Shane Battis Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ + posts Facebook TAGSchristmasChristmas tree lightingcommonsSGA print“Five, four, three, two, ONE!”Thousands of students and families cheered as lights wrapped around the giant Campus Commons Christmas tree glittered and glowed, while fireworks fizzed and popped overhead to the tune of Christmas classics.The 42-foot display residing in the Campus Commons wasn’t always so grand.Before TCU opened the Commons in 2008, students held small celebrations around a 20-foot tree in front of Sadler Hall where they lit candles and sang carols. They were quaint gatherings that barely resemble the Christmas extravaganzas students enjoy now.Brad Thompson, the assistant director of student activities, said the event’s expansion has a lot to do with the increasing volume of students and community members the campus has to accommodate.Thompson recounted how nine years ago there were about 1,500 attendees and there’s been an approximately 20 to 30 percent increase every year since. The 2017 lighting hosted more than 9,000 guests and was advertised as a public event for the first time.“Now it’s a major Fort Worth community event,” he said. “We have a lot of alums, a lot of people that are not affiliated with TCU come every year. It’s very much changed the dynamic of the event that we do.”Bigger crowds call for bigger budgets. The SGA budget allocated $11,930 for the tree lighting in 2009, and the expenses have continued to stack up with lightings routinely surpassing $40,000 in recent years.Tree BudgetsVenngage InfographicsThis year’s total cost set a new high of $75,000 – more than TCU’s expected total cost of attendance for a year.The largest portion of this sum goes toward the $30,000 Christmas tree, which is shipped to the school and must be lifted over buildings with a crane to settle into the Commons, and the dazzling firework show that burns up $25,000. In addition to these lighting staples, SGA also brought the folk duo Johnnyswim in as the main music entertainment for the night.Kyler Tesch, the director of SGA’s The End, co-hosted the lighting and talked about how much he looks forward to the special night every year.“I get no more joy than seeing kids and families come to the TCU Campus Commons,” he said looking at the vast crowd. “TCU, as a whole, being able to provide that experience for people in the community.”Thompson calls the lighting a special part of the year for TCU. Despite the expenses and gradual changes, he said the heart of the event hasn’t changed since the early years.Students can have themselves a merry Christmas, it’s just not so little anymore. Office of Religious and Spiritual Life affirms Muslim students in light of online threats ReddIt Facebook ReddIt Linkedin ‘The Big Switch:’ Student spends a day in the chancellor’s shoes Twitter Linkedin Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ Lead On committee co-chairs share goals with students The SGA budget allocates over $70,000 for Christmas tree lighting events every year. (Photo by Shane Battis) Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ Twitter Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ The Leap: 10 April Fool’s pranks to try this year Previous articleFirst Wine and Wassail Walk to be held in Bluebonnet CircleNext articleGrowing list of test-optional schools sheds light on SAT/ACT validity, barriers to entry Shane Battis RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Welcome TCU Class of 2025
The day after Tropical Storm Irene struck Vermont and severely damaged more than 500 miles of state road and some 200 bridges, the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) quickly learned that its usual method of conveying information about road and bridge closures via the Internet was not going to be adequate. A new tool was needed, and it was needed fast. Early the next day, the phone rang. Former Vermont State Senator Matt Dunne, who heads up Community Affairs for Google, was on the line. A resident of Windsor County, which was hit particularly hard by the storm, Dunne was reaching out to all states that were impacted by Irene to offer Google’s services ‘ free of charge. VTrans quickly accepted. Within hours of Dunne’s call, VTrans formed an in-house team of IT technicians and GIS mapping gurus to meet ‘ virtually, of course ‘ with Google staff in California. Working through the night, the joint high-tech team coordinated with VTrans’ scouts who were working in the field to identify the specific locations where highway damage had occurred. In the wee hours of the morning, the team developed and then created a GIS database of Vermont bridge closures and roadway damage. By the end of the next day ‘ just the third day following Irene’s devastating blow ‘ Google published the first of what would be many easy-to-use maps depicting real-time road and bridge damage throughout the entire State of Vermont. ‘Part of Google’s mission is to help communities in crisis with information tools,’ Dunne said. ‘We were happy to partner with the Vermont Agency of Transportation in the aftermath of the flooding. We hope this map was helpful to Vermonters in the months following Irene.’ Helpful is an understatement. The new map not only identified which roads ‘ such as Route 9 or Route 100 ‘ that were impacted, but the map was so detailed that it identified the specific locations along each road that were damaged. Each location was then color coded to help the traveling public understand whether that location was closed, or just limited in some capacity.As road conditions changed and once impassible sections were repaired, VTrans staff continually worked with Google to update the map, a new version of which was published twice daily to ensure travelers had virtually up-to-the-minute information on how to navigate the state. ‘The Vermont Google Map has been a tremendous help to Vermonters and visitors in the aftermath of Irene,’ said Vermont Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Megan Smith. ‘Roads and bridges around the state were repaired in a remarkably short period of time, and the map’s seamless and real-time updates greatly supported our message that Vermont is open for business and that you can get here from there. The updated map was especially helpful to staff at Vermont’s information centers, as well as to our 1-800-Vermont call center in Newport, whose staff counseled hundreds of travelers.’ The tool was so powerful and easy to use that VTrans quickly reworked its Internet homepage to prominently display the color-coded, traveler information tool. ‘The map was the tool we used to tell our story both to Vermonters and to those looking to visit Vermont,’ said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. ‘Thousands of people used the map to help plan their travels during a time when it was not intuitive on how to get around. Considering the economic constraints that face all state agencies, we are most grateful to Google for providing us such a valuable service.’ The need for such a service, however, has ended. With all but two bridges and nine miles of state roadway open to public travel, VTrans today will cease publishing its Irene-related Google map. The agency beginning Friday, November 18, 2011 also will return the look and feel of its website’s homepage to the way it functioned before the tropical storm struck on August 28, 2011.Information regarding the remaining Irene-related road and bridge closures will be rolled into VTrans’ long-standing 511 travel information website, which also documents all other closures to the Vermont State Highway System. VTrans will continue to publish information related to Irene, including its popular Facebook page that provides timely information regarding Irene-related events. But beginning November 18, the agency will house Irene information in a designated place within its overall website at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external) rather than presenting storm-related information as the centerpiece to the agency’s homepage. Tropical Storm Irene severely damaged more than 500 miles of state highway, including some 200 state bridges. Today, only 2 bridge locations remains closed, and all but nine miles of state roadway are open to public travel. Road closures remain on Route 12A in Roxbury, Route 106 in Weathersfield and Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge. Questions regarding storm-damaged roads and bridges related to Tropical Storm Irene can be answered by calling VTrans’ Irene Storm Center at 1-800-Vermont. People can also visit VTrans’ website at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external) where they can follow the agency’s progress on both Facebook and Twitter. VTrans. 11.18.2011
(REUTERS)-Johnny Bairstow and Moeen Ali shared an unbroken partnership of 132 to lift England to 414 for five and a lead of 311 runs over Pakistan on the fourth day of the third Test at Edgbaston yesterday.Bairstow was unbeaten on 82 and Moeen 60 not out at the close with England in a good position to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series if they can bowl out the touring side on the final day.After resuming on 120 for no wicket, England lost captain Alastair Cook for 66, driving a wide ball from Sohail Khan to point where Yasir Shah took a fine diving catch.Alex Hales, on 54, then edged Mohammad Amir to Younus Khan at second slip and with the Pakistan seamers bowling wide of off stump to restrict the scoring rate, Joe Root and James Vince cautiously took the total to 183 for two at lunch.Root, struggling with a back problem and dropped on 25, made 62 before he top-edged Shah to short fine leg.Vince was eight runs short of his first Test half-century when he hung his bat out to a wide ball from Amir and Younus took another neat slip catch.Gary Ballance made a patient 28 before he turned a ball from Shah to Asad Shafiq at leg slip but the arrival of Moeen at the crease changed the tempo of the game.Bairstow went on the attack and reached his eighth test fifty, off 83 balls, while Moeen displayed his full repertoire of wristy strokes and hit eight fours in a sparkling knock.ENGLAND 1st innings 297 (G. Ballance 70, M. Ali 63; S. Khan 5-96)Pakistan 1st innings 400 (A. Ali 139, S. Aslam 82, Misbah-ul-Haq 56)England 2nd innings (Overnight: 120-0)A. Cook c Shah b So. Khan 66A. Hales c Y. Khan b Amir 54J. Root c Hafeez b Shah 62J. Vince c Y. Khan b Amir 42G. Ballance c Shafiq b Shah 28J. Bairstow not out 82M. Ali not out 60Extras (b-4 lb-7 nb-8 w-1) 20Total (for 5 wickets, 125 overs) 414Fall of wickets: 1-126 A. Cook,2-126 A. Hales,3-221 J. Root,4-257 J. Vince,5-282 G. BallanceTo bat: C. Woakes, S. Broad, J. Anderson, S. FinnBowling: M. Amir 30 – 8 – 73 – 2(w-1),So. Khan 27 – 3 – 102 – 1(nb-8),R. Ali 21 – 8 – 54 – 0, Y. Shah 42 – 4 – 152 – 2,Az. Ali 5 – 0 – 22 – 0
Published on May 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+ John Desko doesn’t want his team to sit back and be complacent with only a part of the Big East championship. For Desko, there’s nothing good about having to share that type of honor.That means it’s time for Syracuse to get selfish.‘We tend to be pretty greedy with things,’ Desko said. ‘We don’t want to share a Big East title. We want to have it to ourselves.’Syracuse gets the chance to win the entire championship outright on Saturday on Senior Day when it takes on St. John’s (4-9, 2-3 Big East) in its final regular season game. With its win over Notre Dame last week, the Orange clinched at least a share of the Big East title. A win over the Red Storm would make No. 1 SU (13-1, 5-0) the outright champion for the second consecutive season, giving it plenty to play for in a game that could turn into an easy victory for the Orange.After beating the Irish in a game the Orange considered its biggest of the season, Syracuse is going into its matchup against St. John’s preparing to see the Storm’s best. St. John’s has played well enough in several games this season to be on the verge of several more victories than currently appear in the Red Storm’s record. And those close losses came against good teams.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn April 16, St. John’s was tied with then-No. 2 Notre Dame heading into the fourth quarter, but gave up three goals to the Irish to lose 10-7. A week after that, the Storm had a two-goal lead on then-No. 11 Villanova going into the final quarter, but yielded four goals to lose 11-9.Seeing the results of those games keeps Syracuse from overlooking the Storm and already setting its sights on the playoffs. Not to mention the conference championship that’s riding on the game, as well as a possible No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.‘This games means a lot,’ attack JoJo Marasco said. ‘You can’t have a let-down. We’re going to go out there and play our best game. … No. 1 is definitely what we want. Also, winning Big East two years in a row would be great.’Coming off its victory over the Fighting Irish that gave it the top spot in the rankings again, the Orange knows there’s always the possibility of a letdown game. The emotions aren’t the same in preparing to play a team that’s five games below .500, no matter how close it might have come against some good teams in the past couple of weeks.Still, Syracuse has seen what happens when it lowers its expectations and intensity after winning some of the season’s biggest games. Early on in the year, the Orange beat then-No. 2 Virginia 12-10, and then barely got by Georgetown 9-8 in an overtime victory in the next game.‘We learned that from the Virginia game,’ midfielder Jovan Miller said. ‘We beat them, and then had a little bit of a hangover going into the Georgetown game. We really felt like they came out more intense than us. So, we learned from that.’Miller and Syracuse have also learned from something else they’ve seen this season. Miller said he’s expecting the Red Storm to stall the ball or drop into a zone defense to try to slow Syracuse down. That’s what teams have done against SU all season to try to win the. The only way to combat that, Miller said, is for the Orange to execute its own game plan as best it can.If it doesn’t, Syracuse could be in for a shocking loss in the team’s final regular season game. But Desko knows what a win could do for the team heading into the postseason.‘St. John’s is a big game,’ Desko said. ‘We just want to feel good going into the playoffs. We’d like to play well like we did the week before. Continue playing, trying to get 60 minutes of ball out of the guys and have us gear up for the first playoff game.’Desko still recovering from injuryFor the sixth straight game, Syracuse will be without its third attack Tim Desko. The junior suffered a knee injury against Duke back on April 3, and then re-injured it the following week against Princeton. An infection that has since developed on the knee has made Desko’s recovery even more complicated and uncertain.John Desko said Wednesday before his team’s practice that Tim will hopefully be able to come off antibiotics ‘very soon,’ possibly next week. At that point, John Desko said, they will see what Tim Desko can do physically to gauge when a possible return could take place.‘I don’t have an exact timeline,’ John Desko said. ‘Everybody’s different with those types of things.’[email protected] Comments
Players voiced their anger on social media; some were upset at the overall rating while others had complaints in specific areas.’MADDEN NFL 20′: List of top players at each positionWhile I’m sure several players feel they deserved a 99 overall rating, that special club was reserved for just four stars: Aaron Donald, DeAndre Hopkins, Khalil Mack and Bobby Wagner. There are 72 players with a 90-or-above rating, including seven quarterbacks, eight running backs and 12 receivers. Kyler Murray took the top spot for rookie quarterbacks with a 73 overall rating, followed by Dwayne Haskins (72) and Daniel Jones (63).But enough breakdowns, let’s take a look at how players reacted to their rating.MORE: Explaining 5 odd traits from Madden 20 player ratingsGiants players#Madden20 ratings are here 🚨We revealed the @eamaddenNFL ratings to our guys and you don’t want to miss their reactions 😂 pic.twitter.com/vB3L8XXGit— New York Giants (@Giants) July 15, 2019Bills playersThe #Madden20 ratings have arrived. @TreWhite16 and @Micah_Hyde have some thoughts… 😂Check out our @EAMaddenNFL team ratings: https://t.co/z5mjtBG1Rq pic.twitter.com/O7bd4Kw1SO— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) July 15, 2019Keenan Allensafe to say Keenan isn’t happy with his Madden rating 😂 pic.twitter.com/vZwn4ZNeZl— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) July 15, 2019DeMarcus LawrenceHOLD UP @EAMaddenNFL you not just going to disrespeck me like that with an 89 and get away with it….PUT. SOME. RESPECK. ON. https://t.co/ndDkGvo7gx.UNTIL THEN COWBOYS NATION IS ON MADDEN STRIKE! RT @dallascowboys Nation show em we ain’t playin bih. pic.twitter.com/okVXyooI3l— DeMarcus Lawrence (@TankLawrence) July 15, 2019Takkarist McKinley78.. @EAMaddenNFLLol I can’t be that weak 😂— Takkarist McKinley (@Takk) July 15, 2019Kyle Van NoyGood thing I don’t play madden or I’d be mad with my 77 rating 😂😂😂 !— Kyle Van Noy (@KVN_03) July 15, 2019Eric EbronMadden on that Bull 💩 I see..— Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) July 15, 2019Damarious Randall86 on madden 🤦🏾♂️— Damarious Randall (@RandallTime) July 15, 2019Jalen RamseyGod’s Child 🙏🏾.. through it all, He continues to bless me & for that, I want to let his light shine through me! He gets all the glory!! Thank you! Have a great day & year! https://t.co/OzZVJfNR2T— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) July 15, 2019Adrian AmosPeople worried about their overall rating on madden I just be tryna find out what my speed rating is every year so I can put myself at Kick and punt return 😂— Adrian Amos (@_SmashAmos31) July 15, 2019Marshon LattimoreLol https://t.co/ZExNcAdb0Q— Marshon Lattimore (@shonrp2) July 15, 2019Anthony LevineI don’t even play madden or videos so I can really careless about it….BUT my son do sooo @EAMaddenNFL I’m faster than that an get my rating up IM A DAWG!!— Co Cap™️ (@ALevine41) July 15, 2019Budda BakerWhat’s a brotha gotta do to get his strength up in madden?? I mean i had 100 plus tackles last year in only 14 games hahaha @EAMaddenNFL— Budda Baker (@buddabaker32) July 15, 2019Taylor LewanI recently found out that I’m only a 81 rating on @EAMaddenNFL I don’t play the game but I do feel extremely disrespected.. I will not forget this #NoBadDaysStill— Taylor Lewan (@TaylorLewan77) July 15, 2019Donnel PumphreyHow the hell is Carson Wentz a 82 ? & don’t tell me because injuries … https://t.co/OALm0IZu0T— Donnel Pumphrey Jr. (@Pumphrey6K) July 15, 2019Adrian PhillipsDawg Madden is hilarious 😂they gotta do this on purpose— Adrian Phillips (@Phillips_17) July 15, 2019Quandre Diggs77? pic.twitter.com/W3prPx7ugf— Nino (@qdiggs6) July 15, 2019Don’t follow me now @EAMaddenNFL we ain’t got NOTHING to talk about!— Nino (@qdiggs6) July 15, 2019Kenny Moore😂 @EAMaddenNFL silly goose you. That was funny but put the real ratings up now!— Kenny Moore II (@KennyKennyMoe3) July 15, 2019Darius SlayOnce again madden u disappointed me🤦🏾♂️ https://t.co/Pzhh7Xo3e6— Darius Slay (@_bigplayslay23) July 15, 2019 EA Sports has released its player ratings database for “Madden NFL 20,” and several NFL stars aren’t too pleased with their virtual selves.If you’re new to Madden, every player is given a rating: 99 is the highest, 0 is the lowest. The rating is based on several factors including speed, strength, awareness and position-specific traits such as throw power, catching, tackling, etc. Most players feel like they’re the best at their position, so naturally several of them were upset with their “Madden NFL 20” ratings when they were released.
The Western Conference’s top team didn’t have a top-three player, rookie, defender, coach or reserve this season, according to the panel that determines finalists for the NBA Awards.The Warriors were shut out of the finalists groupings, which were determined by media across the league, the NBA announced Friday.The three candidates for most valuable player are Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Thunder forward Paul George and last year’s winner, Rockets guard James Harden.Steph Curry and …
The Lufhereng Integrated Housing Development project was launched on Tuesday, 17 August 2010 in Soweto.Once complete, Lufhereng in Soweto will comprise 24 000 mixed-income houses, with schools, clinics, sports fields and recreational facilities making up a complete, sustainable community. (Image: Sowetan LIVE)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa has embarked on one of its biggest mixed housing developments yet. Once complete, Lufhereng in Soweto will comprise 24 000 mixed-income houses, with schools, clinics, sports fields and recreational facilities making up a complete, sustainable community.Part of the western extension of Soweto, the Lufhereng Integrated Housing Development project was launched on Tuesday, 17 August by Joburg Executive Mayor Amos Masondo.Lufhereng was conceived and initiated by the City of Johannesburg and the Gauteng Local Government and Housing Department as a large-scale, mixed-income, mixed-type and mixed-tenure housing development.Urban agricultureThe project will include a significant component of urban agriculture, through small-scale intensive urban agriculture open-field plots, hydroponic farming units and fish breeding schemes.The name Lufhereng is derived from a Venda word and a Sesotho word, “lufhera” and “reng”, respectively. The combined word refers to a place where people come together with a united commitment.In the first and second phases of the project, 2 223 freehold stands will be delivered, from which 1 192 have been earmarked for subsidised housing, while close to 1 000 units will be turned into RDP houses.Three categories of communities have been identified for allocation of houses in Lufhereng:The 3 200 Protea South residents;People on the Soweto 1996/97 waiting list; andThe Doornkop farming community.Tackling the backlogSpeaking at the project launch, Human Settlements Miniser Tokyo Sexwale that although South Africa had a backlog of more than 2.1-million houses, “we are addressing the matter. As we speak we have asked for an increase from the R18-billion set aside by the National Treasury.”Although there have been a series of protests over housing backlogs, Sexwale urged people to work with the government to make sure there was no corruption in the housing department, by not paying unwarranted amounts of money to get an RDP house.Joburg Mayor Masondo also spoke of this, saying: “The demand for housing remains high, but we continue to strive for and remain committed to the creation of sustainable human settlements and communities.”Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane emphasised the responsibilities of housing beneficiaries, saying that people “should remember that they have no right to sell the houses given to them. We are here to build a new community, the community of Lufhereng.”BeneficiariesAs of 7 August this year, 907 Lufhereng houses had already been handed over to beneficiaries, Masondo said.Lufhereng’s launch coincided with the handover of a further seven houses to beneficiaries, the oldest being 79 and the youngest being 38. Four of them had been on the housing waiting list for 14 years, while three had been waiting since 2008.One of them, Itumeleng Malebo, was a former farm labourer on the plot on which Lufhereng is built. “We were given first preference of acquiring homes here, so I’m delighted,” Malebo said. “I’ve lived and worked on the farm since 1991 … I run a small spaza shop from the house so I can earn a living, as I’m unemployed.”Another person who was given the keys to her new home, Nomasiza Mpeqeka, a 75-year-old pensioner, has been on the housing waiting list since 1996.“I live with two of my grandchildren and I’m glad that they now have a place they call home,” Mpeqeka said. “I used to live in a backroom in Meadowlands for years, but now I have a place I can call my home.”Source: City of JohannesburgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Peggy Kirk Hall, director of agricultural law, Ohio State University Agricultural and Resource Law ProgramWith many farmers in Ohio unable to plant before the Final Planting Date for crop insurance, questions are arising about planting and harvesting cover crops on those prevented planting acres. USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) rules allow operators to plant cover crops on prevented planting acres and to hay, graze, or cut the cover crops for silage after the posted “harvest date.” In previous years, the harvest date for cover crops was Nov. 1. If an operator harvested the cover crop before that date, the prevented plant payment would be reduced from 100% to 35%.The RMA has changed the harvest date for 2019, however. In response to reduced livestock feed supplies that will result from the loss of planted acres this year, the RMA has moved up the cover crop harvest date to September 1. An operator who plants a cover crop after the Final Planting Date and then cuts the crop for forage on or after Sept. 1 can still receive 100% of the prevented plant payment, even if the operator sells the forage and regardless of whether the operator planted the cover crop during or after the Late Planting Period. The Final Planting Date in Ohio was June 5 for corn and June 20 for soybeans; the Late Planting Period ended on June 20 for corn and runs until July 15 for soybeans. Note, too, that a cover crop that was in the ground before the Final Planting Date but was not terminated because the operator couldn’t plant the intended corn or soybean crop can also be harvested for forage on or after Sept. 1.The RMA’s chart below illustrates payment scenarios for cover crops planted and harvested on prevented planting acres. Other requirements for cover crops While the cover crop harvest date seems pretty straightforward, don’t be fooled — crop insurance provisions can be tricky. Farmers planning to put out cover crops on prevented plant acres should work closely with their crop insurance agents to ensure that all policy provisions and documentation requirements are met.An initial requirement is that the cover crop planted must meet the definition of an “acceptable cover crop” for crop insurance purposes. The RMA considers an acceptable cover crop as one that is recognized by agricultural experts as agronomically sound for the area for erosion control or other purposes related to conservation or soil improvement and planted at the recommended seeding rate. OSU agricultural experts can help provide guidance on acceptable cover crops.Operators should also be aware that many seed licenses, particularly for bio-engineered seeds, restrict the use of the seed to grain production only. In those situations, planting the seed for a cover crop or harvesting it for silage would violate the seed licensing contract and create a liability situation for the operator.Additionally, note that crop insurance provisions prohibit harvesting the cover crop for grain or seed, and an operator who does so will lose all of the prevented plant payment. The cover crop harvest can also impact other provisions, such as the farm’s Actual Production History (APH) yields. These and other provisions highlight the importance of a close working arrangement with the crop insurance agent in order to comply with RMA’s cover crop provisions.
The Department of Energy, through its Building America research program, has struck partnerships with hundreds of housing industry specialists to explore the best ways to achieve energy efficiency in a home.So far, 41,556 Building America projects have been completed or are under construction across the U.S., each providing data on construction techniques, materials selection, climate, site selection, and other technical details that can be used to help refine guidelines for building energy efficient homes at reasonable prices. (Click here for basic information about each project, and links to sites offering more-detailed information.)Another DOE initiative that recently got underway – the Net-Zero Energy Buildings National User Facility – will be built and operated by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on a $15.9 million stimulus-funded budget. This is an especially bright spot among the DOE’s 2009 energy efficiency research programs because it focuses so tightly on energy efficient construction; involves collaboration with designers, construction specialists, academics, manufacturers, and building owners and operators; and will attempt to tap Silicon Valley’s expertise and entrepreneurial interest in “Greentech” innovation. The aim will be to develop or further refine techniques, systems, and materials with an eye to reducing costs.Berkeley Lab will assimilate data from a series of test-beds in new and existing buildings that will allow researchers to switch out various systems – from windows to lighting to HVAC components – and moderate and measure their performance in a variety of settings. A key aspect of the research also will be to refine the hardware and software needed to measure performance and then introduce similar refinements to modeling software for designers.The Berkeley Lab team includes 21 industry partners, three utilities, eight universities, a nonprofit, and three public agencies, all of whom indicated their support and interest in using the facility. Major partners include the University of California, Berkeley, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, HOK, Flack + Kurtz, Philips Research, Johnson Controls, Lutron, Siemens, the California Energy Commission, and the U.S. General Services Administration, the lab said.
Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap, left, picks up a loose ball as Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam. APDENVER — Nikola Jokic received some playful ribbing for his errant, behind-the-back pass on a fast break late in the first half.On this night, that was about all that went wrong for the Denver Nuggets.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Worth shouting about: George Springer wins World Series MVP John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Jamal Murray scored 16 of his 24 points in a decisive third-quarter spurt, Jokic added 16 rebounds and 10 assists while narrowly missing a triple-double, and the Nuggets beat the Toronto Raptors 129-111 on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).“We moved the ball and were unselfish, made a lot of cuts, made the defense work,” said Murray, who has scored at least 20 in three straight games. “We kept playing our game and they tried to play to our pace.”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 shutoutPaul Millsap added 20 points in his best offensive output since joining the Nuggets. He signed a three-year, $90 million deal with Denver in July, but has recently struggled with his jumper.Millsap had 13 points in the first quarter, including two 3-pointers, to jump-start the Nuggets early. Murray broke loose in the third to help turn a 60-51 lead into a 36-point advantage in a matter of minutes. The 43 points in the third marked the biggest quarter for the Nuggets this season.Jokic finished with eight points and didn’t play over the final 7:41. Not that he minded missing out on his seventh career triple-double.“I couldn’t make shots today,” said Jokic, who was 4 of 10 from the field. “I didn’t force it. I tried to do some other stuff.”Norman Powell led the Raptors with 14 points as they made their fifth stop on a six-game road swing, their longest of the season.“That was an embarrassing performance by all of us, from coaches to players,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “One thing we said: You’ve got to come in here and compete and play hard, play a physical game, and we didn’t do either one on either end of the floor.”Murray was briefly checked out by trainers in the first quarter after flying into the courtside seats while trying to steal a pass. He landed about three rows back and in the vicinity of Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene.In the process, Murray also spilled a beer and had to make a quick trip into the locker room to change jerseys.“I smelled like Heineken,” he said.TIP-INSRaptors: Delon Wright had 12 points off the bench. … Kyle Lowry finished with nine points. LATEST STORIES “He was really aggressive,” Jokic said of his fellow big man. “We just continued to play aggressive.”Now, about that pass to Wilson Chandler just before halftime: Jokic was dribbling down the court, had a defender on him and tried to loft it behind his back to Chandler for a highlight-reel dunk.Only, it was a bit too high.“I thought he could jump. 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Broncos LB Von Miller showed up wearing an Avalanche hockey sweater bearing his No. 58. … Denver connected on 16 3-pointers to start a six-game homestand.MID-RANGE MANMalone called DeMar DeRozan the “king of the mid-range jumper.” DeRozan shot 4 of 10 to finish with a season-low 10 points for Toronto.“DeMar does it in a different way,” Casey said. “He still gets to the free throw line. He gets a three the old-fashioned way.”HIGH PRAISECasey said Jokic’s game reminds him of Dallas standout Dirk Nowitzki.“As far as his range and size, the way he gets the ball up on his shot. You can’t get to it,” Casey said. “You have to have extraordinary reach to get to his shot. They do some special things to try to create space for him.”UPSETMalone wasn’t pleased with his team allowing 40 points in the fourth quarter even if the game was well in hand.“Unacceptable,” he said. “I don’t care what the score is, how much you’re up. 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