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Oakland Athletics acquire lefty reliever Jake Diekman from Royals

first_imgThe A’s bullpen is getting even stronger at the trade deadline.Oakland acquired left-handed reliever Jake Diekman from the Kansas City Royals Saturday in exchange for minor leaguers Ismael Aquino, a pitcher, and Dairon Blanco, an outfielder.Diekman, 32, has a 4.75 earned-run average and a 1.34 WHIP in 41.2 innings of relief work for the Royals this season.We’ve acquired left-handed pitcher Jake Diekman from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Ismael …last_img

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Food Abounds for the Poor

first_imgPeople don’t starve because of a lack of resources. They suffer because of bad ideas and wicked rulers.Solomon, the wisest king of all, had a lot to say about poverty. One of his proverbs says, “The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice” (Proverbs 13:23). Here are some of his other proverbs about poverty. Hunger is not the result of a lack of resources, but a lack of character (slothfulness), a lack of truth (mythology and bad beliefs), and a lack of justice (wicked leaders). Recent news articles from scientific discoveries reinforce his maxims, but sometimes you have to think outside the box of natural inclinations.Could duckweed feed the world? (Phys.org). Duckweed: it’s the ugly duckling of aquatic plants, covering water bodies like slime. Ducks slurp it up. Good for them; may they live long and prosper. Actually, duckweed could feed the world, which is approaching a population of 9 billion people, says Pamela McElwee, a human ecology professor at Rutgers U.The duckweed family includes 37 species from locales all over the world. They’re tiny aquatic plants that float on water, they’re easy to harvest and they can grow on wastewater. Some strains have very high protein levels—up to 30 or 40 percent by dry weight. As such, duckweed is more nutritious than salad alone, which has good fiber content and vitamins but not a lot of protein. Some duckweed strains provide nutritional benefits, while others are used in traditional folk medicine. As its name implies, duckweed is eaten by ducks—as well as other waterfowl and animals—and behaves much like a weed: it multiplies rapidly, especially on water rich with nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphate.Like we reported about Moringa, the “miracle tree” filled with nutrients and benefits that grows where it is needed (11 April 2017), duckweed is easily found around the world. It may not look appetizing, but with a little ingenuity it could be used to add its nutritional benefits to a wide variety of tasty foods. Poor farmers could sell this easy-to-grow and reaily-available plant for income. Who would have thought this “weed” could help solve world hunger? It needs a new name, like “miracle salad” or something.Maggots as recyclers and protein sources (Texas A&M U, via Phys.org). Mention maggots and the “ick factor” skyrockets. But entomologists know better; insects and their larvae (maggots) are loaded with nutrition. Jeff Tomberlin, Ph.D., professor in the department of entomology at Texas A&M, sees a gold mine in the larvae of black soldier flies. One is for recycling (a big concern today), and the other in nutrition.At the end of the 14-day cycle, the tower of larvae is dried. These dried larvae become feed for animals that humans then consume. The most common example is as a protein source for chickens.The larvae can also be processed to isolate the protein, which can then become part of a feed for livestock, poultry and fish. The maggot waste can also be used as compost for landscaping. Essentially, it’s the natural life-cycle power of the black soldier fly but harnessed by humans.Tomberlin sees a zero-waste solution to many problems in these maggots. They recycle waste while they are alive, then they become feed for livestock. You don’t have to eat the maggots yourself. It’s like the man who boasts of his new vegetarian lifestyle. He feeds vegetables to cows, then eats steak.In a pinch, you could eat maggots to survive. And like old mountain man Hugh Glass found, maggots can heal wounds. He leaned on the maggots on rotten wood after a grizzly bear mauled him. It just requires a change in attitude to see value in things we learned to despise.Other Abundant ResourcesOver the years, we have reported other “acres of diamonds” in natural resources that could lift people out of poverty.Edible plants: legumes, lupines, roses, purslane, dandelions and many other species readily available from the ground.Insects: Many insects are nutritious. Locust swarms might be a plague, but also a gift of protein from the skies.Water: Drinking water can be captured from the air in desert environments with nets designed like spider webs.Water: Sea water, the most abundant molecule on Earth, is naturally desalinated in clouds and rain.Water: Most areas of the world have groundwater. With some digging, it can be retrieved.Note: Please don’t use these suggestions to run out and gobble down weeds in the garden. Some plants and insects are toxic. Some plants have been sprayed with insecticide. Do your homework, and know before you eat.South American woman and child (Corel photos)Bad Ideas Contribute to Poverty‘It’s okay to be poor’: Why fighting poverty remains challenging in Indonesia (The Conversation). Wasisto Raharjo Jati, an Indonesian scientist, discusses causes of poverty in his part of the world. Despite government handouts, many people never escape the poverty trap. Part of the reason, he found, is because of fatalistic attitudes that teach people that poverty is their fate. These ideas come from negative ideas about God:We provided questionnaires to 1,198 targeted participants and conducted in-depth interviews with 20 households.Our research found people’s fatalistic attitude had prevented them from being lifted out of poverty. Most of our respondents believed being poor was God’s fate, and there was nothing they could do. This attitude is believed to come from a Javanese philosophy of acceptance called “nrimo”.We also found this attitude had led to self-denial. Believing that being in poverty was God-given, most of our respondents claimed they were not really poor as they always found God’s help via social aids and family support.This self-denial creates a problem for government efforts to reduce poverty in the region due to difficulties in identifying poor people who don’t want to admit they are poor.Governments need to understand this theological contribution to poverty, Jati says, in order to be more effective. And in many of the poorest countries on Earth, like Haiti, Zimbabwe, North Korea and Burundi, the problem is not lack of resources, but corruption among government leaders, who live like princes while their subjects perish.The ground was cursed because of sin, but the stewardship role of humanity did not end. The Bible commends work and diligence, but condemns sloth.Contrast the fatalistic view of eastern religions with the Judeo-Christian ethic, coming from the Bible. It teaches that people bear some responsibility for their status. The Bible presents diligence as a virtue, and slothfulness as a vice. From Moses to Solomon to Paul, the Bible emphasizes the value of work: “If a man will not work,” Paul taught, “neither should he eat.” Solomon taught that hunger urges a man on to work harder. Sure, work may be more sweaty than it was in the Garden, but a Biblical anthropology encourages hard work so that one can have more than enough, in order to help those in need. What if the Good Samaritan had no money, medicine or food with him? He would have commiserated with the man attacked by thieves, and been unable to help. It is God who gives people the ability to get wealth, and provides for the needs of us all through abundant resources, if we can just recognize them and apply our minds to utilize them wisely and sustainably. (Visited 303 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Deep-Energy Retrofits

first_imgWe need to achieve more like 50-75% energy reductions in our existing housing stock. Achieving such significant savings will be both challenging and expensive. It will require what are now being referred to as “deep energy retrofits.”In new construction, a rule of thumb in northern climates for achieving that 50-75% savings is the “10-20-40-60 rule” for insulation: R-10 under foundation floor slabs; R-20 foundation walls; R-40 house walls, and R-60 ceilings or roofs.While these targets aren’t exactly easy to achieve in new construction, they are doable without too much additional cost or effort. With existing homes, on the other hand, meeting these targets is extremely difficult—and very expensive. It’s rarely possible to achieve all of those targets with existing homes, especially the R-10 goal for basement or floor slabs. But it is possible to achieve dramatic improvement compared with standard weatherization—and that’s what deep-energy retrofits are all about.A few strategies for carrying out deep-energy retrofits of existing homes in a northern climate are described below:Insulate foundation walls on the interior. Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) can be used against existing foundation walls—even rough walls such as stone. A good approach is often to add a couple inches of SPF against the wall, then build interior frame walls with 2x6s that are insulated with cavity-fill cellulose or fiberglass. You have to deal with any moisture problems first, since moisture entry and mold can be very significant problems.Add rigid foam insulation to house walls. Getting anywhere close to the R-40 goal for wall insulation isn’t possible by simply insulating existing wall cavities. (Insulating 2×6 walls with dense-pack cellulose or fiberglass achieves less than R-20.) The best approach for dramatically boosting wall R-values is usually to add a layer of foam insulation. Whether to add this on the interior or exterior depends on what shape the exterior siding and interior walls are in and how much space you have to work with. In a big house where the exterior siding is in good shape, insulating on the interior with 4″ of rigid foam, then adding new drywall and trim may make sense. But in most existing homes, adding a thick layer of foam on the exterior usually makes more sense. Adding four inches is a reasonable plan.Extend roof overhangs and window openings. Assuming rigid foam is added to the outside of walls, the roof overhang may need to be extended to protect the walls and windows. This is a big job that can easily cost $10,000. Window and door openings also will have to be extended, with proper flashing, air sealing, and trim.Replace or upgrade windows. Windows are a key component of deep-energy retrofits. Existing single-glazed or insulated-glass windows will probably need to be replaced with state-of-the-art triple-glazed windows with two low-emissivity (low-e) coatings and low-conductivity gas fill, such as krypton. If the existing windows are in good shape, adding double-glazed, low-e storm windows might be an option, though such windows will likely have to be custom-made, since no insulated-glass storm windows are currently on the market.Add more attic insulation. If you have an unheated attic, more insulation (cellulose or fiberglass batts) can usually be added on top of what’s already there. If you have a cathedral ceiling and insulation in the roof, boosting the R-value can most easily be achieved by adding a layer of rigid foam insulation on top of the roof when re-roofing is done. In this case, detailing at the eaves and gable-end of the roof has to be carefully planned to keep the roof from looking clunky.Cost of deep-energy retrofits, of course, is a huge challenge. For an average-sized house, the cost of this scale of retrofit could easily cost $50,000 to $75,000. I’m hoping that new loan funds will become available that will make this approach more feasible. Starting in the 1970s, following the first energy crisis, major weatherization programs were launched to tighten up American homes. The Weatherization Assistance Program of the U.S. Department of Energy, which focuses on low-income homes, has weatherized some 6.2 million dwellings, reducing energy consumption by an average of 32%, since its inception in 1976. State and local programs and private weatherization companies have weatherized tens of millions of additional homes.All this is great. But it isn’t enough. If the U.S. is serious about reducing our contributions to global warming it is becoming increasingly clear that we will have to go a lot further in reducing the energy consumption of existing houses. Residential buildings account for 21% of total U.S. carbon dioxide emissions and 4.3% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions.To achieve the sorts of carbon-reduction goals that climate scientists are telling us we need to achieve—a commonly quoted goal is an 80% reduction by 2050—we will have to reduce residential energy consumption by a lot more than the 30-35% that can fairly easily be achieved through simple weatherization. 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Perez uncorks 28 as Lyceum goes up 15-0

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCJ Perez unleashed a career-high 28 points as Lyceum survived its toughest test yet, escaping San Sebastian, 78-73, to go up 15-0 in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The energetic forward went 3-of-8 from beyond the arc, on top of 10 rebounds, four steals, an assist, and a block to preserve the Pirates’ unbeaten run.ADVERTISEMENT MJ Ayaay proved to be the perfect partner for Perez, getting the job done on the defensive end while tallying 11 markers, seven boards, an assist, a steal, and a block.Jaycee Marcelino chipped in 11 points, none bigger than his game-sealing lay-up with 19.1 seconds to go, along with six rebounds, while Mike Nzeusseu got a double-double of 11 markers and 11 boards in the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I really don’t know how these guys keep on fighting through the pressure and the adversity. Credit goes to the players because they really are the ones making my job easy,” said coach Topex Robinson, whose wards recorded the second-best start in NCAA history next to San Beda’s 16-0 run in Season 86 back in 2010.But it was an uphill battle for Lyceum from the get-go before Perez gave his side a 70-62 lead with 5:07 remaining. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games The Scores:LYCEUM 78 – Perez 28, Ayaay 11, Marcelino JC 11, Nzeusseu 11, Pretta 6, Marcelino JV 5, Ibanez 3, Srrano 2, Caduyac 1, Cinco 0, Baltazar 0, Tansingco 0.SAN SEBASTIAN 73 – Bulanadi 19, Calisaan 13, David 9, Navarro 9, Ilagan 9, Costelo 6, Baetiong 4, Baytan 3, Mercado 1, Calma 0, Are 0, Valdez 0.Quarters: 18-7, 33-27, 52-49, 78-73. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president #KicksStalker: Terrence Romeo makes history with launch of signature shoe ‘TR7’ Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The Golden Stags, though, refused to let go, with Allyn Bulanadi cutting the deficit down to one, 74-73, in the final 1:43.Nzeusseu drilled two freebies on the other end to restore the Lyceum lead back up to three, 76-73, but Jayson David and RK Ilagan botched their attempts in the ensuing possession, giving Jaycee Marcelino a chance to score the game-clinching drive.While he is glad to see the character of his players, Robinson warned his Pirates to stick to the right mindset they approach their final elimination games against Letran, Jose Rizal U, and San Beda.“We really have to be mentally tough. What’s more than physical toughness is the mental aspect of that. At the end of the day, it’s the final score that matters,” he said.Bulanadi carried San Sebastian with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Michael Calisaan had 13 markers and 11 boards in the losing effort.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Health Canada is seeking public consultation on regulating other cannabis forms

first_imgOTTAWA, ON – Health Canada is launching a public consultation on draft regulations governing the production and sale of edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals.Health Canada is launching a 60-day public consultation on draft regulations addressing additional cannabis products, namely edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals to better protect the health and safety of Canadians, through strict regulatory controls and to enable the legal industry to displace the illegal market.Canadians and interested stakeholders are invited to share their views on the proposed regulations until February 20, 2019. Health Canada welcomes written submissions or input provided online. Canadians may request a copy of the draft regulations from Health Canada at [email protected] or view the draft regulations for edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on December 22, 2018.“These proposed regulations under the Cannabis Act support our overarching goal of keeping cannabis out of the hands of youth and protecting public health and safety. We look forward to hearing the views of Canadians from across the country.” said The Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas TaylorOctober 17, 2018, The Government of Canada implemented a new framework that legalizes, strictly regulates and restricts access to cannabis. The next recommendation from the expert Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation was to permit the legal sale of other cannabis-based products and that these products must be subject to strict regulatory controls.“The Government of Canada’s top priority is the health and safety of Canadians. By establishing a strict regulatory framework for these new cannabis products we are keeping profits away from criminals and organized crime. I encourage all interested Canadians to share their views on the proposed regulations.” said The Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair.For more information on the draft regulations addressing additional cannabis products, namely edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals CLICK HERElast_img read more

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Former firefighter with PTSD sues Syncrude over suspended benefits dismissal

first_img“But if you flip that switch that many times, it gets stuck on and you’re always at that level of agitation or awareness.”Swan was on his day off in Kelowna, B.C., in May 2016 when he got a call from work telling him to get back to Fort McMurray, where a fierce wildfire was rapidly spreading.Unbeknownst to him at the time, his PTSD was in full force.Swan was assigned to watch over a pharmacist who stayed behind during the city-wide evacuation to fill prescriptions. Swan said he would have been better off keeping busy fighting the blaze. Swan has also complained to the Alberta Human Rights Commission.The allegations against Syncrude have not been proven in court and the company has not yet filed a statement of defence.Swan, 44, began working for Syncrude in 2002 as a heavy equipment operator at its vast mining operation north of Fort McMurray, Alta. In 2007, he joined the company’s fire department, which sometimes responds to calls in the surrounding community.“I was really good at it and loved it,” Swan said in an interview, a black lab named Jack who he’s training to be a service dog, at his feet.Swan said his PTSD built up over time and there was no single event that triggered it. On the job he had to deal with anything from injuries and illnesses to an explosion on site, he said.He said his adrenaline would ramp up every time and it was like flipping on a light. CALGARY, A.B. – A lawsuit filed by a former firefighter and paramedic against Syncrude Canada claims the oilsands giant wrongfully denied him benefits and fired him after he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder related to his job.Mike Swan is seeking damages for lost compensation and benefits, improper paycheque deductions and in lieu of reasonable notice, says a statement of claim filed Dec. 19 in Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench.The suit is also asking for “moral or aggravated damages for bad faith throughout the employment relationship” as well as punitive damages.center_img “I remember feeling like I was vibrating, like there was nothing worse to me than not actually fighting the fire, and sitting in that parking lot just breathing smoke in.”Swan said the tipping point was when his then-fiancee left him, telling him she never knew what would set him off. His captain found him crying by an ambulance at work and suggested he get help through a company program.“It was useless. They wanted me to eat a salad and get some sleep.”His own psychologist, saying he’d likely had it for years, diagnosed Swan with severe PTSD in March 2017.At first, Swan thought he’d be back on the job after a few weeks.But the following May, his psychologist recommended he get full-time treatment, so he went off work.The statement of claim says Swan received the proper benefits and compensation until October 2017, when a mix-up at the Workers’ Compensation Board led to him losing a week of benefits and top-up pay.Then, in February of 2018, Syncrude told Swan he had to return to work within a week, even though his care team and the WCB did not think he was ready, the lawsuit claims. The statement of claim alleges his benefits and top-up payments were again suspended and improper deductions were made from his paycheque.The suit is seeking a declaration that Syncrude’s actions amounted to constructive dismissal.Syncrude fired Swan on Sept. 20 in what the lawsuit claims was wrongful dismissal.Company spokesman Will Gibson declined to comment on Swan’s specific case, but said “Syncrude values and supports its employees.”Swan said his disputes with Syncrude have worsened his mental health at a time when he should have been focused on getting better.He said he’ll never work as a firefighter or paramedic again because of his condition and he’s exploring retraining options through the WCB.The ordeal has ruined him financially, he added. His sister, with whom he’s been living in Calgary, has set up a GoFundMe page to help with legal and medical bills.“Think about every mental-health campaign that’s going on right now. What are they telling us? Put your hand up. Ask for help,” he said.“I asked for help. I’m still asking for help.”last_img read more

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