Radon Posters

first_imgGov. Nathan Deal recognized three students from northeast Georgia for their efforts to spread the word about the dangers of radon as part of the 2019 University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Radon Education Program Poster Contest.The contest, conducted by UGA Extension Radon Education Program, invites students from across the state to create posters highlighting the dangers of radon, an odorless, colorless, flavorless radioactive gas present in some Georgia soils.All three of this year’s finalists met with Deal on Jan. 7 to present their posters and thank him for his proclamation recognizing January as National Radon Action Month. Winners will be announced Jan. 24.Almost 200 posters were submitted in the state-level competition, with three selected to enter the National Radon Poster Contest, sponsored by the Conference of Radiation Control Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.Emma Starnes, a fourth-grade student at David C. Barrow Elementary School in Athens, Georgia, placed with her poster featuring an anthropomorphized radon cloud explaining how he can seep in through cracks in basement walls.Olivia Hawkins, a seventh-grade student at Malcolm Bridge Middle School in Oconee County, placed with her poster featuring a pair of lungs damaged by radon gas.Blake Bernt, a fifth-grade student at David C. Barrow Elementary School in Athens, Georgia, placed with her poster of a detailed house illustrating all the places radon can seep into a home.Radon is a naturally occurring gas that can seep through home foundations and into homes, making the air unsafe for residents. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. In Georgia, homes in the northern counties are more likely to have high levels of radon, but all homes are susceptible.Radon can be extracted from homes, but only if families know that they need remediation services. Radon testing is not a part of basic home inspections that home buyers order when purchasing a home, but simple home radon tests are available from UGA Extension. To get a test kit, contact your local UGA Extension office or visit www.UGAradon.org.The UGA Extension Radon Education Program celebrates student artwork while educating Georgians about the program through each January’s contest in honor of National Radon Action Month. Nine- to 14-year-olds across the state can design a poster to help alert the general public about the dangers of radon and how they can keep their families safe.The posters can focus one of five themes:What is radon?Where does radon come from?How does radon get into our homes?Radon can cause lung cancer.Test your home for radon.The deadline for entries is usually in September. Teachers and parents can learn more about the contest at www.UGAradon.org.last_img read more

‘Baseload’ renewables coming to Australia

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Australia is currently experiencing an unprecedented boom in solar and wind energy investments, both in terms of capacity and dollars. It will likely take the country to a 33 percent share of renewables as early as 2020.But there is another fascinating development taking place–as more and more wind and solar is added to the grid, the shape of their output is also changing, and in a way that should give confidence about a clean energy future based around a high level of variable renewable energy sources.Two significant trends that are emerging: the first is the offering of “firming contracts” to those looking to source a significant amount of their supply from wind and solar, but wary of wholesale price risks when the sun don’t shine and the wind don’t blow. The second is the development of projects that do much the same thing but this time by the physical combination of wind, solar and some form of storage at the one site, or nearby. Proposals and projects are now emerging across the country.One of the first “solar firming” products came from TFS Green, who helped put together a package for ERM Power that takes the risk out of contracting with a solar farm. This is a product that simply seeks to manage the risk from variable solar output by providing price swaps. It allows a solar plant to provide a customer with a firm price for a flat load.Roger Price, the CEO of Windlab, also talks of fully dispatchable renewables–or, to borrow the parlance of the coal lobby, “baseload renewables”, with the Kennedy Energy Park inland from Townsville. The first stage of this project is being built now, combining 43 MW of wind, 15 MW of solar, and 4 MWh of Tesla battery storage. “It’s the perfect match,” Price says. “You get solar in middle of the day, the wind resource picks up as the sun starts to set, blows through night, then drops after the solar” emerges for the morning peak.And, of course, there is the Kidston project in North Queensland, not far from Kennedy, where Genex Power is looking to combine 270 MW solar and 250 MW of pumped hydro, with maybe 6-8 hours storage, and then add 150 MW wind power for good measure.More: The changing shape of wind and solar in Australia’s grid ‘Baseload’ renewables coming to Australialast_img read more

This Mango Hill home exudes superb sophistication

first_img15 Capestone Boulevard, Mango HillHowever, he loved its unique features more, including the glass wall in one of the bedrooms that overlooks the pool.“I just think that it’s great, but I like the crafty stuff,” he said. 15 Capestone Boulevard, Mango Hill“Anyone that walks into it just falls in love with it – just like we did,” Mr Bruce said.He said his wife’s favourite part of the home was the kitchen with its stone island benchtop and butler’s pantry. 15 Capestone Boulevard, Mango HillMARK and Sharon Bruce couldn’t resist the sleek style and sophistication of this home.The couple bought the four-bedroom house at 15 Capestone Boulevard, Mango Hill, about five years ago when it was a display home.They were looking to invest in the area so when they came across this place, they snapped it up quickly.“The suburb at that stage was going to be developed,” he said. 15 Capestone Boulevard, Mango Hill“(The house) was only handed back to us in May last year.”The couple bought the modern home as an investment property, but have been tempted to move in themselves.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 201915 Capestone Boulevard, Mango Hill“We would live in it but it’s a little bit too far out (from work) for us,” he said.Mr Bruce said it would make the perfect family home because it was spacious.All four bedrooms have built-in wardrobes while there are multiple living areas for everyone to spread out.The covered outdoor entertaining area boasts a built-in barbecue and overlooks the swimming pool. 15 Capestone Boulevard, Mango HillHe said cafes and restaurants, schools, public transport and shops, including Westfield North Lakes, were within walking distance.“It’s a house in the perfect location, especially now because the train line is there,” he said.last_img read more

Women’s soccer: Northwestern hands Wisconsin surprising 2-0 loss

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team (10-4-2, 4-3-2 Big Ten) was unable to put up any points Sunday against conference rival Northwestern (8-6-2, 5-3-1 Big Ten).In what was a quiet contest for the first 37 minutes of play, Northwestern surged before half to score two goals.  Unfortunately for the Badgers, they were unable to match this offensive output in the remaining minutes.Wisconsin women’s soccer fights the Illini, walks away with a 1-0 victoryThe University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team is back on track after defeating the Illinois Fighting Illini on Friday night Read…Mckenna Agnotti scored the first of the two goals for the Wildcats on a strong shot from the left side of the field, assisted by both Brenna Lovera and Kim Jerantowski.  The latter was finished less than three minutes later by Marisa Viggiano on a free kick put-in.Wisconsin was able to stay competitive in the shot count with their opponents, attempting five shots on goal to Northwestern’s six.  However, the execution just was simply absent on both sides of the field for the Badgers.Goalkeeper Caitlyn Clem was unable to match her cousin Lauren’s performance in the game. Caitlyn’s .667 save percentage on the day was below her average and gave the Badgers little chance with the stagnant offense they displayed Sunday.On the other hand, Lauren Clem of Northwestern made all five of her saves, leaving a goose egg in the Badger’s box score. Lauren appears to be hitting her stride for the Wildcats, notching her second straight shutout in the home win.While the Badgers once again went with a three forward rotation, it was ultimately unsuccessful.  Lauren Rice and Cameron Murtha were the only strikers to have shots on goal, with two and one respectively.Looking forward, the Badgers hopes for the Big Ten tournament appear to be darkening.  This loss gives Northwestern a lead in the conference standings, where Wisconsin places sixth. However, the Badgers’ seed could fall to eighth within the next game, as only one point separates them from Purdue and Nebraska.Women’s soccer: Badgers get momentum back against Purdue after unsuccessful road tripAfter an underwhelming road trip, the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team has gotten its winning streak back on track Read…Unfortunately for the Wisconsin women, their final road stand seems to be leaving them with more questions than answers. Will the Badgers generate enough offense to compete in tournament games?  Can Caitlyn Clem consistently keep this team in low scoring games?The Badgers will look to answer these questions as they move on to Iowa on Saturday before returning to Madison to play their final home game on Oct. 25.last_img read more

Jan’s recruitment drive is winner with England Golf

first_img14 Apr 2016 Jan’s recruitment drive is winner with England Golf Essex golfer Jan Tallentire has been so successful at encouraging other women to take up the game that she’s won a top England Golf award. Jan, from Warley Park Golf Club, near Brentwood, was presented with the Participation Award at a gala dinner last night at the England Golf annual conference, which celebrated the golfers and golf clubs who make the game great and inspire others to play. The award recognises Jan’s remarkable drive to inspire new women players. In just two years her efforts have given a taste of the game to around 170 women, more than 40 have signed up for Get into golf coaching courses and 26 have taken out a special nine-hole membership at the club. She said: “I feel extremely honoured to receive this award, but for me the pleasure has been seeing many of the lady beginners carrying on playing as a group, and enjoying the game we love so much. “New friends have been made, partnerships established and competitions played. It has been so very rewarding. Whereas it is often seems difficult for ladies to get into golf, I decided to take golf to the ladies. The results have been wonderful.”    Jan’s recruitment campaign started when she was Ladies’ Captain in 2014 and she decided to address the issue of declining membership of the ladies’ section and to boost their finances. She organised and filled four experience days, attracting 80 women, Last year, she repeated the days with 90 women and this time more emphasis was placed on longer term involvement with the club by offering coaching, playing and social activities. The unaffiliated membership of the nine-hole course costs just £198 and players can enjoy the advantage of regular and large holes and forward tees. Since last May, 26 women have taken out the membership and are successfully integrating with the ladies’ section, encouraging six of the beginners to consider full membership. In addition, three husbands of the novice golfers have also joined and are enquiring about full membership. Warley Park’s PGA professional Craig Harman said “The club has been rejuvenated with all the new ladies. They have brought a new buzz to the club”. Jan and the club have further plans for 2016.  Three more ladies’ days and a new family day are scheduled for the spring. The club feels this is the natural route to attract more juniors and adult members.  The club is additionally exploring the expansion of the 9-hole membership to existing members and making it an affiliated membership. To find out more contact Jan via enquiries@warleypark.co.uk Jan’s initiative supports the England Golf’s strategic plan, ‘Raising Our Game’ which calls on all who care about the sport to work together to create a brighter future for the game, including more members, more players and stronger clubs. Jan Tallentire (right) receives her award from Liz Aitken of Sport England (Image © Leaderboard Photography)last_img read more

OUT OF BOUNDS…Holmes ‘not so sweet’ Holmes

first_imgAUBREY BRUCE This past Sunday ESPN.com reported that “Receiver  Santonio Holmes was traded to the New York Jets from the Pittsburgh Steelers. [Holmes] will be suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy,” a source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The Steelers will reportedly be compensated with a fifth round draft pick in 2011. Wow, I am sure that a pro-bowler is waiting to emerge from the celebrated fifth round in next year’s draft.The story also reported all-universe cover cornerback Darrelle Revis as saying, “Wow, we got Holmes. This is crazy. We makin’ big moves this off-season. Putting the pieces together to get closer to that Super Bowl ring.” According to ESPN.com, the comments were made on Revis’ Twitter page.This is crazy. How in the hell do you trade one of your stars, a Super Bowl MVP, a game changer, a re-arranger of the future?Well, you do it when you have a jellyfish leading your squad. It can be done when you have a head coach who has no backbone. “Knuckleheads Inc.,” Blogs Unlimited” or wherever the stuck on stupid asinine sports crowd is allowed to express their acid-laced opinions point out that Holmes would have allegedly been lost for the first four games of the 2010 season therefore not being any good for the Pittsburgh Steelers.Now Pittsburgh won’t have his services and talent at all. And what if the Jets face the Steelers during the post-season? Well, Santonio will have a Brooklyn-sized chip on his shoulder and what DB in the Pittsburgh secondary besides Ike Taylor can man up against Holmes? It took the Steelers almost four years to replace their last field stretcher, Plaxico Burress. Who is going to replace Santonio Holmes? Will it be Limas Sweed, Mike Wallace or Antwaan Randle-El? When Pittsburgh is 6-10 in 2010, they will only have themselves to blame. Happy trails to you until we meet again.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at abruce@gmail.com or 412-583-6741.) In the not so recent past, I concluded that the Pittsburgh Steelers had double standards with regards to protecting certain players while leaving others hanging out to dry. last_img read more