Emilija Randjelovic/iStock(WASHINGTON) — A federal program is taking some serious heat for recommending that homes be kept at 78 degrees during the day.Energy Star, a program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, said people should set their thermostat to 78 degrees when they are home and “need cooling” in an effort to save energy during the spring and summer.And when you’re sleeping or away, the suggested temperatures go up. When sleeping, it’s recommended that the thermostat is kept at 82 degrees, and when away, people should set the thermostat to 85 degrees, Energy Star said.The recommendations were met with a slew of objections online, mainly with people shocked over the implication that 78 degrees should be used for cooling.The U.S. Department of Energy also recommended setting the thermostat to 78 degrees when home.This report was featured in the Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, episode of ABC News’ daily news podcast, “Start Here.”Scorching temperatures this summer have left people in need of serious cool downs. July was the hottest month ever recorded on Earth, with an average global temperature of 1.71 degrees above the 20th century average of 60.4 degrees, according to meteorologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
ANAHEIM — It was going to take a miraculous turn of events to change what was almost a given, but it’s now set in stone — the A’s road to the ALDS will have to go through New York.The Yankees knocked off the Boston Red Sox 11-6 Friday night, securing their position as the top American League wild-card team. The wild-card game will be played Oct. 3 at Yankee Stadium.Before the A’s took on the Angels Friday, manager Bob Melvin said he along with pitching coach Scott Emerson and GM David Forst …
The final voter registration drive before this year’s local government elections will be held on the weekend of Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April 2016. All adult South Africans are urged to get their names on the voters’ roll, so they can use their democratic right to choose the municipal leaders they want.You can register to vote if you:are a South African citizenare at least 16 years old (you can only vote from the age of 18, though)have a green bar-coded ID book, a smartcard ID, or a temporary ID certificateYou can register at the voting station in your community. Dial *120*432# to find your voting station or use the voting station finder on the Electoral Commission website. All voting stations will be open from 8am to 5pm on 9 and 10 April.If you can’t register on that weekend, make an appointment at your local Electoral Commission office to register there.If you don’t have an ID, you can apply for one at your local Home Affairs branch.Not sure if you’re registered? Check your voter registration details.Follow the Electoral Commission on Twitter – @IECSouthAfrica – and like them on Facebook – IECSouthAfrica – to get updates and more information.More about the 2016 municipal electionsLocal government elections are held every five years, nationwide, to elect councillors to govern municipalities for the next five years.Municipal councils’ current term of office ends on 18 May 2016.Councillors serve on town, city, metropolitan or district councils. It is their job to deliver services to citizens living in their areas – including water, electricity and sanitation.The exact date of the 2016 Municipal Elections will only be known when the election is proclaimed by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.In terms of the Constitution the election must be held between 18 May and 16 August 2016.So get ready to have your say in the 2016 municipal elections. Your vote is your voice. Use it!
Da dum… Da dum… Da dum da dum da dum… There’s something fishy about this cache. Just south of Ocean City, Maryland on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean lives a geocache that’s protected by a giant great white shark named “JAWS”. Ocean City has had several great white sightings in recent years, but ‘Who Needs a Bigger Boat -GC1QNP0’ gives a shark sighting experience without the real danger. The cache owner encourages you to take pictures in the boat and with the shark. 2 Leaves wanted to create a family fun cache that everyone can enjoy, smile, or laugh at.After warding off JAWS, head into the woods to the guarded camouflaged treasure and claim your smiley! Details:Name: Who Needs a Bigger BoatCache type: TraditionalGC code: GC1QNP0Cache by: 2LeavesD/T rating: D1/T1.5Location: Maryland, United StatesCoordinates: N 38° 17.428′ W 075° 08.996′Link to cache page: coord.info/GC1QNP0 Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedHorka Pumpenhaus — Geocache of the WeekNovember 23, 2016In “Community”B-24J “Liberator” — Geocache of the WeekApril 25, 2018In “Community”Masca – Los Gigantes – Masca – a real adventure — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 20, 2017In “Community”
Dr. Ken WilundDr. Ken WilundTune in Tuesday, June 28 at 11:00 am ET for a fascinating free webinar, Nutrition, Exercise and Renal Disease. Listen to this short audiocast for a preview of what this webinar has to offer. To register, visit the event page.Dietitians earn 1.0 CPEU.Wilund podcastAudio Player/files/2016/06/Wilund-podcast.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.If you can’t attend the live webinar you can listen to the recording, which will be posted on the event page. You can still earn CPEU by listing to the recording and completing the evaluation.This post was written by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.
By BEN HARRISA tremendous defensive effort from Queensland Stingrays ensured the men’s Elite Eight trophy remained in the northern state for another year.Playing their first men’s Elite Eight final, the Stingrays showed no sign of nerves to shut out the 2011 champions New South Wales Scorpions 5-2 in front of a huge crowd at the C.ex Coffs International Stadium.The Scorpions were a shadow of the team that had played in the earlier days of the competition.Their attack was shut down by a superb Stingrays defensive outfit.“It was our basis of the whole campaign was to back our line D [defence]. And it worked,” Stingrays captain Nathan Jones said.Defence played a huge part in the first half as the score at the break was 1-nil to the Stingrays.The lone touchdown came from a great move, which saw Graeme Clancy pass to Kristopher McMurdy who then turned it inside to Michael Singh.The second half was a complete opposite to the first.Before the fans could return to their seats after half-time, the Stingrays extended their lead to three touchdowns thanks to Peter Norman and Tristan Wagg.Midway through the second half, James de Veer showed a great pair of hands to knock a Norman long ball in the air and then regathered to plant it down over the line.Two minutes later Jordan Watts made it 5-0 and it looked like the Scorpions could end the match with a doughnut next to their name.But they managed to score two consolation touchdowns to Jordan Horo and Cain Rangi.The Stingrays’ victory in the men’s and the Queensland Chiefs’ win in the women’s division meant Queensland won both Elite Eight divisions.“There is a bit of rivalry [with New South Wales] but we also play the Queensland boys all the time and we like beating them. We come down here and they’ve [Scorpions] got some good players. We just love winning.”Player of the final was Stingrays’ Adam Pryde and for the third time Sam Brisby was named player of the series.QUEENSLAND STINGRAYS 5 (Jordan Watts, Michael Singh, Peter Norman, Tristan Wagg, James de Veer touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES SCORPIONS 2 (Jordan Horo, Cain Rangi touchdowns).Related LinksMen’s Elite Eight
Man Utd boss Solskjaer happy to keep sticking with kidsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy to keep sticking with the kids.Solskjaer knows it’s a tough gap to bridge to the top two.The Norwegian said: “I want to be a part of us going back to where we used to be, but of course the Premier League is now a different animal. “Manchester City and Liverpool last season were fantastic and we are in the starting phase of a new team.”Many players have been and gone and now there is some youngsters coming in. We are one or two players light at the moment because of injuries but that’s an opportunity for the kids to play and to see if I can get the best out of them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
MILAN – With social and political crises unsettling the globe, Milan Fashion Week was all about slogans this season. “Time For Change” has been a particularly dominant catchphrase, one the fashion world can expect to see branded across sweatshirts, waistbands and accessories next fall and winter.The ubiquity of the expression does not necessarily denote consensus around the message it’s designed to convey. For some, it means back to roots. Others intend it as a call for respect.But the overall implication seems to be a rejection of the status quo, which really isn’t surprising in fashion.Naturally, Miuccia Prada is the outlier. Prada eschewed words because they have become empty. Where they appeared on prints in her new looks, words were meaningless.The second day of Milan Fashion Week of mostly menswear previews for Fall-Winter 2018-19 opened with youthful designers focused on urban street wear that tries to capture the zeitgeist of Millennial consumers.Here are some highlights from Sunday’s shows, including Prada, Dirk Bikkembergs, MSGM and DSquared2:___PRADA’S STRANGE PACKAGESIn challenging times, it is not unusual to seek the familiar. For Miuccia Prada, there is comfort in black nylon.The designer generously employs her favoured material in her pieces for the next cold weather season, padding them and applying them in protective layers.The boxy shapes for men and women appear to conceal the wearer in a unisex vein, but it is all for naught: Identity badges suggested a form of surveillance in the runway scenario. That sense of excessive control transforms into a political statement once the garments are on the rack and available to consumers.“I think we are in a moment when these aspects of control are very relevant,” the designer said after the show.Despite the collection’s utilitarian nature creating a sort of uniform of anoraks, jackets, caps, straight trousers and skirts, Prada said she also wanted to convey elegance.Beyond the dystopian looks, she included tourist-grade short-sleeved knits, or wild print short-shirt combos for men, and slit-skirt suits in bright tones paired with open-toe heels and long leather gloves for women.Prada enlisted architects to design new accessories, including a padded front pack that could stand in as a form of body amour, and a utility tool apron. Artists came up with the prints, including burning bananas and meaningless strings of words.“Now they no longer represent concepts, but they are pure decoration,” she said.The runway show was in a newly repurposed industrial building near the Prada Foundation contemporary art space. Unusually shaped and labeled crates were stacked along the walls. Prada promised they concealed strange things “that are preparing for some strange transformation.”The narrow aisles created a sense of disorientation as the fashionistas struggled to find their seats. That seemed an apt metaphor for the state of the world.“We don’t know where we are going, which is of course scary, of course interesting. Because I feel big changes are happening,” the designer said. “Some people say beauty will save the world. I think the world will be saved by intelligence, humanity and generosity. And possibly love. But of course the esthetic can help, a little help, if you can afford it.”___MSGM GOES TO BACK TO BASICSMilan university students served as both models and inspiration for the new MSGM collection. Taking their cue, brand founder Massimo Giorgetti found himself making an unexpected turn toward the dapper with hints of classic Milanese styling.“I studied the attitude of these guys, and it is less street wear than usual without losing modernity,” Giorgetti said. “Some are very, very elegant. The concept of elegant Milan, Italy, needs to be restudied also by a brand like mine. There’s an evolution going on.”The silhouette veered toward the everyday, neither too slim nor oversized. Looks included snazzy suits with zip-up jackets in pink or red worn with ties, as well as plaid trousers paired with cardigans and jumpsuits. Giorgetti collaborated with Eastpak on a series of graphic printed backpacks and travel bags.The designer emblazoned the collection with phrases of graffiti he collected from the desks, tables and restrooms of Milan’s universities. They included “Tempo per cambiare,” Italian for “Time for Change,” along with the Italian phonetic rendering of “I love you” as “hailoveiu.”Here, “Time for Change” clearly meant honouring roots and not looking abroad for validation.“They are very serious, very clever and very positive,” the designer said of the Milan students he worked with. “And they love their country.”___DUTCH MUSINGS AT DIRK BIKKEMBERGSDutch style, painting and design were all reflected in Lee Wood’s latest collection for Belgian label Dirk Bikkembergs.And in keeping with the down-to-earth Dutch nature, the collection was full of necessary items. A rain-resistant technical down coat was worn with tailored pants for an urban look merging sportswear with sartorial tradition.“A man needs to be authentic,” Woods said backstage. “We have a thousand things to do and life goes on. They are not heavy garments. They are basics, things we need.”The dark palette of navy blue, black and grey was inspired by paintings in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and included contrasts of deep cerulean blue, vermillion red and saffron yellow. The mixing of materials, such as in a nylon parka with a wool back panel and knit waistband, drew from a Rotterdam architectural institute. Straps on pockets echoed the ones on leather footwear.Wood said he was drawn to the Netherlands by coincidence. The models he was selecting came from there and the music a DJ played at casting sessions was Dutch.“I said I think I have to go, and visit this world,” he said.___WESTERN DOINGS AT DSQUARED2Model Bella Hadid bookended the runway show for DSquared2, the label of Canadian twins Dean and Dan Caten, opening as a cowgirl in plaid over denim and closing as a chic hippie in a tiered handkerchief gown worn with a big fur coat.DSquared2 adhered to the recent Milan trend of combining the men’s and women’s shows, scheduling theirs during the less hectic January round focusing on menswear.Red plaid emerged as the prevailing print in the Western-themed collection. The mood ranged from a little bit country to a little bit rockabilly to a little bit hippie chic. Oversized knitwear served as tableaus for western scenes.Any classic cowboy would feel at ease in the suede coat with sheepskin linings, while leather vests layered over flowing white peasant shirts for men or dresses for women gave an edge to the usual boho styling.The accessories of the season: big Double-D belt buckles and sequin neck scarves for men, or shiny sequin cuffs for him or her.____MEDITATIVE DESIGNS AT SARTORIAL MONKSabato Russo isn’t your usual designer making his Milan runway debut, supported by the Italian Fashion Chamber. He has decades of experience behind him, first as a model, and then working in the fashion industry in Japan and New York.“I was tired of making money and making clothes,” Russo said backstage. After taking time off to reflect, he returned to the business with his own brand, Sartorial Monk. In keeping with the name, his Milan debut collection can aptly be described as meditative.The looks appear simple to the eye, but are full of detail like Middle Eastern draping, that belie a complexity. The pieces seemed to envelop the models.The show opened in silence, with a model, the actress Violeta Sanchez, walking deliberately in high heels clicking on the runway, wearing a long camel coat over a printed silk velvet dress. The models that followed walked barefoot, giving a Zen sense to the simple flowing pieces: a slate double-breasted jacket over wide, pleated cotton trousers for him, or cropped tailored jackets worn with long clinging skirts for her. While the first half of the collection was more sartorial, the second part was more relaxed and loungey, with long, cozy knitwear and soft velvets.“It is simple, but it is never simple,” Russo said. “I think somebody who has personality can wear this. I don’t try to embellish.”___AMERICAN GOTHIC AT PALM ANGELSThe fashion crowd is this trusting. They filed up a narrow staircase in an apparently abandoned building, then down several levels, past the sort of laser lighting that jewel thieves navigate to their booty, and into a dark barren basement.It was there that Francesco Ragazzi unveiled his latest looks for Palm Angels. And the fashionistas nary batted an eye at the first look: a red plaid shirt with jeans and parka made alarming by the black facemask with nails sticking out. The accessory was calmly described as “studded baclavas” in the notes, but if it is any comfort, they are more likely a runway gimmick than a commercial proposition.Tartan and spikes clashed with Western themes and prints of the Grant Wood painting “American Gothic,” as punk clashed with Middle American values.“Palm Angels takes iconic American tropes and puts them out of context, fertilizes them with unexpected insertions, lets them grow and calls the result Neo Classic America,” the brand said in notes.
Kolkata: A 74-year-old man was stabbed to death by his son on Wednesday night at Solua near Chinar Park. The accused person, identified as Sabyasachi Mukherjee, was arrested by the officers of Airport police station.The deceased, Suniti Kumar Mukherjee, (74) used reside with his son Sabyasachi in a flat in Solua. On Wednesday, during late night, the building security guard heard someone crying in Room No. 105 of the building. He knocked on the door repeatedly but no one responded. He informed the security in charge who later informed police. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe police found Suniti lying in a pool of blood in the drawing room. He was rushed to a private hospital near Haldirams where doctors declared him brought dead. Later, police came to know that Sabyasachi had stabbed him with a knife over some dispute. Sources informed that relation between father and son was not heathy. Sabyasachi used to work as a teacher with a hotel management institute but was jobless at present. When police went to his flat he was found him in drunken state. He will be produced before the Barasat Court on Friday.
Gurugram: In order to further strengthen the public transportation system the Gurugram Metropolitan City Bus Limited (GMBCL) that operates Gurugraman is planning to extend the routes to areas South Delhi, Manesar and Faridabad. For this purpose, the public officials have already begun to draw plans of which routes can be more viable to operate on.According to sources if all goes according to plan they may begin the bus services in two to three months. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarLaunched last year there are already 85 buses that are at present plying in different parts of Gurugram. Some of the areas where the buses right now are plying include Palam Vihar, bus stand, MG road and Golf Course road. Not only in new Gurugram but the buses are also moving in older parts of the city. Grievances however have been shared by the citizens that even now Gurugram is not being able to completely meet the needs of last mile connectivity. Moreover, the choice of routes has also been questioned on a continuous basis by the aggrieved citizens. The officials in charge of running the Gurugram bus service however claim that new schemes are now being introduced to increase the awareness among the residents of using the newly launched bus service.