Jordan Bell has parting message for Warriors fans

first_imgAs Jordan Bell headed out the door following a mostly disappointing two-year stay with the Warriors, he took a moment to thank the team that kick-started his career.Bell, who last week signed a one-year free-agent deal with the Timberwolves for the veteran’s minimum of $1.6 million, posted a goodbye to his former employers on Instagram.Related Articles … Warriors resemble team of old, Kevon Looney isn’t ready, and other thoughts from loss to Trail Blazers last_img

Live preseason updates: Warriors vs. Lakers, Wednesday night

first_imgScroll down to get insights and news updates from the Warriors’ preseason rematch against the Lakers in Los Angeles, where Stephen Curry and Anthony Davis will be watching from the bench.GAME ESSENTIALS: Warriors (1-2) vs. Lakers (2-2) at Staples Center, Los Angeles, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. (PT). TV: ESPN.ODDS: Warriors -1 (opened at Warriors -1).2019 SERIES: Third meeting. LAST MEETING: Lakers d. Warriors in preseason, 104-98 on Monday at Staples Center in L.A.WARRIORS …last_img

David Daniels reflects on service to Ohio agriculture after his last day on the job

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseIt appears as if #WaterDrama18 may still be alive and well as Tim Derickson was sworn in on Oct. 19 as interim director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Derickson, who was serving as assistant director, was named by Ohio Governor John R. Kasich to replace David Daniels, just weeks before the November election for a new governor.There has been speculation this summer about increasing friction between Gov. Kasich and the ODA since the governor issued executive orders directing increased agricultural regulation targeting Lake Erie watersheds. This was further supported by a report via an unnamed source at Cleveland.com claiming Daniels was replaced as Director of the ODA due to an ongoing disagreement with Gov. Kasich over the measures being taken to address Lake Erie’s water quality challenges through increased agricultural regulation.“Daniels, who has served as Kasich’s ag director since 2012, ‘was let go because of his prolonged and active opposition to the governor’s efforts to improve Lake Erie water quality,’ according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity,” reported Jeremy Pelzer at Cleveland.com.Daniels, however, did not publically speculate about why he was replaced, though he said he was not given a reason.“I was called down to a meeting and was informed that I worked at the pleasure of the Governor and yesterday would be my last day. There was no explanation. I asked and they again repeated that I served at the pleasure of the Governor and yesterday would be my last day,” Daniels said on Saturday Oct. 20. “I’m not going to speculate. Others have speculated on what the issue might have been and I’m not going to dispute what they believe.”In his tenure as ODA Director, Daniels said he was proud of the progress made for many aspects of agriculture. Daniels pointed to the long-awaited agreement allowing Ohio’s meat processors to ship products over state lines, the state’s role as a national leader in livestock care standards, and modernization of ODA technology to be more compatible with today’s agriculture.“I think we accomplished a lot for agricultural producers and the agricultural community as well as the economy of Ohio,” Daniels said. “There were parts of every day that gave me a lot of satisfaction that our Department was doing what we needed to do to advance agriculture in the state and advance Ohio’s economy though agriculture. I have nothing but respect for the people who work at the ODA. We have a great staff out there who care about the work they do. I couldn’t be prouder of the associations I’ve had with those fine people.”As for the ongoing debate with water quality and agriculture, Daniels said that is not going anywhere and the ODA will continue to play an important role moving forward.“The water quality discussion will continue. That is a challenge for our producers. I want to give them a lot of credit for the things they have done to implement best management practices on the acres they farm. They are continuing to look for new and innovative ways to keep nutrients on the field while still remaining productive. We need sound practices based in science. Our producers are smart, savvy people doing the best they can to provide for Ohio’s economy and provide the fuel, fiber and energy that our society needs,” he said. “Obviously there will always be more we can do. The role for the ODA will be to facilitate discussions and continue to work with the research being done to find the best management practices to meet the goal we all want, and that is for nutrients to remain on the land by putting in conservation practices that will actually make a difference for the final outcome of water quality.”last_img read more

Attic-Insulation Upgrade

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Do you want to keep your heating costs from going through the roof? It’s easy: Keep your heat from going through the roof. Saving money on heating-fuel costs is a lot simpler than negotiating with OPEC or your local utility. On a recent upgrade in the attic of a 1950s-era house (one of two projects shown here), I air-sealed and spread a 12-in.- deep layer of cellulose throughout 1500 sq. ft. of space in about a day. Coupled with other energy-saving improvements made to the home, the result was that the owner saw his heating and cooling costs reduced by half compared to the previous year, even in the face of higher electricity and heating-fuel costs.I typically focus my efforts to improve the energy efficiency of an attic on two main areas: sealing air leaks in the ceiling and increasing the amount of insulation.The payback period for tightening a leaky ceiling can be as short as a month. Adding insulation might take a few heating or cooling seasons to pay off, but the wait is relatively brief. I estimate the payback for air-sealing and upgrading attic insulation to be realized in three years.On these projects, I also chose to install a radiant-reflective membrane. Besides reducing radiant-heat gain from the roof, the membrane makes the attic more attractive and dust-free for storage use, and it keeps the blown-in insulation from blocking the rafter bays. While they can reduce peak attic temperatures by 10°F to 30°F, the barriers haven’t proved to be cost effective in all geographicregions, or in attics that are adequately insulated, that are air-sealed, and that have well-insulated, wrapped air-handling equipment and ductwork. you are probably better off spending the money on more insulation and air-sealing than on a… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Denver Pot Growers Help Boost Power Use

first_imgPlants need lots of lightJeffrey Ackermann, director of the state’s Energy Office, told The Post Colorado’s energy use has been increasing by 1% to 2% a year, partly in response to a growth in population. The increased number of growing houses is a contributor.Plants cultivated indoors need artificial light in order to stimulate growth, and the lights produce a lot of heat, which in turn ramps up the demand for air conditioning.One possible answer are adjustable light-emitting diodes, which don’t produce as much heat as conventional bulbs. Grow houses that installed them could lower their demand for AC, and cut energy use. Tests are underway to see if the LEDs can be deployed without harming the plants, a spokesman for the utility Xcel said.Citing a study by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, UtilityDive.com said the electricity needed to grow a module of four plants is about the same as what’s needed to run 29 refrigerators.Last year, Boulder County, Colorado, just to the west of Denver began imposing a 2.16 cents per kWh surcharge on pot growers to help offset greenhouse gas emissions for which they were responsible. Marijuana growers in Denver, Colorado, are responsible for nearly half of the city’s growth in power consumption, and they’re making it tough for the city to meet its energy efficiency goals.The state’s marijuana grow houses, many of which are located in Denver, are using as much as 200 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, according to a report published by The Denver Post. In Denver alone, the 354 growing facilities used about 121 kWh of electricity in 2013, an increase of 35 million kWh, or 35%, over 2012.The surge in power use is complicating Denver’s efforts to cap consumption at 2012 levels, and city officials sought guidance earlier this month from the U.S. Department of Energy at a forum in nearby Golden, Colorado.“It’s a big issue for us,” said Sonrisa Lucero, described by The Post as a strategist. “We really do need some assistance in finding some good technology.”The irony is that assistance could be coming from the federal government, which considers marijuana illegal under federal law despite its acceptance for medicinal use in nearly half the states in the country and recreational use in several others, including Colorado. Energy Undersecretary Franklin Orr said the government would “promote best practices and provide technical help though an Office of Technology Transitions,” the newspaper said.last_img read more