Ajax reportedly want more money from QPR for Icelandic striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson.West London Sport revealed this week that Rangers were in talks with the Dutch club and subsequently that they offered £5m for Sigthorsson.But Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf has reported that Ajax are unimpressed and that the two clubs are a long way from a deal.Meanwhile, the Sunday People say Bobby Zamora has been told he must take a £50,000-per-week pay cut to stay at QPR.It is claimed that Zamora, whose late goal in the play-off final took Rangers back to the Premier League, has been offered a £15,000-per-week deal.The People also say Andy Johnson, recently released by QPR, has been offered £300,000 to play in the Indian Premier Soccer League for three months.Johnson is said to be choosing between a move to India or Sheffield Wednesday.Finally, it is suggested in the Mail on Sunday that R’s boss Harry Redknapp will sign Rio Ferdinand but failed with an attempt to take Frank Lampard to Loftus Road.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Conditions early in the week allowed farmers ample opportunity for planting, but the window was closed again with rains that arrived mid-week. There were 4.7 days available for fieldwork, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Soils dried out and warmed up, offering near ideal planting conditions. Oat emergence also benefitted. Alfalfa fields got a boost but the first cutting is still a way off for most. Pastures recovered from the cold wet spring and are in mostly good to excellent condition. Winds kept spraying to a minimum in some areas. Some growers are concerned about nitrogen loss in fields that were soaked for an extended period of time. Other activity included field tillage and preparation, manure hauling, and cutting cereal grains for silage.Click here to see the full report
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Bryce AndersonDTN Senior Ag MeteorologistOMAHA (DTN) — Following several days of mostly dry conditions across most U.S. crop areas, a new round of stormy weather is indicated in the forecast for the next-to-last week of October. Rain and wind are featured; the heaviest rain amounts are pointed toward the Northern Plains and northern Midwest, where heavy snow and rain occurred during the Oct. 10-12 period.This new round of storms adds to crop calamities that have been noted and are still being analyzed. “Soybean harvest is more than 40 to 50 percentage points behind average in the northern belt (North and South Dakota, Minnesota),” said USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey. “And the big story is excess moisture.” During a NOAA central U.S. forecast webinar, Rippey noted that North Dakota topsoil moisture is a nation-high 62% surplus as of mid-October.Oncoming precipitation keeps the pressure on unharvested crops, especially in fields that incurred hard freeze damage (28 degrees Fahrenheit or below). “I think the lingering moisture and all that follows that — stalk molds, ear molds in corn, sprouting in the ear or pod, weak stalks and lodging … is the concern,” said South Dakota State Climatologist Laura Edwards. “All season … we have been hearing of so many issues.”Forecasts on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18 showed only a confined bull’s-eye of heavy precipitation in eastern North Dakota. But, the Oct. 18 forecast model presentations included Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and northern Iowa in line for heavy precipitation of greater than 1 inch.“That heavier precipitation is fanning out and expanding over the northern and into the Eastern Corn Belt,” said DTN Senior Ag meteorologist Mike Palmerino. Storm elements could also include severe weather, with tornado development possible. “An active cold front in the eastern Midwest could lead to conditions for tornadoes,” Palmerino said.A drier pattern is forecast over the Central and Southern Plains and the western Midwest, but strong winds over these areas offer a mixed effect. “The winds will help dry the ground out for harvest, but where it’s already drier in the Southern Plains wheat areas, you could see the moisture get drawn down even more pretty quickly,” Palmerino said.Meanwhile, the specter of saturated soils in the Northern Plains leads to thoughts of an extended harvest season, even all the way into 2020. “When you’re waiting for the ground to freeze until harvesting, you may be waiting until the next year to be able to harvest,” said USDA Midwest Climate Hub Director Dennis Todey. “It could be a similar situation to the harvest in 2009.”Bryce Anderson can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @BAndersonDTN(ES/)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
An analysis by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy finds that energy efficiency and solar make complementary energy and carbon reductions in new home construction, but when budgets are tight, efficiency needs to come first. Throughout the United States, energy efficiency is more cost-effective. Each month, it delivers $4 to $32 in net savings while rooftop solar alone can cost up to $14. With the U.S. building stock estimated to add a net average of 1.4 million homes each year, states will need to minimize their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by focusing on effective building codes and standards. For the U.S. residential sector, building codes like the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and voluntary labels like Energy Star provide cost-effective guidance for insulation, windows, lighting, and heating and cooling equipment to construct efficient and sustainable homes. Our research paper and summary show that the energy efficiency measures found in these codes and standards are more cost-effective than an equivalent amount of energy generated from photovoltaic (PV) panels. Based on these results, we conclude that new homes must first be built efficiently for maximum cost-effectiveness. Solar panels can then be added to further reduce carbon emissions and help homes meet zero-energy targets.RELATED ARTICLES2019 Is the Year of Energy CodesA Better Way to Encourage Efficient New HomesA (Potentially) Stronger Weatherization StimulusA Good Time for Energy Audits and WeatherizationA Second Look at a Surprising Study on Energy States adopting residential building codes need to consider these results when assessing proposals to allow solar PV to be substituted for energy efficiency measures. Requirements like efficient windows and wall insulation help ensure long-term cost-effective energy savings for the homeowner. Solar panels can cost more, and may be dependent on financial arrangements. Even if a homebuilder can save upfront costs through financing options tied to government incentives, the homeowner will not necessarily save money in the long term. The following graphic compares the monthly net costs for energy efficiency to meet the 2015 IECC code and equivalent solar PV generation, for cities in Climate Zones 2-6, an area reaching from the hot and humid South to the cold North. Net monthly efficiency cost savings are even greater for homes built to Energy Star standards. These results do not include government incentives and assume a traditional mortgage rather than other financing. Of course, cost-effectiveness isn’t the only consideration when installing efficiency measures or solar panels. Both reduce heat-trapping carbon emissions and harmful air pollution. Plus, a well-insulated, efficient home loses and gains heat more slowly than a drafty one, helping to retain comfortable temperatures during emergency power outages. Similarly, when PV is paired with battery storage, it can provide a homeowner with electricity during a power outage. Efficiency measures work around the clock When it comes to improved health and comfort, insulation combined with high-efficiency windows and air conditioning systems have an advantage over PV. They also typically reduce peak power demand, whereas solar power can reduce peak demand mid-day, but this benefit fades as the sun sets, so the grid needs to ramp up quickly to meet demand. On the other hand, installing rooftop solar panels is a great way to signal a clean energy commitment to the world, while efficiency measures like insulation and efficient water heaters typically remain hidden. Solar energy and energy efficiency are both key parts of our energy future. For example, solar and efficiency together can help meet ambitious zero-energy building targets, like California’s Residential New Construction Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Action Plan. When it comes to constructing a new home throughout most of the United States, our study shows that energy efficiency is the most cost-effective choice. Once a home achieves compliance with energy codes through energy efficiency, then solar can help meet the remaining energy load. Christopher Perry is a senior analyst in the Buildings Program at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. This post originally appeared in the ACEEE News & Blog section.
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Definition A hammer toe is a toe that stays in a curled or flexed position. It can be caused by a muscle imbalance, arthritis, or shoes that do not fit well.Hammer toe can occur in more than one toe.Alternative Names Flexion contracture of the toeDescriptionSeveral kinds of surgery can repair hammer toe. Your bone or foot doctor will recommend the kind that will work best for you. Some of the surgeries include:Remove parts of the toe bones.Cut or transplant the tendons of the toes (tendons connect bone to muscle).Fuse the joint together to make the toe straight and no longer able to bend.After surgery, you may have surgical pins or a wire (Kirschner, or K-wire) to hold the toe bones in place while your toe heals.Why the Procedure Is PerformedWhen hammer toe is starting to develop, you may still be able to straighten your toe. Over time, your toe may get stuck in a bent position and you can no longer straighten it. When this happens, painful, hard corns (thick, callused skin) can build up on the top and bottom of your toe and rub against your shoe.Hammer toe surgery is not done just to make your toe look better. Consider surgery if your hammer toe is stuck in a flexed position and is causing:PainIrritationSoresProblems finding shoes that fitSkin infectionsSurgery may not be advised if:Treatment with paddings and strapping worksYou can still straighten your toeChanging to different shoe types can alleviate symptomsRisksadvertisement Risks of hammer toe surgery are:Poor alignment of the toeAllergic reactions to medicines you receive before or during surgeryBleedingInfection in the bones of the toeInjury to nerves that could cause numbness in your toeScar from surgery that hurts when it is touchedStiffness in the toe or a toe that is too straightBefore the ProcedureAlways tell your doctor or nurse what medicines you are taking, even medicines, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.You may be asked to stop taking drugs that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen, (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), and other drugs.Ask your doctor which drugs you should still take on the day of your surgery.If you smoke, try to stop. Ask your doctor or nurse for help. Smoking can slow healing.Always let your doctor know about any cold, flu, fever, or other illness you may have before your surgery.You may be asked not to drink or eat anything for 6 – 12 hours before surgery.If you have diabetes, heart disease, or other medical conditions, your surgeon will ask you to seethe doctor who treats you for these conditions.After the ProcedureMost people go home the same day they have hammer toe surgery. Your doctor or nurse will tell you how to take care of yourself at home after surgery.ReferencesMurphy A. Lesser toe abnormalities. In: Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 12th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2012:chap 83.Review Date:5/15/2014Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
The St. James-based Chetwood Memorial Primary School has emerged victorious in the Montego Co-operative Credit Union (MCCU) Schools’ Academic Championship Quiz, retaining the trophy, which the institution first won in 2012.Chetwood edged another St. James team, Green Pond Primary School, in the closely contested finals held on Wednesday, June 26, at the Montego Bay Civic Centre. Bethel Primary and Junior High School in Hanover was third.More than 16 primary and junior high, all age and preparatory schools from the western region participated in the annual competition, which tests the students’ knowledge and skills in various subject areas. The objectives are to sharpen the students’ academic and intellectual responses, build camaraderie, and promote good conduct and a spirit of fair play.The top schools and their coaches walked away with MCCU Championship Trophies, MCCU Medallions, savings certificates, watches, cellular phones, computers and printers, gift packages, meal vouchers, televisions, and complimentary stay at various resorts.An elated team captain, Mark Brown, credited the school’s victory to hard work and dedication to their studies.Teacher at the school, Yvonne Froyze, expressed the hope that the school’s second hold on the trophy will motivate the student population to always strive for the best and will also serve to increase literacy levels.Co-ordinator of the competition, Lorna Clarke, told JIS News that a key objective of the quiz, now in its 21st year, is to encourage saving at a young age, as the students are given incentives to open bank accounts.She commended the various sponsors of the competition for contributing to the academic growth of the country’s students.“Each year, we go back to the same business community, and they are always willing and ready to assist us. We couldn’t have done this without them,” Ms. Clarke said.President of the Senate, Hon. Floyd Morris, who delivered the main address, encouraged the students to take their education seriously.“Education is the critical means for social transformation, and empowerment in any society. It is that ingredient that empowers any individual, and makes them able to deal with the various offerings of the society,” he stated.Contact: Garfield L. Angus