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first_img Aug. 31, 2007   Box Score      FAIRBANKS, Alaska – The Alaskan air didn’t cool off the UWF Volleyball team, as they posted a 30-25, 30-18, 30-24 win over Humboldt State in the opening match of the Nanook Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska. Junior Outside Hitter Kimberly Clark paced the offense with 14 kills, and setter Madeline Gonzalez had 41 Assists, as the Argos offense proved too strong for Humboldt State. “They had a hard time stopping our offense, and Maddie (Gonzalez) distributed the ball real well, which made us very efficient on offense,” explained Head Coach Melissa Wolter. She added, “Kim (Clark) had a really nice match as well.”Helping Clark with the offensive attack was Senior Danielle Spitzer (7 kills, 4 blocks), Junior Luciana Rapach (7 kills), Senior Isabela Gualberto (7 kills), and Freshmen Chelsea Wilhoite (6 kills). Defensively, the numbers showed a balanced team effort also, as Rapach (12 digs), Clark (8 digs), and Gonzalez (8 digs), lead the way for the Argos. The victory puts UWF at 5-0 for the young season, While Humboldt State drops to 3-3.The Argos with nearly an entire day of travel, and one day to acclimatize, appeared to not be affected by the unusual travel. Overall, Wolter thought the team adapted real well to the different environment and climate and was very pleased. However, the Argos real test is playing two Matches tomorrow (Saturday) against Alaska-Fairbanks and Hawaii-Hilo. Game times are 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM Central time.The players have decided to put together a summary of the trip, and below is the first day entry from Isabela Gualberto:August 29 – The first day: We left our home town (Pensacola) this past Wednesday to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity. Knowing that we would encounter good competition in Alaska had the whole entire team anxious and excited. Being an Argo is not an easy task, as Coach Melissa Wolter does not waist time. She knew we were not going to have time to practice that Wednesday because we were going to be traveling the entire day, and for that same reason, she scheduled a 6:15 am training session. We left the Pensacola airport at 11:50 am., and had two connecting flights to Alaska with stops in Atlanta and Salt Lake City, Utah.The first flight was only one hour. We landed at Atlanta at 2:01 pm., and we ate lunch as a team at Atlanta’s airport, and got to see Big Boy the famous Rapper from Outkast. Then, we left Atlanta for Salt Lake City, and then, finally, we made it to Alaska at midnight – and the sun had just set!! We had pictured Alaska one way, but when we got there, we found a big surprise: no snow!! Apparently, we all thought Alaska was going to be covered in ice. We got to see some cool things at the airport like the polar bear. Then we got to our hotel and we met our host Danny…and finally, we went to bed. Print Friendly Version Share UWF Volleyball Cruises in Alaska to Win First Match of Nanook Classiclast_img read more


first_imgCommentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Nov. 16, 2014… 3. The football team…Nothing quite stresses me more with this website than when a high school football debate develops (unless its girls basketball). I automatically go into hiding, knowing some of my closest friends are looking to shoot me.As always, Sumner Newscow does not allow for personal attacks on individuals, especially those who are high school athletes (see comment policy here). However, the gray area I wrestle with is whether a high school “team” should be scrutinized. After all these are kids.The players shouldn’t. The program should. Here’s why….The Wellington High School football program is an interesting dynamic. The Crusaders are the town team. A tremendous amount of local resources are poured into the program each fall: from the long hours of the coaching staff, to investments by the business community, to the number of local media covering the team – which is unmatched in the state of Kansas.The football team is also representing the community to the state of Kansas at large. The program’s importance can’t be understated.It is therefore the right of our citizens to have a say with how the football team is operated and projected. And, yes, at its heart winning and losing means everything.As this site’s manager I must weigh what is good relevant debate and what is derogatory nonsense. There is a fine line especially with emotions running deep on various sides of the issue.The reality is nothing brings the community together, quite like a good football season. Wellington has passion, an intense interest, and a tradition that few other high school towns have in Kansas.Sometimes it is good to talk about it.Nevertheless, I implore you to please be civil when wading in on the message board below: whether it’s the football team, the city hall, the hospital or any local issue that comes our way. A good argument is best served with good manners and true knowledge on the subject. 5. Shout out of the week… I’m going to give it to all who were involved with the Wellington Veteran’s Day program. It was sensational. The Wellington High School band was as good as I ever heard it. I loved the choir music. The speakers were fabulous.If you didn’t leave Tuesday’s program with goose bumps and a renewed sense of pride and spirit, you may need to check your pulse. You may be dead.Cueball extra…Quinn’s thoughts…Hi! It’s that time again when I douse you with my horrific stupidity so lets go!Quinn McCueAlso I now have a structure for my thoughts! The first two are gonna be the events that happened during the past week. 2. Today it finally snowed and I got really over excited. Here’s the story. I woke up looking fabulous as usual. Then I look outside and there was snow. So I run downstairs and jump outside into the snow with just my pajamas on. I regret it horribly. 5.Contest Thought! Suessical Cast Members not eligible for entry! What was the name of the Black bottom eagle in the Suessical that took place last weekend? Send in your answer at [email protected] First one to answer correctly wins a Sumner Newscow T-shirt! 1. Long lost e-mail…This week when cleaning out e-mails for the first time in years, I stumbled across an e-mail written on January 25, 2013, by my CPA neighbor Lonnie Cooper. I ws hoping to do a story on the local reaction to the latest Sam Brownback tax cuts. The story, like many I plan, didn’t get written.But reading this e-mail this week made me realize how valid the fears of two years ago has come to fruition.I’ll share this January, 2013 e-mail now: “Tracy,The potential loss of the property tax deduction for state income tax purposes is just the beginning of the adjustments the state will need to make to keep from going broke in the next year or two.  This self-inflicted budget crisis is a bet by Governor Brownback that drastically lower income taxes on Kansas business will either grow the economy enough to make up for the cuts, and/or that the crisis itself will force budget cuts that would not otherwise be made.As for your question, I’ll use the numbers from your 11/26/12 column on county property taxes (see story here).  In that column, you stated that due to Sumner County’s drop in its mill levy, the taxes on a hypothetical $100,000 home would drop from $179 from $2,042 to $1,863.Assuming that the taxpayer itemized his deductions on his federal return, the Kansas income tax savings on the $1,863 deduction under the 2013 Kansas rate (4.9%) would be $91.  So that would be the out of pocket cost to losing the property tax deduction.However, the top Kansas rate dropped from 6.45% in 2012 to 4.9% in 2013, so there would have also been a Kansas tax savings from the tax cut, probably more than the loss from not allowing the property tax deduction.  For taxpayers with non-wage business income,  the Kansas rate on that income is 0% for 2013, so there will be a huge tax decrease for those taxpayers.To put it another way, by eliminating the tax on 191,000 Kansas businesses (the governor’s number), the money has to come from somewhere.  So, the State will probably keep the sales tax rate up, cut state funding for schools and other entities and eliminate the property tax and other deductions.  The big winners are those with farm, business, rental or even oil royalty owners who now pay $0 Kansas income tax on that income, while wage earners, pensioners and investors do not enjoy the same benefit on their income.  The cuts to the schools and other governments will probably force them to raise property taxes or cut services.  So whether you benefit from the governor’s plan depends on your circumstances.It will be interesting to see how it all works out.”Well, we are about to embark on 2015, and this Kansas City Star article features financial experts projecting a $1 billion shortfall in 2015 and 2016 for the state of Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article3729756.html.Mr. Cooper’s prognostication appears to be ringing true. 1. I got a new fan for my room about a month ago and Friday I finally built it. Apparently I get a remote with it and I was more exited then I should’ve been. I can already tell my productivity levels are gonna drop 99.999% just messing with that fan. 2. The Election in a nutshell …Political analysts have all kinds of theories on why people continue to vote in incumbents despite a government that doesn’t seem to be working.I can sum it up pretty quickly with the clip below.This is from the great 1970s movie Animal House. Just substitute the incumbent politician giving it to the average voter… 6. Extra thought! If I made you tube videos would you watch it?Follow us on Twitter. 4. This is where I choose one question to answer from you guy about me! To have your question have a chance to be answered just leave it in the comments with the prefix “Q/A” and I will randomly choose one to answer! 3. This is where you get to pick  a topic that you want me to write about! Just leave a comment of want you want written with the prefix “topic:”. I will pick one every week. My e-mail is below! 4. Saint Bishop Wellington…I was looking at the high school football playoff scores from this weekend… Bishop Miege won big, Bishop Carroll was victorious again, Topeka Hayden was back in the final four, etc., etc., etc.Anyone who doesn’t think the private institutions have an advantage over the public schools when it comes to athletics, is not dealing in reality.So I have a solution for Wellington. We should rename our school “Saint Bishop Wellington,” or “Wellington Private Institution for Learning (Wellington Private for short). Then we should offer free scholarships to all the other surrounding towns best athletes and/or hire their parents to do something in Wellington – like be the assistant sixth grade basketball coach – or file things.Wellington would be back to winning state championships in no time! Close Forgot password? 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Thank you for your input. +13 Vote up Vote down nothing new · 299 weeks ago When I saw the heading “Wellington Private” I thought you must be meaning all the executive sessions at Wellington School Board meetings. Report Reply 0 replies · active 299 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 299 weeks ago “Anyone who doesn’t think the private institutions have an advantage over the public schools when it comes to athletics, is not dealing in reality.” They have advantages over public schools in most other areas, it stands to reason athletics would be no different. Report Reply 0 replies · active 299 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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first_imgLos Molinos >> The Los Molinos Lady Bulldogs overcame an early deficit Tuesday night to take a 56-46 win over the visiting Chester Volcanoes.Down 17-9 after the opening period, the Bulldogs narrowed the margin to 5, going into the half down 31-26. A huge third quarter on both ends of the court put the Bulldogs on top 42-33 and the cruised through the final period for the win.Rachel Rogers had a big night with 25 points followed by Reghan Shannon with 10, Henna Acevedo with 8, Genesis Acevedo …last_img read more


first_imgSANTA CLARA — DeForest Buckner can now add “Pro Bowler” to his credentials when it comes to this offseason’s contract talks with the 49ers on a lucrative extension.Buckner was named Tuesday to his first Pro Bowl as he will replace Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, who sustained a foot injury in Sunday’s playoff loss at New Orleans.SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 23: San Francisco 49ers’ DeForest Buckner (99) sacks Chicago Bears starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) in the …last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Gerdeman Farms was the stop for Week #3 of Feeding Farmers in the Field with The Ohio Ag Net and T102! Shawn and his family have 700 acres of row crops and over 500 head of feeder cattle as part of his Delphos, Ohio operation. Dale Minyo paid a visit and found out more about this week’s winner.last_img


first_imgAlex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News, which is now in its 20th year. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex contributes to the weekly blog BuildingGreen’s Product of the Week, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. If I were building a new house today, it would be superinsulated and heated with a high-efficiency, minisplit, air-source heat pump that I could power with electricity generated on the roof. Even if I couldn’t afford the PV panels right away, I might opt for electric heat anyway to avoid the need for combustion in the house (an indoor air quality and safety concern) and to enable easy conversion to solar-generated heat down-the-road.Wood pellet heating systemsFrom an environmental standpoint, avoiding fossil fuels is a great goal. If we can’t heat with solar electricity (or if our heating loads are too large to make that practical — which will be the case with most existing homes), then I’d recommend wood pellets.Wood pellets are clean-burning and renewable. Yes, they emit carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas that causes climate change), but trees sequester carbon dioxide out of the air as they grow — converting it into above- and below-ground biomass. So, as long as trees are grown sustainably — meaning that trees are harvested only as quickly as replacement trees are grown — wood pellets (and cordwood) are “carbon-neutral.”A downside to heating with wood pellets is that electric blowers are used. One of these blowers introduces air into the combustion chamber and another delivers warm air to the room. The result of fan-assisted air supply is very clean combustion — emitting significantly less air pollution than wood stoves that burn cordwood. But those blowers are noisy and we should consider how that electricity is made. Solar electricity is great; coal-generated electricity isn’t.For central heating, a pellet boiler should be considered. Burning pellets heats water that is circulated through baseboard radiators just like oil- and gas-fired hydronic heating systems. Be aware that advanced pellet boilers (most of which are made in Europe) are expensive. With a pellet boiler, pellets can be bought in bulk, avoiding the plastic bags that most wood pellets are sold in. One of the biggest frustrations I have with my pellet stove is the large number of plastic bags that accumulate.If central heating is not required, a pellet stove makes a good heating option. Pellet stoves, though, require filling by hand, while most pellet boilers are more automated. This limits the practicality of pellet stoves for homeowners who are away for more than a couple days at a time during the winter. Be aware that pellet stoves are noisy (from the fans) and they deliver their heat by forced convection rather than radiation. It just isn’t as pleasant to sit in front of a pellet stove as it is in front of a wood stove (where I am as I write this).In rural areas and for homeowners with their own woodlots, wood stoves are an okay option, as long as a modern, relatively clean-burning woodstove is used. Use only dry wood to minimize pollution from wood burning.Next week, we’ll dig into heating options a little deeper, covering systems that use natural gas, propane, and fuel oil. I’ve always gotten a lot of questions from friends, neighbors, and casual acquaintances about energy issues, and those questions picked up dramatically when I started writing this column two-and-a-half years ago. Beginning with this week, I’m going to devote an occasional column to answering some of these questions. (Feel free to e-mail questions to me, mentioning Energy Solutions in the subject line: [email protected])What’s the greenest option for heating my home?This is actually a surprisingly complex question. My first answer is that the greenest heating option is that which uses the least. In other words, reduce the amount of heating that’s required by carrying out energy conservation improvements. Less is better no matter what the type of heat. I tend to include passive solar features with energy conservation — by introducing solar heat through south-facing windows, we reduce the need for other heat sources.But that answer is a bit of a cop-out. In our climate (cold!), we almost always need to provide supplemental heat to keep our houses comfortable. That’s especially the case during very cold weather, which we’re experiencing this week. Nighttime temperatures have dropped well into the minus-double-digits (Fahrenheit) in Vermont over the past week.Electric heat?With an extremely energy-efficient house (R-40 or more in the walls, triple-glazed windows with two low-e coatings, and very tight construction), electric heat can be the greenest option. Electricity? Yes, electricity…but only if the heating loads are very small. With a very low heating load, it’s possible to generate the electricity needed using photovoltaic (solar electric) modules either mounted on the roof or ground-mounted. RELATED ARTICLES Heating a Tight, Well-Insulated HouseShould Green Homes Burn Wood?Understanding Pellet Stoves Are Masonry Heaters a Good Match for Superinsulated Houses?last_img read more


first_imgThirty Dalit families in Odisha’s Khordha district, who have been allegedly facing social boycott by members of the upper castes in their village for over six months, have threatened not to exercise their franchise in the Lok Sabha election.Upper castes have allegedly ostracised the families by barring them from shops, not giving them job opportunities and stopping other essential services for them in Chhanagiri village, about 60km from Bhubaneswar.Members of the upper castes had allegedly ganged up to impose a social boycott on these families after one of them lodged a police complaint for caste discrimination in October last year.Denied glass of water“In October, my six-year-old granddaughter was denied a glass of water in a hotel run by an upper caste family. Nobody in the village paid heed to us when we raised the issue of discrimination. Subsequently, we approached the police,” said 60-year-old Shantanu Nayak.“Members of the upper castes felt offended as we sought police help. They decided not to cooperate with us on any issue. Since then, we have been deprived of basic services in the village. Despite our appeal in different fora, the social boycott continues,” said Mr. Nayak.Earlier this week, the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) intervened in the matter and directed the Khordha district administration to visit the affected families and take action in accordance with the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act and provide protection to the Dalit families. The commission also issued a stern warning to government officials to ensure that the issue is sorted out in a time-bound manner.“The social boycott is a blot on our society in this era. I have worked in the Indian Army and served the nation. After retirement, I am now subjected to this discriminatory treatment. It appears that we have ceased to be citizens of the country. It is better that we stay away from voting,” said Subhash Nayak, a resident of Chhanagiri village.“This is a case in which the fundamental right to life, liberty, equality and dignity has been violated,” said Biswapriya Kanungo, a human rights lawyer who took up the issue with the OHRC.last_img read more


first_imgCleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) works against Atlanta Hawks guard Isaiah Taylor (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — LeBron James had a triple-double and Kyle Korver scored a season-high 30 points, including four straight 3-pointers to close the third period, as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks 123-107 on Friday night for a successful start to their reboot.One day after unloading six players, including guards Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade, in three trades, the Cavaliers were in a state of transition. They had only nine available players against the Hawks, but Korver more than made up for a short bench.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cavaliers: Cedi Osman, making his first start, had 16 points but struggled at the free-throw line. He made only two of seven free throws, twice missing each of two attempts. … London Perrantes and John Holland played limited roles to add depth to the temporarily short-handed roster.Hawks: Coach Mike Budenholzer says the team bought out Marco Belinelli’s contract both for the veteran 3-point specialist and to give younger players, including rookie Tyler Dorsey, more playing time. Dorsey had 14 points and made three 3-pointers. The move with Belinelli, 31, was announced before the game. … G DeAndre Bembry posted bond and was with the team following his arrest early Friday for speeding on an Atlanta interstate. He was clocked driving a purple Dodge Charger at 128 mph on Interstate 85 about 12:20 a.m. Bembry, who has a left abductor strain, has not played since Dec. 22. … Former Braves standout Chipper Jones, to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer, sat courtside near the Hawks bench.UP NEXTCavaliers: Visit Boston on Sunday.Hawks: Host Pistons on Sunday. Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Luis Suarez has Barcelona on course to win 2 titles in Spain Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Korver, the former Hawks fan favorite, made 7 of 13 from 3-point range and finished two points from matching his career high of 32.James had 22 points, 17 assists and 12 rebounds. Jeff Green, also coming off the bench, had 24 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNewcomers George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. and Rodney Hood joined the Cavs, but remained in the locker room during the game. They are expected to make their debuts with Cleveland on Sunday in Boston.The team sent medical staff to Atlanta to complete physicals with the four players as quickly as possible. The team planned a practice on Saturday to begin what coach Tyronn Lue said would be a re-introduction of the offense and defense.“It can be good for us offensively and defensively, starting all over and breaking everything down from scratch will be good for this team,” Lue said. “Even guys who have been here, I think it will be good. It will take some time to do that but we’ve got the All-Star break coming up. … We’ll try to get those guys up to speed as quickly as possible.”Dennis Schroder led Atlanta with 25 points. Taurean Prince had 15 points.Cleveland led 83-80 late in the third period when James scored and was fouled by John Collins. James’ momentum carried him into a section of fans under the basket, and he was limping when he emerged. He made the free throw, remained in the game and then had assists on back-to-back 3s by Korver for a 91-80 lead.Korver made a third straight 3-pointer following a timeout to stretch the lead to 14 points. Following a basket by Atlanta’s Malcolm Delaney, Korver added his fourth 3 of the period, a buzzer-beater.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more