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Alliant Energy has some tips to reduce energy usage during heat

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first_imgMASON CITY — Air conditioners will get a workout the next few days with Excessive Heat Warnings and Heat Advisories out for much of the state.Alliant Energy spokesman Mike Wagner says customers may want to try to plan ahead wisely to avoid sticker shock when their bill comes next month. “If you look at the forecast for the next couple days, the high and the low are really close to each other. In that overnight, your air conditioner is not going to get a break, these machines are to be running in a pretty long cycle here for the next couple days. We think it’s important for customers to recognize that and then also try to look for ways to control their energy use so they will get a big surprise in August when their bills come and they’re surprised at the amount of energy they’re using.”Wagner says you should make sure that your air conditioner has had a tune-up recently. – “A friend of mine was having problems with their air conditioner and found out that it was down to about 20% coolant. They had a service tech come out, clean it, do the service on the machine but also add more coolant, and then the machine was working much more efficiently, it wasn’t running as often and was cooling at a much better rate. There’s other things too like making sure you have a clean filter inside and out. You want to do everything you can to not restrict air flow.”Wagner says there’s other alternatives you can think about to reduce the strain on your air conditioner.  “Use your ceiling fans, use box fans, but I use those to cool you and the people in the room. Think of it kind of like using those fans as creating your own wind chill. I don’t know if I’d necessarily rely on them to circulate air around the house, but to have that cooler air blowing on you helps cool you down, and also allows you to maybe turn the temperature in your thermostat up a couple degrees so that you don’t necessarily need to have your air conditioner working quite so hard.”Wagner says this is not the time to use your oven a lot.  “This is a great time to turn your oven off. Use the stove top if you need to, use a toaster oven, Crock-Pots, instant pots are really popular. I can find an excuse to grill just about anything. You don’t want to turn the oven on. This is not really the time during the heat wave here to start baking a cake or maybe put a pizza in the oven if you don’t need to,  because those are things in your air conditioner has to compete with.” For more energy-saving tips, click herelast_img read more

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Westbrook, Biles win athlete of year honors at The ESPYS

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first_imgDuterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano The Patriots and Falcons shared the best-game award for the Super Bowl, won in a furious comeback by New England.LeBron James, a five-time winner last year, was named best NBA player. Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels won best MLB player, while Crosby won best NHL player.The show’s most bizarre bit involved Bill Murray accepting the best moment award for the Chicago Cubs’ World Series victory that ended a 108-year championship drought.Wearing a red party hat on top of a backward Cubs cap, Murray cracked, “One hundred eight years of waiting is hardly a moment. This is the culmination of 108 years of momentum by momentous men.”The actor and comic plucked a bottle of champagne out of a mop bucket being pushed by retired Cubs catcher David Ross disguised as a janitor. Murray used a sword to open the bottle and took a swig. He gave presenter Nick Offerman a bottle to open with the sword, and the longtime Cubs fans toasted and drank.Ross eventually shed his disguise and writhed on the stage mimicking moves from his “Dancing With the Stars” appearance. Ross opened his own champagne bottle with the sword and chugged as Cubs owner Tom Ricketts watched from the audience at Microsoft Theater. The trio then poured champagne on each other’s heads.The NBA champion Golden State Warriors earned best team honors, while Warriors newcomer Kevin Durant received the championship performance trophy.“It was an unbelievable year,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. “A lot of noise and hype around it from the beginning of the year, but we tried to keep our head down and focus on the process. Hope to represent exactly what a team means.”Actor Bryan Cranston presented the Icon Award to 89-year-old Vin Scully, who retired in October after a record 67 years broadcasting for the Dodgers.“Hi everybody and a very pleasant good evening to you,” Scully said, drawing cheers at his signature greeting. “I hope you don’t mind, but I wanted to hear it one more time.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer She was one of three double winners. Biles also won best female Olympic athlete.Phelps won record-setting performance for extending his record Olympic medal haul and as best male Olympic athlete.Aaron Rodgers won best NFL player and shared best play with then-Green Bay Packers teammate Jared Cook. Another Packer, Jordy Nelson, earned best comeback honors.The biggest ovation of the night belonged to former first lady Michelle Obama, who posthumously honored Eunice Kennedy Shriver with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for championing the rights and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities through her founding of Special Olympics. Her son, Tim Shriver, accepted the trophy.“Once a great first lady, still a great first lady,” Shriver told Obama as the crowd roared its approval.ADVERTISEMENT LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Ball scores 36 for Lakers in NBA Summer League tournamentcenter_img Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend NBA player Russell Westbrook (R) accepts the Best Male Athlete award from NFL player Russell Wilson and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn onstage at The 2017 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — Russell Westbrook won best male athlete at The ESPYS, while Olympic gymnast Simone Biles earned best female athlete honors Wednesday night.The 25th annual show honoring the past year’s top athletes and sports moments was hosted by Peyton Manning, who humorously mocked his reputation as a control freak and an overexposed commercial pitchman in the retired NFL quarterback’s opening monologue.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Westbook was the NBA MVP, led the league in scoring and set a record for most triple-doubles in a season with 42. The Oklahoma City Thunder star won the trophy over Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.“It’s been an unbelievable journey for me,” said Westbrook, a fashion fiend who adjusted his black shirt and green pants with wide white stripes before he spoke. “I want to make sure I look good first.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Biles became the most decorated U.S. Olympic gymnast at the Rio de Janeiro Games, winning five medals, including four golds and a bronze. She beat out Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky, WNBA star Candace Parker and Serena Williams for the honor.“Ever since Rio it has been an amazing year,” Biles said. “I want to thank you all for believing in me.” Comedian Jon Stewart gave the Pat Tillman Award for Service to Air Force Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro for his strength through adversity and continued service to his country.The Jimmy V Award for Perseverance was given to 15-year-old New Orleans Saints superfan Jarrius “JJ” Robertson, who is fighting a rare and chronic liver disease.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malacañang open to creating Taal Commissionlast_img read more

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Cartoon: November 17, 2015

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Sophia labourer sentenced to 4 years in jail for killing pensioner

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first_imgA Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown resident Kenneth Johnson was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Thursday after pleading guilty to causing the death of 72-year-old pensioner Joyclyn Joseph.The YY Bent Street, Wortmanville, Georgetown woman was killed early Tuesday morning after she was struck down by Johnson’s speeding car (PLL 2838) on Brickdam, Georgetown, while on her way to uplift her pension from the Bourda Post Office around 04:30h.The 35-year-old man, attached to the Cyril Potter College of Education as a weeding labourer, admitted to the prosecution’s facts which noted that he was racing the traffic lights before it counted down to the red light. He expressed condolences to Joseph’s family members, who were sobbing in court, telling the Chief Magistrate that all he saw was a shadow and that the pensioner’s killing was not a wilful act.Reports are that the pensioner was dragged 147 feet and her left leg was severed before Johnson came to a halt. The pedestrian was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival. Her cause of death was given as multiple injuries due to a motor vehicle accident.Johnson was also found guilty of operating his car for private hire as Police found a radio set connected to a taxi service. He explained that he was “hustling” to provide for his wife and family. The defendant was sentenced to four weeks in jail for the second offence, and this sentence will run concurrently with his four-year sentence.last_img read more

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State-of-the-art E Division headquarters commissioned in Linden

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The newly reconstructed Mackenzie Police Station (MPS) at Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) was officially commissioned by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on Friday. The facility, which will now serve as the Police Headquarters for E Division (Linden-Kwakwani), was funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) at a cost of $117 million and was executed as part of the Public Security Ministry’s Citizens’ Security Strengthening Programme (CSSP).Minister Ramjattam was impressed with the new building, which he said will offer residents and visitors service and protection.“This facility has been rebuilt to ensure effective policing in this community, as well as to provide befitting working environment for the men and women of the Guyana Police Force… and to ensure too that residents in the area can see this institution of stability and security having this aesthetically characteristic about it, rather than being old and dilapidated,” the Minister stated.The new Police station has a special room to facilitate identification of perpetuators by victims without face-to-face contact and for case management and inputting of data into the integrated crime information system.This system, the Minister noted, is critical for taking Guyana into the 21st century policing, with new technologies which will improve crime prevention and emergency response times. The Police station is also equipped with solar energy as part of a ‘Green Project’ and is fitted with a training room.Minister Ramjattan congratulated those who contributed to the successful completion of the facility, as he urged ranks to pay attention to proper maintenance to ensure its preservation. He also called on residents to cooperate and for Police to enhance their engagements with the communities.IDB Representative, Sophie Makonnen, in her remarks said such events are important as crime and violence have become increasingly recognised as a developmental issue by institutions such as the IDB, with increased requests for the Bank to become involved in various aspects of citizens’ security.She also pointed to the important roles played by Police stations and the importance of capacity building in ensuring security.“The area that we support in terms of citizens’ security strongly focuses on institutional capacity building to enhance the state’s effectiveness and efficiency to prevent crime and violence… Police stations are a way to increase visibility of the Police, so it works as a deterrent factor to crime and violence. Physical appearance of a Police Station is important, from this point of view it sends an effective sense of security for community members,” she noted.Makonnen said these stations serve as an immediate data collection point, which is important in implementing policies so that Governments can be able to address security issues.In his remarks, Police Commissioner Leslie James said the Force is appreciative of the efforts made by Government.“I am very pleased to be here to witness a spanking new building, a Police station which we’re all aware will be used professionally to further conduct our duties… I’m aware that this station will be used in a manner which I expected… This ceremony is tantamount and is quite evident of the doings, the deliverables of the arrangement within the Citizen’s Security Sector Reform Plan which is spearheaded by the IDB… the Government is very committed to ensuring that our citizens are safe in our communities. I wish to say to all present and by extension, the citizens of Linden that we will continue to serve you within our mandate,” the Top Cop stated.Construction of the two-storey modern facility commenced last December following the demolition of the older, dilapidated structure. The project was executed by Ivor Allen Construction. Officials had indicated that the reconstruction will enhance the services at the facility since the former structure was cramped for space. read more

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Huskies struggle to get anything going in loss to Fairview

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first_imgScoring the lone marker for the Huskies was Jacob Lang with the assists going to Adam Bowie and Cayle Bell.The next game for the team is slated for Saturday night when the Huskies will host the JDA Kings at 8 p.m. It was evident after Tuesday’s game between the Fort St. John Huskies and Fairview Flyers that frustration is starting to mount for the Pups. After dropping a 4-1 decision where they failed to get anything going, there was no mistaking the emotion from the players, and team staff.Prior to the game getting under way the Huskies had a special guest in attendance. In honour of Remembrance Day 96 year old World War II veteran Harry James “Jim” Waite participated in a ceremonial faceoff. Waite served with the RCASC from 1941 to 1945 and was in countries like France, Belgium, Germany, and Holland.Despite the shots being relatively close at 30-24, the Huskies struggled to get anything going throughout the game.- Advertisement -“Right off the hop I think,” head coach Gary Alexander said when asked where things went wrong in the game. “We just couldn’t get a handle on the puck, couldn’t catch a pass, rimmed the puck all night long and couldn’t make anything out of it.”The decision making of the team on the ice was called into question but at the same time Alexander acknowledged that the game had a feel of it just wasn’t going to be the Huskies night no matter what happened.“Just not a lot of thought process before they were creating the action. It was just one of those nights where it wasn’t going to happen no matter what they did,” he said.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Disgraced Dem donor Hsu forfeits $2 million bail, runs

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first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Disgraced Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu was a wanted man again after he failed to show up for a court date Wednesday and a judge issued a new warrant for his arrest. Hsu, whose criminal past has roiled the campaigns of top presidential candidates, was scheduled to ask a judge to cut in half the $2 million bail he posted when he turned himself in last week after spending 15 years on the lam from a felony theft conviction. Instead, San Mateo Superior Court Judge Robert Foiles ordered Hsu’s bail forfeited to the county and issued a new arrest warrant. If Hsu is arrested again, he will be jailed without bail. Hsu, a Hong Kong native, was also supposed to turn over his passport Wednesday. His prominent Silicon Valley criminal defense attorney, Jim Brosnahan, said Hsu failed to give the passport to the legal team Monday. “Mr. Hsu is not here, and we do not know where Mr. Hsu is,” Brosnahan said outside court. Brosnahan said “there was some contact” with Hsu a few hours before the scheduled 9 a.m. court appearance, but he declined to say how the contact occurred or who talked with Hsu. Hsu pleaded no contest in 1991 to a felony count of grand theft, admitting that he’d defrauded investors of $1 million after falsely claiming to have contracts to purchase and sell latex gloves. He was facing up to three years in prison when he skipped town before his 1992 sentencing date. Prosecutors said they suspected that Hsu fled the country then. But a few years ago, he re-emerged in New York as an apparel executive and a wealthy benefactor of Democratic causes and candidates. Among them was Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose presidential campaign designated Hsu a “HillRaiser” – a title given to top donors. Presidential contender Barack Obama also received contributions from Hsu for his 2004 Senate campaign. Brosnahan said he didn’t know whether Hsu returned to his Manhattan condominium or stayed in California after his five-hour jail stint Friday when Hsu turned himself in.last_img read more

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Funny video: Reaching the FA Cup final means nothing to this Villa fan!

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first_img“Brain fade” as David Cameron calls it, was the reason he forgot he supported FA Cup finalists Aston Villa.The prime minister said he supported West Ham during a speech in south London.“I had what [Green Party leader] Natalie Bennett described as a brain fade,” he said when asked about his mistake.“I’m a Villa fan… I must have been overcome by something … this morning.“But there we are, these things sometimes happen when you are on the stump.”Expect to see the PM donning a Tim Sherwood gilet for his next public appearance…last_img

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DONEGAL VOTERS BACK NEW COURT OF APPEAL

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first_imgTHE nation has backed the second referendum establishing a new Court of Appeal to fast-track cases.And Donegal voters also backed the need for more judges.In Donegal South West 65% – or 11,978- voted yes and 35% or 6,448 people voted no. The vote was tighter in Donegal North East where 56% or 9,361 people voted yes for the new courts, opposed by 44%, or 7,270, voting no.DONEGAL VOTERS BACK NEW COURT OF APPEAL was last modified: October 5th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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SWILLY SEAL MATTHEW STRIKES GOLD AT NATIONAL FINALS

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first_imgMatthew Curran from Swilly Seals ASC in Letterkenny struck Gold in All Ireland Community Games national finals in Athlone today.He won the gold medal in the blue ribbon 50Meter freestyle event representing his county, Donegal.Matthew is a really fast improving swimmer and trains 5 – 6 time per week. He would often swim 25/30km per week during his training regime.His time of 26.60 was fast and he joins a very select group from Swilly Seals won have won Gold on behalf of Donegal at national Finals.  On Saturday, the Donegal girls brought home 3 golds (Freestyle U8, Freestyle U12, and the 4x25m relay), one bronze (Breaststroke U14), two fourth place medals (Backstroke U14 and Backstroke U16). This was 10% of the total medals on offer that day. Also, a couple of other swimmers reached the semi-finals in their events. This is a huge achievement for girls’ swimming in Donegal. These girls come from the Marlins club (Ballyshannon), Swilly Seals (Letterkenny) and IASC (Buncrana). SWILLY SEAL MATTHEW STRIKES GOLD AT NATIONAL FINALS was last modified: August 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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