspect was his younger brother John, 36. According to police investigators, Mark Aries and John were having a drinking binge at the house of Armando Attieda when a heated argument ensued between the suspect and the victim around 9:45 p.m. on June 28. Killed was 38-year-old resident Mark Aries Escuadro. He sustained stabbed wounds on the body, a police report showed. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the Cabatuan municipal police station, facing charges./PNlast_img read more

Spain draw with Sweden to qualify for Euro 2020

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: Traore withdraws from Spain squad UEFA Nations League: Spain’s Gaya nets late goal to snatch draw with Germany Adama Traore tests positive for coronavirus A stoppage-time strike by substitute Rodrigo cancelled out Marcus Berg’s opener for Sweden and gave Spain the draw they needed to qualify for Euro 2020 in a Group F game that finished 1-1 on Tuesday.Spain dominated the opening 20 minutes and looked set to easily book their berth in next year’s finals but Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen pulled off a string of superb saves as his side grew into the game.Striker Berg put Sweden in front early in the second half after his initial header was saved, as was Emil Forsberg’s shot, but Berg nodded home from close range at the second attempt to give his side the lead.Spain goalkeeper David De Gea left the fray injured on the hour mark and, despite plenty of possession, the Spaniards had to wait until stoppage time to get an equalizer.Rodrigo finally found a way past Olsen, firing home to send his group-leading side to the finals.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Euro 2020SpainSwedenlast_img read more

UEFA cuts 15 seconds off VAR reviews in Champions League games

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Leeds host first Premier League game after 16 years UEFA says it has shaved 15 seconds off the average time it takes for the Video Assistant Referee system to correct a decision in its Champions League this season. It said the average is now down to one minute 30 seconds. The head of UEFA’s referees’ committee, Roberto Rosetti, said he was very happy with the way the technology had been used in the competition. But he stressed that it was only for “clear and obvious” mistakes. UEFA said that in 108 playoff round and group stage matches so far, 27 decisions had been corrected by the VAR system, an average of one every four games. “This shows the quality of the referees’ performances,” said Rosetti. “In addition, we feel that the time taken to overturn a decision is important. So far this season, the average time for the correction of a decision has been one minute 30 seconds —- 15 seconds less than last season.” The use of VAR in some domestic leagues, particularly England’s Premier League, has been widely criticised. This has come with suggestions that the video officials in some countries now have more power than those on the pitch. Many critics feel that it has gone beyond its original remit with goals being disallowed for the tiniest of infringements such as a player being offside by an armpit. “I will emphasise once more that —- in compliance with its protocol —- VAR is only for clear and obvious mistakes, and not for controversial situations,” said Rosetti, emphasising that the official on the pitch should have the final call. “Football needs good referees above all – match officials with a strong personality on the field of play, who take correct and courageous decisions.” UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has been among the critics over the way VAR has been used in some leagues, saying it was changing the character of the sport. The European football body confirmed that VAR would be used in the knockout stages of the Europa League for the first time this season. UEFA added that it would also be used for the Euro 2020 playoff matches in March, as well as the final tournament itself. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Champions LeagueEnglish Premier LeagueRoberto RosettiUEFAlast_img read more