Bates resigns as LHH city manager

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City “I wish the Council, residents and our staff well, and look forward to the City’s continued success in delivering the best possible service to the residents of this fine City,” he stated. Before coming to La Habra Heights, Bates worked for 19 years as a city manager in Buena Park and Artesia before going into the private sector as a financial consultant. LA HABRA HEIGHTS – City Manager Ron Bates Wednesday announced that he was resigning, effective Nov. 19, to become the city manager of South Gate. Bates, a resident of Los Alamitos was the 13th city manager in the city’s 39-year history. He was hired in November 2005. “I am confident that the city team has taken a major step in making La Habra Heights one of the best functioning small cities in the country,” Bates stated in an e-mail sent to friends and city officials. “My one regret is not having a new fire station under construction,” he stated.last_img read more

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South Africa top of test cricket world

first_imgHis 121 in the second innings at Lords, the highest score in the match, was crucial to South Africa’s 51-run victory. “I think we were able to post totals in this series,” Smith said. “We were able to build partnerships and get scores on the board that were substantial and allowed our bowlers to bowl with maybe a bit more freedom, and allowed them to attack and get the rewards.” Turned to PhilanderFinally, the new ball arrived, but Prior, looking solid, managed a ferocious four off Steyn’s first over. Proteas’ skipper Smith turned to Philander to make a breakthrough. “South Africa were the better side, not just in this test match, but over the course of the series and they thoroughly deserve their victory,” England captain Andrew Strauss said in a post-match interview. Man of the matchThe man of the match at Lords, though, was Vernon Philander, who showed his all-round ability at test level for the first time. In South Africa’s first innings of 309 all out, he and JP Duminy shared the top score of 61, and he followed that up with 35, which was the third-highest score in the Proteas’ second knock. “Moments like this make cricket what it is. It’s a great advert for test cricket, the way the game unfolded. It’s just a fantastic day for us,” Amla said in his post-match interview. Facing an old ball, but with the threat of a new one on the way, the pair played their shots, including some superb reverse sweeps by Prior off of the leg-spinner Imran Tahir. As they bravely challenged the Proteas’ bowlers, so the vocal support of the crowd picked up. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material ‘They deserve every accolade’“The entire squad, including all the players and team management, deserve every accolade they will undoubtedly receive,’ Cricket South Africa Acting CEO Jacques Faul said in a statement. “It’s a message from all of us. He’s been an integral part of the Proteas for 147 games. This was meant to be his 150th test match, so we really wanted to let him know that he’s here with us today and this series victory was for him and everything he’s done for the Proteas.” 21 August 2012South Africa celebrated Graeme Smith’s world record-equalling 93rd test as captain with a 51-run victory over England at Lords on Monday, which secured the number one ranking in test cricket for the Proteas. “Yeah, I’m not even the second best batsman in my team, so I don’t think the rankings really matter too much, but I’m just glad to be doing well for the team,” the ever-modest Amla replied. Just before the post-match presentations, Smith had written a message on his shirt for Mark Boucher, who had been forced out of the series by a career-ending eye injury. He explained it to Atherton. “I know that he is watching,” he said to cheers from the crowd. On top of that, he was the toughest bowler to get away throughout the match, and the game’s most successful bowler, claiming 2 for 48 in 24 overs in the first innings and 5 for 30 in the second off 14.5 overs. Man of the seriesHashim Amla was named man of the series. Not only was his total of 482 runs over 200 runs more than any other batsman on either side managed in the series, his 311 in the first test was better than any other batsman managed in the entire series. With his fourth ball, he nipped one away and found the edge of Prior’s bat to all but wrap up the series as the wicketkeeper departed for a very well played 73. Terrific fightbackEngland, though, fought back terrifically, with Jonny Bairstow, called up in place of the controversial Kevin Pietersen, following up his first innings’ top score of 95 with a sparkling 54 off only 47 balls. Jonathan Trott also showed attacking intent, making 63, before Dale Steyn removed him. After Philander had reduced them to 16 for 2 on Sunday, that task looked as if it would be beyond them. When he added the wicket of Ian Bell for four, with the total on 34 on Monday, it appeared the game wouldn’t become much of a contest. ‘A great feeling’Looking back on the tour of England, he added: “It’s a long two months here for this test series – three test matches – it’s a long time to stay mentally focused and to deal with the pressure of playing England in England, and to have won the series 2-0 is a great feeling.” Then Matt Prior and Stuart Broad took the game to the Proteas. Broad, playing with gay abandon, was always likely to offer an opportunity or two and he was eventually dismissed for 37, caught by Amla off the bowling of Kallis. Unfortunately for South Africa the onslaught did not slow, it grew as Graeme Swann joined Prior out in the middle. Philander had done the trick. South Africa had won the match, the series, and ascended to number one in the world rankings. Atherton pointed out that Amla is now number two in the test batting rankings and number one in the one-day international rankings. “You’ve come a long way,” he suggested. Partnership brokenAfter the pair had added 74 runs, the partnership was finally broken. A moment’s hesitation by Swann on a quick run did him in as Jacques Rudolph fired the ball in to Tahir, who threw down the stumps from a metre away to just beat Swann’s attempt to make it into the crease. With the score on 282, James Anderson joined Prior in the middle. The wicketkeeper, the established man at the crease, had to continue playing his shots and that led to him finding a thick outside edge as he attempted to drive. Sprinting in from deep, Duminy took the catch and it seemed the match was in the bag for South Africa at last. Former England captain Michael Atherton, at the post-match presentations, asked Smith about where he thought the difference was between the teams. More drama followed, however, as umpire Simon Taufel asked for a review of Morne Morkel’s delivery and the slo-mo revealed the big fast bowler had overstepped and sent down a no ball. Prior, who had almost reached the boundary, was called back and returned to the crease to rowdy cheers from the crowd. The very next delivery, to last man in Steven Finn, went to second slip where Jacques Kallis bagged the catch to end the contest and the series. “They have made the entire country extremely proud and it has been a wonderful period for South African sport coming after the impressive performance of Team SA at the Olympic Games and Ernie Els’s victory at the British Open Golf Championship.” England, who led by six runs on the first innings, had been set a challenging 346 for victory after South Africa posted 351 in their second innings. last_img read more

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Fertilizer applications for spring ‘17

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This has been a year of making decisions to improve farm practices and being as efficient as possible. Technology sales remained stable through the winter months along with the generation of variable-rate fertilizer prescriptions. Regardless of implementing fixed-rate or variable-rate applications of fertilizers, an important factor to efficient and effective fertilizer use is proper maintenance, setup and calibration of spreaders. Annual calibration is always a necessity but when did you last take the time to properly setup and calibrate?Spreader settings need to change accordingly for each fertilizer product being applied.Additionally, the settings may need to be adjusted based on different application rates and field conditions. While technology on spreaders, especially VRT spreaders, has significantly increased in the last 10 years, the technology being adopted does not directly correlate to accurate field performance. Crop yield could be compromised if incorrect rates are applied or non-uniform application occurs. Calibration should be part of a regular maintenance schedule for all application equipment. Uncalibrated applicators are like driving with a broken speedometer on the interstate, you have a general idea of the speed you’re going but you may be under the minimum speed limit (under applying) or possibly even over it (over applying). Here are six points to consider for fertilizer spreaders to make 2017 a profitable year. Equipment setupType of fertilizer matters! Fertilizer products vary in density and physical properties, therefore spreader setup in accordance to product is vital. Measure fertilizer density and adjust settings accordingly. Visit http://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/fabe-5501 for a detailed discussion on the effect of fertilizer material properties on spreading plus density charts of common fertilizers.Proper maintenance of the spreader is important. Repair and replace as needed. Before operation, double-check the following maintenance points: proper conveyor tension, bearings, tire inflation, conveyer wear along with vane and spinner wear. Common problems include un-level spinners, spinners operating at different RPMs, damaged discs, spinners not centered evenly under chute, fertilizer build-up on parts, bent or cracked spinners, and corroded hoppers or components.CalibrationCalibration procedures can vary between manufacturers and models. However, two essential aspects exist for accurate field execution; 1) metering to obtain the right rate (bin to spinners) and 2) uniformity of spread (spinners to ground).Meter – bin to spinners. Meter calibration will include running the conveyor over a known time or distance then measuring the amount of dispensed product and comparing to the in-cab display estimated amount. Adjustments to gate height and conveyor constant will help dial into an accurate metering. One will need to calibrate for different fertilizers since varying in density and properties. Equipment manuals outline the proper procedure and specific adjustments to make.Spread uniformity – spinners to ground. Spreader distribution patterns can be hard to accurately evaluate without conducting a proper spread pattern test. Pan testing following standard protocol is required to evaluate spread uniformity. Consult with a spreader dealer on obtaining a spread pattern test kit.Be sure to take good notes of settings for future reference. Note any calibration constants and setups. Field operationSpread width or swath spacing needs to be maintained in order to prevent too much or too little overlap between swaths. If not already being used, guidance systems greatly reduce error and operator fatigue in spreaders/spreader trucks.Proper Setup — use the calibrated settings for a particular fertilizer including adjusting the product density within the in-cab display setup, using the correct spinner speed, and adjusting the chute to the proper position. Remember to operate at the specified spread width to ensure correct overlap with adjacent passes. There is still time to calibrate. These six points help ensure accurate field execution; 1) type of fertilizer (use the correct product density), 2) proper maintenance, 3) meter calibration, 4) spread uniformity calibration, 5) correct spread width, and 6) proper setup. Trey Colley is graduate student in the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering and can be reached at colley.65@osu.edu. Dr. Fulton, Associate Professor, can be reached at fulton.20@osu.edu. This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

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Solar Decathlon Names Student Design Winners

first_imgVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University was named the overall winner in this year’s Solar Decathlon Design Challenge hosted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Virginia Tech was one of 45 teams entered in the competition, which was held over the weekend of April 12-14 in Golden, Colorado. Students and their faculty advisors worked over the course or one or two semesters to design “creative solutions for real-world issues,” according to the Department of Energy, before presenting their designs to a panel of judges. Unlike entries in the Solar Decathlon that takes place every two years, these projects are not actually constructed as part of the competition.RELATED ARTICLESU.S. Team Wins Solar Decathlon Middle EastSolar Decathlon’s European CousinVirginia Tech’s Lumenhaus Wins at Solar Decathlon Europe In addition to the overall winner, DOE named best projects in six other categories: suburban single-family, urban single-family, attached housing, mixed multi-use housing, elementary school, and office building. The TreeHAUS project The real-world problem that the Virginia Tech team was trying to solve is anticipated enrollment growth on its Blacksburg, Virginia, campus that will require the addition of 7 million gross square feet of housing by 2047. That has pushed real estate prices sharply higher, a problem especially for underpaid graduate students, the team said in a project summary. The team proposed a building consisting of 12 prefabricated modules on a 36,000-square-foot lot. Units would range in size from 1-bedroom units with one bathroom to 4-bedroom units with 2 bathrooms. The project would be built with R-37 walls and R-55 roofs, a shared 50-kW solar array, and energy-recovery ventilation. The proposal predicts a HERS Index rating of 34 without the PV array. Other features include a variety of automated and artificially intelligent building controls, wood-fiber insulation, dowel-laminated timber components, a landscaping plan that provides food for occupants, and rainwater collection for irrigation. The team called their project TreeHAUS after the way trees collect and distribute resources in the forest. “The TreeHAUS harnesses energy from the sun, harvests water from the rain, and cycles resources and information throughout its community in the same way that plants and trees do in nature,” the project summary reads. Other Virginia Tech teams won top honors in the Solar Decathlon Middle East competition last year, as well as Solar Decathlon Europe in 2010. Those projects followed the typical format of the competition, with collegiate teams designing and building their entries. West Point named a single-family winner The U.S. Military Academy at West Point had the winning entry for its single-family suburban design, one of two categories for single-family dwellings. The military academy named its project the “All American Abode” because it would be built at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, home of the 82nd Airborne Division, which is known as the “All American Division,” the team said in its summary. The housing would mean healthier and better-performing housing at Fort Bragg and help correct  substandard  housing conditions for military families. The team from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with models of its winning entry. [Image credit: John DeLa Rosa / Solar Decathlon]The 1,456-square-foot houses would be built from structural insulated panels and placed on 0.22-acre lots. They are designed to operate at net-zero efficiency but still be financially realistic for the Department of Defense. Each would feature three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, ground-source heat pumps with energy-recovery ventilation, and a variety of sensors and actuators that monitor and control mechanical systems. Electricity comes from a 7.4-kW PV array. The team said construction costs should be about $194,000, with utility costs of about $42 a month. “The All-American Abode seeks to revolutionize the way the Army currently views sustainable living,” the team said. Georgia Tech wins the urban single-family title The entry from the Georgia Institute of Technology is a 2-bedroom, 2-bath house of 950 square feet built with structural insulated panels. It will be part of an urban subdivision of high five-performance homes in the Grove Park neighborhood of Atlanta. The school collaborated with the Grove Park Foundation, a charitable organization, in developing a design that could revitalize the area, according to the team’s summary. The statement notes that residents of neighborhoods like Grove Park often don’t have access to energy-efficient housing, and that “energy insecurity” in Grove Park is among the highest in the area. Georgia Tech’s entry is a project for Atlanta’s Grove Park neighborhood. [Image credit: Georgia Tech]The net-zero house is to be constructed on a site close to a community of nearby cottages. The lot is to include communal spaces, an area for gardening, and green spaces. Grove Park, which was originally developed to house factory workers, is 95% minority-occupied with some 2,500 housing lots — 30% of them vacant. Eighty-five percent of Grove Park residents are on fixed incomes, and the boggy area is subject to regular standing water and high mold counts. The team’s object was to design a template for affordable housing in the area. “The primary goal of this project is to make affordable net-zero homes to address the disproportionately high energy burden of Grove Park residents compared to the rest of the Atlanta metropolitan area,” the team’s summary says. Details about other entries in the competition, plus a list of schools that took park, can be found here.last_img read more

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Column: A Super stinker, Patriots prevail but ugliness wins

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations When Adam Levine ripped off his shirt during the halftime show, it was quickly apparent that tattoos would far outnumber points in the A-T-L.Come to think of it, Maroon 5 might have benefited the most from this one.Their lame, off-key performance was probably the highlight of the night.The Rams needed until deep into the third quarter to finally surpass 100 yards, on a drive that resulted in their only points. Greg Zuerlein booted a 53-yard field goal that tied the game at 3 with just over two minutes remaining in the period, and it looked like Los Angeles might actually have a chance to pull out a game it had no business winning.After Michel’s TD, Los Angeles gave itself one more chance. Driving briskly into New England territory, the Rams had first down at the 27 when Goff lofted a pass toward the right pylon with Brandin Cooks breaking into the clear. But Patriots second-string safety Duron Harmon, in the game after Patrick Chung sustained what looked to be a broken arm, came flying over to level Cooks just as the ball was slipping through the receiver’s hands at the goal line.Cooks conceded afterward that it was a catch he should’ve made, but he was hardly alone in that category.On the very next play, Huron came at Goff on a blitz. The young quarterback flinched with the safety in his face, wobbling up a pass that was easily picked off by Stephon Gilmore.New England drove the other way for the clinching field goal.With eight seconds remaining, the Rams sent on Zuerlein to attempt a 48-yard field goal, knowing the only remote chance they had to force OT was to get three points, pull an onside kick and heave a desperation pass toward the end zone on the final play.Zuerlein was money all season, and especially in the NFC championship game against the New Orleans Saints, when he tied it up with a 48-yard field goal and won the game in overtime with a booming 57-yard effort. “You’ve got to grind it out and find a way,” said Brady, delivering a drab quote that perfectly fit the occasion.Stephen Gostkowski clinched it for the Patriots, barely guiding a 41-yard field goal inside the left upright with 1:12 remaining to make it a two-score game.What a blessing.The last thing anyone needed was the Rams having any chance to send this monstrosity to overtime.Taking nothing away from a stout defensive effort by both teams, this lackluster affair seemed more the result of two offenses that never found their footing — especially the youthful Rams and their 24-year-old quarterback, Jared Goff.There were plenty of silly mistakes, the kind of plays you normally see when teams are working through the kinks coming of training camp. Both teams were flagged for having two men in motion at the same time. The Rams were penalized for a false start when lined up on second down needing less than a yard. One of their better plays was negated by a holding penalty. They even got caught with too many men on the field.“We just played bad today,” running back C.J. Anderson said.With just over a minute to go, after the Rams were called for yet another holding penalty, the press box announcer summed it up best after accidentally leaving his mic on.“Ughhhhhhh,” he moaned, snapping the assembled media out their slumber.It was the lowest-scoring game in Super Bowl history, eclipsing a 21-point snoozer in 1973 when Miami capped its perfect season with an ugly victory over Washington that had least had a bit of comic relief: kicker Garo Yepremian’s ridiculous attempt to throw a pass. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Reliable as ever, Patriots’ Julian Edelman wins Super Bowl MVP Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants It was the only time all evening that either team reached the red zone.That brief burst of offense was enough to carry the Patriots to a 13-3 victory , but this game will be remembered as an unworthy finale to a thrilling season. Certainly not in the same league as that pair of captivating games we witnessed on conference championship weekend. Not even close to the Super Bowl classics that capped off the last two seasonsThose represented the NFL at its HD best.The latest Super Bowl should’ve been broadcast in black and white.It was straight out of the 1950s.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ View comments Los Angeles Rams’ Jared Goff pauses while speaking to the media after the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. The Patriots won 13-3. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)ATLANTA — The NFL should’ve ended the season two weeks ago.This Super Bowl was a hot mess, really no better than a sloppy preseason game.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss That was then.This time, Zuerlein’s kick sailed wide left of the upright.Brady kneeled down one more time and it was over.Thankfully.Disney officials dutifully announced that Brady and MVP Julian Edelman would be visiting the Magic Kingdom on Monday.The folks at Mickey Mouse Land might want to reconsider their offer.It’s probably best to just forget this stinker of a Super Bowl.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady and the New England Patriots captured their sixth championship Sunday night, an amazing accomplishment that was overshadowed by the ugly way they won it against the stunningly inept Los Angeles Rams.An instant classic?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesNo, this was instantly forgettable.The only touchdown finally came when the game was 53 minutes old, the Patriots reaching the end zone on Sony Michel’s 2-yard run after one of the few offensive highlights — Brady’s niftily threaded ball to Rob Gronkowski with three defenders around, resulting in a 29-yard play.last_img read more

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