BURBANK – In 2001, Burbank city officials introduced “Splash into Savings” as a way to cut pool-related energy use, increase conservation awareness and showcase “green” alternatives after the California energy crisis. Pool owners would pledge to set their pumps between 10 p.m. and noon. In return, they’d get a $5 break on their utility bills. But four years later, about one-third of the 784 participating residents had their timers set during the hottest times of the day – thanks to the pool guy – disqualifying them from the program. “Savings” didn’t save a whole lot of energy either. The program represented one-fifth of 1 percent of the city’s peak demand for electricity. Councilman Dave Golonski, who was enrolled in the program, said he hopes the BWP comes up with better alternatives to conserving power. “It was a good idea going in … but apparently it didn’t work out,” he said. “I would have liked it to work. But I’m sure the BWP has a number of other ideas behind it.” Officials found many residents out of compliance after several months of random inspections of pool pumps. After letters were issued to those residents informing them they were being cut from the program, City Hall felt the heat. “Customers were literally incensed that, through no perceived fault of their own, they were being removed,” Davis wrote in his report. City officials refused to provide a list of the participants, citing privacy issues. Jeanette Meyer, the BWP’s marketing manager, said officials had a hard time contacting pool cleaners to coordinate schedules. To make the program more effective, more time and effort would be needed to police it. “We don’t want to do a lot of policing,” she said. Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals As a result, the City Council sank the program last week, voting unanimously to end it. “It was expected that this program would marginally, yet positively, reduce peak requirements,” Ron Davis, the head of Burbank Water and Power, wrote in his report to the council. “It has failed to do so.” Officials said many pool owners in the program hired cleaners to maintain their pools, and that the settings were frequently changed to coincide with the pool-cleaning schedules but weren’t reset. Bill Thuesen, owner of Burbank Pool Supply, said most cleaners run the pumps during the hottest part of the day because “you want your pump running when all the bad things are happening to your pool.” “Hot sun, a lot of swimmers, airborne bacteria,” he said. “I don’t think that it’s worth the small refund to take a chance on something bad happening to the pool. You have a much better chance of growing algae or having unsanitary water when the pump isn’t running.”
Embed from Getty ImagesChelsea boss Antonio Conte has signed a new two-year contract. Conte, who took over at Stamford Bridge last summer, led the Blues to the title in his first season in charge.He already had two years of his contract left to run, but has signed new terms.It follows months of speculation about the Italian’s future.“I am very happy to have signed a new contract,” said Conte.“We worked extremely hard in our first year to achieve something amazing, which I am very proud of. Now we must work even harder to stay at the top.“The Chelsea fans have given me so much support since I arrived here one year ago and it is important we continue to succeed together.” Whites want Liverpool youngsterEmbed from Getty ImagesFulham are keen to sign winger Shey Ojo on loan from Liverpool. Middlesbrough and newly promoted Newcastle are also interested in the 20-year-old, who has had loan spells at Wolves and Wigan.He has made eight Premier League appearances for Liverpool, who signed him from MK Dons in 2011. Christensen returns to DenmarkLasse Vigen Christensen has joined Brondby for an undisclosed fee.The 22-year-old midfielder returns to his native Denmark five and a half years after arriving at Fulham from FC Midtjylland.He made his Fulham debut in January 2014 and made a total of 68 appearances for the club, scoring seven goals. Injury delays Hoban moveEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR have delayed a move to sign Watford defender Tommie Hoban on loan after he picked up an injury in training.Hoban, 23, is nursing a knee problem but has responded well to treatment and Rangers remain hopeful of bringing him in before the start of the new season.Rangers are looking to recruit a dominant centre-back to shore up their defence.Hoban, who spent last season on loan at Blackburn, has been lined up as an alternative to Joel Lynch, who has failed to convince since being signed from Huddersfield last summer.Rangers are also keen to sign a striker with pace, a full-back and possibly another holding midfielder.They remain interested in Barnsley’s Andy Yiadom despite reports of Premier League interest in the right-back. Signings will come – HollowayIan Holloway has told BBC Radio London he remains confident QPR will further add to their squad.Rangers are assessing a number of possible options as they look to make signings ahead of next month’s transfer deadline.Those options are somewhat limited by the size of the current wage bill, debts the club ran up during previous big spending and the restrictions of Financial Fair Play rules.But manager Holloway expects more new faces to arrive soon.“We need to try to make some signings,” he said.“Unfortunately, what has happened before, I am left with and am holding – the bomb has gone off. Our fans might not know that.“At the minute we can’t do what our owners would love us to do. We’re not allowed to do it at the moment.“I’m not moaning about it, I’m just getting on with it. Please be patient.“People have got to be patient. I’m sure a couple of things will be resolved so it’ll allow me to bring in maybe another three or four.“Our fans want some new faces and the group want some new faces.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
9 October 2012 Winning the right to co-host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) has given South Africa and Africa as a whole a platform to prove to the world that the continent has what it takes to deliver a cutting-edge science project, says SKA associate director Professor Justin Jonas. Speaking at a gala dinner in Carnarvon on Monday, ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s visit to the site of the SKA in the Northern Cape, Jonas expressed faith in the ability of South Africa and its partners on the continent to successfully pull off the venture. “I am confident we are going to do that,” said Jonas.SA, Australia to share hosting of SKA In May this year, the SKA Organisation announced that South Africa and Australia were to share the hosting of the most advanced scientific project in the world. The two biggest components of the SKA will be built in Africa, while one will be built in Australia. About 70% of the facility will be built in Africa. Both South Africa and Australia have been working on precursors to the SKA, the 64-dish MeerKAT telescope and the 36-dish SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) respectively. According to Jonas, the SKA will be a massive scientific infrastructure, and its development and construction will require participation by a wide range of industries to achieve its ambitious performance, schedule and cost targets. Jonas is confident that by 2016, the project will be ready. In all, more than 2 500 dishes are expected to be built.SKA to draw scientists, engineers to Africa South Africa, as co-host of the SKA, is expected to become a global centre for information technology, fundamental physics, astronomy and high-tech engineering, drawing top scientists and engineers from around the world. Dr Bernie Fanaroff, SKA project director, said he was confident that South Africa and its partners would make the SKA project a reality. “We have an outstanding site for the SKA, as well as the people and the expertise to build and operate this mega-instrument,” said Fanaroff. The MeerKAT Array, currently taking shape in South Africa’s Karoo region, is a world-class radio telescope designed to do ground-breaking science. It will be the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the southern hemisphere until the SKA is completed around 2024. Close to 100 young scientists and engineers are working on the MeerKAT project. The MeerKAT will consist of 64 dishes of 13.5-m diameter each, with an offset Gregorian configuration. The commissioning of the MeerKAT will take place in 2014 and 2015, with the array coming online for science operations in 2016. Source: SANews.gov.za
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — A large contingent of agricultural lobbyists joined President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday to sign a partial trade deal with Japan.The agreement will lower or eliminate tariffs into Japan’s markets for about $7 billion in agricultural products.Several farm leaders joined the president at a White House press conference on Monday. The farm leaders stood stoically behind the president as he largely took questions about Syria, Ukraine and impeachment.The trade deal puts U.S. agricultural exports to Japan largely on par with countries that joined the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CP-TPP) in 2017.American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall attended the signing and the press conference. Duvall said the agreement means lower tariffs on U.S. farm and ranch exports with the prospect of even lower tariffs to come.“We hope the momentum from this win carries through to the negotiations with China this week and sets the stage for similar bilateral agreements with other countries involved with the CP-TPP,” Duvall said. “We appreciate this administration’s efforts to improve trade opportunities for farmers.”Trump had signed the deal Sept. 25 in New York with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The agreement is set to begin on Jan. 1, 2020, but Japan’s Diet, its bicameral legislature, still must approve the agreement before it is implemented.Under the agreement, more than 90% of U.S. agricultural products and food exported to Japan will be either duty free or have lower tariff barriers. The U.S. exports about $14 billion in agricultural and food products to Japan, of which about $5.2 billion are already duty free, according to the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office. Under the deal, Japan will reduce or eliminate tariffs on another $7.2 billion in agricultural or food products.Fresh and frozen beef and pork will see lower tariffs as well. Japan will have some “safeguards” in place to avoid surges of imports of beef, pork and certain other products.Japan would provide lower tariffs on about 240,000 metric tons of beef, or about 90% of what the U.S. exports to Japan. U.S. beef producers were seeking to lower the tariff from 38.5% down to 9% to match competitors.Products that will see immediate removal of all trade duties include almonds, blueberries, broccoli, cranberries, grain sorghum, sweet corn, walnuts and other products.U.S. wheat leaders cited the deal would put them on par with export competitors such as Canada and Australia. Japan also has agreed to specific quotas of U.S. wheat imports. The U.S. accounts for roughly 50% of all wheat imported by Japan each year, valued at more than $600 million. That also accounts for more than 10% of U.S. wheat exports.“The Trump administration and negotiators for both countries clearly understood what was at stake for U.S. wheat farmers and made sure to have our backs in this agreement,” said U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) President Vince Peterson, who attended the event at the White House.At the signing ceremony, Trump was asked about negotiations with China. Another round of talks is expected to begin this week. Trump said he was confident they can reach a deal.“I think they’re coming to make a deal,” he said. “It’s got to be a fair deal.”Asked if he would accept a partial trade deal with China, Trump said, “My inclination is to get a big deal.”Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
The keel laying ceremony of Silver Moon, the second of three new ultra-luxury Muse cruise ships that Fincantieri is building for Silversea Cruises, took place at the Ancona yard on February 14.Silver Moon will be a sister ship of Silver Muse, which took the sea in 2017, and of Silver Dawn due to delivery in 2021.The 40,700 gross ton cruise ship, which will have a capacity to accommodate 596 passengers on board, is expected to enter the ship owner’s fleet in 2020.Silver Moon, which will be the 10th ship in Silversea’s fleet, was assigned the ‘Green star 3 Design’ voluntary notations, meaning that the unit would be designed, built and equipped in order to prevent air and water pollution.Image Courtesy: Fincantieri
(Prime Minister Stephen Harper during a previous visit to the Vatican. PMO/Handout)APTN National News OTTAWA—The Harper government again ducked questions from the NDP on whether the prime minister will ask the Pope to apologize for the Church’s involvement in Indian residential schools during a planned meeting Thursday.Prime Minister Stephen Harper is scheduled to meet with the Pope in Vatican City during a two day stop in Italy. Harper is scheduled to meet with the Pope on the seventh anniversary of the prime minister’s residential school apology.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) called for Pope Francis to apologize within a year for the treatment of Indigenous children at Catholic-run Indian residential schools.NDP leader Thomas Mulcair pressed the federal government on the issue during question period Wednesday.“The prime minister is scheduled to meet…the Pope at the Vatican tomorrow. Will the prime minister ask Pope Francis to apologize on behalf of the Church for its involvement in the horrors of residential schools?” said Mulcair.Aboriginal Affairs Minister Barnard Valcourt ducked the question and again repeated talking points stating that he has written to the provinces, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Vatican on the TRC’s recommendations.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde is also calling on Harper to ask the Pope for an apology.“June 11 is the seventh anniversary of the prime minister’s own apology for residential schools and it is an appropriate time for the prime minister to make this request,” said AFN spokesperson Don Kelly.At least, 3,500 children died at residential schools, mostly from tuberculosis. Many are buried in unmarked graves scattered across the country.APTN has obtained historical documents showing the upper echelons of the Church in Canada were directly involved in the operations of Indian residential schools. The Church used TB-infected children as pawns in a battle to have Ottawa send sick children from Catholic schools to Catholic sanatoriums.Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast has told APTN requesting an apology from the Pope is “asking for too much.”The Pope could visit Canada as early as 2017, said Prendergast.The Vatican embassy in Ottawa has said it sent the TRC’s report to Rome.Letter from Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt to VaticanDownload (PDF, Unknown)[email protected]@APTNNews
BERLIN — German factory orders dropped in November, dragged down by a fall in demand from other eurozone countries.The Economy Ministry said Monday that overall orders were 1 per cent lower than in the previous month following a slight 0.2 per cent gain in October.The figure includes an 11.6-per cent drop in orders from elsewhere in the 19-nation eurozone, which more than cancelled out a 7.4 per cent gain a month earlier. Orders from inside Germany were up 2.4 per cent, and those from outside the eurozone rose 2.3 per cent.Factory orders are an important indicator for the German economy, Europe’s biggest, which shrank in the third quarter — though that drop was blamed to a large extent on one-time factors stemming from new car emissions standards.The Associated Press
San Francisco: Expanding its “Azure IP Advantage” programme, Microsoft is donating 500 patents to start-ups that are part of a non-profit organisation called License On Transfer (LOT) Network. Launched in 2018, the “Azure IP Advantage” programme protects users of Microsoft’s cloud computing service — Azure — against patent trolls. Keeping in line with the intention of the programme, LOT Network protects companies against patent trolls by giving them access to a wide library of patents from its nearly 400 member companies including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Netflix and Uber among others. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “We want to help the LOT Network grow its network of start-ups and to provide an incentive we are going to provide these patents to them,” TechCrunch quoted Erich Andersen, Corporate Vice President (CVP) and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft, as saying on Thursday. However, for any start-up to qualify for getting a patent granted to LOT Network, the company is required to meet a $1,000 per month Azure spend and Microsoft would check the start-up’s last three monthly Azure bills. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost “Qualified start-ups who join the LOT Network can acquire Microsoft patents as part of their free membership and as Andersen stressed, the start-ups will own them outright,” the report said. The LOT network will be able to provide its start-up members with up to three patents from this collection. “The idea is that these start-ups come from a diverse set of industry sectors. The hope we have is that when they approach LOT, they’ll find patents among those 500 that are going to be interesting to basically almost any company that might want a foundational set of patents for their business,” Andersen added.